75 YEARS AGO - 1943
July 24 - July 30
- Four women's shops of Sumter have combined to send 20,000 Camel cigarettes to soldiers overseas, a representative of the R. J. Reynolds Co., maker of Camels, reported. The cigarettes, which will be shipped to American Expeditionary Forces in various regions throughout the world and distributed to men at the fighting fronts, are the donations of Ness' Women's shop, the Ru Velle, Alperts and Schwartzes.
- Pvt. Jimmie Haseldon Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Halseldon, has received a commendation from the commanding officer of the battalion for his part in a wire-laying detail near Gafsa, Tunisia, March 17, 1943. His commendation stated that operations, assisting materially in its success "by carrying 150 drums of wire over most difficult terrain and under most arduous and hazardous circumstances, thereby permitting continuous wire communication." "His spirit and stamina," the citation read, "were deserving of the utmost commendation."
- William Alexander Dabbs, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Dabbs of Mayesville, won his Navy "Wings of Gold" and was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve last week following completion of the prescribed flight training course at the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola, Florida, the "Annapolis of the Air." Having been designated a naval aviator, he will go on active duty at one of the Navy's air operational training centers before being assigned to a combat zone.
- Shaw Field's Fliers exploded in one inning to take the final game of the season from Sumter's American Legion Juniors by 14 to 2. The game was called at the end of the seventh inning. It was a nip-and-tuck affair until the fatal fifth, with the Juniors quelling potential Shaw Field rallies with brilliant fielding and headups play, but a bad break at home plate in the fifth started the fliers on their way.
- With July 30 set aside as the first anniversary of the WAVES of the United States Navy, and a special program underway this week to pay tribute to the WAVES, members of the local Women's Civilian Committee pointed out that the enlisting of women in the reserves of the armed forces goes back to World War I, when in a precedent-breaking series of events their importance as part of national safety was officially recognized. In that war, an acute shortage of men on the front lines of the Navy made it apparent that women could substitute for men holding jobs at shore stations. So, a program was developed, and the Navy enrolled 12,000 patriotic young women and called them "Yeomanettes."
- Thousands of Victory gardens are being grown in the state this summer and fall. The Victory production program will not be complete unless every pound and quart of home-grown vegetables and fruits not needed for daily consumption is conserved and stored for off-season use. According to J. H. Brooks, representative of Esso Marketers, a Victory Home Canning Guide and Time Table has been prepared by Esso Marketers with the cooperation of the South Carolina Extension Service, Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina and Winthrop College.
- Eight Americans, including two women, who have broadcast regularly from Germany and Italy on behalf of the Axis war effort, were indicted for treason, and the attorney general said that they would be brought to trial when caught. One those indicted was Robert H. Best, 47, a native of Sumter, former United States Army officer and long a correspondent for American interests in Europe.
- The Shaw Field Public Relations Office announced that Aviation Cadets Charles William Ahart, 19, of Orlando, Florida, and Marshall K. Smith Jr., of Oakdale, Massachusetts, were killed in the crash of a plane on a routine flight near Kershaw. Both cadets arrived at the basic flying school on June 1 and were members of the upper class, 43-1. They had only a few more days at the school before going on to an advanced training field.
- Black non-commissioned officers of Shaw Field gave their monthly dance and social at the Recreation Center on Council Street on Saturday night. The outdoor lawn setting was arranged with lights, tables and music. Chicken dinners were served banquet style. In charge of the affair were Sgt. Lowery and a staff of non-com officers.
- Four members of Sumter County's 4-H clubs, accompanied by Miss Harriet DesChamps, returned from a conservation camp held at Camp Long near Aiken. From Monday through Friday, the local 4-H'ers along with representatives from 37 other counties were taught a variety of ways to conserve. Those attending the camp from Sumter were Loring Baker, Jordan, who acted as life guard; Parkin Thomas, Wedgefield; Mary Johnson, Sherwood; and Laura Jean Gardner of Hillcrest.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
March 24 - 30
- Col. Horace D. Harby, Akron University assistant to the vice president for development, will become assistant to the vice president development and head AU's development department. The announcement of his appointment was made by Dr. Norman P. Auburn, president of the University. Col. Harby will head development on the Hilltop following the resignation of Dr H. LaMarr Rice.
