75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Nov. 24 - 30
• Mrs. Herbert A. Moses has been appointed school chairman for the Christmas seal sale by the Sumter County Tuberculosis Association and has begun the work of distributing posters, bangles, health booklets and bookmarks to the various city schools. County chairmen who are carrying on similar work in their communities and schools include Mrs. Philip Gaillard, Dalzell; Mrs. H.M. McLaurin Jr., Wedgefield; Mrs. H.L. Jackson, Horatio; Mrs. Moultrie DeLorme, Jordan; Mrs. Hazel Brunson, Concord; Miss Iris Hobbs, Shiloh; Mrs. H.D. Shuler, Shaw's Crossroads; Mrs. Turner Davis, Brogdon; Mrs. Susie Haynsworth, Hagood; Mrs. Milton Cooper, Mayesville; Mrs. Mark Reynolds Jr., Stateburg; and Miss Helen Kolb, Bethel.
• Edisto lads turned the trick. Sumter built up a first half reserve and seemed to be content to play a defensive game in the last two quarters as Orangeburg came back after the first period and pushed Coach Johnnie McMillan's injury-riddled eleven all over the field.
• Ed Dew, Sumter High's stellar guard and co-captain, has been named on the all-star South Carolina high school club that will meet the North Carolina all-stars in Charlotte on Dec. 5 in the Shiner's all-star match. Dew has been a tower of strength in the Gamecock line all season, with his crack defensive work and offensive blocking.
• The Shaw Field Library is in need of more books. The Sumter Rotary Club is sponsoring the collection and it is hoped that not less than a thousand volumes will be donated. Novels, detective stories, histories, scientific books and in fact all worth while books are desired. Please look through your library and select the books you are willing to give.
• A Citizens Service Corps, composed of all the residents of Sumter, will be organized, Mayor F.B. Creech announced this morning, to facilitate the carrying out of various war effort and home defense programs. The town will be organized by blocks, very much in the same manner that the Air Raid Warden system has been set up, the mayor said, and these blocks will serve as working units in salvage drives and other phases of the civilian defense programs.
• For their recent fine work in putting out a fire at the Southern Cotton Oil Co., the Sumter Fire Department has been awarded a check for $100. The donation was made to E.H. Lynam, chief of the fire department, by A.G. Fishburne, manager of the Southern Cotton Oil Co.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
July 24 - 30
• Arthur Abbott defeated Charlie Hodgin 6-2, 6-0 to win the men's singles division of the city tennis tourney. The hard-swinging Abbott, who lost only the first set to Hodgin, displayed near flawless and forceful tennis. The win was perhaps the biggest of Abbott's tennis career. Abbott concluded his first year of college play at Erskine last year, playing fairly deep in the lineup.
• Diane Elizabeth Singleton, 18, first runner-up in the 1966-67 Miss Sumter contest, was killed instantly at 1 a.m. Sunday when the car she was driving crashed into a creek bank off Loring Mill Road. Investigating officers said she suffered head and chest injuries when struck by the steering wheel and column of the automobile. Her escort, James A. Hill Jr., 21, received a severe cut on his right leg and his left arm was broken.
• A big third inning and the three-hit pitching of impressive Mike Young carried Timmonsville to a 5-1 victory over Sumter and advanced Coach Bill Pate's crew to the lower state American Legion play-offs. Young, who limited Sumter to six hits in a 4-0 win in the opener of the district series last week, picked up his eighth win of the season against no defeats with some fine control.
• As Sumter grows, as its security becomes more complex and industrialized, there will be a corresponding need to upgrade the professional and educational level of its police force, says Chief Clarence N. Kirkland. The chief considers good training and education as an essential key to efficient law enforcement in this modern age.
• Midshipman 3C, Jack Summers, USN, a resident of Sumter, is proving the navy's oldest promise of "Join the Navy and See the World." Summers, who is stationed aboard the USS Zellars (DD-777) was among some 800 multi-national sailors who "hit the beach" in Montreal, Canada, and saw the world in composite form at Canada's EXPO-67.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ed Damron and their three children should have a fair idea of the customs and manners of the south of France by the time Olivier Boulet, 18, their house guest from Aix-En-Provence, France, returns to his family. Three years ago, Olivier's brother came to Sumter to visit with the Tom Keels family in an exchange program to promote better understanding between nations. He liked the friendly people and pleasant atmosphere so much that he urged Olivier to make the trip as soon as possible. His visit is almost over now, and he has learned much and made many interesting observations about Sumter and its citizenry.
• Sumter's Palmetto Majors team, displaying a punchless hitting attack and plagued by mental errors, fell to Orangeburg, 4-0, in the first game of a best-of-three series at Riley Park. Orangeburg struck for two runs in the first inning and pushed across two more in the fifth. The visitors' pitcher Brown limited Sumter to only three hits, all singles. Tim Haley, Robert Dubose and Donnie Branham were the only men to get hits for the local lads.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
April 24 - 30
• Mourners from throughout the state gathered to remember and honor Sumter School District 2 Superintendent Joe Lefft. Nearly 500 people paid tribute to a "man of courage," an educator and "an unassuming hero" during a memorial service at Sumter's Patriot Hall. Educators, politicians, community leaders and students came together to honor Lefft, who died after being involved in a wreck.
