Sumter USO gets new home; library construction nears completion

Posted 10/8/17

75 YEARS AGO - 1943

May 1 - 7

The hard-hitting and experienced Marine baseball team from Parris Island clubbed out a 5 to 2 victory over Shaw Field in the first of a two game series that will end this afternoon at Hovey Park. Today's game will …

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Sumter USO gets new home; library construction nears completion


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

May 1 - 7

The hard-hitting and experienced Marine baseball team from Parris Island clubbed out a 5 to 2 victory over Shaw Field in the first of a two game series that will end this afternoon at Hovey Park. Today's game will start at 3 o'clock and "No Hit" Narus was expected to get the call to the mound against the Leathernecks. George Turbeville allowed the visitors only six hits but the half dozen singles combined with errors gave the Marines enough for the win.

• At a special meeting of the board of directors of the Sumter YMCA the following officers were elected: W.E. Bynum, president; M.B. Morrow, vice-president; Logan L. Phillips recording secretary, and Kermit E. Ward, treasurer. Bynum was the fourth president of the YMCA board since the local association was incorporated in 1912. Dr. S.H. Edmunds, the first president, served from 1912 until the time of his death in 1935. Fulton B. Creech was elected to succeed Dr. Edmunds, and served until 1942, when Alfred Scarborough was elected as head of the board.

• The roses at the Sumter Ice and Fuel company, which furnish an annual treat to the people of Sumter, are in bloom now, and E.H. Moses, creator of the garden, extended an invitation to the public to come to see them.

• Edward N. Green, 63-year-old prominent farmer of the Turbeville community died at the Tuomey Hospital shortly after noon following an illness of a few days. Funeral services were held at the graveside at the Pine Grove Methodist Church at Turbeville, and the rites were conducted by Rev. T.V. Huggins assisted by Rev. M.H. Mellette.

• L.W. Dixon achieved the goal of all golfers when he made a hole-in-one on the number three hole at the Sunset Country Club. He used a 2-iron, and the ball took a sharp turn when it landed on the fairway, curving right into the hole. The length of the third hole is 170 yards. Playing with Dixon were "Pop" Rae, Charlie Sloan and Perrin Lawson.

• Spurred by their desire to play a mighty part in an Allied victory, five South Carolinians, one of them a Shaw Field enlisted man, qualified for aviation cadet appointment during the initial week of Shaw Field's campaign for pilots, bombardiers and navigators. Among the first to answer the Army Air Forces' latest call for young men to fill ever-increasing quotas were Francis M. Cain Jr., of Sumter; Langdon D. Rivers of Oswego, and Pvt. Leo E. Kirven Jr., of Pinewood and Shaw Field.

• Miss Barnett's senior homeroom was high in bond and stamp sales at Edmunds High School during the week April 22-29 with $1,020. Mr. Alexander's sophomore room was runner-up with $404.35. Sambo Roddey, a senior, was individual high purchaser with a $1,000 bond.

• Pictures taken by one of the Item's photographers, Heyward Crowson, of South Carolina Defense Force maneuvers at Bordeaux Island, near Georgetown, will appear in the July, 1943, issue of War News Illustrated, he has been informed. Many Sumter men appear in the photographs which will be reproduced in the national magazine. Crowson joined The Item staff about a month ago.

• The Sumter USO will move into its new home, the building formerly occupied by the J.C. Penney company on South Main Street, May 19, director Joseph Stritter announced today. The entire building, upstairs and down, will be occupied by the organization whose purpose is to provide relaxation and recreation for boys in the service and whose motto is "A home away from home." The headquarters are being moved from those now occupied on East Liberty Street, in order that it will be more centrally located and accessible to the soldiers.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Dec. 31 - Jan. 6

Ernest A. Finney Jr., a Sumter attorney, has been appointed chairman of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Finney, who has been a member of the State Advisory Committee for the past several months, is president of the Sumter Civic League, vice president of the Southeastern Lawyers' Assn., and a member of the Sumter Citizens' Advisory Council.

• Three Sumter men, H.Q. Jones, George F. Garrington and John L .Mooneyhan, will be honored by their associates for combined service totaling 96 years with Life Insurance Company of Georgia at a retirement banquet.

• A group of business people, whose firms lie within the area of a proposed township to the south of Sumter, is seeking an injunction to stop the incorporation until existing city and county improvement plans can be developed. Details or status of the injunction could not be determined. The committee is headed by A.D. Plowden Jr of Plowden Construction Co., and legalities are being handled by Shepard K. Nash, Sumter attorney.

• Sumter Kiwanians report satisfaction with their accomplishments during 1967 under the leadership of President McBride Dabbs, and expect big things ahead in 1968 under newly-elected president George A. James.

• A Sumter Marine, Pfc. Isaac Lurke, has been wounded in action in Vietnam, according to a telegram received by his family. The telegram stated, "Pfc. Lurke was wounded December 27 in the vicinity of Quang Tri. He sustained fragmentation wounds to the right forearm, left hand, nose and head from hostile mortar fire while in a defensive position. He is receiving treatment at the 3rd Medical Battalion and his condition and prognosis is good."

• Getting scoring help from guards Kenny Stoudenmire and Henry Long, Hillcrest's Wildcats ran their season record to 6-3 by turning back Mayewood, 49-44. Stoudenmire tallied 11 points while Long added nine and both boys played a tenacious defense.

