75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Aug. 7 - Aug. 13
- There are many types of work in the WAVES open to women with at least two years of high school, it is announced by Lt. Katharine R. Adams, WAVES recruiting officer for South Carolina. Women so well proved themselves in the first billets the Navy made available to them that they now have a much wider choice. WAVES need no previous experience to qualify for training as aviation machinists, control operators, parachute inspectors, messenger girls or hospital corpsmen. Women who already are qualified stenographers and who prefer to continue in that field find that they advance rapidly in rating and pay.
- Tech. Sgt. Leslie Craft McCormic, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross less than a month ago, has received the Oak Leaf Clusters indicating a second award of the same medal, it was announced by the Associated Press dispatch. The dispatch, dated Aug. 2, but delayed, declared that the Sumter man had been one of a crew of a B-25 bomber which flew over enemy-controlled waters to the island of Mindanao to raid Japanese positions.
- Men of the community in the age bracket 19-50 will have the opportunity to apply to recruiting officers in the City Hall building for commissions in the Naval Reserve. The commissions are open for men below 30 who have college degrees and successful business experience and in the older bracket, for those who have two years of college and have been outstanding in business. In some cases, in the 30-50 bracket, where business record is extremely good it will stand in lieu of the educational requirement.
- Columbia Mills, behind its ace pitcher Barney Martin, who allowed only three hits and struck out 14 batters, defeated Sumter at Brookland-Cayce Field 13-2. The city team will meet the Congaree Air Base nine here Friday night, and a game for Wednesday night is being arranged. Columbia Mills will play the Police in a City league game at B-C Field tomorrow.
- Chief OPA Enforcement Attorney Carlisle Roberts said that a recent check showed 710 of 715 South Carolina service stations had violated regulations of the Office of Price Administration, most regarding "T" coupons which expired July 1. Roberts said many stations were found with sheets of eight coupons, each worth 40 gallons of gasoline. He said he thought that no motorist had bought that much gasoline at one time. Hearings of the violations would start in August.
- The city experienced two fires of a minor nature, and Fire Chief E. M. Lynam reported this morning damage from each was negligible. Yesterday afternoon at about 5:45, the trucks were called to east Bartlett where an oil cooking stove had become ignited. The flames were extinguished without damage. Early this morning, firemen were summoned to put out an automobile fire. The wiring was burned, but firemen saved the machine from damage.
- A "home-made" food dehydrator, easy to construct, is being displayed this week at the Carolina Power and Light Co., for those interested in building a like one for their personal use. The machine dehydrates food, shrinking it into a state in which it may be preserved indefinitely, in the manner that larger plants do. When ready to use, the owner may return his product to the original size by soaking it in water.
- The school lunch program, through which the government hopes to place within reach of every school child a balanced, hot meal at noon of every school day, is progressing steadily in Sumter County, according to W. O. Cain, county superintendent of education. At a conference of lunch supervisors attended by Mrs. H. L. Phillips, Sumter County supervisor, in Columbia last week, various points were cleared and details of the operation studied. All help in the school kitchens will be financed by the individual schools. Persons desiring positions in lunch rooms should make application to the principals or trustees of the schools. In the past, only WPA labor could be used, but under the new program, the positions can be filled by any persons satisfactory to the school and lunch authorities.
- Douglas O. McKeown, who resides in Sumter, received the commission as second lieutenant in the Army of the United States at the Tank Destroyer Officer Candidate school, Camp Hood, Texas. The officer candidates course at the Tank Destroyer school consists of 13 weeks of intensive training and includes 550 hours of instruction in weapons, tactics, automotive vehicles, radio and military administration. Much emphasis is placed upon practical work by the students themselves. The instructors are specialists in their fields, and the training includes the latest combat methods from the battle zones.
