75 Years Ago - 1945
- Two Shaw Field officers parachuted to safety after trouble developed with their planes, Col. Donald W. Titus, commanding officer, announced today. Lt. Thomas L. Carmichael of California jumped from his plane …
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- Two Shaw Field officers parachuted to safety after trouble developed with their planes, Col. Donald W. Titus, commanding officer, announced today. Lt. Thomas L. Carmichael of California jumped from his plane when it caught fire a few miles east of Blaney. Flight Officer William E. Goyen of Fort Worth, Texas, was forced to abandon his ship near Walterboro when he ran into a storm.
- During the spring of 1943, one of Sumter's numerous fishermen conceived the idea of making artificial bait for his own use. This venture was so successful that in January of 1944, a number of samples were made and given to a traveling salesman, and very soon had sufficient orders to start a small business. Through the efforts of salesmen, the business expanded until in July of 1944 there were about 15 regular accounts located in towns and cities between Wilmington, N.C., and Beaufort, S.C. This is a brief summary of the beginning of the Dragon Fly Co., owned and operated by Lawrence F. Cuttino.
- Capt. Thomas M. Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Parker of Broad Street extension, is back in the United States after nearly three years of duty in the Pacific war zone. Capt. Parker, member of a Combat Engineers unit, participated in the battle of Bougainville and the campaign to liberate the Philippines as well as many other South Pacific engagements. He left this country in October of 1942.
- With the setting of the new low-sugar quota for the soft drink industry, M.B. Morrow, president of Royal Crown Bottling Co., Sumter, gave many reasons for the shortage. Mr. Morrow said, "A 26 percent greater demand has been made by the services for sugar. The Armed Services are now claiming sugar at the rate of 220 pounds per capita per year. This leaves only a little over 70 pounds per capita for civilian consumption. War has completely ruined Europe's beet fields, and we must share part of our sugar supply to that area.
- Mounting complaints of redeploying troops riding day coaches on long transcontinental trips may lead to additional drastic restrictions on civilian rail travel. On Office of Defense Transportation spokesman said further action may be necessary of a new order transferring 895 sleeping cars from civilian to military use proves insufficient. The sleeping car transfer will result from ODT order withdrawing all sleeping car service for civilians between cities 450 miles of less apart. The order is effect at noon on July 15.
- Miss Ada I. Snyder, director of nursing at Tuomey Hospital, is organizing a class of cadet nurses to begin training the first of September. Seven Tuomey hospital graduates recently successfully passed their state board examinations. They were Florence Gray, Henrietta Timmons, Annie May Shaw, Frances Reynolds, Mary Mildred Burke, Colzie Watts and Mildred Hodge Thompson.
- J.L. Dollard of Sumter, state constabulary man, and other officers worked on a number of cases in the vicinity of Myrtle Beach, arrested 16 persons. They apprehended two men for transporting 30 gallons of whiskey from North Carolina to Horry County; one having nine gallons of illegal liquor; three for selling corn whiskey; four for disorderly conduct; four for having unlawful pistols in their possession. With Officer Dollard were Solen Lewis, Officer McKinnon and Officer Floyd, all of the state force.
- Contract for police car radios were awarded by City Council last night to the Link Radio Corp. of New York for $2,350. There will be three police radios installed and a transmitter station, which will be located back of City Hall. The radios will be 35-40 watts and will be heard within a 68-mile radius.
50 Years Ago - 1970
- It's a long haul from the early pre-season workouts to the state 4A basketball finals. Edmunds traveled that route, picking up the Region III regular season and tournament crowns along the way. The Gamecocks reached the end of the road and fell to Wade Hampton of Greenville, 60-46, in the battle for the number one prep spot in the state. Coach Jimmy Boykin's Birds carried a beautiful runner-up trophy back and ended their campaign with a respectable 20-6 record.
- Lynn Johnston, field manager of the Sumter Indians, will visit Sumter according to the organization's general manager, Wayne Hayes. Johnston was named several weeks ago to guide Sumter's new entry in the Western Carolinas League.
- John Hayden hurled six innings of no-hit ball as the Lancaster Blue Hurricanes smashed Sumter High, 10-2, in the opener for both teams. Hayden was relieved by Robert Miller in the sixth frame, and Levon Pringle picked up Sumter's lone hit off of the reliever. Hayden struck out nine batters and walked three. Larry Ross suffered the mound defeat for the Bulldogs after leaving the contest in the fourth inning when Thomas Washington took charge. Raymond Washington replaced Thomas in the seventh.
