75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Feb. 13 - 19
Through an oversight, Dianne Lawson was named by the Item the high collector of tin cans at the schools last week. Little Miss Lawson, a first-grader, was second in the contest, but the title high-scorer was rightfully won by Maxie King of the Junior High School, who brought in a total of 751 cans. Young King led all collectors. Diane brought in 637 cans, and Robbie Broadwell of the sixth grade took third place honors with 523.
• News has been received that Eugene Dabbs III has been promoted from second to first lieutenant. He is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Dabbs of the Salem Black River section. He is with a tank destroyer outfit in England. Another son, Naval Aviation Cadet William A. Dabbs, has just been ordered to the Naval Aviation training Station at Pensacola, Florida, after having completed his primary training at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri.
• Feb. 25 has been set as the definite date upon which the city of Sumter will honor one of its distinguished sons, Maj. Gen. Emile P. Moses, Mayor F.B. Creech announced this morning. Gen. Moses, commanding office of the Parris Island Marine Base, who has had a long and outstanding record in that branch of the service, is a native of Sumter. Two brothers, City Councilman H.A. Moses and Henry P. Moses still reside here.
• In addition to captaining Clemson's basketball team, Cadet Robert Moise of Sumter is ROTC captain of Clemson's Company B-1. Moise is also a member of the leadership fraternity Blue Key, a member of the student governing Senior Council; secretary of the Block "C" club; and a member of Gamma Alpha Mu, writers fraternity. He was sports editor of The Tiger, Clemson student newspaper, for one year.
• Edwin Boyle has been named chairman of a special committee to plan a dinner to honor Maj. Gen. Emile P. Moses, commanding officer of the Parris Island Marine Base, Mayor F.B. Creech announced this morning.
• Robert J. Bauman, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Bauman of Sumter, was recently appointed a Naval Aviation Cadet and was transferred to the U.S. Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola, Florida, for intermediate flight training, according to an announcement from the public relations office of that station. Prior to entering the naval service, Cadet Bauman studied at Belmont Abbey for two years. In October he was sent to the U. S. Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Anacostia, D.C., where he successfully completed the elimination training course in February.
• A total of 577 cases of 30 dozen eggs were purchased and shipped from the state to prevent a drop in the market in the state. A surplus of eggs may necessitate the shipment of eggs for several weeks. Depots where trucks will pick up the eggs for shipment have been set up at Darlington, Florence, Sumter, Manning, St. Matthews, Columbia, Greenwood, Laurens, Fountain Inn, Greenville and Spartanburg. The eggs are shipped to a drying plant in North Carolina for Army or lend-lease.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Oct. 15 - 21
Ronald F. Atkinson, son of Mrs. J.K. Atkinson and the late Mr. Atkinson, was promoted to the rank of corporal on Sept. 2 while on duty in Con Thien, Vietnam. Cpl. Atkinson is a graduate of Edmunds High School and Sumter TEC, and he received his military training at Parris Island and Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, before reporting to Vietnam.
• McIntosh, the first living Sumterite to be so honored, was on hand for the impressive candlelight ceremony at Sumter-Lee-Clarendon Shrine Club. He termed it the "highest honor ever accorded me." Tommy Parker, master councilor, presided over the presentation of the initiatory degree in a special closed ceremony.
• Faye Neal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Neal, was the winner of seven trophies and two medals at the N.M.A. Baton Contest recently. These honors included four first-place trophies and three second-place trophies. At the Masters National Open Contest in Augusta, Georgia, this year, Faye placed in four events.
• Barring the unexpected, Lincoln fullback Oliver Wells should go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the 1967 season when the Bulldogs host Colleton's Tigers at the Fairgrounds Stadium. Wells, only a junior, needs three yards to reach the coveted plateau, having rushed for 997 yards in Lincoln's first eight games.
• Two years ago when Steve Satterfield began his first campaign as head coach of Sumter's Gamecocks, he took over a team that had won only twice in 11 outings during the previous season. The Birds needed a quarterback with leadership ability and one that didn't panic when the pressure was on. Satterfield found a good one in Robbie Baird. He led the Gamecocks to an 8-2-1 record, their best mark in 16 years.
• The Distinguished Service Award "for outstanding professional achievement and leadership in extension home economics programs" will be presented to Mrs. Evangeline Thompson, Sumter County extension agent, at the National Extension Home Economists Association annual meeting in Jackson, Mississippi.
• A distinguished service award for accident prevention went to former Sumterite Mrs. Bettye Anne Langdoc at the annual accident prevention conference of the South Carolina Industrial Commission. Employed by the Charleston County Health Department as a coordinator of the nation's first poison prevention project, Mrs. Langdoc's activities and work resulted in her award.
