75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Nov. 28 - Dec. 4
Major William A. Thompson, of Sumter, whose name has been linked with Shaw Field since its inception, has relinquished his duties as base adjutant to become base defense and plans and training officer, S-3, Col. Burton M. Hovey Jr., Shaw Field commanding officer, announced today. In his new post, Maj. Thompson will coordinate and plan all training for officers and enlisted men at Shaw.
• Sgt. Jesse Thomas Hynds, 21, son of Mrs. J.A. Ardis, of Sumter, has been reported killed in action somewhere in the Solomon Islands, according to a telegram received by his mother from the Navy Department. Hynds was with the Marine Corps and had been in the service three years.
• It was revealed in a check-up that Bill Hughes, Sumter co-captain, who saw no action in the Gamecocks' last two games because of an injury and Charlie Penny, the Birds' pass snagging end, finished the season tied for high scoring honors on the 1942 outfit. The boys had 49 points apiece. Runner-up to the top men was Eddie Dunlap, who fought his way across the goal line five times for 30 points.
• Sumterites are cooperating splendidly with the new system of garbage collection, designed to save tires and gas, City Manager Raffield said this morning. Trucks, which hitherto collected garbage daily, now make the routes only three times weekly. It means a considerable reduction in mileage and gasoline, the city manager pointed out.
• The S.C. State Commission of Forestry has approximately 10 million forest tree seedlings available for the tree planting season that is now at hand, says W.C. Hammerie, state forester. "These trees were grown in the State Forest Nursery at Sumter, South Carolina, recently dedicated to the memory of Horace L. Tilghman, former chairman of the State Commission of Forestry."
• Tonight, the Sumter Y boys open their 1942-43 basketball season with a doubleheader, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on their home court. The first game will be an exhibition between two of Sumter Y Midget teams. This game will be a preliminary to the main event, which will bring together the Fighting 56th of Shaw Field and the Sumter Y Juniors. The starting line-up for the Juniors will be chosen from the following: Alfred Scarborough, Van Newman, Billy Jones, Wendy Levi, Ernest Stroman, William Bradham, Everett Ness, Scott Rumph, Phelps Bultman, Jimmy Moise, David Edens, Tommy Hughes, John Marshall and Dick Warren.
• Five women comprise Sumter's second class of Nurse's Aides and their instructor. Graduation exercises were held at Tuomey Hospital at which time the aides were capped and awarded the pins signifying them as members of the local Red Cross Nurse's Aide Corps. Mrs. R. Leland Moore, chairman of the volunteer special services of the local Red Cross, presided at the program, and the invocation was made by the Rev. W.D. Gleaton, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church. Charles H. Dabbs, hospital superintendent, made a short address and presented each volunteer aide with a $1 bill, terming them "Dollar-a-year" workers. Graduates were Mrs. Dudley Hodge, Mrs. Eugene Osteen, Miss Virginia Mabry, Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. W.V. Chadwick and Mrs. Sam Pace.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
July 31 - Aug. 6
Seventeen separate polling places will be open for voting on a bond election which is to determine whether School District 17 will issue $3 million in bonds for the construction of badly needed school facilities to accommodate students who are increasing by more than 300 annually. Dr. L.C. McArthur, superintendent of School District 17, is confident that the vote will be favorable "if the people who care" go to the polls.
• Sumter's police and fire departments had their annual baseball contest scheduled for Riley Park last Wednesday and they went through with it despite the heavy rain. When it was over the fire department had splashed their way to a 6-3 victory, the eighth win in the last ten years for the firemen. Pete Pritchard hurled on the mound for the winners and struck out seven in recording the victory.
• John W. Watson, Sumter native and former aide to Gov. Robert McNair, has been named director of public relations for Fripp Island Resort, Inc. Watson's resignation from the governor's staff was effective today. He had served as McNair's chief speech writer.
• Sumter National, undefeated in tournament play, takes on Edisto here as action continues in the Palmetto Boys district play-offs. National recorded its second straight shutout of the tourney by blanking Sumter American, 4-0, with Ikey Anton going all the way on the mound for the winners. Charles Craft got things started for National by belting the first pitch of the ballgame over the centerfield fence for a home run.
