75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Aug. 21 - Aug. 27
- Workmen of the Carolina Industries, Sumter, were among thousands of Southeastern shipbuilders cited by the Navy Department for their part in fabricating sections of the tank landing ships which were …
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- Workmen of the Carolina Industries, Sumter, were among thousands of Southeastern shipbuilders cited by the Navy Department for their part in fabricating sections of the tank landing ships which were assembled in the Charleston Navy Yard and according to the Navy gave "excellent performance" in spearheading the attack on Sicily. Carolina Industries is operated by a partnership which includes John Evans, B. L. Montague and L. D. Montague. L. D. Montague serves as manager of the concern.
- The best physical fitness rating at Shaw Field is held by 1st Lt. Paul Feinerer, assistant physical training director - a man who practices what he preaches. Lt. Feinerer's 114 sit-ups, 1 chins and 48-second shuttle run gave him a total of 265 points and a PFR of 85 percent. While in college, Lt. Feinerer was All-Ohio center in football in 1939 and a member of the Mid-West All-Stars football team in 1940. He was also a boxing and wrestling champion in the 175-pound class.
- Sumter is proposed as an important airline stop in an application for feeder line routes which Southeastern Air Express Inc., Atlanta, is filling in Washington with the Civil Aeronautics Board it was announced Saturday. In the proposed system, which will serve the entire Southeast, Sumter will be connected on direct routes with Atlanta, Florence and Raleigh and will serve as an important link in the system which will interconnect with other major Southeastern points and the trunk lines of the nation's airways.
- The Shaw Field public relations office said Aviation Cadet George Schneider of New York was killed at 9:30 p.m. yesterday when his training plane crashed about six miles east of Kingstree. He was on a routine training flight. Schneider's next of kin was listed as his father, George S. Schneider of Long Island, New York. A report was issued stating that the cadet met his death as result of a mid-air collision with another Shaw Field plane but that the second plane had returned safely.
- Fritzie Zivic found an increasing number of fight followers who agreed with him that he'll flatten Bob Montgomery, Sumter native, in 10 rounds or less at Shibe Park, Connie Mack's rest home for aged ball players. The odds, once 4-1 in favor of the New York and Pennsylvania lightweight champion, slipped to 9-5 and, with Zivic's cohorts wending their way through the Alleghenies from Pittsburg, were likely to drop farther by ring time.
- Dates for the Sumter County Fair have been changed from the last week in October to Nov. 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, J. Cliff Brown secretary, announced. Mr. Brown said that he was glad to announce the change as there now would be no conflict with the Methodist Conference, which is scheduled for the city during the last week of October.
- Long columns of Army trucks and combat vehicles will be moving in blacked-out convoys in portions of the Carolina maneuver area lying generally north and west of Columbia, South Carolina. Main arteries of travel on which the bulk of this traffic will be are highways numbered U.S. 21, S.C. 22, 215, 219 and 226, and secondary roads extending four miles east and west of each. Motorists are asked to cooperate in the operation of battle problems now in progress in this maneuver area.
- Gov. Olin D. Johnston said today he believed that a South Carolinian should be given preference for the presidency of Winthrop College and particularly a Southerner. The governor expressed the view after announcing a meeting of the Winthrop board of trustees, set for tomorrow, had been cancelled. However, he added a meeting would be held "soon."
- Six thousand pounds of clothing were collected in the "Share Your Clothes with Russia Drive" which was officially closed today, J. H. Beaman, chairman of the American and Auxiliary which sponsored the campaign, declared early this afternoon. "The clothes," Mr. Beaman said, "were of an excellent quality and the Legion appreciates the cooperation of the citizens in giving the bundles."
- With the exception of Gibbons who starred at shortstop for Sumter's American Legion Juniors, and Thornhill, a new pitcher, both of whom will play tomorrow, the Sumter City team will have the same lineup to use against Camden tomorrow night as the one that started the season. The locals chalked up three straight wins before hard luck hit the club and made necessary a makeshift lineup.
- A large piece of meat has been given by S. A. Harvin of the Kirkland Provision Co. to members of the city fire department in appreciation of the job they did in fighting the fire at the canning factory and abattoir last Thursday morning. The meat was divided among the members of the fire department and the auxiliary firemen who aided them according to Chief E. H. Lynam.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
April 22 - 27
- The Borough House was built sometime in the 1750s on a land grant to William Hilton. As far as can be determined at this time, the house was subsequently owned by William Bracey and then by Adam Brisbane, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hooper who acquired it in 1772. Their descendants, now seven generations later, are still in residence. The house may have been a tavern before the Hoopers owned it, which seems reasonable according to the floor plan - one large room downstairs with fireplaces at either end and four rooms upstairs.
