Edmunds High School gets 1st black teacher


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

June 5 - June 11

  • Frank B. Jernigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Jernigan of Sumter received his commission as second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps upon successfully completing the officer candidate course at the anti-Aircraft Artillery school, Camp Davis, North Carolina, on June 3.
  • Ensign R. J. Connell, U.S. Maritime Service enrolling officer in Atlanta, Georgia, declared that the age and physical requirements for enrollment in the service have been lowered for men desiring to serve in the stewards' department aboard the ships of the American Merchant Marine. Mr. Connell stated that a headquarters directive to his office authorizing the change was received and would be put into effect immediately.
  • The commanding officer of Shaw Field's newest military unit is a petite blonde of 23, and, of course, the organization is a detachment from the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She is Second Officer Martha Ann Hoyt, of Manchester, N. H., who made up her mind long ago that if there was another war she "wouldn't sit at home and knit socks, but would do something." A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Lt. Hoyt went to work in an airplane instrument factory when there were no military jobs available to women, the WACC's were formed, and she was one of the first to apply, being inducted on July 29.
  • Flight Officer William W. Wolfe, and Second Lt. William K. Callison, co-pilot, of the Myrtle Beach Army Air Base, risked their lives to bring a B-26 bomber in to a crash landing at Shaw Field. After the retractable landing gear of the bomber jammed while the plane was on a routine training mission, Wolfe radioed his base for instructions. An order crackled through the air to fly to Shaw Field and attempt a crash landing. Three crew members were ordered to bail out, and co-pilot Callison was given permission to jump, but he elected to stay with the ship and help Wolfe bring the ship in. ... Wolfe flattened the plane out and pancaked on to the field and skidded to a stop with damage only to the landing gear and the underside of the fuselage. Both man walked away from the plane unhurt.
  • The last construction employee of the $57,000,000 Santee-Cooper hydroelectric development will leave the project June 15, President H.F. Harza of the construction engineering company told the development board of directors. General manager R.M. Cooper simultaneously announced that a double rail bridge across the tail canal at the dam site had been completed, winding up construction.
  • Captain George W. Ransdell, of Carrollton, Kentucky, arrived at Shaw Field to assume the duties of post dental surgeon. Before coming to Shaw Field, Captain Ransdell spent nine months at Selman Field, Louisiana. Captain Ransdell was practicing dentistry before he entered the service in March 1941 and was assigned to Maxwell Field as assistant dental surgeon.
  • J.M. Eleazer, county agent, warns farmers to take care of their mules. Local veterinarians are receiving calls concerning these animals having heat strokes (because of the) hot weather and that the heaviest work comes at this time of the year. The best advice is to work early and late during the hottest weather, taking a longer rest at noon during the hottest hours. In addition to regular watering, take the stock out and water them in mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and be sure to give them plenty of salt all along during the hot weather, Mr. Eleazer advised.
  • The Navy announced 16 casualties, including 11 dead, two wounded and tree missing. This brings to a total of 23, 270 the total navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard casualties reported to the next of kin since Dec. 7, 1941. Today's list included name of Fred Elite of Mayesville.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Nov. 6 - Nov. 12

  • Lincoln High's basketball team, which has won 11 games in 16 attempts this season, appears set for a solid campaign next year. William Blyther and Joe Canty, the Bulldogs' two top scorers, are both juniors. Blyther has been scoring points at a 25 per game clip while Canty has come on strong in recent games. There's another reason for optimism in the Lincoln camp. The Bulldog Jayvees have a dazzling 13-3 record and will send up several promising talents to the varsity next season.
  • Bobby Richardson, retired professional baseball player and noted Christian layman, will deliver a Greater Issues Address in the Citadel Armory on Feb. 10. In a report to Gen. Hugh P. Harris, president of the Citadel, representatives of the Corps listed Richardson among the few Americans they most wanted to hear. ... He is known among professional athletes as one of the most gifted speakers on tour in the United States.
  • Arthur S. Bahnmuller assumed the presidency of the Sumter Salvation Army Advisory Board at its annual meeting. He succeeds Barnes Boyle. A large turnout of civic club leaders, board members, friends of the Salvation Army and senators Henry B. Richardson and Thomasine Grayson Mason attended the dinner meeting at the Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall.
  • No trains are moving, and only superintendent personnel are on duty at the Seaboard Coast Line's Sumter yard, according to W.C. Brown, freight agent for the line. Members of the striking union have formed a picket line in Sumter, which is being respected by the company's other union workers. A passenger train that passed through Sumter at 7:50 a.m. three hours after the strike was called, was the last activity in the yard. It was en route from Florence to Augusta.
  • Whitney Bradham, a Sumter native and a 1952 graduate of Edmunds High School, has won the "Outstanding Young Educator Award," presented by the Jaycees of Dunn, North Carolina, where he is head football coach. Bradham is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Bradham of Sumter and was a member of the 1950 Sumter American Legion Junior baseball team that advanced to the sectional finals before bowing out.
  • City school officials disclosed today that Edmunds High School has its first black teacher. She is Mrs. Marjorie N. Penolver, an English teacher with 16 years' experience. Her last teaching assignment was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she headed the English Department at Edison Junior High School. Mrs. Penolver holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a Master's degree from Cornell University. ... She will teach sophomore English at Edmunds High.
  • College scholarships worth $500 each will be awarded to 36 deserving high school seniors by the Belk Foundation during 1968. E.C. Stroman Sr., manager of Belk-Stroman Co. in Sumter, explained, in making the announcement that those entering college for the first time in the fall of 1968 will be eligible to compete for the scholarships. Stroman cited the increasing importance of college education, for both the individual and the community, as the reason The Belk Foundation will continue its scholarship program.
  • The sales force of Kneece Tractor and Truck Co. of Sumter attended a product showing of new machines that International Harvester Co. plans to introduce in 1968. Featured among the new tractors shown were: International and International Farmall 1256 Turbo, 856 and 756, all with position comfort design, believed the most important advance in operating comfort; International 656 tractor with hydrostatic drive in standard and row-crop models; and the complete line of five lawn and garden tractors in 7, 10 and 12-hp models (two with hydrostatic drive); and the new Cadet 60 riding mower. The company also showed its International 444 three-plow tractors.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

