75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Feb. 12 - Feb. 18
- Shaw Field's Aviation Cadet Class 44-D were honor guests at the traditional graduation banquet and dance held at the basic flying school. Avi-aides, cadet wives and special guests attended. A delicious …
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- Shaw Field's Aviation Cadet Class 44-D were honor guests at the traditional graduation banquet and dance held at the basic flying school. Avi-aides, cadet wives and special guests attended. A delicious buffet supper was served prior to the informal dance. Sgt. Charles Marino and a 10-piece orchestra furnished the music. During the banquet, awards were presented to leading members of class 44-D, with trophies signifying their achievements at Shaw.
- Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. Rankin, superintendent of Tuomey Hospital, presided and introduced the Honorable Alfred Scarborough, who made an inspiring and interesting address. The presentation of the caps and the traditional "candle lighting" service were directed by Miss Ada I. Snyder, director of nurses, assisted by Miss Margaret Pettus, instructor. Miss Snyder also inducted the class into the Cadet Nurse Corps.
- Post-war highway construction will prevent the possibility of depression and will be a source of employment for millions, declares Charles M. Upham, engineer-director of the American Road Builders' Association. Mr. Upham's organization has just completed a plan for the rehabilitation of the nation's roads and streets which will provide work for 20,000,000 returned soldiers and former war workers. The plan provides for the participation of federal, state, country and city governments in raising annually the $3,000,000,000 estimated required. The projected program must be based on a coordinated plan to meet the demands of traffic in all areas, it was said.
- Approximately one million slash pine seedlings are available at the State Forest Nursery at Sumter, according to County Ranger E. T. Byrd. These trees may be secured by making application through the county agent or through the county ranger at $1.50 per thousand at the nursery, or $2 per thousand delivered.
- Men from Sumter who have gone off to war are extremely interested in the functions of the Home Guard here, an officer of that organization said today. Many servicemen, home on furlough, whether former members of the guard or not, attend drills and press members for information about the group. Shaw Field men, too, often are spectators at the drills and appear interested in the work of the guard. "I really think it means more to the servicemen than to the local people," this spokesman said. "To know that there is an organization trained for the protection of the people at home."
- Columbia brought four boxers to Shaw Field for a match - and went back with three losers and the holder of a draw decision which the fans continued to argue about this morning. In addition to the four inter-post fights, three other bouts and two wrestling matches were offered. Paul Godfrey, last year's winner in the Charlotte Golden Gloves tournament, won the final bout of the evening by smashing a clean-cut decision over Russell Summers, 148, C.A.B., in the welterweight division.
- Sumter High's Gamecocks squeaked through to a 22-21 victory over a stubborn Olympia basketball squad in a contest played in the Capital City. A flurry of goals in the last half enabled the Birds to overcome an early lead of their opponents. The recent revamped lineup was used again last night. Hughes played at center, and Bryan and Vaughn started as guards. Booth, a guard, was injured in the Camden game and will be out probably another week. The Gamecocks will play Charleston next Friday night.
- An estimated 10,000 persons visited the new Arlington County Hospital, Arlington, Virginia, on opening day, Sunday, according to the Washington, D. C., Evening Star. Director of the new hospital is Charles H. Dabbs, former administrator of the Tuomey Hospital here. An iron lung, donated by the Arlington Rotary Club, was demonstrated at the opening by Director Dabbs.
- The choral and orchestral group which presented "The Messiah" will appear again, on Easter evening, in a production of "The Redemption," Grunod's sacred trilogy. Chief Warrant Officer Robert H. Simpson will be the conductor. The first rehearsal will be held at 8 o'clock at Edmunds High School, and all musicians, as well as the "Messiah" singers, are urged to attend so that organization of the group can be completed, and practice can get underway.
- The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 15 will receive a citation for obtaining its quota of members from National President Mrs. H. Smith, on Feb. 29 at the Legion and Auxiliary spring rally in Columbia. The local auxiliary's quota was set at 131 members. Mrs. R. A. Lecoq is membership chairwoman. A group from the auxiliary is planning to attend the rally at which the national commander, as well as the national auxiliary president, will be present.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Oct. 14 - 18
- A journalistic fighter who is using all his literary efforts and talents to prevent America's further moral decay, Jenkin Lloyd Jones of Tulsa, the editor and president of the Tribune, will address members of the Executive Club. Jones comes from a "challenging" family. His grandfather was a Unitarian clergyman who helped organize Henry Ford's World War I peace ship. And his middle name "Lloyd" is honestly attached, for the Tulsa editor is a nephew of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright, who himself challenged a good many of his compatriots with his unique and sometimes "shocking" designs which depart from the standards of his architectural profession.
