75 YEARS AGO - 1944
April 29 - May 5
- Lt. Ashby Dick was injured in action on the Italian front on April 7, relatives here have been notified. Lt. Dick sustained a fractured hip and other injuries and is in an Army hospital. The Sumter …
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- Lt. Ashby Dick was injured in action on the Italian front on April 7, relatives here have been notified. Lt. Dick sustained a fractured hip and other injuries and is in an Army hospital. The Sumter officer was wounded before April 7, but his injuries were considered of a minor nature. He was given treatment at that time for shrapnel wounds. Lt. Dick is married to the former Miss Dorothy Reynolds of this city.
- A still near Rembert was raided by Deputy Sheriff C. M. Emanuel and rural policeman Sidney Geddings, the sheriff's office reported. In order to get to the hideout, the officers had to wade through 500 yards of water up to their waists. One man in the act of bringing new supplies to the still heard the officers and made his escape. He left equipment behind which was confiscated. Four barrels of mash, a steel drum and other still supplies were taken over by Deputy Emanuel and Officer Geddings.
- Approximately 1,000 persons witnessed impressive coronation ceremonies at Edmunds High School; Miss Joye Tucker and Lauren Booth were crowned queen and king of the school by William Henry Shaw, superintendent. The coronation is an annual event staged for the purpose of raising funds for the school annual. Students this year expected to raise $185 but exceeded that amount by several hundred dollars. About $330 was made on the voting for the royal court alone, and $90 was taken in last night The program for the coronation consisted of outstanding Sumter and Shaw Field talent. All of the numbers were well received.
- W. J. Seale formally announced himself a candidate for the office of sheriff of Sumter County in the coming Democratic primary. In announcing his candidacy, Mr. Seale said he felt that his experience of more than 12 years as chief of rural police had made him thoroughly familiar with the duties and requirements of the office for which he is asking and that he will greatly appreciate any investigation of his past record as a law enforcement officer.
- Mrs. Roy T. Wright, wife of Col. Wright, commanding officer of Shaw Field, was named president of the Officers' Wives Club at a meeting held in the Coca Cola Community Room. Mrs. Wright has not arrived in Sumter yet but is expected to come to the city soon. Mrs. C. F. Peterson was elected vice president, Mrs. R. A. Linder secretary and Mrs. Robert F. Carpenter treasurer. Tentative plans for activities during the summer months were discussed.
- Shaw Field chalked up a 15-2 victory over Sumter High's Gamecocks in a practice baseball game played at Municipal Park. Despite the score the game was well played. Both teams will officially open their seasons at the local park next week. Shaw Field will tackle the Columbia Army Air Base Bomb Flashers under the lights Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, the high school nine will take on the strong Kingstree High outfit. The high school will play only four games this season.
- J. C. Prioleau, assistant director of the Morris College summer school, announced the list of courses which would be offered and urged prospective students to make plans to sign up on the registration dates, June 2 and 3. Classes will begin June 5. The school, which is fully accredited and approved by the state department of education, will have classes in the arts, sciences, education and religion.
- Construction of rooms and equipment for the YMCA Health Club is nearing completion, and a formal opening may be possible sooner than expected, it was made known today. The hot steam room, the electric vibrators, sun lamps, infra-ray lamp, electric cabinet bath, individual exercise room, etc., are now ready, and all the plumbing, electrical and carpentry work is about complete. Painting and renovating the club rooms, which will be located on the east side of the ground floor, are the two main obstacles, but this work is expected to be finished the first of May.
- "History only repeats itself," recalls Herbert Moses recently. He was referring to the story carried in The Item concerning the soldier who caught and milked a cow in Italy. In the summer of 1898 during the Spanish-American War, the Sumter company, part of the 1st South Carolina regiment, was in camp in Chickamauga Park. "The late Ansley Harby, Loring Lee and I had a tent together," Mr. Moses tells it, "and one day Ansley came in hurriedly, looking for a rope. He had seen a stray cow down near a creek; he tied the cow to a tree in a good grazing spot, and for several days we had fresh milk."
