75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4
- First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, …
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- First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, the name of Lt. Harrelson was mentioned in an enemy broadcast picked up, as being a prisoner in German hands. The purpose of such broadcasts is to gain listeners for enemy propaganda which the programs contain.
- Sumter High School dropped a 16-20 decision to Camden's Bulldogs at Camden. The Gamecocks, trailing through three periods, jumped into a 2-point lead near the close but fell back to drop their second game of the year. The Bulldogs used a zone defense to slow down the Gamecock attack, and as a result the score was held down. High scorer in the slow contest was Wilson, the Camden center, with only six points. Sumter's guards tried long shots in an attempt to overcome the stubborn Camden defense, but they missed the mark.
- Alfred Scarborough Jr., popular president of the Edmunds High School student body, was honor guest at several parties prior to leaving for Davidson College to enroll in the freshman class. David Edens, who as vice president of the student body will fill Alfred's unexpired term as president, was host at a stag dinner for Alfred on Wednesday night. A red, white and blue color scheme was featured, and covers were laid for eight. After dinner, Monopoly was enjoyed.
- Lt. David D. Lenoir Jr. was killed in a plane crash near Rapid City, South Dakota, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Lenoir, were informed. The wire telling of his death was received by his family shortly after the crash. No details were given. Lt. Lenoir, pilot of a B-26 bomber, received his wings last May at Ellington Field, Texas. He was stationed at Battle Creek, Michigan, for a while and was based at Casper, Wyoming, at the time of his death. He also had seen duty at McDill Field, Florida, and at the Ardmore Army air base in Oklahoma. He graduated from Sumter High and attended Clemson College before entering the Air Force.
- Disney's Victory Through Air Power, a full-length feature film adapted from Maj. Alexander Seversky's book of the same name, will be shown at the Carolina Theater at regular Sumter Theater prices. The film is considered to be Disney's best, and it is especially timely because of the Allied air offensives which are now being turned against the enemy. Aviation's first tricontinental flight is reproduced in the film, and this sequence detailing in pictures the evolution of the airplane serves as a prelude to Seversky's views which are unfolded in live action and animation.
- Purchase of the municipal power plant from Carolina Power and Light Co. was announced by W. E. Brunson, owner of Sumter Electric Rewinding Co. The building, located at the side of the over-head bridge on Main Street, will house Rewinding Co. as soon as renovation is completed, according to Mr. Brunson. The building purchased was completed in 1921 during the administration of the late L. D. Jennings and later bought from the city by Carolina Power and Light Co. That company will retain the original power plant and ice house, it was learned. In moving to the power plant on South Main, The Electric Rewinding Co. will be returning to a place near its original site, Mr. Brunson stated. The company began business in 1923 in that vicinity. At present, the rewinding firm is located in three buildings on East Liberty Street.
- During its two years and a month history, flyers at Shaw Field have spent a total of more than 500,000 hours in the air, officials of this Air Force Training Command's basic pilot school revealed today. The records show that the half-million mark in flying hours was passed early this week and represents time in the air by both flying officers and aviation cadets since the field was first opened in December of 1941. Officials consider this a high figure for a field of this size, and the flying time represents more than 69,000,000 air miles traveled during the past two years. During these 500,000 hours of flying, several thousand aviation cadets have graduated into advanced flying schools where they have won wings and their assignments with various units of the Air Force.
- The press exhibit at St. Anne's Parish Hall opened last night to an enthusiastic group of visitors. The striking effect in the arrangements was commented on and admired. Three of the larger tables form a V for Victory, while at their base three small tables and a longer one are so spaced as to give the Morse Code for the letter V.
- Mayor F. B. Creech presented the beautiful recreation center at 42 Council St. to black soldiers and citizens in a formal dedication last night. Several hundred persons were present for the reopening of the recently renovated and modernized community house. "It is the ambition of our churches, schools and people to provide wholesome recreation for the community," Mayor Creech said, mentioning the work of the U.S.O., Jenkins Center and the Recreation Hall over Lawson's. "The city purchased this Council Street building, and the beautiful center is for the use of the black soldiers and civilians," he said. "Each of you are part owner of this center," said City Manager J. A. Raffield, "and all should contribute to its success and proper upkeep."
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5
- Luther B. Wimberly retired today as court reporter for the Third Judicial Circuit after 38 years of service. The circuit he served for the long span of years includes Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Williamsburg counties. Wimberly came to Sumter in 1930 from Columbia, where he was working with the state of South Carolina. He is a St. Matthews native.
- The opening of the Sumter County Fair was unavoidably delayed, according to Cliff Brown Sr., manager of the fair, because of the late arrival of the midway attractions. Brown apologized for the postponement but explained that it was "deemed necessary to avoid shortchanging the people who would have attended and found a half-completed midway." The late arrival of the midway attractions was because of the 500-mile trip to Sumter from their previous engagement in Maryland.
- "Rat Season has always been a time when each man and woman gets better acquainted and feels as if they are a real part of Clemson itself." The preceding is an excerpt from the dedication speech given at the opening of Rat Season last year by Robert Reynolds, president of the student body. Rat Season at Clemson carries with it many meanings, but only a few will be given. It is the time of year when incoming freshmen are initiated into the long-standing tradition of the school. Also, these Rats are expected to serve Clemson and its students. For reasons beyond explanation, a unique kind of love develops for Clemson and all it stands for.
- Architects have issued a re-advertisement on revised plans for bids covering the construction of Sumter's new proposed fire department building at Magnolia and Hampton Streets. Bids will be opened Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at city hall. James and DuRant, Sumter architects, have distributed revised drawings and specifications to general contractors proposing to bid on the structure a second time. The plans now have revisions to scale down the cost from the low bid of $342,660 received Aug. 20 when bids were opened on the original drawings. That bid, along with seven other base bids ranging higher, was rejected by city officials.
