75 YEARS AGO - 1944
May 6 - May 12
- Thousands of Americans serving overseas are benefiting now from YMCA movements that have been developed over the years through the help of the world service program of the North American YMCAs, Carl W. …
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- Thousands of Americans serving overseas are benefiting now from YMCA movements that have been developed over the years through the help of the world service program of the North American YMCAs, Carl W. Link, general secretary of the "Y" located here, said today. He asserted that YMCAs in India, Egypt, Palestine, China, South America and elsewhere are open at all times to the fighting men of the United Nations and are being increasingly used by Americans, the local "Y" secretary said.
- Shaw Field will play its second game of the season under the lights of Municipal Park with the 309th team from Fort Jackson furnishing the opposition. The Fliers dropped a thriller to the Columbia Army Air Base Bomb Flashers last Tuesday but are expected to be on the beam this week.
- The inoculation of dogs for rabies will begin on May 15 in Sumter County, Sheriff George L. Mabry has announced. Dr. G. R. Kitchens is to be in charge. Posters and hand bills are being distributed throughout the county showing the date and sites of the inoculations. On May 17, Dr. Kitchens is to be at Myers' store. Sheriff Mabry stated that this location is now known as Clayton Lowder's store, having been taken over by Mr. Lowder some time ago.
- The night Raiders kept on top in the YMCA Centennial Softball league by defeating the Robin Hood aggregation, 5-1, Little Ronnie Ingram led the Raiders at bat with a homer and single with Pringle and Strange helping him out. Moody Huggins was the big gun for the Hoods. The Dragons ran wild over the Eagles in the second game, the final count being 22-3. Heyward Strong had a strong bat for the Eagles, rapping out two round trippers. Hugh Humphries, Russell Hurst, Claude Sutton and Everette Hodge were consistent hitters for the Dragons.
- Sumter High will play its third baseball game of the season against Florence, and the Gamecocks will be after their first victory. The Birds dropped a practice game to Shaw Field early in the season, 15 to 2, and then lost to Kingstree by 13-10. Tomorrow, the Birds will be after their scalp, and if they succeed the other two losses will have been avenged, for a victory over Florence would help to make the season a success. Morris will start on the mound for the Gamecocks, while Gentry will hurl for the Yellow Jackets.
- Post-war plans of the first magnitude have been announced by George F. Claussen and Euclid Claussen, president and vice president of Claussen's Bakeries, one of the leading bakery organizations in the South. A new, modern, streamlined, air-conditioned and fireproof baking plant is to be erected in Charleston, immediately after the war. The plant will more than double the capacity of the present Charleston bakery. "Because Claussen's has enjoyed the full confidence of the public for 103 years," George F. Claussen said, "the planning and the eventual building of this new bakery in Charleston has been made possible."
- The state's appropriation to the Sumter County Office of Civilian Defense has been cut 50 percent to $1,500 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Mayor F. B. Creech announced at the monthly meeting of City Council. The city and county governments each have pledged $750 to civilian defense work, if additional funds are needed, but council members agreed that the state appropriation probably would be sufficient. A cutback in defense work is expected.
- Lt. J. L. Dollard of the state constabulary reported today the weekend arrests of six persons for having contraband liquor. Four of the arrests were in Lake City, one in Kingstree and one in Sumter. One person was apprehended in Berkeley County for carrying a pistol and was fined $50, the officer said. Lt. Dollard was assisted by Officers Lambert and McKinnon and in Sumter area by members of the rural police force.
- Approximately 200 delegates were in Sumter for the 154th-annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. The Rev. J. B. Walker, pastor of the Church of the Holy Comforter, remarked in his welcoming address that a singular feature of the convention lies in the fact that the diocesan meeting held here in 1929 was the first convention presided over by the Rt. Rev. Albert S. Thomas after his consecration and the first to be presided over by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Neely Carruthers since his consecration, held last week. Bishop Thomas rendered his final report as bishop of the diocese, from which office he recently resigned.
- Dr. W. W. Ball, editor of The Charleston News and Courier, spent yesterday and today attending the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Ball is the dean of newspaper men in South Carolina, having been an active worker since 1890 when he became editor and publisher of the Laurens Advertiser in his hometown. He has been successively editor of the Charleston Evening Post in the late '90s, editor of the Greenville News and Courier, editor of the Columbia State, dean of the S.C. University School of Journalism and for the past 15 years editor of the News and Courier.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
Jan. 5 - 11
- The Sumter Kiwanis Club held its first meeting of the New Year at the Elks Club. Kiwanis President I. Byrd Parnell revealed the 1969 theme for Kiwanis to be "Stand Up For Freedom" and noted the seven objectives which the local civic club will undertake during the year. The objectives include: foster faith in God and apply it to all life's relationships; reaffirm the family's role as the basis of a strong community and nation; and enhance the Kiwanis' association with Circle K Clubs, Key Clubs and other youth groups by meaningful guidance and support. Also, educate parents and youth as to the consequences of the use of habit-forming drugs; and develop international friendship and understanding, with special emphasis on continued Kiwanis growth in other countries.