Nov. 6 - Nov. 12

  • The Sumter Municipal Election Commission certified the results of the city elections at a special city council meeting and council gave final approval to several zoning matters. Councilman Miles Hodge beat Republican challenger Bill Weatherly by a vote of 1,015-877 for a second term as the Ward 4 representative. Hodge was the only council member up for re-election this year who faced opposition.
  • Central Carolina Technical College officials and area county council members heralded the addition of a new building to the school's campus. The Health Science Building, at 501 N. Guignard Dr., was hailed by Tech's commission Chairman Cody Palmer as an example of financial and educational cooperation between Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Kershaw counties.
  • Sumter High School head football coach Tom Lewis said during the week leading up to a show-down against arch-rival Hillcrest that the Wildcats have "the type of team that, when it gets it all together, can beat the tar out of you." Hillcrest proved him right. The Wildcats pounced on Sumter for 20 points in the first quarter and coasted to a 34-0 victory at Sumter Memorial Stadium. It was Hillcrest's first win over Sumter since 1985.
  • Sumter native Terry Kinard, a former Clemson All-American football player who had an eight-year career in the National Football League, will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in halftime ceremonies of the game between the Tigers and North Carolina in Death Valley. Kinard will be one of six people inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Hillcrest High School basketball star Ray Allen knows where he wants to play college basketball, only he's not telling anybody - at least not yet. Allen will announce his decision the first day of the week-long early signing period. The 6-5 guard/forward will choose between Connecticut, Alabama and Kentucky. Allen, who is leaning toward Connecticut, said he has several reasons for how he came about narrowing his choices to a Big East school and a pair of Southeastern Conference schools.
  • This fall, USC Sumter expanded its documentation of student accomplishments beyond those related to academics by implementing a new concept on campus - Student Development Transcripts. "For years and years, we've told our students how important it is to become involved in campus life, but at the same time, little was done to document this involvement," explained Dale Bullard, USC Sumter's assistant dean for student affairs. "Now just as the academic transcript verifies the importance of the classroom experience, the student development transcript or SDT will confirm the value of our students' development outside the classroom."
  • It sits far from the highway, surrounded by fields and forest. But for many businessmen, the Sumter County Airport gives them their first glimpse of the Gamecock City. That's why Leo Mansuetti and the Sumter County Airport Commission are trying to upgrade the facility. In fact, work on a new $350,000 terminal is set to begin and plans for a new navigation system are also in the works.
  • Sumter School District 2 will get a $30,000 computer system to help in the personnel department, the district's superintendent said. District officials say the system will soon pay for itself. Superintendent Frank Baker announced that the new computer will store information on all of the District 2's 1,050 employees. The system will also have a payroll function that will allow the district to handle its own payroll accounts, he said. District 2's payroll is currently handled by an accounting firm in Camden.
  • Sheets of plywood may block but don't hide the charred remains of a once popular restaurant on North Main Street. Formerly Main Street's Bistro and Grille restaurant, the building at 35 N. Main St. was gutted in a 1990 fire that demolished the interior of the building. The restaurant had only been open for six months before the fire that burned all night destroyed it.
  • A long set of rules, three construction bids and a labyrinth of federal guidelines later, Sumter County may soon begin repairing the Second Mill Dam. The dam broke during heavy rains in October 1990, draining Second Mill Pond, which is located near the Elks Lodge on Liberty Street. But council may soon see the pond at the end of the stream if the Elks allow construction workers to use the lodge's property while they work on the dam. Sumter County Administrator Bill Noonan said he thinks the Elks will cooperate.

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