- Sumter underwent a 25-minute surprise blackout so realistic that a Shaw Field officer called into town for reassurance that it was not the "real thing"- and the community came out with flying colors according to F. E. Gibson, controller. There has been no previous warning of any kind to citizens or civilian defense workers when an order came from headquarters in Wilmington at 10:39 for the sounding of the red signal. Theoretically, enemy planes were overhead, and Mr. Gibson said his force acted as quickly and capably as if a raid were on. Ten minutes after the alarm, all workers at the Control Center were at their posts, some of them having arrived in four minutes. The first report from a substation was received five minutes after the signal.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
April 6 - April 13
- John W. Parker, Sumter Jaycees "Young Man of the Year" for 1967, was honored here at a luncheon hosted by Col. Allan T. Sampson, base commander, and attended by base and local dignitaries. At the luncheon, held in the Gamecock Room of the Officers' Open Mess, Col. Sampson presented Parker with a commemorative plaque, on behalf of the commanders of all Shaw units. An accountant with Peoples Natural Gas Co., Parker has been a member of the Sumter Jaycees for 10 years and is a former president of the local Jaycee chapter.
- Annexation is vital to the growth and development of Sumter, according to a resolution from the Sumter County Development Board and statements issued by Mayor Robert E. Graham and Chamber of Commerce officials. Endorsement of the Chamber-sponsored drive to annex two areas along Sumter's north-western and western limits came as neighborhood block chairmen enter the third day of circulating petitions. Property owners in the two affected areas are being asked to sign the petitions that would bring the question of annexation to an election to be held in the two areas as well as the city.
- Scotty Broome fired a 72 and Sumter's golfing Gamecocks avenged an earlier loss by defeating Hillcrest, 15-12. Broome, a junior, had his best day of the year, as he carded a 38 going out and then toured the back side in a one-under-par 34. The victory game Sumter a 5-2 record overall while Hillcrest's records is now 6-2-1.
- In a brief ceremony, three medals honoring U.S. Marine Cpl. Benjamin Richardson posthumously were presented to his widow, Mrs. Nancy D. Richardson, a mathematics teacher at Bates Junior High School and a Sumter native. The medals, presented by Dr. Hugh T. Stoddard, colonel with the United States Marine Corps Reserves, included the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest award, and two Vietnamese medals, the Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Military Merit Medal. The citation for the Silver Star, signed by Secretary of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius, for the president, read: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in the Republic of Vietnam on 25 May 1967."
- A pair of golfers from Shaw Air Force Base are the new South Carolina Four-Ball Golf Tournament champions. John Ford and Stan Burnicky won at the Camden County Club course, downing Frank Elder and Grainger Kornegay of the host club, 2 and 1.
- Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis today and joined the silent march of thousands of Negroes and civil rights leaders in honor of her slain husband. Mrs. King and three of her four children, Dexter, 6, Martin III, 10, and Yolanda, 12, joined the march, which had halted a few minutes after it started to wait for her, at the corner of Main and Beale streets.
- Lefthander Billy Ardis, his control near perfect, continued to pitch and hit Sumter's Gamecocks to victory at Riley Park. This time the victim was a big one as Billy cut down A.C. Flora, who was leading the Region before going into the game, by a 4-2 score. To make it an even more memorable afternoon, the Gamecock ace had a no-hitter until the top of the seventh inning when the Falcons broke it up with two back-to-back singles.
- Timmonsville scored a run in the top of the tenth inning and went on to nudge hard-luck Furman 2-1 at the Indians' diamond. The loss was the fourth without a win for Furman, who took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
- Lee R. Smith, a Columbia contractor, submitted the lowest bid of $200,000 when bids were opened recently by the base procurement office for construction of a tactical air reconnaissance operation test and evaluation center. Truesdale Construction Co. of Sumter, Boyle Construction Company of Sumter and C.B. Askins and Co. of Lake City submitted other bids.
- Tech. Sgt. Jefferson E. Hill, 307S Field Training Detachment, has been chosen "Instructor of the Year" for the 3750th Technical School, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 2750th TS is the parent unit of the 307S FTD at Shaw. The sergeant competed against more than 2,300 other instructors for the honor. His achievement was based on his continual outstanding professionalism as a technical instructor technician and his civic and church activities.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Jan. 8 - Jan. 15
- Bobby Sisson won't be running the show, and some major changes will be instituted, but the Sumter Speedway will be in operation for the 1993 racing season. Longtime promoter Sisson, frustrated by his inability to win approval from Sumter County Council to begin construction on a new racing facility, has decided not to promote this year's program at the old track on Wedgefield Highway. Sisson is subletting the track to Sumter native Paul Byrd, who has competed at the track as a car owner for the past three years.