• George A. James will be installed as president of the Sumter Kiwanis Club at their annual Ladies Night dinner. Other new officers include Byrd Parnell, vice president; V.L. Brown, treasurer; Hugh F. Knight, secretary.

• The Sumter County Library is rapidly nearing final completion and is expected to be occupied and functioning around Feb. 1, Chapman J. Milling, head librarian, said. Although the library will begin functioning as soon as possible after a brief closing period for moving, a formal dedication will not be held until March or April.

• School District No. 17 began teacher recruitment for next fall when all instructors in the system received queries as to their plans for the coming year, according to Dr. L.C. McArthur Jr., superintendent. The reports enable the teachers to indicate if they plan to be in the system next year, and if so, in what school and at what grade level or in what subject area they would like to be placed.

• Sarah Deas, daughter of Arthur Deas of Sumter, has been named as corpswoman of the month at Tongue Point Job Corps Center near Astoria, Orgon., where she has been receiving training in business and clerical occupations. The center is operated by the University of Oregon under a contract with the federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

• Sumter School District No. 17 will open bids on $3 million worth of building bonds at noon in the board room of the administration. Dr. L.C. McArthur Jr., superintendent, said the decision to proceed with the bond issue was made at a meeting of school board commissioners following a long distance conference with bond attorneys.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

Oct. 1 - 7

The Clarendon County Mental Retardation Board has been awarded nearly $600,000 by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to build apartments for mentally retarded citizens. The 12-apartment complex will be located near S.C. 261 behind the Wal-Mart in Manning, said David Baker, director of the Clarendon County MR Board. The apartments will be fully equipped with a laundry room and meeting room. They will house 12 people.

• The creation this week of a committee that will study the state's 21 two-year schools could be a first step toward merging the University of South Carolina at Sumter and Central Carolina Technical College, several educations officials contend. Consolidation is expected to be opposed here, where officials at both schools have previously said their campuses have distinct missions.

• For the second consecutive year, the Sumter High School Marching Band brought home the President's Award for Grand Champions at the Low Country March-A-Rama. The marching Gamecocks, under the direction of Joe Allison and Brian Lambeth, competed Sept. 26 with a total of 19 marching bands from across the state.

• Thomas Sumter Academy isn't having a successful season so far in terms of wins and losses. The Generals are 1-3 going into the fifth week of the season. New head coach David Rankin had high expectations of this team to be competitive. And with senior quarterback Doc Reed, the Generals are doing just that - being competitive. Thomas Sumter lost its third game of the season against Porter-Gaud. Reed completed 17 of 24 passes for 206 yards in the 24-8 loss.

• "USC Sumter put its most academically motivated students squarely in the limelight at its annual Honors and Award Convocation. Securing two of the major honors at the awards convocation, an event second in importance only to commencement exercises on USC Sumter's academic calendar, was Scott O. Sweet, who was graduated summa cum laude last spring in business administration. The honors he accrued were the 1991-92 Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award. Other winners were: Bethany E. Bart, a sophomore, Dennis Heidenfeldt, and Elizabeth E. Swick.

• Rain and overcast skies kept many Sumterites at home and away from this year's Sumter County Fair, a fair official said. Earle Beatson, executive secretary of the Sumter County Fair Committee, said attendance was down nearly 13 percent from last year - from 54,000 to 47,000 people. Beatson said muggy conditions Saturday night and cloudy skies Sunday kept many would be fair goers at home.

• James Broadway, a former Sumter Police Department captain who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for Sumter County sheriff, will run as a write-in candidate for the post in the Nov. 3 general election. Barbara Moore, chairwoman for the Broadway campaign, said she and other Broadway supporters are putting up signs, mailing literature and doing whatever it takes to get Sumter County voters to write in Broadway as their choice for sheriff in the upcoming general election.

• The Sumter County Museum's textile conservator, Karen Mollo, has created a new display for the museum's textile gallery. Called "The Thread of Our Lives: A History of Home Cloth Manufacturing," the exhibit will feature pieces from the museum's extensive textile collection during the next six months.

• Going once, going twice, sold! Those words were heard more than 300 times as Sumter County Treasurer Elizabeth Hair auctioned property on which 1991 taxes have not been paid. About 65 bidders paid $514,000 for the tracts - one of the biggest tax sales the county has ever had.

• Thomas Sumter tailback Burwell Boykin and Mayewood linebacker Marion Dantzler have been chosen as the Sumter Touchdown Club High School Football Players of the Week. Boykin, a 5-8, 145-pound junior, won the offensive award for his play in the Generals' 30-8 win over Camden Military. Dantzler, a 5-11, 185-pound junior, earned the defensive award for his 14 solo tackles in the Vikings' 13-2 win over Scott's Branch.

• Bunni Russell's classroom is an educational playground. There are gerbils, fish, a plastic glove that hangs from the ceiling and lots of other goodies that she says make learning an adventure for her 3- and 4-year-old students. But does it take all of that to teach a child the alphabet or the difference between a dog and a cat? This preschool teacher says yes. But for a school administrator who's constantly stretching a shrinking budget, the answer might be different. That's why many teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each year on items not paid for by school districts.

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