- "Beautifully stated objectives can be no more good than what the teacher does with them," said Dr. Milly Cowles, professor of early childhood education at the University of South Carolina Association on Children Under Six convention. The members, who held their 15th-annual spring conference at Edmunds High School, came from all over the state to begin general discussion sessions with various speakers highlighting each conference.
- Ask any Lincolnite who's the "rootin'est, tooting'est, shootin'est" guy around, and he won't have to think twice before answering, "Why Blyther, who else?" Indeed, who else: William Blyther, a 6'1" junior, gives the appearance of being just an ordinary student - but he is anything but ordinary on the basketball court. "Blythe's" aggressiveness around the backboard gave him an average of 25 points per game and helped him become the Item's 1968 Player of the Year.
- Probably the three strongest high school teams in the state will collide at the Alice Drive track when Eau Claire, Florence and Sumter run against each other in a big, triangular meet. The Gamecocks, fresh from a strong showing in the Furman-News-Piedmont Relays, are the defending state AAA champions and will count on the efforts of their fine relay teams to lead the way. But Eau Claire and Florence are expected to give Sumter all the competition it can handle during the afternoon.
- A 12-strike-out pitching performance by Robert Dubose and a combination of two doubles and two triples carried Ashwood-Central's Rams to their fourth win of the year over Maywood's Rebels, 4-2. Dubose notched his second triumph of the campaign as he gave up six hits and issued only two walks. Junior Allen Watts took the loss for the Rebels, who are now 0-2 for the season.
- The Spring Art Exhibit of the Sumter Artists Guild opened at the Sumter County Library with a collection of 57 art pieces of varied media and subject matter. The works on exhibit are by local Artist Guild members and in many instances indicate a great amount of talent. Although many of the paintings on exhibition appear amateurish, a few admirable contributions stand out among the works of the less professional.
- Another fine pitching performance by Billy Ardis and a nine-hit attack carried Sumter's sophomore-dominated Gamecocks to their first baseball victory of the season as Coach Spencer Pouvey's club defeated Dreher 3-1 at Riley Park. The triumph broke a two-game losing streak for Sumter, which dropped earlier decisions to A.C. Flora and Eau Claire.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has named Dr. Charles R. Propst of Sumter as one of 525 physician consultants from its membership, and other child health leaders, to participate in an evaluation of the medical aspects of Head Start programs in nearly 2,000 communities throughout the United States. Each medical consultant selected will work with the medical director and other health professionals in local Head Start projects.
- The portals of some of Stateburg's loveliest and most historic homes will be opened to the public next month for the first time in several years during a special tour sponsored by the Women of the Church of the Holy Cross. The Church of the Holy Cross, High Hills Baptist Church and the burial place of General Thomas Sumter will combine with six charming dwellings of a bygone era to take tour participants back through the pages of time during the three-hour-long tour. The Borough House, Edgehill and The Miller House are among the sites to be toured.
- The Lincoln High School Bulldogs gained victory No. 1 at Palmetto Park when they downed Butler of Hartsville by a 5-4 score. Joe Mack supplied the power in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two on with a ringing double to left center to give the Lincoln team its win.
- Wesmark Plaza Merchants Association is sponsoring a series of events and attractions to commemorate the second anniversary of the large Broad Street Extension shopping center. There will be rides by Amusements of America with free discount tickets being given away each day of the event. The Spring Boat and Camping Show will display boats, motors and trailers from Carolina Hardware, Sumter Tire and Recapping Company, Sumter Marine Supply and McLean Equipment.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Dec. 26 - 30
- Famed Christian crusader Billy Graham described his life's work in three words. A crusade, he said, is prayer, planning and perspiration. And evangelist Jim Wilson isn't about to forget it. For five days recently, those three words meant everything to Wilson, an evangelist cast in the mold of his friend and mentor Graham, preached in the Clarendon County Crusade for Christ. And to the local ministers and laymen who helped organize the crusade, the words became practically a litany of faith. "Prayer, perspiration and planning," local coordinator the Rev. Jim Palmer said with satisfaction, looking back on the crusade. "That's the trick. That's the key."
