75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Shaw Field's baseball team won its opener against the University of South Carolina in a game played at Hovey Park on Saturday afternoon but dropped the All-Service team league contest to the 26th Division of Fort Jackson at Dreyfuss Field, Columbia. The fliers won from the Gamecocks by 7 to 2 and lost to the 26th, 4-3. Sgt. Hugh Mulcahy of the 26th, emerged the winner in a pitching duel over George Turbeville of Shaw field. The two major leaguers, who abandoned their baseball for army life, were as even as two peas in a pod, however, and both gave up only five hits.
• Bond and Stamp sales at Edmunds High School during the week of April 2-8 totaled $290.20, it was announced by student body president Scriven Brunson in an assembly Friday. This brings the grand total invested thus far to $4,922.40. Pupils in Mrs. A.H. Forester's junior homeroom, by investing $134.80 in bonds and stamps received the floating trophy for highest sales of the week. Harry Commins, a member of that homeroom, was the individual high purchaser with a $100 bond.
• At the Junior High School this week, Miss Elizabeth Segar's seventh-grade homeroom set a record in the War Bond and Stamp campaign. Each of the 34 students in her room not only bought at least one stamp but also bought at least one stamp every day during the week; this gives them 100 percent participation daily as well as for the week. Their total sale amounted to $49 with Betty Ray Evans the high individual purchaser. At assembly Friday, the room was awarded the South Carolina flag for the highest percentage of students buying.
• F.C. Martel, Greyhound Bus Co. official, and George D. Brown, company architect, will come to Sumter Thursday afternoon to discuss plans for the construction of the new bus station at the Claremont Hotel, a building permit for which was obtained some weeks ago from the War Production Board. After 30 days had elapsed from the time of the granting of the first permit, an extension of it was given to the end of this month. The Greyhound representatives will meet with W.E. Pratt, manager of the Claremont, and city officials at the Chamber of Commerce.
• Dr. W.G. Moore, pastor of the First Baptist church, received news that his first cousin, Lt. Joseph W. Shipley of Bristol, Virginia, was killed in the crash of the bomber he was piloting. The airship crashed near Tampa, Florida. Four others died in the crash. Shipley received his basic training at Shaw Field.
• J.L. McInnes was unanimously elected to head the Robert O. Purdy Jr. Post 3034, Veterans of Foreign Wars, for a second term at a meeting of that group held last night. Under Commander McInnes the post had gained many privileges and won the distinction of being the first post in the state of South Carolina to achieve its goals in both the state and the national membership races.
• Scenes near Wedgefield will be filmed within the next several days for use in the motion picture "A Guy Named Joe," it was learned here today. The picture will star Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne and is an MGM production. Scenes filmed near Wedgefield will depict similar scenes in England, it was said by the director and business manager of the film, who were on the spot today making arrangements for the "shots."
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
The Joys of Christmas at the Hollands is the invitation of the Poinsett Garden Club to visitors to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Algie B. Holland. The Holland home contains many antiques and the garden club members, under the chairmanship of Mrs. C.E. Hinson, are planning to utilize many of these pieces in decorating this Holiday House.
• If hustle and desire mean anything Sumter's Gamecocks are going to win some basketball games this season. In a gutty performance, the Birds continuously overcame numerous offensive mistakes to finally pull out a 57-51 season opening victory over Camden in the fourth quarter. "I'll guarantee you it certainly feels good to start off this way," said Sumter coach Charlie Hodgin. "And it's especially good to win on the road."
• Al Towery, team captain for Sumter's Gamecocks, is the area's Player of the Week for his efforts in sparking the Birds' 57-52 victory at Camden Friday night. Towery, a 5-11 senior, pumped in 35 points during the season opening victory and virtually kept his club in the game for the first three quarters, when he tallied 21 of his points.
• Cadet Charles Alessandro of Sumter was recently named by The Citadel to the 1967 Edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In being selected he achieved a coveted distinction among seniors in universities and colleges across the nation.
• Mrs. Bessie Brody died after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Hyman Joseph Brody. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. S.A. (Ruth) Greenberg of Florence; nine sons, Raymond, Abram and Alex Brody of Sumter; Sam, Leo, Julius and Jake Brody of Kinston, N.C.; Morris Brody of Greenville, N.C., and Dr. William Brody of Philadelphia, Pa. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
• John M. Mahon, Sumter County Engineer and active civic leader, has been appointed to the board of directors of The National Bank of South Carolina, it was announced by S.L. Roddey, chairman, and Harry E. Wilkinson Jr., president. Mahon, a longtime resident of Sumter, fills a vacancy on the board created by the death of H.H. Strong earlier this year.
• Sumter grabbed the lead from the start, never lost it and coasted to an easy 75-40 basketball victory over Bishopville's young Dragons. Coach Charlie Hodgin used his subs freely in recording Sumter's second straight win without a loss. Jimmy Trembley, who looks a lot stronger under the boards than he did a year ago, sparked the Birds' charge as he muscled his way to 18 points Al Towery added 14 points with Ricky Shivers collecting 10.
