75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Nov. 20 - Nov. 26
- Aviation Cadet John H. Fields Jr. was killed when his basic training plane crashed a mile and a half south of Shaw Field, the field's public relations office has announced. The crash occurred about 10:15 …
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- Aviation Cadet John H. Fields Jr. was killed when his basic training plane crashed a mile and a half south of Shaw Field, the field's public relations office has announced. The crash occurred about 10:15 while the cadet was on a routine training flight. A board of officers has been named to investigate the accident. Cadet Field's home was in Miami, Florida.
- John D. McMillan, Edmunds High football coach, has been selected to be one of the South Carolina coaches in the North Carolina-South Carolina all-state game to be played in Charlotte on Dec. 4.
- Boys and girls of Savage Glover School were ready when the time came to contribute to the war fund drive. To date, the total amount collected is $58. Also Staff Sgt. Harold N. DeLaine has just returned from one year of duty with the U.S. Expeditionary Force in North Africa. He will spend 20 days with his mother here. Sgt. DeLaine is a graduate of Morris College.
- Sumter High's Gamecocks defeated Orangeburg in the Edisto City by the score of 29-0 to continue on their victory string, but the final game of the season next Wednesday against Florence will find the birds facing a dangerous foe. Sumter scored three touchdowns in about eight plays after the first kickoff, and then the regulars turned things over to the substitutes who did an excellent job the rest of the way - except in the third quarter when the first stringers were back in action. On the first play, Goodson swept 25 yards and Harry Commins then swept over on a 35-yard run for a score. Three plays later Goodson went off tackle for the second score, and few minutes later the eighth play Pressley raced 45 yards for another touchdown.
- Sumter's best loved and in many respects leading citizen, the Rev. John Alexander Brunson, D.D., died at an early hour this morning. Dr. Brunson had been ill for some time, and his home-going was not unexpected, but still it came as a great shock to a host of friends. He was born on April 17, 1862, in Darlington and was the son of John Alexander Burch Brunson. His father was killed in the Second Battle of Manassas when the son was only three months old.
- Wives of Shaw Field's non-commissioned officers would meet on Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 at the U.S.O. Club, 14 S. Main St., instead of the bus terminal as previously announced. A Thanksgiving party has been arranged by the N.C.O. Auxiliary, the affair to be held at the U.S.O. Many surprises have been planned by the Auxiliary, and all wives of Shaw's non-commissioned officers are cordially invited, whether they are members of the Auxiliary at present or not. As a special feature, Mrs. J. E. McKnight, U.S.O. program aide, will give jitterbug lessons to the N.C.O. wives.
- The final link in the 2,026-mile telephone system from Edmonton to Fairbanks, Alaska, has been completed and for the first time in history overland telephone communication between the United States and its largest territorial possession is possible, Brig. Gen. James A. O'Connor, commanding the Northwest Service Command, announced today. Maj. Gen. W. D. Styer, chief of staff of the Army Service Forces in Washington, D. C., officially opened the line yesterday when he spoke from the United States capital with Anchorage, Whitehorse and Fairbanks - key points in the U.S. system of installations and bases in the far north.
- Capt. W. N. Offley appeared before city council in connection with post-war operation of the Municipal Airport and to ascertain status of the agreement he has with the city. Council requested the city manager to ascertain status at this time of this agreement since the Municipal Airport had been taken over and is being operated by the U.S. Government.
- First Lt. Wyndham M. Manning Jr., 21, son of Maj. and Mrs. Wyndham M. Manning of Atlanta and Stateburg, has been reported missing in action in the China area. The message notifying his parents that he was missing came, according to friends of the family, from fellow fighters in his flying outfit. Lt. Manning, a pilot, had been in the Chinese theater of action for almost a year, having been sent across almost immediately upon completion of his flight training. He is the youngest of three Manning boys in service, and all of them have seen duty in combat zones.
- A searching party of three truckloads of Shaw Field soldiers are combing the Wateree Swamp for missing cadet Girard T. Held of Pollium Drive, Chappaqua, New York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcel F. Held. The cadet went out on a routine training flight, and his plane crashed this morning near Highway 76, two miles north of the Wateree River. The searching party is in the charge of Maj. William J. Esch, operations officer.