- A Letter of Commendation honoring him for his performance on the 1968 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test has been awarded to one student at Hillcrest High School, Principal Charles D. Kyzer has announced. The commended student is Thomas Charles Dewland. He is among 39,000 students in the United States who scored in the upper two percent of those who will graduate from high school in 1969. The commended students rank just below the 15,000 semi-finalists announced in September by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
- Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower turned 78, celebrating along with a nation that will honor him throughout the week. The five-star general, still a patient at the Army's Walter Reed General Hospital, has been rated as having made a "miraculous" comeback so far from a mid-August heart attack - perhaps the worst of seven he's suffered since 1955. The word "miraculous" was used recently by Lt. Gen. Leonard D. Heaton, the army surgeon general, to describe Eisenhower's recovery.
- S. Henry Edmunds, prominent Charleston attorney, Sumter native and namesake of one of Sumter's most noted educators, died Sunday in Charleston after a long illness. He was 67. Funeral services will be held in St. Andrews' Parish Episcopal Churchyard. Mr. Edmunds was born in Sumter Oct. 1, 1901, the son of the late Samuel Henry Edmunds, former superintendent of Sumter schools and for whom Edmunds High School is named, and Eliza Champion Davis.
- A total of 71 drivers were on hand at Sumter Speedway and put on a show that fans will long remember as Billy Baker, Gerald Braddock and Bobby Wilson took the wins in their respective divisions. Baker was a triple winner as he set a new qualifying record of 18.4 seconds and won the Late Model Sportsman track championship after picking up his 11th victory of the season. The old track record of 18.8 was tied by H.C. Pritchard and Mike Altman before Baker made his record-breaking run. J.B. Hall grabbed the Limited Modified track championship with his fifth-place finish, and Albert Lee took the Jalopy championship when he placed second in the main event.
- The Sumter Artists Guild meets in the conference room of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. Newly elected officers for the coming year are Mrs. Mildred White, president; Mrs. Rex Deaton, vice president; Miss Thelma Gaston, secretary; and Miss Myrtle Deschamps, re-elected treasurer. Plans for the coming year were formulated. Membership will be under the chairmanship of Mrs. Ken Halsted and Mrs. Lois B. Blose, who are getting the 1968-69 Membership Drive underway.
- Hugh T. Stoddard Jr. of Sumter is enrolled as a first-year medical student at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Stoddard. Mr. Stoddard is superintendent of schools in District 2. A graduate of Furman University, Stoddard is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Phi Beta Chi Fraternity and also of Phi Epsilon Iota Fraternity. He is one of 61 members of the first-year medical class.
- A crowd of 300 or more United Fund supporters from Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base were on hand at the American Legion Home to kick off Sumter County's $203,000 United Fund Campaign for 1968 with a luncheon meeting sponsored by a local civic organization. Keynote speaker for the occasion was Lt. Gen. (retired) J.P. Berkeley, USMC, who addressed the luncheon meeting on the subject of "Seapower 1968."
- Sunday, Oct. 13, historic Brewington Presbyterian Church held its annual homecoming celebration. According to old church records, this church has stood near Brewington Lake in Clarendon County for nearly 150 years. A company of 10 Scotch-Irish families settled at Kingstree in Williamsburg County in 1732 and immediately started building a church and manse. From this original church, settlements spread into the surrounding areas, and in 1811 and 1812, Brewington Church was organized, with only five charter members. The Rev. John Cousar was the first pastor and served 26 years.
- After some early awkward moments, McLaurin Junior High Bantams crushed Hartsville here at Memorial Stadium, 33-0. Hartsville took the opening kickoff to McLaurin's 10-yard line before being stopped and also held the home team scoreless in the initial period. But McLaurin stormed back with 26 points in the second and third periods to put the visitors on the ropes. Halfback Roderick Harris scored his 11th and 12th touchdowns of the season in sparking the Bantams to their fifth-straight win with three games left.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
July 16 - 22
- Clarendon School District 2 trustees were told they'll have to make additional cuts to the district's budget because of a lack of funding from Clarendon County Council. Bob Clark, the district's finance director, told trustees that county council cut the district's proposed local funding by $45,000 when it approved District 2's budget for fiscal 1993-94. Trustees did not decide where they would make additional cuts, a process they said will be difficult because the budget is already so tight.
- An area education consortium has been awarded a $204,000 federal grant to continue technical programs in area secondary schools. The grant was awarded to the Academic and Career Achievement Partnership Consortium, which is comprised of Central Carolina Technical College; the University of South Carolina Sumter; Morris College; and public school districts and career centers in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw counties. The money will be used to continue tech prep programs in area middle and high schools. The programs are geared toward providing some students with the skills necessary for the workplace and the foundation for acquiring advanced occupational skills.