- The ground-breaking for the $11 million expansion of Federal-Mogul Corp.'s Summerton plant unearthed a milestone in both the life of the corporation and Clarendon County. Even the constant, dismal rain outside did not keep most of the plant's 320 employees, members of the Clarendon County Development Board and other local dignitaries away. At the end of the ceremony, everyone moved outside, and six gold-pointed shovels were used to scoop up the first few pounds of dirt. The expansion, which includes a 44,000-square-foot addition to the 95,000-square-foot plant, will mean an extra 150 jobs.
- A 45-year-old Sumter landmark was to begin coming down. Crews with Thomas Jackson Construction of Orangeburg were to begin demolishing the Shelor Building in downtown Sumter, a process that will take about two months. The Sumter hospital owns the building and the property and plans to make a 70-space parking area there. The building, which was constructed in 1948 at the corner of North Sumter and Canal streets, has been in poor condition since Hurricane Hugo tore apart much of the exterior enamel tile that the building was known for. The building is the only vestige of art deco-style architecture in Sumter County.
- Lower Richland roared back from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 27-point outburst in the third quarter, but Hillcrest finally left the Diamond Mine with something besides an empty sack. The Wildcats survived a barrage of eight three-pointers in the second half and claimed a 69-62 win over the Diamonds at the LR gym. The prize was a rare find for Hillcrest, which has had its share of trouble with Lower Richland for the past few years, including a pair of losses to the Diamonds last season in which the Wildcats blew sizable leads.
- The Sumter Lady Gamecocks didn't set the world on fire shooting the basketball, but it did enough to pull out a 38-31 win over Lancaster at the Lady Bruins' gymnasium. SHS only led 8-7 after one quarter and increased the advantage to 19-15 at halftime. Sumter widened the lead to 30-23 after three quarters and maintained a comfortable margin in the final stanza.
- For the first eight minutes of Friday night's game against Florence Christian, Wilson Hall looked as gloomy as the rainy weather outside the Wilson Hall gym. But for the last four minutes of the game, the Barons had the home crowd on its feet and both coaches on their knees. Florence Christian managed to walk away with a narrow 63-58 victory but not without a scare. The Barons' Hamilton Davis banked a basket to tie the game, 56-56, with 2:27 left to lay, but David Berry answered with a three-pointer at the opposite end of the court to help the Eagles regain the lead.
- It just won't go away. More rain has fallen in Sumter County in the first eight days of 1993 than in all of January 1992. The weather has taken its toll on county roads and has caused flooding throughout the Midlands. There is an 80 percent chance of rain for the weekend, and rain is a possibility for Sunday and Monday. Any new rainfall will be in addition to the more than 5 inches that have pelted the area for the past five days. The soggy weather has been more than a nuisance, as at least two traffic fatalities were reported. Water flowing across U.S. 15 near the Sumter-Lee County line is blamed for a two-vehicle wreck that killed two people.
- Heavy rains are being blamed for a spill of possibly contaminated water from a hazardous waste burial site onto unprotected ground at the Laidlaw Environmental Services landfill near Pinewood. Laidlaw Vice President Dan Jones said an estimated 1,000 gallons of potentially hazardous leachate spilled over a containment wall of a burial cell that is four to five acres in size. The cell contains hazardous waste, Jones said.
- The smokestacks of St. Petersburg and Murmansk are preying on the bushy spruce trees and the pale stands of birch in the new Republic of Russia, says a Sumter forestry consultant who has worked in the region. B.S. "Bo" Shaw knows he can't do much about the industrial pollution that's damaging the stately forests in the former Soviet Union, but he hopes he can teach Russian foresters some management techniques to help preserve the forests' beauty - and profitability. Shaw, the founder and president of Sumter's Shaw, McLeod, Belser & Hurlbutt Inc., a forestry consulting firm, has traveled to Russia three times in the past year to study timber operations around Karelia, a Russian province just east of Finland. Shaw's company manages timberland and farmland for companies throughout the Southeastern United States. The firm also performs land and machinery appraisals and acts as a middle man for companies' timberland sales and acquisitions.