- The Morris College Hornets picked up their second victory of the season, defeating Coker College 72-51 at the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center. Joe Pendergrass led the Hornets, now 2-14 on the season, with 20 points. Tony Wilson added 16 and Willie Davis had 14.
- The Young Women's Christian Association of Sumter will join with YWCAs across the United States in observance of National YWCA Week with the theme "Where You Count - the YWCA." According to Mrs. T. P. Palmer, executive director, "this theme stresses what is at the base of all YWCA programs - the individual girl or woman who wants to find a place where she can develop her own potential and contribute to her community, nation and world."
- Bicycle riding has been a popular recreation among lovers of the outdoors ever since the two-wheeler was invented, but many cyclists are unaware of or ignore bicycle safety rules. Local acting Police Chief L.W. Griffin points out that many accidents involving automobiles and bicycles have occurred recently in Sumter and that in the United States each year, 700 to 800 school-age bike riders are killed in traffic accidents. In most cases, the bicycle rider involved was breaking a law or safety rule.
- Plans for a college degree nursing program, to be instituted on the freshman level at Clemson University at Sumter, were unveiled by Dr. Sam M. Willis, CUS director. Dr. Willis told the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing Committee that the four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing would be instituted for freshmen both here and on main campus. The following year the program will be offered on the sophomore level at both campuses and thereafter, the junior and senior levels will be added at the main campus only.
- It was not Frank Chandler's day and thus, it was not Sumter's day either in the annual Region IV golf tournament at the Spring Valley Country Club. Chandler, who has played some amazing golf this spring, ran into problem after problem during the 36-hole match that was played from championship tees. As a result, the Gamecocks came in third with a team score of 668 behind champion Florence, 623, and runner-up A.C. Flora, 634.
- Sumter captured two tennis matches from Darlington at Memorial Park to run its season record to 10 wins and 3 losses. In the first match, a makeup of an earlier meeting that was halted by rain, Sumter defeated the visitors 6-3. The Gamecocks came back to take the night cap by a 7-2 score. Coach Charlie Hodgin's crew was to meet Rock Hill and then go to Greenville for the State Tournament the next day.
- Construction plans have been finalized and financing arranged for the first building of the proposed Wilson Hall educational complex, with occupancy scheduled for the coming school year, according to John D. Lee Jr., general chairman of the Building Fund Campaign. The private school, organized last year in Sumter and currently operating in temporary facilities, is envisioned as a $500,000 complex for the operation of 12 grades. Enrollment for next fall already stands at 100 students spread through grades one through eight that will be offered in the initial building. The institution, named after the late John S. Wilson who was instrumental in its founding, is designed to benefit the youth of Sumter County by offering an excellent preparatory education.
- In a pre-conference track meet Mayewood's Rebels captured a delayed victory after an apparent loss to Timmonsville. When the meet ended the score sheet showed Timmonsville on top with 47 points and Mayewood second with 46. But on a re-check of the scoring, it was discovered that the Whirlwinds had entered boys in more than three events. This disqualified Timmonsville in one of the relays giving Mayewood the triumph with 47 points.
- The 363rd Combat Support Group received the base on the job training trophy for having the best OJT program at Shaw for the first quarter of 1968. The trophy which goes each quarter to the unit having the best program for the previous three months was presented by Col. Leslie J. Westberg, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance wing commander, to Tech. Sgt. William Greene Jr., OJT supervisor for the 363rd CSGp.
- Battling Sumter overcame a rash of its own mistakes and a brief thunderstom to ease by Camden 5-4 and stay in the running for the Region IV Baseball crown. The Gamecocks made five errors, three in the first inning as they blew a 3-0 lead and allowed the host Bulldogs to deadlock the contest during the initial frame. Junior right-hander Ronnie Grooms experienced some rough going on the mound but still managed to go all the way and even his own record at 2-2.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Jan. 22 - 28
- The Clarendon School District 2 Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Dr. Sylvia Weinberg's contract for three years, marking the first time the district has extended a superintendent's contract for more than a year. "The board and I agreed that having a three-year contract would help us make some long-range plans," Weinberg said after the meeting.
- Brig. Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, who commanded the former 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, was nominated to receive a second star by President Bush. The nomination was made public a day after Bush left office according to Eberhart. It means that the 48-year-old Eberhart is in line to become a major general within six months.