- Kim Neal is a busybody. The Sumter High track runner who helped the Gamecocks to a third-place finish at the state 4A track championship meet this season isn't taking the summer off like most students. Instead, the sophomore sprinter is active in two sports - basketball and track. Neal spends her mornings in the Sumter High School gym preparing for a basketball camp and will be competing in the AAU National Track and Field Championships which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Also competing in the AAU meet will be Nicole Gamble, a teammate of Neal. Gamble, who won the long jump and triple jump at the state meet, has had a busy summer as well. She recently competed in the National High School Track and Field meet held at UCLA where she finished fourth in the triple jump.
- The legally protected names of certain products - Jell-O, Kleenex, Band-Aid, Frisbee - become synonyms of the entire class of their generic and even brand-name competitors. In the minds of most consumers, those brand names long ago took the place of the little-used nouns that are the products' other names: Jell-O for gelatin; Kleenex for facial tissue; Band-Aid for adhesive bandages; and Frisbee for, well, according to Webster, "a disc-shaped plastic toy that players throw and catch." When brand names supplant the noun, it is usually because the brand name product was the first, the best and the most memorable name - or even for reasons more accidental than superlative. The merging of "Crescent wrench" and any adjustable wrench was no accident. The Crescent wrench, invented in the years before WWII by Swedish immigrant Karl Peterson of Jamestown, New York, has been manufactured exclusively at the Crescent/Xcelite plant in the Sumter County Industrial Complex since 1974.
- South Carolina's ever-expanding drought is being felt everywhere from the fields to the farmer's markets. Ted Yandle operates a produce business at the State Farmers Market in Columbia and can feel the effect the sweltering heat and lack of rainfall is having on his crops. "It's the hottest and the longest without moisture I've ever seen," he said. Yandle opens a bean pod, so dry it's crisp. "There should be a water pocket in here. These beans haven't seen water for 30 days." The dryness is funneling money away from wholesalers, consumers, farm workers and even taxpayers in the center of the cities. The drought is making people, including migrant workers, look elsewhere for work besides South Carolina's Lowcountry.
- With less than three months before opening day at the Lee County Regional Recycling and Disposal Facility, five South Carolina counties have already signed up to use the regional landfill. According to General Manager Fred Counts, Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Marion and Dillon counties have signed contracts to use the 200-acre, solid-waste landfill, which is located on a 1.250-acre tract just outside Bishopville near U.S. 15 and Interstate 20. Counts said those counties combined will bring to the landfill 1,200 tons of trash a day, which translates into $525,000 of monthly revenue for the landfill - and $28,000 of monthly revenue for Lee County.
- Because Sumter won its best-of-five series against Orangeburg in three straight games, P-15's head coach Wallie Jones had the opportunity to do a little scouting, namely Sumter's second-round opponent. Jones knew either Manning or Aiken would be next for Sumter. It will be Aiken which won its series 3-1 over Post 68. Jones caught a glimpse of his soon-to-be foe in Post 26's 8-7 series-ending victory. He was impressed. "We've only seen them play once," he said. "We know that they have a 20-4 record which is a mighty strong record to have. We also know that they split games with Orangeburg during the regular season. They are a good hitting team and they have two -good left-handers who've been giving teams trouble, so we've got our work cut out for us."
- Much like the king who renounced his throne to be with the woman he loved, Professor E. Lee Craig recently abdicated the chairmanship of USC Sumter's Arts and Letters Division to pursue her first love - teaching. "It has been a pleasure to chair such a creative energetic and talented division" said Craig, who has held her post for the last five years. "I could never have done the things I did as division chair without the strong support of my colleagues in the division." "I appreciate the fact that this position allowed me the flexibility to request to return to full-time teaching," Craig noted. "Having spent many hours in a variety of meetings, I decided that I would rather use this time to teach and research new ways in which to make the classroom an exciting and challenging environment in which to learn.
- Sumter School District 17's Board of Trustees will meet to decide what programs to cut to make up for a $372,000 deficit in the district's $28 million budget for this year. District 17 officials had hoped Sumter County Council, which levies property taxes to fund part of the district's budget, would help the district make up for a projected $70,747 shortfall in state funds. School officials asked council for $19.1 mills in new taxes, or about $1.5 million, to maintain existing programs and hire more teachers. Council only approved a 1-mill increase and stipulated that money - about $80,000 - may only be sued to hire teachers and that it may not be used to make up for the deficit.
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