- Wayne Fogle, Patricia Taylor and Kathleen Kreipe have been selected as Central Carolina Technical College's nominees for the 1993 Technical Educator of the Year awards. Each year the S.C. Technical Education Association sponsors the selection of outstanding faculty and staff members from the 16 technical colleges in the state. Nominees are chosen from three categories: administrative, teaching and support services. Fogle was nominated in the administrative category. Taylor was nominated in the teaching category, and Kreipe was nominated in the support category.
- Music, magic, movies and much more will be on tap for USC Sumter students during the 1993 Spring Semester. "We've put together a really exciting assortment of events to entertain and educate our students throughout the semester," said Anthony Rice, USC Sumter's coordinator of student activities. "A number of our offerings are also open to the public, and we encourage and welcome their participation in these events. Kicking off the season will be husband and wife magic act Kevin and Cindy Spencer in "Magic for the '90s." The Spencers are dynamic entertainers who combine state-of-the-art illusions with comedy, audience participation, music and theater to produce an incredible evening of magic.
- A pilot from Shaw Air Force Base's 363rd Fighter Wing shot down an Iraqi warplane in a restricted "no-fly" zone in Iraq. Base spokesman Dave McMahon said the pilot is a member of Shaw's 33rd Fighter Squadron, which was sent to the Persian Gulf to enforce a United Nations resolution prohibiting Iraq from deploying warplanes over portions of the country. The squadron is part of the 363rd Fighter Wing.
- U.S. Department of Justice officials approved the new single-member district voting lines for Sumter School District 2. The approval came after a two-and-a-half-month study of how the lines were drawn by the county's legislative delegation. The decision means the Nov. 3 District 2 board elections will stand. Had the department rejected the liens, the November elections of four trustees to the District 2 board would have been rendered invalid, and the elections would have been held again. Incumbents Naomi Sanders and Elizabeth Kilgore, along with newcomers Elizabeth Kyler and Roland Robinson, were elected to the four seats that were up for election.
- Ray Allen scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Hillcrest to a 70-64 win over Tennessee High School in the opening round of the Arby's Classic basketball tournament. Hillcrest, which shot 52 percent from the field, trailed 14-11 at the end of the first period. But the wildcats outscored Tennessee 25-18 in the second and led 36-32 at intermission. Tennessee shot poorly from the field (33 percent). Henry McMurray led Tennessee with 22 points and seven rebounds.
- A settlement clearing the way for the opening of the Lee County Regional Landfill was the top story in 1992 for this small, rural county. The agreement between Ohio-based Mid-American Waste Systems Inc. and the group of Citizens for Lee County capped a two-year war concerning the proposed landfill and the future of waste disposal in Lee County. The October agreement, which included an increase in host fees the owners of the regional landfill will pay the county, cleared the way for MAWS to begin construction on the 200-acre landfill.
- A disastrous second quarter spelled doom for Hillcrest as the Wildcats lost their first game of the basketball season, a 91-81 decision to Albany, Ga., in the second round of the Arby's Classic at Tennessee High School. The game was tied 19-19 after the first quarter before the Indians gained the upper hand. Albany outscored Hillcrest 26-8 in the second quarter to open a 45-27 halftime lead. The Wildcats, who fell to 8-1, tried to get back in the game in the second half with the use of the three-point shot. Hillcrest cut the Albany advantage to nine, 64-55, after three quarters, but couldn't make a further dent in the final stanza.
- A school principal considered by Lee County school officials as one of the county's finest educators has been named superintendent of Orangeburg School District 11. Bishopville Junior High School Principal John E. Tindal, 50, will work his last day for the Lee County School District on Jan. 15. Prior to this school year, Tindal served as principal of Bishopville Middle School for five years. "I have mixed emotions about losing John Tindal," said Lee County School Superintendent John Wall. "I feel wonderful that he is being given such a great opportunity. And I am certain that our loss will be their gain in this situation."
- Sumter County Administrator Bill Noonan said the company that has been contracted to repair the dam - Concrete Construction Co. of Columbia - is required to finish the project within 210 days. A small boat ramp will be built on the dam side of the Liberty Street bridge that crosses over the pond, which is now a sea of green weeds. Noonan said the county will not treat the weeds and expects them to uproot and float downstream once the pond begins filling up.