75 YEARS AGO -1943
July 10-July 16
- E. H. (Billy) Lynam Jr., who has served as civilian instructor for the Army Air Forces for nearly two years, has been commissioned a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, The Item was informed. Lt. Lynam will continue to serve as an instructor at Gunter Field, Montgomery, Alabama. He began teaching cadets of the Army to fly shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and, since then, he has been located at air bases in Georgia and Alabama. Before joining the ranks of instructors, he taught flying at the municipal airport and was vice president of a corporation that owned the local field.
- A visit to the state House and an address by Gov. Olin D. Johnston were the highlights in the stop-over in Columbia for 250 members of the 4-H clubs of Sumter County who were en route to Camp Long near Aiken. The group marched through Gov. Johnston's office, and he shook hands with each one. They then assembled in the hall of the House of Representatives and heard the governor in a brief address, in which he commented on the value of the work students are doing as 4-H members. He stressed the importance of food production in the war effort and congratulated the club members on their slogan, "Feed a Fighter."
- Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Goldman of Mayesville have just received word from the War Department that their son, Staff Sgt. Carl S. Goldman, listed on the records as "missing in action," has been awarded the air medal with an oak-leaf cluster, indicating second reward of the same decoration. It was given to Goldman by the commanding general of the eighth Air Force for exceptionally meritorious achievement in the "intense air action against German-occupied territory in Europe."
- Seventy-eight-year-old Sen. Ellison D. (Cotton Ed) Smith, a South Carolina Democrat, is going to run for a seventh-consecutive Senate term "if things go on like they are" on the home front. Smith, now in his 35th year as a senator and dean of the Senate, issued a statement expressing displeasure with present conditions, which he described as "terrible confusion." He said there would have been "less friction" had Americans "been asked to use their own judgment" in producing and protecting war supplies.
- Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Rickenbaker were notified by the War Department of the accidental death of their son, Dibble Manly Rickenbaker, 24, in a plane crash at Lenmore Field, California After attending Clemson College for one year, he entered the military service as a private at Lenmore, California, staying there two years, and during this time he was promoted from private to technical sergeant. He would become the first war casualty from the Summerton community.
- Hot weather brings even more work for refrigerators that are already working hard under heavy wartime loads, and proper use and care is especially important at this time to keep equipment operating dependably. The Kirby Refrigeration Co. is offering a free, 36-page "Wartime Suggestions" handbook published for all refrigerator users by the Frigidaire Division of General Motors. Correct use and care of home refrigerators is particularly important in the summer of 1943. The nation's wartime food program depends on adequate refrigeration to prevent summer spoilage of meats, milk and other perishable foods.
- The outdoor concrete dance floor at Jenkins Center will be put into use, weather permitting. The floor is lighted, so it can be used at night. An amplifying system has been installed so that music can be had from the box in the building at any time. The skating rink is under construction and will be opened to skaters in about a week's time. Jenkins Center is open and under supervision from morning until 11 at night. During that time, both the dance floor and the skating rink is for use and enjoyment of the public. If parties wish to use either for special events, that should be taken up well in advance with Miss Lois McKnight, director of recreation.
- Plans for three dances in the next eight days were announced by Master Sgt. E.E. Hart, president and general chairman of the entertainment committee of the NCO club. Saturday night, a dance and radio broadcast will feature the music of Doug Youngblood and his orchestra. Refreshments will be served, and members of the WAC detachment will be partners of club members for the dance numbers.
- A total of 1,097 Shaw Field soldiers were assisted by the Red Cross at Shaw Field during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1943, according to a report on activities of the Red Cross unit at Shaw released this week by M. Rudolph Garypie, Red Cross director at the basic flying school.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
- Four additional models have been named for the Sumter Garden Council's fashion show, luncheon, dinner and bridge sessions to be held at the American Legion Home. They are Mrs. G.M. Dabbs Jr., Mrs. Perry Davis, Doug Kirkland and Michelle Fort.
- The Rev. Harold Sorrells, pastor of the Lockeland Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee, began revival services at Grace Baptist Church. A large crowd attended, and an appeal was made to those of the Christian faith for maximum living in a turbulent world. Sorrells suggested the terrifying conditions of contemporary society needs adjustment, and the solution lies within the confines of the Christian.
- The infant Clemson University at Sumter will take another step forward in April when the local campus will be eligible to earn accreditation on its own merits rather than the status of the parent school. A team of investigators from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will spend several days studying the Sumter campus in terms of its purpose, organization and administration, educational programs, financing, faculty, library, student personnel and physical plant.
- Geddings Appliance and Television Inc. will hold a three-day grand opening in the firm's new building at 1012 Pocalla Road. The public is invited to visit the new store and register for free prizes, which include a deluxe portable television set with stand and 10 Admiral transistor portable radios. There will be a limit of one radio to each winner.
- I. Harby Moses has announced as a candidate for City Council in the May 7 Democratic primary. Moses, the managing officer of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association, is a lifelong resident of Sumter and has been an active leader in civic and community affairs.