- The Japanese two-man submarine captured by the Navy at Pearl Harbor attracted large crowds on Main Street. It is displayed in towns and cities for the benefit of Bundles for America. The Japanese submarine is now putting money into the organization which has the American soldiers' interest at heart. Crowds watching the display began arriving this morning and were surprised at the size of the submarine. Some had expected a very small undersea craft, whereas the sub is actually about 60 feet long.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Dec. 29 - Jan. 4
- "I find it overwhelming to be named among the nation's finalists. It is most exciting," said Mrs. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson about her selection as one of the top five finalists for the National Teacher of the Year contest. This national awards program is sponsored by Look Magazine in cooperation with the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C. Each finalist will be interviewed and observed at work in his or her school by Look Magazine.
- Charlie Hodgin of Edmunds High School is a coach who seldom gets excited on the bench during a basketball game. Not one to scream at the officials, Hodgin instead yells encouragement to his team of Gamecocks. He spends most of his waking hours figuring out how to win basketball games. Sumter, unfortunately, is like most of South Carolina - basketball has not gained a real foothold. Once it does, this fervent supporter will be in the charmed circle of respected coaches.
- When the day comes that the colors pink and purple go together with bright yellow - then the time is right for a teenage coffeehouse. The time must be right in Sumter because students from Edmunds High School are working with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Church of the Holy Comforter to open one on Calhoun Street. Because of the size of the entertainment room, the attendance will be on a first-come basis for the opening. The coffeehouse is open to 10th-grade students or 16 years old and over. Membership is $2.
- The Sumter County Board of Commissioners and Ralph M. Abercrombie Jr., administrator at the Tuomey Hospital, announced that as of Feb. 1, 1969, the local hospital will assume the responsibility of providing ambulance service to Sumter County. The county was forced to seek a suitable ambulance service for Sumter County after it was notified by the county's nine funeral homes that they would discontinue the service on Jan. 1, 1969.
- Five substandard houses, termed "dilapidated shacks" by Buster DuRant, Sumter's Minimum Housing enforcement officer, have been transformed into modern, livable residences through the efforts of a unique nonprofit making organization known as Mt. Pisgah Homes Inc. It is the first such project in the United States. Working under section 2210H of the National Housing Act, Mt. Pisgah Homes Inc., headed by the Rev. F. C. James, pastor of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, was able to secure a "rehabilitation loan" for $52,700, with which the property and substandard homes were bought, completely renovated and sold to low-income families.
- A groundbreaking service to begin construction of the new sanctuary for the Lake Marion Baptist Church will be held on Jan. 5. The church began in 1966 and met in the homes of the members. Later, a specially designed mobile chapel was purchased which would hold 100 members. On May 21, 1967, the church, then a mission of Summerton Baptist Church, constituted a fully organized church. The church has increased its membership to the present total of 66.
- A young Sumter educator has been selected to appear in "Outstanding Young Women of America for 1968." Carole Jean Harrelson was selected by the Sumter Altrusa Club, who submitted her name to the publishers. Civic clubs throughout America were invited to nominate young women from their area. Altrusa clubs in other cities in South Carolina participated in the project.
- The Sumer-Lee-Shaw Scouting District Board of Review met at Tuomey Hospital and approved the applications of two local Boy Scouts, Paul J. Docherty Jr. and Steven M. Pritchard, to become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in scouting. Composing the Board of Review was Robert M. Nettles, chairman, and J. Mac Sprott, Ralph M. Abercrombie and Horace B. Curtis, who questioned the scouts and reviewed their applications. Steven M. Prichard, 14, joined the Boy Scouts in 1965. Paul J. Docherty Jr., 17, became a Boy Scout on his 11th birthday in 1961.
- Home Stay USA, a name given to a program which places Brazilian students in American homes, is now asking families in Sumter, Manning and Summerton to participate. This program is sponsored by the Cultural Exchange International Unit. The Trident Chamber of Commerce in Charleston and the Sumter Chamber are working on the exchange program with Mrs. Gay McDugald, a native of Brazil and now a Charleston resident, and the Sumter area coordinator, Mrs. Raymond Weger.
- The Monarch, Manning High School newspaper, continues to receive excellent ratings in state contests, although because of its new full-year printing it has met much stiffer competition this year. Monthly critical competition sponsored by the SCSPA has placed the Monarch in a class with papers from such large schools as Brookland-Cayce, Columbia High, Wade Hampton High of Greenville and others of comparable size. Even with this competition, the Monarch received 89 points from a perfect score of 100. Several Monarch staff members have also been given very good scores in the Story-of-the-Month contests.
