75 YEARS AGO - 1944
April 1 - April 7
- A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign …
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- A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign headquarters in the Chamber of Commerce building would be closed and that beginning Monday an office would be located in the offices of F. E. Gibson and Son. Mrs. Van Newman will be at that location, Mr. Ward said, to handle the rest of the campaign's business. The phone number there is 751. Mr. Ward joined other officials of the campaign in thanking all who made the drive a success. Without each individual's support, he said, the drive could not have been successfully concluded.
- W. R. Wells Jr., of Sumter County, has assumed his duties as Clarendon County farm agent. Mr. Wells is filling the vacancy made by the death of F. M. Rast, who served as agent there for 22 years. Mr. Wells graduated from Clemson College in 1922 and taught two years at Dalzell, after which he worked for Sumter Packing Co. In 1926, he went to Marion County as farm agent, where he remained until May 1943, when he became associated with the Lance Williams Co. Mr. Wells will move his family to Manning after June 1. Mrs. Wells was formerly Miss Jessie Cope, of Orangeburg, and they have two daughters.
- A total of $1,198.22 was contributed to the Sumter County Red Cross War Fund drive through the Sumter, Rex and Carolina theaters during Red Cross Week in the theaters, K. E. Ward, manager of the three Sumter show places, said today. This amount was turned over to the Red Cross War Fund last Friday. Mr. Ward today thanked all Red Cross workers who collected the contributions in the theaters and the patrons for their fine response. "Red Cross Week in our theaters was a great success," he concluded.
- Eleven persons were apprehended in the city for gambling, according to police reports. Nine of the offenders were caught at one time. The two persons at whose homes the gamblers were playing were arrested on a charge of running gambling establishments. Other arrests were for disorderly conduct (five), drunkenness (three), insufficient brakes (two), one for defrauding a taxi and one for assault and battery. The latter case was turned over to county authorities.
- Mr. and Mrs. Riley A. Bradham received a War Department telegram this morning notifying them that their son, Pvt. Riley A. Bradham, Jr., was seriously wounded March 4 on the Italian front. They had previously learned from a letter that Pvt. Bradham had been wounded, and from other letters received that he was convalescing in an army hospital. His parents have received the Purple Heart which he was awarded. Pvt. Bradham has been in Italy since early last autumn and has been in almost constant combat. He was on the Anzio beachhead at the time he was wounded.
- Inter-post baseball was back in the limelight at Shaw Field, following a sudden reversal of policy on the part of the flying training command in rescinding the directive which banned travel of more than 25 miles one way to scenes of athletic contests. Capt. Stanley R. Gabrielson, post director of physical training, said that Shaw Field post headquarters has given his department a "green light" as far as authorization for a baseball team is concerned and that plans already have been launched for the formation of a team.
- Women are usually not mentioned when it comes to talk of serving overseas, but the service women of Shaw Field have proved that they, too, can serve with soldiers in foreign lands. Cpl. Ruby M. Mitcham of the Shaw WAC Detachment is the second member of the unit at this base to get her call for service abroad. The first WAC to go was Pvt. Lilliam M. Buika, former WAC orderly room clerk.
- Secretary of State W. P. Blackwell issued a charter today to Black River Farms Inc. of Sumter. The firm listed its capital stock at 20 shares without par value. Officers named were E. H. Moses, president and treasurer; H. H. Shelor, vice president; and M. B. Bultman, secretary.
- Ice was seen by our dawn patrol this morning. The early risers claim there was ice in bird baths about the town and a coating of it on many other things. But it's a chill wind that blows no good, so brace up. Judge Horace Harby tells us there's always a cold snap just in time for the Easter parade.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Dec. 2 - 7
- Airman John A. Frapwell Jr. has been named "Airman of the Month" in the Sumter Merchants Association Recognition Project for the month of November. Airman Frapwell, son of Mrs. Evelyn F. Frapwell of the Bronx, New York, has been in the Air Force since July 1968. He is a traffic maintenance specialist for the 363rd Transportation Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base.
- With the best height in several years, Edmunds High School's Gamecocks start their 1968-69 cage season here against Camden. Coach Charlie Hodgin is optimistic about his team's chances of improving on the 11-10 record of a year ago - but cites speed and inexperience as big problems. "We don't have a lot of speed, and with our inexperience it's hard to tell how well we will do. We do have the best height ever - and that's in our favor," he said.