- A large number of Sumter merchants last night heard Charles H. Frame, Railway Express official from Washington, speak on Post War Air Cargo transportation. Preceding the address a delicious turkey dinner was served by ladies of the Eastern Star. Declaring that post-war air transportation was the most challenging problem today, Mr. Frame traced the history of travel into the not-too-distant future when probably Sumterites would breakfast here, have lunch in San Francisco and be in Hong Kong for dinner.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
July 22 - 27
- Quiz kids from Clemson University of Sumter are exercising their buzzer hands and their brains for the final match against University of South Carolina at Florence on "Pee Dee Prep Parade" local version of "College Bowl." Team Captain Sam Boykin says about the competition, "Sometimes everybody on both teams knows the answers - it's just a matter of who can say it quickest. Then there are times when you know an answer, but when you start to speak, you lose it because you are tense. Then you just have to sit there and look dumb." Harold Chandler III, past president of the freshman class and student body president, volunteered, "The first time we went on, we were all quite nervous."
- Paul A. Conzelmann has assumed duties as general sales manager and Thomas A. Sailors Jr. will be new general sales office manager for Georgia Pacific Corp., Southern Coatings Division in Sumter. Announcement of the two appointments was made by R.S. McKenzie, general manager of Southern Coatings.
- Two big winners repeated in the action at Sumter Speedway, and one veteran chalked up his first win of the season. Richard McFaddin picked up his eighth win of the season in the Jalopy event, and Billy Baker coasted home to his sixth win in the late Model Sportsman feature. Red Moore, who has had his hard luck all season, romped home ahead of the field to pick up his first win of the season in the limited Modified action.
- The Sumter YMCA Swim Team defeated Waccamaw Swim Club in a meet in which a total of 21 pool records were broken. Outstanding Sumter swimmers in the meet were Carolyn Royer, Karon Stoffel, Rick Norden, Brad Royer and Byron Jamison, each of whom won two or more events in their age group. Brad Royer, 12, was selected to represent South Carolina on the All-Star State Swim Team at the Region III Swim Meet.
- Many of us, at one time or another, have gone away to "tech school." Here at Shaw we have a technical school that has come to us. The school, Field Training Detachment 307S, is under the operational control of Air Training Command but is permanently assigned to Shaw as a tenant unit. The unit is commanded by 1st Lt. Joseph V. Caputo, with CMSgt. Garnett C. Watts as NCOIC.
- City Council annexed two small tracts to Sumter by ordinance at a regular meeting at City Hall. Areas may be added to the city by ordinance when all the property owners in the tract in question petition the city for annexation, and this procedure was followed. The tracts involved in the annexation were a lot at 504 Adams Ave., owned by R.D. Newton, and land to the north of West Oakland Avenue where it crosses Green Swamp up to and including lots on Woodside Road. Six lots in all were involved in the second tract and were annexed at the petition of owners R.E. Graham (trustee), Robert E. Graham, W.M. Hodge, Christine K. Williams and Burgess-Brogdon Building Supply Co. by R.A. Burgess Jr. and J. Clint Brogdon Jr.
- Construction bids for Sumter's new $225,000 fire department building will be received and opened on Aug. 20 at city hall. Plans are now being distributed to prospective bidders by James & DuRant, Sumter architects. The two-story building will have 13,200 square feet of floor space. It will be located on the corner of Hampton Avenue and Magnolia Street.
- Paul (Little Bud) Moore has been named to drive the factory-backed Ford Torino owned by Bondy Long of Camden after hitching second-rate rides since his first Grand National race in 1964. Moore is the fourth driver for Long, who has former driver Fred Lorenzen as his chief assistant. Bobby Allison started the season behind the wheel, but he had his differences with Lorenzen, became dissatisfied with the number of races his bosses wanted to run and quit.
- Sumter has been named as the site for the South Carolina Palmetto Majors State Tournament. Announcement of Sumter's selection was made by Charles Gupton of the local Sumter Kids in Baseball program. Sumter, as host for the tourney, will be able to enter a team in the double-elimination event. Three other teams - the winners of Palmetto Majors district playoffs - will participate besides Sumter.
- Bids on the proposed $240,000 addition to Manning's Clarendon Memorial Hospital will be received, and within 30 days the board of trustees will accept one from those submitted. It is expected that construction will begin shortly thereafter, according to R.A. Weger, hospital administrator.
- It'll be Sumter American vs. Sumter National in the Palmetto Majors District Tournament at Walterboro tonight since both Sumter teams lost their games in the playoff's opening round. The contest will remove one of the Sumter all-star squads from the double-elimination tournament. The winning team will play again the next day.
- Being the driver for a commanding officer in Vietnam isn't always as it sounds. Sp. 4 Albert Davis, of Sumter, driver for Lt. Col. Reginald Deagle, commander of the Da Nang Support Command's 57th Transportation battalion, found out that driving can sometimes be a very risky job. Davis and Col. Deagle were wounded by shrapnel from a mortar that landed in front of their vehicle at a checkpoint.