- Discussion of the annexation of the South Sumter area occupied City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting. The feasibility of annexation of the South Sumter area has been studied and information has been compiled on the estimated cost of providing facilities and services for this area, as well as potential revenue from various sources. The area of South Sumter under consideration for annexation is bordered on the east by Seaboard Coastline Railroad, on the west by Guignard Drive, and on the south by Newberry Avenue (east of Manning Avenue) and Albert Spears Drive (west of Manning Avenue).
- The Sumter County Commission gave it unanimous approval to a proposed circumferential "loop" or highway which would allow traffic to travel along the western, southern and eastern outskirts of Sumter, allowing entrance to the city at a number of points. According to County Planning Director Edward Gussio, who was accompanied to yesterday's meeting by William Adams of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C., the loop would be constructed hopefully over a five-year period.
- The Sumter High Bulldogs suffered their second defeat in as many outings, falling to McCrorey-Liston, 12-3. Eugene Richards picked up the mound victory to run his record to 2-0. Willie Blyther went the distance for the Bulldogs and now stands with a 0-1 mark.
- With a prediction for good weather, the opportunity will again be offered camellia enthusiasts to visit the Wendell M. Levi gardens which has been approximately 20 years in the making. Located at 417 W. Calhoun St., the gardens are open once a year by Mr. and Mrs. Levi.
- The appointment of Nancy S. Altman as sales and marketing director of The National Bank of South Carolina was announced by Harry E. Wilkinson Jr., president. Mrs. Altman will be located at the bank's main office in Sumter and will be in charge of marketing, staff sales, public relations and advertising for NBSC's seven office in Sumter, Manning, Bishopville and Columbia.
- The $209,000 construction of Brody's Department Store, on property owned by Tuomey Hospital and Interstate Realty Co., brought building figures for the month of February to a total of $377,300 in Sumter, $131,245 above the total figure for January.
- Miss Pansy Ridgeway defeated former Mayor Julien Weinberg in the Democratic primary to become the first woman mayor of Manning. Miss Ridgeway, who had pledged to run the town in a "businesslike, efficient manner" if elected, previously served eight years on City Council. Miss Ridgeway said: "I sincerely appreciate the confidence in me expressed by the voters, and I promise to do this job to the best of my ability. I do not expect the next four years to be easy ones, but I intend to give prayerful consideration to the problems which will arise and with the cooperation of townspeople and the backing of a capable City Council I feel we will do a good job."
- Herbert A. Rosefield of Sumter was named "outstanding Dealer Salesman of the Year" by Mayer China of Beaver Falls, Pa., one of the country's largest makers of commercial china, at a reception and dinner in Richmond, Va., given in his honor.
- Three Shawites left recently to compete in the USAF Invitational Ski Meet at Hill AFB, Utah. Sixty Air Force installations are sending representatives to the meet. Marty O'Malley, James Rogers and David Dyer were accepted by tournament officials to represent Shaw. The Shaw skiers were accepted on the basis of resumes citing their past skiing experiences submitted by the base gym.
- J. Seth has done it again. J won the Zone Oratorical Contest, and he shall go to the state contest. There he shall give an extemporaneous speech with five minutes preparation along with his other speech "Our Constitution and Free Capitalism."
- The first of four factory-new CH-53C BUFF helicopters to be assigned to Shaw AFB arrived. The giant whirlybirds are being assigned to the 703rd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) - the first Tactical Air Command unit to be so equipped - a unit that also flies a smaller CH-3E helicopter. BUFF is an acronym meaning "Big Ugly Fat Fellow." The term was originally coined by U.S. Forces in Vietnam, where similar aircraft have seen considerable service.
- The Edmunds High School tracksters gained their second straight victory of the season with an 80-38 trouncing of the McClenaghan Yellow Jackets at the Alice Drive track. Captain Seaman Richardson, Howard Bossard and C.A. Wilson led the Gamecocks in scoring, and won several of the crucial events for the Gamecocks. Richardson ran the 100-yard dash in 10.2 seconds to take first in the event, and Bossard placed second with a time of 10.4 seconds.
25 Years Ago - 1994
- With the head football coaching spot having been vacant for a little more than a month, Bishopville High School principal Ennis Bryant has already had a number of inquiries. But Bryant also has to be concerned with finding a person to fill the teaching position that was left vacant by the departure of former head coach Karl Burns.
- A proposed migrant housing unit is still not out of the question for Clarendon County, despite the resignation of some of the applicant's board members, according to state officials. Farmers' Home Administration Stat Director Bernie Wright said today that Clarendon County Farm Workers Housing Inc., the group that applied for the project's funding, has not officially withdrawn its request.