• Alan Hamilton, a junior at Edmunds High School, is the winner of the 1967 Horsemanship Achievement Trophy, sponsored annually by the Sumter Daily Item. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hamilton has been active for six years in horse projects and is serving currently as president of the Sumter County 4-H Horse Club.
• Lincoln, with 11 men getting into the scoring act, raced to its fourth win of the season against one loss by belting Ebenezer, 97-74, at the Bulldog gym. William Blyther and Jimmy Rembert poured in 27 and 28 points respectively for the winning Bulldogs.
• Hillcrest, placing four men in double figures, threw up a tight defense that held Furman's leading scorer Toby Tobias to two free throws and the Wildcats came away with a 59-45 victory at the Indians' gym.
• School officials in District No. 17 are struggling with financial problems created by the expected loss of state surplus funds, according to Dr. L.C. McArthur Jr., superintendent. The superintendent and Fred Wells, business manager, have been engaged in numerous consultations with knowledgeable state officials and extensive research in an attempt to formulate a recommendation to the school board in relation to the budget.
• Clemson University scored a double victory in the recruiting department here today when assistant Tiger coach Art Baker signed Sumter standouts Dwayne Windham and Jimmy Trembley to football grant-in-aids. Both will enter the freshman class of 1968.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Never let it be said that Summerville head coach John McKissick isn't above some trickery if that's what it takes to win a football game. McKissick inserted seldom-used Demarcus Valintine at quarterback against Sumter to run the option and that's exactly what he did. He ran for 87 yards and a touchdown and guided the Green Wave to a 17-12 victory over the Gamecocks at Sumter Memorial Stadium.
• The future has quickly become now for Sumter native Wally Richardson. After starting Penn State's fall practice as the fourth-string quarterback, Richardson, a true freshman, will start for the Nittany Lions against Temple. Richardson won't be in his first game, however. He played 2 quarters in Penn State's season-opening, 24-20 win at Cincinnati.
• Students who signed up for USC Sumter's "Social Dance" physical education class this semester are learning there's a lot more to dancing than just moving their feet. Social Dance instructor Lynwood Watts, who also taught ballroom-style dancing when he was employed at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia, works with his students whether in the gym or on the stage of Nettles Auditorium at USC Sumter.
• Doug Darran and Helen Yochum wanted to revive the rich history of the 92-year-old building at 20 East Liberty St., but found that to renovate the building would cost more than they would be able to recoup. "We need to win the lottery," Yochum said. The two-story brick structure was gutted by a fire in the 1980s, but the signs marking what it once was - E.W. Vogel's Tiles and Wallpaper store, Dickson's Shoe Repair and a place that sold 5-cent drinks - are still partially visible on the building's fa ade.
• Larry Powell won the 25-lap Late Model main event sponsored by Chris' Family Hair Care at Sumter Rebel Speedway. Powell and Ray Cagle started on the front row. Powell led the entire race with Cagle in second place, Darren Griffin in third, Joey Griffin in fourth and Bob Sharp in fifth. Arthur Winn won the Super Stock feature with Ronnie Johnson placing second, Billy Coursey was third, Ronnie Anderson fourth and Alvin Davis fifth.
• House Speaker Bob Sheheen has appointed State Rep. Joseph T. McElveen Jr., D-Sumter, to serve on the Committee on High School Apprenticeships and Mentorships. The committee was created by the General Assembly to study issues pertaining to students who are unlikely to attend college or are potential high school dropouts.
• A pair of Furman High players have been chosen as the Sumter Touchdown Club High School Football Players of the week. Furman quarterback Terrance Wells and Indian linebacker Travis Robinson received this week's awards. Wells, a 6-1, 180-pound senior, won the offensive award for his play in the Indians'12-0 win over Flora. Robinson, a 5-6, 170-pound junior, earned the defensive award for helping to lead the Indians to their third consecutive shutout of the season.
• After taking a walk through the phone book, you finally run your fingers across the number you've been searching for. You pick up the receiver and quickly dial, waiting patiently for someone to answer the call. But that "someone" is likely to be a "something" as more and more state agencies use computers to screen incoming calls. If you've dialed Sumter School District 17, you're probably familiar with this. Not everybody likes having computers at work on the other end of the line, but for those who handle the calls it has been wonderful in reducing the number of calls fielded.
• More than 20 Sumter city employees have returned home after 12 days of helping with hurricane cleanup efforts in Florida. The crew, headed by city Public Works Director Ed Davis, arrived in Florida City, Florida - population 8,000 - which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Andrew. It's located just south of Homestead, Florida.
• Sumter attorney Terry A. Trexler has been appointed to the board of directors of the Sumter Partnership for the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation. The objectives of the partnership are to foster a positive relationship between the University of South Carolina at Sumter and the surrounding community; solicit and receive gifts; and build an endowment fund for the institution.
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