- Postmaster W. Loring Lee Jr. today urged Sumter residents to start their Christmas shopping and mailing now. "After Dec. 1, the post office will be hard pressed to handle the tremendous volume of Christmas mail expected," he said. He noted that selections are better early in the season, shopping is more enjoyable, and one can be assured that his mail will be delivered before Christmas.
- Led by strong performances of Joseph Canty and William Blyther, the Lincoln High Bulldogs topped Jackson High School here in their cage opener, 65-53. Between the two, Canty and Blyther tallied 54 out of the 65 points managed by the Bulldogs. Canty was the leading scorer with 30 points, hitting 14 field goals and two free throws. Blyther had 24 points on 12 field goals.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mahoney are the proud owners of a true rarity for this part of the country - a tangerine tree that thrives and bears luscious orange-gold fruit every year until Christmas time. According to the Mahoneys, the 15-foot tree was started from a tangerine seed planted in a flower pot over 13 years ago.
- City Manager Wade S. Kolb announced the appointment of John Randolph "Randy" Peebles to the position of city building official, which recently became vacant with the death of J.H. Delk. Peeples, a native of Estill, has been a resident of Sumter for 23 years.
- Nov. 25, the date originally set by the staff of the 1968 Sumter County United Fund Drive for its victory luncheon, has come and gone, and the $203,000 goal is still incomplete. According to Richard P. Moses, campaign chairman for the current drive, approximately 98 percent of the whopping goal has been obtained, but the outstanding two percent, which represents about $4,000, is slow coming in. Team members are still working to bring in the last crucial two percent, which will mean the difference between the drive reaching a tremendous goal or going down in defeat.
- Heyward Crowson, Sumter Daily Item photographer, gave his 80th pint of blood at yesterday's bloodmobile operation, becoming the first 10-gallon donor to the Sumter program, now almost 18 years old. Blood Program Chairman Riley Bradham hailed Crowson's record as an outstanding example to the community. Mrs. Helen Malone, Red Cross staffer who engineered a photo of Crowson much against his wishes, terms him "one in a million."
- Crepe paper, chicken wire, contact paper, Christmas trees, grass, presents and everything else that goes on a float to make it attractive is being added in readiness for the big Christmas Parade. The parade of floats and bands will travel down Main Street from Calhoun Street to Bartlette Street. The parade is sponsored by the Sumter Jaycees and is an annual appearance for the "man of the season" - Santa Claus.
- The Edmunds High School Jayvees overcame a three-point deficit at halftime to stop Darlington, 37-26. Edmunds trailed at the half, 13-10, but proceeded to tally 24 points to only 13 for the home team to take the win. Art Beasley, only 5-3, scored 21 points to spark the Baby Birds to victory.
- The Morris College cagers loss to the Benedict Tigers 111 to 87 in beginning their 1968-69 season. Nat Dukes scored 30 points for the Tigers, in leading them to victory. Benedict had five men in the double column. James Robinson led the Hornets, scoring with 22 points, followed by Ulysses Holmes with 18 points.
- Two former Sumter children, whose entire school experience had been at the Hillcrest School, are the only American children in their respective classes at a public school in Nairobi, Kenya. Edward Heyse, 9, and his sister, Alice, 8, enrolled this fall at the Westlands Primary School in the modern capital of this East African country. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Heyse who are studying the Swahili language for three months. The Heyses are getting ready for a four-year assignment with the Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Heyse will teach at the II-boru Lutheran Secondary School in Arusha.
- Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Rogers, of the 4417th Combat Crew Training Squadron, received an electronic warfare maintenance award while attending the annual convention of the Association of Old Crows at San Antonio, Texas. The Association of Old Crows is a professional organization formed to further the national effort in the field of electronic warfare. The association has approximately 5,000 members.