- Sumter will be the site of a public hearing into proposed rate increases by General Telephone Co. The S.C. public Service Commission will conduct the hearing, scheduled in the small courtroom at the county courthouse. Only complaints about General Telephone's service in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Darlington counties will be heard. The hearing will be informal, with subscribers having a chance to air their complaints without following strict procedures.
- The swine producers in the area, who are interested in profitable hog producing, have the opportunity this month to attend an eight-week course and a conference on swine breeding. Each Monday night for eight weeks classes will be held at Florence-Darlington Technical Education Center. Subjects to be discussed include: "Meat Type for the Top Dollar and How to Produce for this Market," "Controlling Diseases and Parasites on the Small Farm," "Feeding Hogs for Profits Using Home Grown Grain," "Proper Management Pays," "Building and Equipment Necessary for the Average Farmer" and "The No. 1 Hog ... There Is a Difference."
- Two YMCA Midget League teams will be the guests of Edmunds High School's Gamecocks in Saturday night's game with Hillcrest at the school gym. Presbyterian Blue Devils, coached by Sam Hunter and Aldersgate Number One, coached by Robert Coomer, will play a short scrimmage game at halftime. The two teams will sit behind Edmunds' bench, and in later home games the high school will have other midget teams as its guests.
- Winners of the annual Youth Leadership Contest have been announced by Sim P. Wright, chairman of the Elks Lodge Youth Activities Committee. Local awards, identical for boys and girls, are a $50 U.S. savings bond for first-place winners and a $25 bond for second place. These are to be presented formally at the annual Lodge-sponsored Youth Government Day luncheon. First place among boys considered by the judges was awarded to Kenneth D. Thomas, a senior at Hillcrest High School. Tops among the girls was Sherry I. Thomas, a senior at Furman High School.
- A civilian and two Air Force colonels who have walked in space will fly the Apollo 11 mission, the first scheduled attempt by the United States to land men on the moon. The civilian astronaut, Neil A. Armstrong, will command the spacecraft, tentatively set for launching in July. Armstrong and Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. are to descend to the moon in a Lunar Module from the main spacecraft. The main spacecraft will remain in lunar orbit, piloted by Lt. Col. Michael Collins.
- New trash containers for the central business district were discussed by 25 merchants and businessmen at a seminar held in the Community Room of the First Federal Savings and Loan. Lester Mathis, Sanitation Department supervisor, showed slides on the use and care of the new refuse collectors that have been purchased by the city and are being placed strategically throughout the central business district.
- "The only trouble with holidays," voiced several Lincoln students, "is that they are not permanent." But as short-lived as Christmas holidays may have been, quite a few members of the school family made commendable achievements during that time. The person whose achievements were most publicized was Mrs. A. H. Wilson, a French and journalism instructor at Lincoln. She had been chosen as one of five finalists for the "National Teacher of the Year" award.
- The State Highway Department announced today that Jan. 21 has been set as the date for opening the 60-mile section of Interstate Route 95 in the eastern part of the state, which includes part of Sumter and Clarendon counties. According to Chief Highway Commissioner Silas N. Pearman, barricades will be removed at noon, allowing traffic to use the new freeway segment from S.C. Route 9 at Dillon south around Florence to S.C. 527 near Sardinia in Clarendon County.
- Students, folk music, coffee, posters and talk go together to create an ideal atmosphere for a coffeehouse. The new coffeehouse on Calhoun Street had the right ingredients to crate the atmosphere. A crowd of about 120 turned out to see what the coffeehouse was like. They found the coffeehouse had live folk singers, coffee, friendly conversation and interesting decorations. Folk music was furnished by Richard Ely, a seminar student in Florida, and Warren Givens, a Clemson sophomore.