- Four area state House members have netted spots on the House's two most powerful committees, giving the Sumter, Lee and Clarendon County delegation more clout than it's had in recent years. Committee placements are determined by the speaker of the House of Representatives, who for the coming season will be a Republican for the first time this century. Rep. Alex Harvin, D-Summerton, was named to the Ways and Means Committee.
- The federal government will cut 44 civilian jobs at Shaw Air Force Base next year, but the loss is expected by Air Force officials to be absorbed through attrition rather than layoffs. The impact of the reduction is expected to be small, because 20 of the positions already are unfilled. The rest are likely to be absorbed through retirement or reassignment, base officials said.
- The Sumter High Gamecocks overcame a slow first half by holding Georgetown to 17 second-half points on the way to a 62-38 win at the Bulldog's gymnasium. SHS, which improved to 4-0, led 12 after one quarter. "We got outrebounded in the first half," said Sumter head coach Byron Kinney. "It seemed like Georgetown spent the whole night at the free throw line in the second quarter. The Gamecocks outscored the Bulldogs 19-10 in the third quarter.
- When your basketball team's hot, opponents have a tough time stopping you. Manning High School got hot in its game against Hillcrest, scoring with three-pointers, follow-up shots and layups. But when you team turns cold . Well, that's when you're in trouble. The Wildcats took advantage of Manning's cold spells to claim an 81-61 victory at Hillcrest High School.
- Charm House Outlet, a new curtain and drapery store on Broad Street near U.S. 521, is the latest incarnation of a 70-year old family company that has spanned four generations. The outlet is the first retail venture by H. Greenberg and Son, owner of the Charm House Fabrics factory on U.S. 76 East in Sumter. And the future plans of the company, which has been growing steadily in recent years despite increasing competition, not only include more outlets but a second factory in Sumter.
- Twenty-two athletes have been named to The Item All-Independent Football Team. The team is selected by The Item sports staff from nominations submitted by the head coaches of the six area independent schools that field football teams. Laurence Manning, which bounced back from a 2-4 start to finish 8-5 and advance to the SCISAA 3A state championship game, placed seven players on the squad, including Brett Brogdon, who was named Player of the Year.
- The North squad took a 12-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 33-2 win in the SCISAA North-South All-Star Game held at Wilson Hall's Spencer Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the North took the lead on a two-yard run by quarterback Ken Kellahan of Williamsburg. Patrick Hudson of Laurence Manning was the leading rusher for the North with 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The North had 320 yards of total offense. The offensive line, led by Ard and LMA's Terry Gamble, led the way as 223 of those yards came on the ground.
- A couple who once called Sumter home have become citizens of the world. They returned to share their experiences with old friends. Dr. Frederic Stone and his wife Nella, a nurse, first lived in Sumter from 1959-1963 at Shaw Air Force Base, where he was a pilot. After various assignments elsewhere, Stone retired from the Air Force and the couple returned to Sumter. After moving to Watertown, N.Y. they went to the mission field through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. They served in Malawi for two years.
- Wilson Hall and Clarendon Hall each placed four players on the 22-man All-Independent team. Named from Wilson Hall were offensive lineman Alan Finley, defensive lineman Steve Branham, linebacker Hamilton Davis and defensive back, Will Dinkins. Named from Clarendon Hall were offensive linemen Michael Lewis and Bryan Brockington, linebacker Neal Brown and defensive back Bing Crosby.
- Lee County Council gave final approval to a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with a multi-county industrial park deal that county officials say secures Reeves Brothers' place in the community. The moves pave the way for an eventual $20 million expansion at Reeves' fabric finishing plant, which is Bishopville's largest private employer, with more than 350 workers.
- Rep. Joe McElveen, a Sumter attorney, was elected as the new chairman of the Sumter County Legislative Delegation during a meeting of local legislators. McElveen, D-Sumter, was unanimously elected by Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter; Rep. Grady Brown, D-Bishopville; and Rep. Jeff Young, R-Sumter. He takes the place of E.B. "Mac" McLeod of Pinewood.
- Sumter County's two public school districts plan to convert their high schools to college-like scheduling next school year. School officials say the new scheduling will allow students to take more courses and give teachers more time to prepare lessons without requiring additional teachers or lengthening the school day. Instead of taking six classes that last the whole school year, students would take four courses in each of two semesters. That way students could take eight different courses a year instead of the current six. Class periods would be lengthened from an hour or less to 90 minutes.
- Sumter High School's girls survived a fourth-quarter scare and held on to claim a 63-53 basketball win over Hartsville. The Lady Gamecocks, 6-0, opened a 17-12 lead after one quarter and led 33-22 at the half. The Lady Foxes, 3-1, went to a box-and-one defense in the third quarter in an attempt to control the Lady Gamecocks' Nicole Gamble.
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