• As Sumter High soccer coach Jimmy Watson summed up his team's 2-0 loss to Camden at Memorial Stadium, he might as well have been describing the Gamecocks' entire season. "We just don't have a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net," Watson said. "I think we out shot them, but we just can't score. We outplayed them the majority of the game and we created opportunities, but we just can't finish them."
• The Black Concerned Clergy of Sumter County has donated $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity's housing construction program. The group of 42 ministers representing Sumter County gave Habitat donations it recently received from across the nation to rebuild area housing devastated by Hurricane Hugo. Treasurer of Habitat's Board of Directors Kay Oldhouser said the clergymen's donation is probably the largest Habitat has received since immediately after Hugo.
• History repeated itself this month when Dr. Jim Privett was chosen by USC Sumter's student body as Teacher of the Year for 1991-92, the second consecutive year for him to receive the • award. But lightning really did strike twice, so to speak, when USC Sumter Dean Jack Anderson announced that Privett was once again the choice for The Education Foundation's annual Outstanding Teaching Award within the USC system's five regional campuses located at Beaufort, Lancaster. Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union.
• Astronaut Col. Charles Bolden began crying as he stepped to the lectern and told a crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church he wished his father were alive to celebrate the day with him. Bolden, a 46-year-old Columbia native, was honored as Man of the Year by the Manning chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the group's annual Santee-Wateree Expo.
• Sumterite Katie Parker's son and grandson recently found $14,000 blowing in the Texas wind in a Dallas suburb. But Thornwell and Mason Parker didn't keep the dough. They turned it in to police. While the idea that the two found that much money and returned it may surprise some, it didn't come as a surprise to their relative in Sumter. "It didn't surprise me at all," Mrs. Parker said after receiving copies of Texas newspaper articles about the two. "He (her son, Thornwell) was always a person that did the right thing."
• Monday wasn't a typical day in Susan Hilton's American government class at Sumter High School. She didn't teach. The students didn't read their textbooks. Instead, they got a firsthand lesson on policy and politics from their congressman, 5th District Rep. John Spratt. Spratt, D-S.C., has made a classroom appearance at the school each year since 1982. "He's a good friend of Sumter High School," Hilton said.
• Lt. Gen. Charles A. Horner, commander of 9th Air Force and architect of the air war against Iraq, will soon get a fourth star and a new command. President George H.W. Bush nominated Horner Monday to become chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Horner, who is based at 9th Air Force Headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, also was nominated for a promotion to the rank of general.
• South Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. and former state Department of Social Services Commissioner James Solomon Jr., both Sumter natives, are among 14 people to be inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. Established in 1991, the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame is a project of the Committee of 100 Black Men, an affiliate of the United Black Fund of the Midlands. The hall recognizes and pays tribute to men and women of color who have made significant contributions to the state and nation.
• Wilson Hall's golf team is in contention for a state title and Ken Rosefield has been a major contributor to the Barons' success. The preceding sentence applies to the 1992 golf season, but it might just as well have been written about Wilson Hall's 1989, 1990 and 1991 seasons. In 1989, Wilson Hall's last year as a member of the Palmetto Athletic Conference, the Barons won the PAC state championship and Rosefield, a freshman, was voted the team's most valuable player. In 1990, the Barons returned to the South Carolina Independent School Association, won a conference championship and finished second in the state. Rosefield was the team's co-MVP. In 1991, Wilson Hall won another conference title and added a SCISA state championship to its collection of trophies. Rosefield averaged just a quarter of a stroke more per round than did senior MVP Jamie Smith.
• An Ohio company announced plans to open a $4.3 million steel-processing plant in the Sumter County Industrial Complex off U.S. 15 South. Heidtmann Steel Products of Toledo, Ohio, will start construction of an 83,000-square-foot plant, which will be located near the Interlake Material Handling plant, according to statements from the company and the Sumter County Development Board.
• The Legislature has passed over the only woman in the race and re-elected three men, including a Sumterite, to the Clemson University Board of Trustees. Lawmakers re-elected Louis Lynn of Columbia; Allen Wood of Florence; and James Britton of Sumter to the panel, passing over Patty McAbee, wife of state Rep. Jennings McAbee, D-McCormick.
• Dr. Frank Baker has breakfast early - maybe grits, bacon and cheese - and sets out to do his chores. The farmer rises between 4:30 and 5 a.m. to feed 48 breeder cows, 20 brook sows, numerous feeder pigs, eight mustang horses, four German shepherds and two peach-faced lovebirds. Then he goes to work. Sumter School District 2's newly appointed interim superintendent has always wanted to be a veterinarian, but knew he'd have to forgo the dream because veterinary school was expensive. "I figured if you can't work with animals, the next best thing is people," he said.
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