- Arthur S. (Art) Bahnmuller announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives from Sumter County. Bahnmuller is a lawyer who has been in general practice in Sumter for the past eight years and is a member of the firm of Bryan and Bahnmuller.
- A member of the Sumter Police Department, Lt. Charles V. Singleton, has been selected to attend the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Kentucky, Sumter Police Chief C.N. Kirkland announced today. The selection of candidates for the school is based on the College Entrance Examination score and police experience. The grant is made available to no more than three police officers in a supervisory position from any one state, with the total number in the United States not to exceed 30 persons.
- A covered-dish banquet to honor the YMCA Church youth basketball leagues will be held at Alice Drive Junior High School. The youth leagues, sponsored by the YMCA and the local Jaycees, will be presented awards and trophies for their play during the '67-'68 season. The Jaycees will present the annual Sportsmanship Trophy, while trophies will also be given to the championship teams.
- Mrs. Helen B. Broadway was notified that her son, Pfc. Tomas W. Evans, is "on the seriously ill list" in Vietnam as the result of injuries incurred when he was hit by fragments from a hostile booby trap while on a combat operation. "His condition is of such severity that there is cause for concern but no imminent danger to life."
- "Our objective is to go to the state tournament," said Coach Bill Lesesne, whose Edmunds golf team opened its 1968 season against Camden. "We're looking for an improved season. All of our players are capable of shooting in the 70s. But how well we do will depend on how consistent they are." Leading the returnees is Frank Chandler, who is back for his senior year and is expected to hold down the No. 1 spot.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Dec. 11 - 17
- When the Sumter County Recreation Department moved to the Haynsworth Street campus in 1988, there were a lot of things that needed to be done. The building, which once housed Sumter High School students, had been damaged by water due to a faulty roof. The gymnasium, which consisted of a basketball court and locker rooms, was unusable, and the restrooms were unsanitary. All those concerns have been corrected. The Recreation Department is in the process of completely renovating the complex. The latest improvement is a newly installed basketball court. "It's called a sports court," said Gary Mixon, the Sumter County recreation director. "With the surface we're putting on now, there is very little maintenance needed."
- The phrase "Attitude Determines Altitude" is painted on the walls in the Wilson Hall boys' locker room. And the Barons, behind the shooting of Chip Humphries, played that way against St. Jude. Humphries netted 26 points, 10 in the first half, to push the Barons to a 60-36 victory over the young Padres. Wilson Hall improved its record to 3-1 while St. Jude fell to 0-3.
- Parents in School Districts 17 and 2 have been invited to attend a workshop on self love, self esteem and self friendship. Angela Franks, of Franks Consultant Agency in Columbia, will conduct the workshop in the conference room of the District 17 Instructional Center on Hasell Street. Also, Bunny Mack, an education associate from the Office of Regional Services and Partnerships/Community Education, will be in attendance.
- When Hillcrest basketball standout Ray Allen walks onto a gymnasium floor, all eyes are on him. His passing, rebounding, scoring and crow-pleasing, high-flying antics have become renowned in the Sumter area. But as the Wildcats were pounding Hartsville, one set of discerning eyes, those of University of Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun, watched him more intently. The Huskies' mentor had traveled all the way from Storrs, Connecticut, to the small town of Dalzell to observe his top recruit in action.
- College students expect to walk from one building to another. Elementary school students do not, as thousands of students in Sumter School Districts 2 and 17 are forced to do that every day, leaving their portable classroom, going outside regardless of the weather and walking into the main building for trips to the cafeteria, library, and for some the restroom. Most Sumter County schools have portables and sidewalks leading to them. Some have covered walkways to protect students from harsh weather - some do not. The districts find the portable classrooms cheaper than school buildings.
- One day last week, Lula Gary helped a student find a place to live after he had been kicked out of his parents' house. Several hours later, she helped another student look for a job. In between, she showed a group of seniors how to fill out college applications. The next day was more complicated. Gary convinced a student that suicide was not the answer, handled a sexual abuse case, reconciled some differences between students and counseled students with behavioral problems. Gary is a high school counselor, which, over the years, has come to mean being a jack of all trades. Gary said counselors always have parents to see, teachers to talk with and community agencies to consult. Counselors are also responsible for coordinating orientation, financial aid workshops, several rounds of testing and graduation.
- Clarendon County has lost one of the founding fathers of its civil rights movement. James Lee Miller Sr., 70, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1992. A champion of the civil rights movement, Mr. Miller was instrumental in integrating the public schools of Clarendon County and obtaining school bus transportation for black children in the Jordan Community during the 1950s. The issue of bus transportation in Clarendon County led to a discussion of the legality of separate schools for white and black children in the county. Mr. Miller was among those who signed a petition to end racial segregation in the Clarendon County schools. The petition led the Briggs v. Elliot case, which was incorporated into the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The Supreme Court ruled in the case that racially "separate but equal" schools are not legal. Mr. Miller was a retired farmer.