• Sumter's Jayvees scored in every period and went on to record their sixth victory of the season without a loss as they trampled Brookland-Cayce, 32-0, at Memorial Stadium. With Guy Huggins filling in at quarterback for the injured Jimmy Eaves, the young Gamecocks struck for their initial score in the first quarter on a 48-yard drive. Fullback Wayne Johnston climaxed the march when he roared 32 yards to the end zone.
• Sumter County's United Fund Drive has pushed over the $100,000 mark. To date, $106,597, or 59.4 per cent of the $180,000 goal for 1968 has been reached. Baxter Kelly, 1968 United Fund campaign chairman for Sumter County, praised the "outstanding teamwork" of the members of his campaign committee.
• The newly-formed Anchor Club at Thomas Sumter Academy, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Sumter, received its official charter from Pilot International Headquarters in ceremonies at the Academy. Miss Barbara Cook, president of the group, was presented the charter by Miss Sidell Ott of Columbia, Anchor Club chairman for Pilot International's District Five, comprising the state of South Carolina. Mrs. D.E. Milling, Sumter club president, presented Miss Cook the president's pin.
• The midway for the 1967 Sumter County Fair is taking shape as opening day rapidly approaches. Sponsored annually by Sumter Post 15, American Legion, the Fair will run for a week. J. Cliff Brown, managing director of the fair, announced the schedule and participants in this year's event.
• The Lincoln High Bulldogs won their second straight game by clobbering the Colleton High School Tigers, 33-7. The Bulldogs scored on the first play of the game when Isiah Mack returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for the Bulldog's first touchdown.
• A defense that was extra tough and a steady offense spearheaded by Dwayne Windham carried Sumter's Gamecocks to their second straight win of the year and a 14-0 conquest of Orangeburg's Indians.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
July 17 - 23
Sumter Police Maj. Joe Floyd, who was a finalist two years ago in Sumter's search for a police chief, has been chosen to head up the police department in Laurens. Floyd, a 20-year veteran of the Sumter Police Department, will become chief of the Laurens Police Department the first week of August.
• Greg Blanding was fascinated by speed. "I like to pass people," the former Sumter High School track standout said recently. "And when the crowd cheers me on, it makes me want to run even faster. Passing people is like a rush for me." Blanding paced the Gamecocks to two state titles during his four-year career at Sumter High. He won the 800-meter run as a sophomore, a rare feat on the high school level, at the state meet in 1983. In his final two high school seasons, Blanding claimed three individual state titles and set numerous school records. He signed a track scholarship with S.C. State College in 1985.
• Sumter City Council is expected to give final approval to the purchase of two recycling trucks. The trucks cost about $69,000 each and will be used for recycling purposes throughout the city, City Manager Talmadge Tobias said.
• Once upon a time, in southern Sumter County, a farmer's ox wouldn't cross the bridge. A fellow farmer game him a piece of advice - "Poke he tail, he go." As Boy Newman tells the story, that bridge crossed what is now called the Pocotaligo Swamp, whose name is really of Indian Descent. Newman and his teen-age friends used to play around and swim in the swamp more than 65 years ago. Now, Newman, 81, can't locate the site where he swam in 1925 because of the fallen trees and overgrown weeds, which prevent even four-wheel-drive vehicles from getting to his old hangout. "We need to poke somebody's tail to get them to do some work," he said. The swamp was clean enough for swimming years ago and there was also good fishing there.
• Conway Post 111 used the bunt and solid defense to go along with the strong pitching of Scotty Smith to defeat Sumter 3-0 in the opening game of the American Legion baseball second-round series at Coastal Carolina Stadium. P-15's head coach Wallie Jones has gained a reputation as a man who likes to put the ball on the ground with bunts and make things happen. Conway took a page out of his book, laying down five sacrifice bunts. All three of its runs were scored with the help of the bunts.
• The State Law Enforcement Division's helicopter was paid for by drug dealers. Drug thugs have also bought a boat for the Clarendon County Sheriff's Department, semiautomatic weapons for the Sumter County Sheriff's Department and cars for the Sumter Police Department. In fact, illegal drug assets seized by police have become a vital part of financing law enforcement, local police say. "Without it, I don't think we would be able to operate, or our efforts would be greatly reduced if we didn't have that source of revenue to operate out of," Sumter County Sheriff Tommy Mims said.
• Lori Palmer-Fielding says from now on, Tuesdays will be "The Day" in Sumter County. Tuesday will be the day medical care is brought to the young people of the county, said Palmer-Fielding, a member of the Sumter County Infant Mortality Task Force. The Sumter YWCA, with money appropriated this year by Sumter County Council, is sponsoring a Child Health Outreach Project to take health care into the poor, rural areas of the county. A mobile medical unit owned by a Columbia company is scheduled to visit several sites in Sumter County in hopes of improving health care for children and lowering the infant mortality rate.
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