- There were the delicate tracks of a deer, a snail feeling its cautious way up a tree trunk, big turtles sunning lazily on logs, tiny fish darting in frenetic patterns through the water, a speckled lizard crawling up a wall made of the shells of tiny sea creatures deposited millions of years ago, chunks of Fuller's earth with a history of its own, the entranceway to a giant woodpecker's home in a tree trunk. One could taste the leaf of a sourwood tree, breathe fresh forest air, exercise certain long-lazy leg muscles and fall in love with this bit of fascinating and unspoiled nature along the hiking trail at Poinsett State Park near Wedgefield. Just-christened "Coquina Trail" at Poinsett has a new look. Although the basic trail around the lake has been in use for 30 years, park superintendent Joe Frank Watson and his staff have revamped it to make a self-interpretive venture for hikers.
- "A Salute to Sumter County" is the theme of the flower show at Sumter County Fair under sponsorship of the Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter. The outstanding Tri-color award which was won by Mrs. John McFaddin of the Poinsett Garden Club paid honor to the farmers of the county. The container was a bread tray, the background farmer's grain, the line material representing growing wheat, with a symbolic use of peas, peppers and squash.
- SSgts. Arthur L. Wood and Edward D. Vaughn were recently presented medals for their service with rescue units in Southeast Asia. Both men are now assigned to Det. 9, Eastern Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center here. Sgt. Wood was presented the first and second oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal while Sgt. Vaughn was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross. Sgt. Wood was presented his medals for meritorious service while stationed with Det. 9, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam. Sgt. Vaughn distinguished himself while serving as a flight engineer on a CH-3 helicopter on a hazardous mission deep into enemy territory.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
July 2 - 8
- Sumter County Clemson Extension Director Rowland Alston says he'll have more time to work with local farmers now that Clemson University has reorganized its extension program. To reduce mid-level management and increase efficiency, Clemson has appointed 13 county directors to oversee the extension service's educational programs in multi-county clusters. The move will allow county directors to be more involved in the programs they oversee and to save money. "The public won't notice any major change," Alston said. "They just may see more of me. The extension service is just looking to reorganize and maximize use of the sacred, dwindling tax dollar."
- A day after beating Bishopville in seven innings on the road, Manning Post 69 dropped Dalzell 11-1 in seven at Manning County Field. Manning, now 9-3, still holds on to second place in League III behind Sumter, 12-0. "I don't know, this win should get us close to being in the playoffs, if not in," said Manning coach Bill Brewer. "I don't know where everything stands right now, but that's our goal (to make the playoffs)."
- Despite committing five errors in the top of the fifth inning, Sumter bettered its chances of clinching the American Legion baseball League III title by beating Camden 12-5 at Riley Park. Sumter, now 13-0, shook off an error-infested fifth inning and held on to top Camden in the nine-inning contest. The P-15's took a 6-0 lead with three runs in the first and second innings. Sumter upped its margin 8-0 in the fifth, and it looked as if the game was going to be over early because of the 10-run rule. But Camden, which finished the game with eight hits, took advantage of five Sumter errors and scored five runs to make it 8-5.
- Stephanie Moore, a Morris College senior honor student, has just completed a very important phase of her cooperative education experience as a participant in the Morris College Cooperative Education and Placement Program. Co-Op is a national program that focuses on career orientation, experience and placement for participating students. Students spend about half a year in a job related to their major. They spend the other half of the year on the college campus meeting academic requirements. Moore was a Co-Op participant with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, within the Division of Federal Investigation in Washington, D.C.
- Short courses to prepare individuals for re-certification in the insurance field are being offered by Central Carolina Technical College's Division of Continuing Education. "There is a new licensing requirement that insurance underwriters must earn a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credits every two years to maintain their license," said Sue Ellen Shultz, program manager. "Beginning in July, we are offering courses to help people in the insurance field comply with these requirements. Since people's schedules vary so much, we are scheduling classes at a variety of times and days, including some weekends."
- Holiday revelers are urged to use caution when setting off fireworks and driving on the state's roads this Fourth of July weekend, law enforcement officials say. Sumter County Sheriff Tommy Mims said deputies will be working extra shifts to check for drunken drivers and to ensure motorists' safety during the three-day weekend. Sumter Police Department will be setting up sobriety checkpoints, and the state Highway Patrol is expected to set up similar checkpoints across the state. Fireworks safety is also a concern, Sumter Fire Chief Eli Parnell said.
- John Mahon misses the ducks that used to waddle up from Second Mill Pond and peck at the handfuls of corn he scattered in his back yard. Octavia Mahon misses watching the sun set and reflect off the still water behind their Mattison Avenue home, which the couple built in 1955. They no longer eat breakfast to a view of fishermen casting lines and waiting patiently for a bite from out of the bream beds that lined the Mahons' property. Now, they look at a pond bed overgrown with weeds that hide a small stream which wanders through it before emptying into the Pocotaligo Swamp.
- About half of the 28 drivers at Sumter's Blue Ridge Transfer Co. Inc. have resigned because of restructuring at Blue Ridge's parent company. The drivers were told they would have to start leaving their trucks at the company's main terminal in Thomasville, North Carolina, on the weekends at the end of their hauls instead of continuing to leave them in Sumter, said Mike Altman, an independent contractor who runs Blue Ridge's Sumter terminal with his brother, Randy. Unwilling to make the weekly commute to and from Thomasville, about half of the drivers - all of whom live in Sumter - quit last weekend, Mike Altman said.
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