75 YEARS AGO - 1944
March 18 - March 24
- The state's code of civil procedure would be revised, employers would be accorded additional unemployment compensation tax privileges and Home Guardsmen's compensation under workmen's compensation …
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- The state's code of civil procedure would be revised, employers would be accorded additional unemployment compensation tax privileges and Home Guardsmen's compensation under workmen's compensation benefits would be increased from $15 to $24 a week under acts ratified by the general assembly and sent to Gov. Olin Johnston for signature.
- He doesn't hold a championship, but Beau Jack of Augusta, Georgia, is the No. 1 attraction in today's depleted boxing ranks. Last night, 19,963 fans paid $132,823 to watch him hand Al Davis, the Brooklyn Bomber, one of the most artistic lacings anyone has ever taken over the 10-round route. That gate, over which Promoter Mike Jacobs and the Red Cross smiled broadly, boosted the Beau's 12-match garden gate to $947,477, an average of $78,956. No one has made the garden turnstiles click like that since heavyweight champion Joe Lewis donned his khaki uniform.
- Miss Theodosia Moseley, Edmunds High School senior, was the winner in the American Legion sponsored oratorical contest. Her subject was: "The Constitution in a Changing World." There were five contestants, and the quality of their orations was exceptionally fine, the judges remarked. All ran a close race in the point system by which they were judged. Post Commander Joe Beaman, Sumter Post 15, presided during the exercises, and Superintendent of Schools William Henry Shaw called the student body and visitors to order and announced the purpose of the orations. District Commander John J. Riley announced at the close of the gathering that the district contest in which Miss Moseley will compete will be held March 21-23 at a time and place yet to be decided. The area contests will then be held March 27-29, and the state finals in Orangeburg shortly afterward.
- Two Shaw Field flyers were fatally injured when their planes crashed about three hours apart and practically in the same locality, almost four miles north of Manning. Shaw Field public relations office announced that Aviation Cadet Raymond C. Bewley, 22, was reported to have crashed during a routine training flight in the morning. During a search for the lost plane, 2nd Lt. Henry Allen, 23, lost his life when his plane fell to earth near where Bewley was killed. An ambulance en route to the accident crashed into an automobile, but no one was injured. The causes of both accidents were undetermined, pending an investigation by a board of officers.
- The Sumter County Red Cross drive drew nearer its goal as K. E. Ward, director, reported that $26,032.02 had been received, leaving $5,567.98 to be raised. With workers nearing the bottom of their prospect cards, Mr. Ward was confident the campaign would be completed. The total reported includes $1,466 which was raised at the Air Forces "Four Star Revue" show Saturday night. The Shaw Field band gave a concert for benefit of the Red Cross and was attended by a good-sized crowd.
- Sixty football prospects have been taking part in spring football practice at Sumter High School, Coach Johnnie McMillan reported. Of this number, 14 are lettermen, and the Sumter coach is sure that seven of these will be present, and in September all 14 will report. Nine games have been scheduled for next season, but because of war conditions, no complete schedule is expected to be announced until the time rolls around for the new grid season. McMillian is being helped in the spring drills by Assistant Coach Harold Hartell and Jerry Hicks, of the high school faculty.
- Two minor fires in the city resulted in little damage, Chief Lynam reported. A large kettle in which Fort Roofing Sheet Metal Co. employees were heating asphalt for work on the roof of the City National Bank building, corner of Main and Liberty streets, got too hot and blazed up about 11 o'clock. Firemen were called to the scene, and the conflafration was smothered by sheets of roofing paper. The kettle was placed near the sidewalk on the Liberty Street side of the building, and smoke from the flare-up attracted a lot of spectators. Workmen were hauling asphalt from the kettle to the roof of the skyscraper by elevator when the fire broke out.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Nov. 17 - 23
- South Carolina's Teacher of the Year for 1969 is a Fulbright Scholar whose basic philosophy is "love everybody - hate no one." She is Mrs. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson, teacher of French and journalism at Lincoln High School. Mrs. Wilson, a graduate of programs at six universities in the United States and abroad, is the first black to represent South Carolina in the National Teacher of the Year program. "This is utterly incredible," Mrs. Wilson said when she received telephone congratulations from State Superintendent of Education Cyril B. Busbee.
- Edmunds High School's cross country team won its second-straight meet here, stopping two other teams. Four other schools were entered in the meet but did not have full teams. Top individual performance by Sumter was Burke Watson's third-place finish. Steve Ardis was sixth, Bill Brunson seventh, Wheeler Matthews 10th, Tom Page 16th, Sam Price 19th and Bobby DeLorme 23rd.
- The Sumter YMCA swimming team scored a resounding victory here, blasting the Charleston "Blue Angels" 44.5 to 137.5. Sumter won first place in all medley and freestyle relays with the exception of the 9-10 boys age group to dominate the meet. Cindy Ogle and Steve Guyton each captured three events to be the leading individuals.
- Mrs. Chery Ann Davis, a Shaw military dependent, has been named the winner in the "Why I Want to Vote" essay contest sponsored jointly by the Shaw Chapter of the NCO Academy Graduates Association and the Sumter Merchants' Association. Mrs. Davis, who is the wife of A.1C. Albert U. Davis III, was awarded two $25 savings bonds by the sponsors in ceremonies at the Chamber of Commerce.
- Cpl. Jimmie L. Harvin died on Nov. 9 of injuries received Nov. 6 in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was serving as section leader of his platoon. He was born in Sumter County on May 6, l946, son of Mrs. Catherine S. Harvin and the late James Peter Harvin.