- Laurence Manning coach Woody Lathan, former Wilson Hall junior varsity coach and Wilson Hall alumnus, ventured back to his old stomping ground and his team responded early in the emotional fest, going up by 15 in the first quarter, but the Barons scratched their way back and rallied for a 72-70 win. The Swampcats beat Wilson Hall in every facet of the game in the first period, yet the battle came down to the last 14 seconds of the game.
- What had the look of a good basketball season was starting to slip away from the Sumter High Gamecocks. A 1-4 start in Region IV-4A, compounded by a 66-41 drubbing by Irmo, had SHS head coach Byron Kinney and his team searching for answers. A meeting with the team's seniors was the answer, at least against Richland Northeast. The Gamecocks played inspired basketball throughout and rallied from a nine-point deficit to defeat the Cavaliers 56-52.
- Rowland Alston, a Sumter County agent, was one of two South Carolina Extension workers who recently received the 9th-annual Hoechst-Roussel Cotton Extension Education Award. The awards are made possible by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Hoechst-Roussel Agri-Vet Co. The program which is managed by the National Cotton Council recognizes both the outstanding agent from a cotton-producing state, as well as the extension worker or team making outstanding contributions to the U.S. cotton industry.
- It's wet. Ditches are full, fields are boggy, and some crops still have not been harvested. Let's examine the impact of the above-normal precipitation for agriculture in Sumter County. According to Greg Harvey, county extension agent here in Sumter, around five percent of the cotton remains in the field. With 15,000 acres planted last year, this represents a loss of $110,000. An eight percent loss is estimated for soybeans equating to $250,000. There is a possibility that up to 10 percent of the wheat may drown which would mean a loss of $60,000.
- USC Sumter senior Deron McCormick, who will receive a bachelor's degree in finance through the USC Aiken Business Program in May, says he owes much of his success to scholarships. "I have been lucky enough to get a scholarship for every one of the four years I've attended USC Sumter," McCormick said. "Knowing that scholarship recipients have to perform well academically has certainly provided me with an incentive to do my best and make good grades. I guess that I speak for everyone who has received a USC Sumter scholarship in saying just how much these scholarships are needed and appreciated by their recipients."
- It's 10:30 a.m. and James Enos Clyburn isn't in yet. History may be unfolding, but for now it will just have to wait a few more minutes. Clyburn and his wife, Emily, have already been awake for more than five hours, having caught a 6:50 a.m. flight from Columbia to Washington, D.C., via Charlotte. Yes, the couple is in town, visitors to Clyburn's office in the Cannon building are assured; they just wanted to drop off some things at their apartment before wading into the onslaught of well-wishers.
- The game was tight. Mayewood had led by as many as 11 points but found itself fighting to keep a six-point advantage with one period remaining. But wait! Christie Dennis just bombed three straight jumpers to lead Mayewood to its 10th win of the season. That's common for Dennis. She's been the starting point guard for the Lady Vikings for four years. Her coach calls her "a really good example for all of my girls."
- Many Morris College students enjoy tuning in to area radio stations, and a few spend their time operating them. Two local radio stations - WMCC-AM and WQMC-AM - on the third floor of the L.C. Richardson-W.A. Johnson Learning Resources Center at Morris College offer students a chance to gain genuine experience. WMCC-640 AM is a student -operated carrier current radio station that broadcasts on campus from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. A federally funded grant funds it. WQMC-1290 AM is a commercial station and it broadcasts from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
- If you haven't been to Jessamine Mall on a recent Friday or Saturday night, it may already be too late to see first-hand what mall officials and police have resolved to stop. Weekend shoppers need not be concerned with the intimidating behavior of young people loitering and blocking the paths of others, cursing, making lewd comments and, sometimes, even fighting among themselves. For the past three weekends, including this weekend, city police have made a show of force at the Sumter mall, almost tripling - to 10 to12 - the number of uniformed officers that would normally be there at night, to defuse a situation that many say was dangerous and on the verge of growing out of control.
- Hillcrest head coach James Smith expects a run-and-gun affair when his top-ranked Wildcats take on arch rival Sumter High. "I think it will be a transition game," Smith said, following Hillcrest's 69-68 squeaker over Spring Valley. "If the officials let us play, I think it could also be a physical game. I don't mind playing a physical game, but I don't want to see anybody get hurt." The Gamecocks, Smith added, will have plenty of reasons to be motivated for the game, which concludes the first half of the Region IV-4A schedule for each squad.
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