- Ever since World War II, when he created that famous pair of bedraggled, mud-slogging GIs, Willie and Joe, Bill Mauldin has had a knack of being where the action is. Starting next week, editorial cartoons by the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Mauldin will appear on the editorial page of The Sumter Daily Item.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
April 23 - 29
- The Wilson Hall tennis team reached the SCISAA 3A state championship match last season with a senior-laden team. The Barons had to replace all six of their top singles players this season, thus not leaving much hope of another banner year. Think again. Wilson Hall, despite an 8-1 loss to four-time defending state champion Orangeburg Prep, is 9-3 this season and won the Conference I title for the fifth consecutive year.
- The 170-year-old Georgian mansion on East Liberty Street that housed the Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home for 27 years will be demolished and replaced with a grocery store this summer if a Greenville developer has his way. But first, Sumter City Council must approve the rezoning of three lots around the main property, developer Ed Good, who is working for a grocery chain, said. "It will be torn down," said Good, who is president of Hampton Development Co. Inc.
- A lack of money could mean that two new prisons will stand empty and 1,600 prisoners will have to be released early, Corrections Commissioner Parker Evatt says. The department needs $13 million to begin operations at the new prisons in Jasper and Clarendon counties. Otherwise, the current system will be overloaded. The House, in its $3.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, rejected the request for money. But there is still hope in the Senate, which hasn't yet approved its budget. Senate Finance Committee members have said they are looking for ways to avoid the problems Evatt predicts.
- Not only does B-I-N-G-O spell big money for winners, but it also spells big bucks for recreation projects. The state Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has received more than $9 million from license fees and taxes on bingo since 1987, said Vicki Ringer, a spokeswoman for the state Tax Commission. PRT in turn doles the money out to local recreation departments for development, much of which wouldn't take place without the grant money. Sumter County's share of the PRT money has translated into more than $100,000 in grants for parks and recreation development since 1989.
- Ten 39-inch hurdles covering 110 meters stand placidly before Eddie Neufville Jr. When the starter's gun sounds, he will begin to accelerate in a controlled explosion of speed, coordination and most of all, daring. It is this special combination of athletic prowess, work ethic and intestinal fortitude that high hurdlers bring to one of track and field's most demanding events. And Neufville, 16, is meeting the demand. In a recent meet, he broke Sumter High School's record for sophomores with a time of 14.5 seconds. The record was formerly held by Norman Greene, who as a senior was one of the nation's top hurdlers.
- The time of year has come once again to say goodbye to students who have diligently worked to receive their degrees of accomplishment. Throughout the past four years, Morris College seniors within the Class of 1993 have prepared themselves to move to higher heights as they embark on this next great journey. This year the college will award 140 degrees to students who have successfully completed their requirements for graduation. In addition to those 140 Morris College seniors, the institution will award four honorary degrees to persons who have made significant contributions to society as well as to Morris College.
- Franchises of several national chains were among the new businesses to open in Sumter County in the first quarter of 1993. Among those new businesses are a Food Lion grocery store, franchises of Western Auto and Meineke Discount Mufflers, Tuomey Regional Medical Center's Tuomey Medical Park and the Elite Inn motel. Jessamine Mall lost three tenants but gained three new ones - Rack Room Shoes, the men's clothing store Jeans West and the jewelry store Lorch Diamond Center - and reported the highest occupancy rate ever.
- Professional wrestlers are coming to Sumter High School for an exhibition fundraising tournament to benefit the school's wrestling team. The tournament will feature wrestling matches from members of the American Championship Wrestling Association in the school gymnasium. The money raised will be used toward the purchase of new uniforms and new wrestling mats.
- After only two weeks on the job as vice chairman of the state highway commission, Bishopville's Tom Drayton is engaged in a battle to protect the interests of South Carolina's rural areas. Drayton, a former Bishopville mayor and city councilman who was elected to represent the 3rd Judicial Circuit on the highway commission in April 1991, is fighting several proposals to restructure the state highway department - proposals that he says would hurt rural counties, like those that comprise the 3rd Circuit - Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Williamsburg.
- An area 100 feet by 50 feet may not seem very large, but when John Ridgeway asked Clarendon County Council to rezone part of his land so he could open a cemetery, his neighbors thought it was exactly 5,000 square feet too big. Ridgeway asked council to rezone the lot from residential multi-use to rural resource to allow a cemetery for the homeless on the tract, which is part of 15.9 acres Ridgeway owns in the Francis Marion Subdivision area, located in the Lower Santee area near Lake Marion. Council voted down the rezoning after residents protested.
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