- A Morris College comeback fell just a little short Monday night as Edward Waters College hung on for a 104-96 verdict. It was the fifth loss of the season against three wins for Morris, which hosts Voorhees College next. Waters leaped into a 20-point advantage in the initial half, but with seven minutes left in the game, Morris pulled within one point, 89-88. Four quick field goals pushed Waters into a more comfortable 97-92 advantage with 2:30 to go. Waters went into a semi-freeze to preserve the victory.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Oct. 8 - 14
- For the past three weeks, a faulty bulk solidification unit has prevented Laidlaw's hazardous-waste landfill from accepting a great deal of the hazardous waste it normally accepts. Laidlaw voluntarily shut down its bulk solidification unit to make repairs to it after unannounced inspections by state health officials revealed "operational and maintenance" problems, said Thom Berry, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
- Jake Smith has no trouble keeping the shelves fully stocked at his downtown hardware store. He hopes that's about to change. "I'm eager for the challenge of having a harder time keeping my shelves full," Smith said. "I think we're prepared for it." Lee County merchants are anxiously awaiting the opening of a new state prison just outside of town. While many will view the $45 million Lee Correctional Institution, its bars and razor-tipped wire already in place, as solely a monument to society's ills, shopkeepers and economic developers are also looking at it in a different light. Many Lee County business leaders say the prison should mean an economic upturn.
- Hillcrest High head volleyball coach Linda Brown knew that wins would come few and far between for her young team this season. She hoped only for steady improvement from her players and maybe a chance to pull off an upset in the latter stages of the season. Sumter High Head coach Angie Watson, meanwhile, had high hopes for the Lady Gamecocks. With a bevy of talented players on hand, Watson foresaw success for her squad in 1993. The Lady Wildcats gave Brown her late-season upset win, knocking off the Lady Gamecocks for their first Region IV-4A win of the year.
- The Morris College Chorale walked out of a Thursday program honoring fellow students to protest what members describe as an administration that won't talk to students, let alone address their concerns. The students "kind of blew things out of proportion," said Lisa Dwyer-Dantzler, a spokeswoman for the private, historically black college. The 38-member singing group and perhaps 50 students walked out of the mandatory Honors Day Convocation program and then stood outside the Neal-Jones Auditorium for more than an hour in protest.
- Air Force spokesman Sgt. Calvin Hill kept cringing when anyone mentioned the word "bomb." "It wasn't a bomb - people get the wrong idea when you use the word 'bomb,'" Hill said. "This was a practice unit." David Jones, however, had no trouble identifying the object that fell on his neighbor's yard as a bomb. "It was a bomb they use for targeting over at the bombing range," Jones said. "I heard it explode, and then I saw a lot of smoke."
- The Sumter High School football coaching staff wasn't sure which offensive alignment Lower Richland would come out in at Sumter Memorial Stadium. The Diamonds had used three different sets in the previous three weeks. The Gamecock coaches had an idea, however, and they guessed right. SHS prepared for the run-oriented I-Bone; that's what Lower Richland used, and Sumter shut it down on the way to a 22-0 victory.
- If she isn't sure of anything else, Hester Rantin is sure of one thing: Every Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon, she will receive a hot meal. "It's a great help to me," the Manning woman said. "I live alone and have a nerve problem, so I am not able to cook for myself." The Clarendon Council on Aging in Manning sponsors a meal program for the elderly in which residents 60 years old and older get a balanced, hot meal delivered for lunch every weekday. The agency is one of 38 in Clarendon, Sumter and Lee counties that have a program paid for with United Way dollars. United Way is proud of the funding it provides for organizations struggling to meet the needs of the community.
- USC Sumter has a long, distinguished and ongoing tradition of contributing to the cultural enrichment of Sumter and surrounding communities through its varied fine arts offerings. This fall, the campus has already presented readings by poet and novelist Nikky Lynn Finney; an exhibit of paintings by Sumter artist Mary Ann Reames; a new video series, Art on Film/Film on Art; and a performance of Neil Simon's "The Star Spangled Girl" by Repertory Theater of America. A new exhibit of paintings by Sumter artist Rose Marie Metz, known especially for her soft, fluid watercolors, is not on display in the second floor gallery space in USC Sumter's Administration Building.
- It was not a good year to get started in farming. The Great Depression was forcing many farmers out of business, but in 1935 he had to come back to the family farm to save it from foreclosure. Now, 58 years later and at the age of 83, he is still actively managing 120 brood cows and 400 acres of pasture. Sam Gillespie of the Stateburg community's one of Sumter County's senior farmers. His professional career has witnessed some of the most dramatic changes in the history of United States agriculture. From the days of intense hand labor to mechanization and the introduction of pesticides, Gillespie has participated in many of the agricultural changes which have made United State agriculture the world leader of food and fiber production.
- Three years ago Don Ruffalo, the founder of the Sumter-based Sub Station II chain, started thinking about his legacy - what his family would inherit from the 15 years he had spent slowly building his business to 108 restaurants. Ruffalo, 51, decided to focus the company's energy on expanding more rapidly than it had since 1974, when the New Jersey-born entrepreneur moved to Sumter and opened the original restaurant - The Sub Station - across U.S. 75/378 from Shaw Air Force Base. Two events triggered Ruffalo's decision: the birth of his first grandchild and the death of his wife, who was also his business partner.
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