- Brenda Driggers and Barbara Rogers, seniors at Edmunds High School, have been selected as co-chairmen of the Volunteer of the March of Dimes Teen Age Program for Sumter County. The selection was announced by Tom Winstead, director for the 1969 campaign. Brenda and Barbara have been active in multiple school activities. "Go MOD Day," the high point of the Sumter County teens' drive to help prevent birth defects, will be held in January.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Oct. 1 - 7
- Football championships in Region IVAA must travel through Pageland. Year in and year out, Pageland Central is the team to beat in the region. More often than not, opponents can't get the job done. Central has won seven region titles in the past eight years. The Dragons became the Eagles' latest victim, falling to Pageland Central 26-6 in Bishopville. However, Central had all it wanted from Coach Karl Burns' squad. The yardstick indicated how closely competitive the Dragons were. Bishopville earned eight first downs to the Eagles' six and were outgained in total yardage by only 10 yards (204 to 194). However, four fumbles lost and two interceptions cost the Dragons any chance to win the football game.
- Fumble-itis struck the Sumter High Gamecocks for the second consecutive week, and this time they paid for it. After losing four fumbles and still beating Fairfield-Central 21-3 a week ago, SHS cut the total in half against Lancaster. The Bruins, however, turned both turnovers into touchdowns and shut down the Gamecock offense on the way to a 17-3 win at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium. Both of the lost fumbles came in the first half and set Lancaster up for short scoring drives. The Bruins, 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Region IV-4A, scored their touchdowns on drives of 19 and 36 yards.
- University of South Carolina Sumter turned the spotlight on its most academically motivated students at the annual Honors and Awards Convocation, an event second in importance only to commencement on the school's academic calendar. Bethany E. Barth, a junior majoring in anthropology, was awarded the 1992-93 Outstanding Achievement Award (also known as the Peg Cuttino Memorial Award), which is reserved for USC Sumter's top-ranking student overall. Recipients of 1992-93 Outstanding Achievement Awards, which are given to the top student in each of USC Sumter's four academic divisions, were: Thelma M. Jones, a junior majoring in elementary education who received both the Division of Arts and Letters and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education awards; Holly L. Kyle, a finance major who graduated last spring under USC Sumter's cooperative business degree program with USC Aiken; and Kristen K. Brown and Teresa L. Dinkins, who tied for the award from the Division of Science, Math and Engineering. Brown is a junior majoring in allied health, and Dinkins is a senior majoring in nursing.
- The official opening of the new Lee Correctional Institution highlighted the 1993 Lee County Cotton Festival. About 100 people attended the brief ceremony to open the $45 million prison which will replace the 126-year-old Central Correctional Institution in Columbia. State Rep. Grady Brown, whose district includes Lee County, told the group he was pleased to see the completion of the facility but was concerned that not enough Lee County residents were getting jobs at the center.
- Bill Pinkney, the lead singer and a founding member of the Original Drifters, was surprised and flattered when he found out three years ago his version of "White Christmas" was chosen as theme music in the movie hit "Home Alone." "A friend called me up and said, 'Bill, you're going to be a rich man. I heard you singing in this new movie.' I didn't know what he was talking about. No one had contacted me about it," Pinkney, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, said. "I was a little surprised they picked my song. I mean a lot of people have done it. But I guess they wanted an upbeat version, and mine was sort of a novelty."
- The statistics speak for themselves. Each year more than 65,000 people are killed or injured in 2.6 million house fires. A fire can consume a home in five minutes, and a person has only about two minutes to escape. About 1,200 children die in fires each year, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in homes without working smoke detectors. While these statistics are chilling, a family's best defense against a fire is prevention, said Lt. Mike Dunlap, training officer for the Sumter Fire Department.
- A local agency for the mentally disabled will build three new houses in Sumter for independent clients, thanks to a federal grant of almost $616,000. The grant will enable the Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board to build the homes within the next three years, increasing its beds for clients from 38 to 47, said C.J. Troyer, the nonprofit agency's executive director. The money, to come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is one of 16 grants for South Carolina agencies that HUD recently announced.
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