- The Homebuilders Association of Sumter-Clarendon installed new officers and board of directors at its meeting. New officers include: Harry Commins, president; B.M. Morris, first vice president; C.P. Hodge, second vice president and outgoing president; and Robert I. Ard, secretary-treasurer. Mrs. Catherine Ford was appointed executive officer of the Homebuilders Association.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Sept. 4 - 10
- No one knows how many people in Sumter County are homeless. Most agree that Sumter's homeless tend to be male. The Rev. A. Clark Jenkins of Emmanuel United Methodist Church estimates that he sees about six to eight homeless people among the roughly 50 served each day at Emmanuel Soup Kitchen. The homeless include transients who pass from town to town and the working poor, knocked down by a bad break, fighting to get back on their feet. Sumter is home to a number of community service agencies, but many have narrow missions. Some think that these groups are enough to help the homeless in a community of Sumter's size. Some think that the community needs to do more. Some of the people who need this help the most are unaware that it exists or how to get it.
- Sumter High head coach Tom Lewis wasn't happy about the 10 penalties and two fumbles committed by his team, but he had no complaints with the final scoreboard tally, which read Gamecocks 17, Berkeley 8. "It was another win, and we're glad for it, but it was not pretty," said Lewis, whose team improved to 2-0 with the win at Sumter Memorial Stadium. "We made a lot of mistakes tonight. We played Bryan Richardson at tackle instead of center, where he's been a regular, and we moved Tyrone Washington over to guard from tackle. With a new center and with us playing two quarterbacks (Franklin White and Chad Hoshour), we had some problems with the snaps."
- Furman senior wide receiver Willie McConico spent most of his summer vacation working on his game. He ran sprints, caught footballs and lifted weights - all in an attempt to make himself a better football player. And when the Indians stopped Scott's Branch 28-6 in their season opener last week, it was McConico who came up with the big plays. He caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and had three returns for 131 yards in the game. That performance convinced McConico that all of the hard work was finally paying off.
- Nikky Finney used to spend childhood days basking in the sunlight that crept through a ground-level window of the Carnegie Library wondering why a black woman couldn't do for a living what so many white women could: write. She had written, since the age of 10, while watching her parents fight the war for civil rights. At 13, she was treated to a performance of "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," by Lorraine Hansberry, a black woman. "It changed my life," she said of that performance at Sumter's Morris College. "I never knew there was a black woman who won the kinds of awards she did and had the kind of attention (paid) to her work that she did." That experience gave Nikky the courage - or as she says, the "pluck" - to pursue a writing career.
- The silver wings that 1st Lt. Blake Waller wears on his chest symbolize a year of rigorous training designed to put him in the ranks of America's elite aviators. That Waller has no plane to fly dramatizes the changes the end of the Cold War has wrought in the Air Force. Waller, a 1990 graduate of the Air Force Academy, works in the 309th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base but doesn't fly regularly - at least not in military planes - despite his successful graduation from European/NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. The end of the Cold War has put him - and 919 other trained pilots who have completed Undergraduate Pilot Training - into a pool of aviators whose silver wings are pinned down to earth for as long as two years and 10 months.
- Local banker Howard Elkins has been named Independent Banker of the Year by the Independent Banks of South Carolina. Elkins, president and chief executive officer of The Bank of Clarendon in Manning, was selected by representatives of the 71 banks that are members of the IBSC. The honor is awarded annually on the basis of outstanding service to the independent banking industry and to the local community.
- Four members of USC Sumter's full-time faculty have been promoted and three have been granted tenure, Dr. C. Leslie Carpenter, dean of the university, has announced. Tenured faculty promoted from associate professor to professor include Dr. Charles K. Cook (mathematics), Dr. Carolyn A. West (biology), and Dr. Laura M. Zaidman (English). Dr. Nancy E. Macdonald (psychology) was granted tenure and promoted from assistant to associate professor.
- Dr. Luns C. Richardson recently announced new faculty and staff members. Serving in the Division of General Studies are Dr. Leroy Staggers, Dr. George G. Richardson, Huline Goodman, Victoria Duncan and Harold Oberg. Staggers is serving as an associate professor of English, Richardson is serving as an assistant professor of English, Goodman is serving as an assistant professor of mathematics, Duncan is serving as an assistant professor of reading and Oberg is serving as an assistant professor of biology.
- The grave of Revolutionary War Gen. Thomas Sumter is about to receive a lot of attention. Georganne Kirven, an agent with the Sumter County Clemson Extension Service and executive director of the Sumter County Keep America Beautiful program, is encouraging everyone to bring their muscle and public spirit to a cleanup day for the Thomas Sumter Memorial in Stateburg. The cleanup is part of the national Take Pride in Public Lands Day sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.
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