• Project T-Square, a program which strives to provide inefficiently tapped human resources with the technical "know-how" that can turn them into useful citizens, began setting up its operation in the Dixie Life Building on Main Street. Wade Kolb, city manager Ruben L. Gray, associate director of Project T-Square, Robert Palmer, a member of City Council, and other members of the project met at the entrance to the office on Liberty Street to study repair and furniture needs in the rooms to be used when the office officially opens for business.
• Taking top honors in the City Track Meet at Alice Drive were Denise Sublette, Becky Player, Joey Stanton, Mike Bonnette, Mark Booco, Vickie Baird, Karen Hatfield, Linda Baird and Nancy Haule, each of whom won two or more events in his or her age group.
• Dalzell native Caroline C. Heriot has been appointed law librarian for the Loyola University School of Law. Before coming to Loyola, Heriot was librarian for the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe. Last year she served as first vice president and chairman of the program development committee of the American Assn. of University Women, Santa Fe branch.
• Johnnie L. Washington, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 238 at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, has been awarded a scholarship to attend a Philmont Scoutmasters Conference in Cimarron, Mexico. Washington was the only recipient of a scholarship in the entire Pee Dee Area Council.
• The Sumter County Department of Public Welfare has a new director. He is William H. Mathis, 47, a veteran of 20 years' military service who has worked with the American Red Cross since 1963. Mathis replaces Mack Pruett, who has accepted a position with the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Columbia.
25 YEARS AGO -1992
Sumter School District 17's Board of Trustees has completed interviews with five finalists for the district's vacant superintendent position, including interim Superintendent Dr. Andrena Ray. "I was interviewed by the board (of trustees) in a formal interview last week," Ray said this morning "I am an official candidate." The board will meet May 5 to review the candidates' applications.
• Wilson Hall tennis coach Chuck McCord felt his Barons had to have an above-average day if they were to defeat four-time defending state champion Orangeburg Prep for the SCISAA 3A title. It didn't happen and the Indians have now won five in a row. Prep dominated the singles, winning five of the six matches, and went on to a 7-2 victory at the Palmetto Park courts.
• Bishopville native Mike Holland wants to shoot in the 80s during today's final round of the Ben Hogan South Carolina Classic at The Country Club of South Carolina. But he's talking degrees, not strokes. "This is my time of year - from May to August," he said after shooting a one-under 71 in the opening round Thursday.
• While the world of art can be kind or cruel to those who pursue careers amid its ever-changing environs, a number of USC Sumter alumni are enjoying considerable success as artists. Tarleton Blackwell, a Clarendon County resident, returned to his alma mater recently to present a slide-illustrated lecture on his work. In spite of a busy schedule as an elementary school teacher, Blackwell still finds time to paint life-size portraits and large-scale pieces that include images that sometimes startle, often amuse and always challenge the viewer.
• An increasing number of people are taking advantage of the various programs offered by the Sumter County Recreation Department, according to Ray Mergil, the department's athletic director. "We have 96 teams, with an average of 15 kids per team, participating in our Sumter Kids in Baseball program this year," Mergil said. "That is the most Sumter County has ever had. We had to cut off the registration because we didn't have any more parks to put them in. Last year, we roughly had 73 teams."
• Sumter City Council will hear a final report by City Engineer Al Harris on the feasibility of providing city utility services to residents living north of the city. A group of residents in that area has requested annexation in an effort to gain use of city services. Harris told council members that bringing wastewater service to the area - adjacent to U.S. 401, north and south of the U.S. 76-378 bypass - could cost as much as $800,000. Installation of a wastewater system in the area would be an infrastructure improvement of long-range development. Currently only about 30 houses exist in the area.
• "Sumter youths say they are tired of being treated like second-class citizens by adults, media, society and each other. "People don't give youth credit," said Bryan Morse, a Thomas Sumter Academy senior. "They think that because you're young, your words won't hold water." But some Sumter County teens are determined to earn that credit. A group of about 10 teens has formed the Sumter County Youth Council. The group's goals are to provide positive role models for children and to communicate with adults, the media and local government officials.
• Will Sumter County automobile owners have to pay an extra $12 to $15 to drive their cars next year? Sumter County Council members said they will explore the idea of charging a $12 to $15 vehicle fee to help pay for county road maintenance. The fee would be in addition to personal property taxes already levied by the county on cars, but property owners would see the fee taken out of the taxes on tier land, Councilman Joe Davis said.
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