- Sumter's Fire Department went to Santee today but not to fish. The old wooden Seaboard Coast Line railroad trestle which crosses Lake Marion and the Santee River near Rimini in a tri-county area was destroyed by fire from the river to Pack's Landing. At last report, railroad service was discontinued until further notice. According to a railroad official, the spectacular fire broke out when an acetylene torch exploded as workmen were cutting bolts on the trestle, which was being repaired, igniting the creosote supporters and girders. No injuries were reported.
- Delores Boyle shot an 84 to win the Low Gross honors in the Sunset Women's Invitational Golf Tournament last week. Fifty-four women from Sunset, Forest Lake in Columbia, Camden and Shaw participated in the handicap affair. Taking low net honor was Shaw's Mary Casoli with a 70. Mary Wilson of Forest Lake was second with 71 while Camden's Nancy Marshall was third with 72. Sunset's Minnie DeChamps took low putts with 28.
- The Sumter County Mental Health Association reminds the citizens of Sumter County not to forget to "Make Sure Santa Smiles on Them Too." Them, of course, means the approximately 6,000 patients in the South Carolina psychiatric hospitals. It would be wonderful if a little bit of the spirit of Christmas could be shared with them every day, but for the most part, this just isn't possible. But we can, at least, let these people know that they aren't totally forgotten at Christmas.
- Florence and Sumter don't exactly hate each other, but then again no love is lost by one on the other. Winning the football game between the two is more important than anything else. Sumter has been the winningest of the series in records dating back to 1933. In two instances, 1956 and 1963, no results are available. In 1939, no score is available, but Sumter did win that contest. Since 1933, there have been five ties and two scores unavailable, meaning that Sumter has won 20 times against just eight losses.
- The Sumter Parks and Recreation Department's baton twirling contest, sponsored by Drum Majorettes of America, was held at McLaurin Junior High School. South Carolina's Most Beautiful Junior Majorette was Paula Wallace, 13, of Barnwell. Joy Burress, 13, of Sumter was selected first runner-up in this event. The reigning Majorette Queen of America, Miss Susan Player of Sumter, hosted and presented awards for the various events.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Aug. 20 - 26
- A former group commander at Shaw Air Force Base has been hired as Sumter County's head industrial recruiter. Col. Steve Rust, 59, who was commander of the 353rd Support Group at Shaw, was hired as Sumter County's general manager for economic development by the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the Sumter County Development Board. He replaces Jim Alexander, another retired Air Force colonel, who was promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Chamber upon the retirement of longtime president and CEO Phil Ballinger.
- Inexperience was of major concern for Manning, Hillcrest and Sumter high schools as they began preparation for the 1993 season. Nothing changed at the 12th-Annual Sumter County Jamboree at Sumter Memorial Stadium. Even though all saw several positive signs from their teams throughout the scrimmage, Hillcrest head coach Curtis Threatt, Sumter High's Tom Lewis and Manning's Andrew Heddy continued to lament the youth of their teams.
- They could run. There is not one foot of fence, not one scowling guard, nothing to stop any of the 33 troubled boys from running away from the Rimini Marine Institute. In the last year, only two did. Likely, some hesitate because of the isolation. The institute is nestled near Lake Marion in Clarendon County, an intimidating distance from any town. Escaping on foot would be a daunting task. More probably hesitate from common sense. For many of them, the institute is their last chance to turn their lives around. Running is one of the offenses that gets a student automatically sent back to the juvenile justice system. Rimini Marine Institute is one of 32 programs in the nation that aim at helping troubled young people help themselves. Instructors teach young men not just skills like auto mechanics, but also positive values such as compassion and self-control. Young men are also exposed to exciting activities like boating and swimming.
- Sumter head coach Wallie Jones thinks the P-15's will be able to run the bases successfully against Columbia, Tennessee, in the second round of the American Legion Baseball Southeast Regional. Of course, he also thought that would be the case in Sumter's first-round game, only to see his team manage a meager six base runners in a 2-0 loss to Salisbury, North Carolina. Columbia dropped a 9-4 decision to Huntsville, Alabama, to fall into the loser's bracket.
- Caroline Elizabeth Symons, a second-year student in the Associate Degree accounting program at Central Carolina Technical College, has been awarded a scholarship for the 1993-94 academic year by the Educational Resources Foundation for Technical and Economic Development. She has maintained a 3.45 grade-point average and has been listed on the dean's list during each term that she has been enrolled at CCTC.
- Student leaders from Morris College are ready to "stretch beyond where they are to where they could be." "No obstacle can be large enough to deter you ... to keep you from maximizing your potential," said Patricia Russell-McCloud. Russell-McCloud, the Elks Oratorical award-winning professional orator, was the keynote speaker at the Morris College Student Leadership Retreat Banquet. The theme for the retreat was "Effective Student Leadership Through Self Assurance, Creativity and Ability."
- Reserve shortstop Justin Cappelman was ready to be noticed. Senior starters Bo Betchman and Ontrell McCray were not ready to go home. Those three, with a little help from Chad Hoshour, made sure that Sumter's stay in the American Legion Baseball Southeast Regional was extended by at least one day by keying the P-15's 6-4 come-from-behind win over Columbia, Tennessee. Sumter, 30-5, plays again against the loser of Saturday night's contest between Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Miami. Columbia, 46-12, was eliminated from the tournament.
- After years of campaigning and trying to break through governmental barriers, animal lover Doris Scarborough is getting closer to her dream of building an animal shelter in Lee County. Scarborough has spent the past five years trying to persuade government officials to help solve the county's animal control problem. The only animal control system Lee County has ever had dates back several years, according to Scarborough. "There were two pens behind the airport, and it was a very bad situation," she said. Last month, Lee County Council named her the county animal control officer as part of a greater plan to get control of strays and eventually build a shelter.
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