75 YEARS AGO - 1944
June 3 - June 9
- Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The …
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- Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The hospital, during the past month, has been procuring penicillin from the depot at the Columbia hospital, Mr. Rankin said. Approximately three million units of the wonder drug were used at Tuomey during May. Under the new arrangement, with the local hospital as a depot, there will be approximately six million units of penicillin available during June, the superintendent added.
- Cpl. James Rollin Galloway died May 16 of wounds received in action in the Italian theater, his sisters were notified by a war department telegram. The message from the adjutant general gave no details but expressed the deepest sympathy and stated that a letter would follow. Two of Cpl. Galloway's sisters reside in Sumter, Miss Athleen Galloway and Mrs. D. E. Scurry. A third sister, Mrs. G. W. Guill, is a resident of Columbia.
- The office of the supervisors of registration for Sumter County will be open in the courthouse for the registration of qualified citizens to vote in the general election in November. Those who have registration certificates issued in 1938 or since do not have to register now. If the certificate has been lost, a duplicate may be obtained from the supervisors. Democrats who wish to vote in the primary may enroll at the same time by signing the roll book of the ward club of the district in which they reside. These books are kept at the courthouse, in charge of Mr. Horace Harby, and will be open every day for enrollment of members until June 27.
- Chief W. C. Kirven said that the Auxiliary Police Force responded very quickly to the city force's call for assistance during the Gulf Oil fire and aided the municipal officers in handling traffic and so on. Chief Kirven wishes to remind the public of the city ordinance which forbids us to go within a block of a fire, that is, unless directly connected with the police or fire departments. There is also an ordinance against following fire trucks. The other night at the Gulf Oil fire, the audience was so eager it almost got right into the flames, and officers had their hands full keeping order. Chief Lynam told us that had one of the big gasoline tanks exploded, it would have been a real tragedy and could have killed everyone on the block. So, leave the firefighting to the men who are trained for it.
- In a fast game of baseball on the Brooklyn-Cayce diamond, West Columbia defeated the Sumter American Legion Juniors, 4 to 0. The game was played in an hour and 45 minutes. The pitching was excellent on both sides. Morris secured the only hit for Sumter. Only five of the Gamecocks struck out, but they were not able to hit Mack effectively. Stokes and Reynolds made nice fielding plays.
- Boy Scout officials announced today that another waste paper drive will be conducted in the city. The public is urged to collect paper and have it on hand for the Scouts, preferably in convenient-to-handle bundles. Shaw Field is cooperating again by lending its trucks. Six of the vehicles will be at the Scouts' disposal when the white residential sections will be covered, and on Thursday, when the business district is to be canvassed. On Friday, Shaw Field will send two trucks for the use of black Scouts to go through the black residential and business sections.
- The Daily Vacation Bible School to be held at the Presbyterian Sunday School June 5-16 will begin Monday morning. Mrs. Frank King will be in charge of the beginner department, for children four and five years old. The primary children will be taught by Miss Isabel McLaurin, Mrs. Byron H. Gilliand and Miss Marjorie Patterson; the juniors by Mrs. W. T. Nixon, Mrs. W. B. Upshur and Mrs. C. P. Beckman; and the junior high school boys and girls by Miss Page Lancaster.
- Shaw Field's Fliers flushed with a 10-9 victory over a strongly favored Greenville Army Air Base team in 10 innings will be after another win when they encounter the 346th Battalion team of Fort Jackson. The game will be played at Municipal Park and will start at 8:30. The Shaw Field band has been scheduled for a 30-minute concert preceding the contest. Last night the Fliers overcame an early Greenville lead and finally won out over the visitors in the 10th inning.
- E. C. Stroman of the Belk-Stroman company has only praise for the recently opened YMCA Health Club. In a letter to Carl Link, general secretary of the YMCA, Mr. Stroman said, "I needed to visit the Health Club only once to become convinced that the men of Sumter are afforded an unusual opportunity to keep in better physical condition. The average business man, especially in these busy times, often neglects his physical condition. There should be no excuse for this as long as the Health Club is in operation."
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
Feb. 2 - 8
- The new ambulance service for Sumter answered eight calls from midnight Friday to 2'oclock this morning. Tuomey Hospital administrator Ralph Abercrombie said that five of those calls were accidents, and the other three were for other medical reasons. "The new service was quite impressive over this first weekend," Abercrombie said. The new ambulance service took over the ambulance and rescue operations for Sumter County on Friday night. The service has a heavy emergency vehicle to be used for long distances and two lightweight utility vehicles for regular ambulance functions in the county phase of the operation.
- The South Carolina Jaycees are now narrowing their search for the Outstanding Young Farmer for 1968-69. State OYF Chairman James P. Nettles Jr. of Sumter announced that all regional entries are in and a panel of outstanding judges are selecting the state winner. The state winner will be announced at the state OYF luncheon during the Jaycee Winter Board Meeting in Charleston.
- Rebuilding of the dam at Second Mill Pond, which was ruined by heavy rains in March 1965, is underway and should be completed by spring. Second Mill Pond was once a popular recreation spot, but after the dam broke, the drying pond became a bed of insects and mosquitoes and the dried grass a fire hazard. Many complaints were voiced by area residents to the County Board of Commissioners about repairing the dam and refilling the pond. The County Board of Commissioners agreed to repair the dam at Second Mill on condition that the Elks Club, which owns the property, provide the cost of materials in the amount of $7,500.
- Feb. 2-8 is the 21st-annual National Children's Dental Health Week. As part of the observance, the Sumter Daily Item, in cooperation with the Pee Dee Dental Society, today begins a series of six articles on facts you should know about dental health. Generally, the outlook is very optimistic for complete control of tooth decay within the next 10 to 20 years. Scientists have recently reported on a number of studies that have produced significant results. One of the most promising studies - still to be conducted with human subjects - involves the use of a specific enzyme called dexgtranase in the control of dental decay.
- After Morris College found itself behind by 21 points at half-time - 63-42 - it would have been easy to give up. Thanks to a wealth of poise, Morris didn't give up and outscored Barber-Scottia College by 22 points in the second half to capture a thrilling 113-112 victory. It put the Morris record over 500 for the first time this season at 9-8. It also furnished opposition with a notice that the Hornets are no pushovers.
- Sherrian Angela Floyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Floyd of Sumter, has been selected as a candidate-at-large in the "Little Miss North America" contest to be held in Wildwood, New Jersey, June 12-15. The pageant is being sponsored by the city of Wildwood. Contestants and their mothers will be guests of the city during their stay.
- The Edmunds High School Gamecocks used a team effort to easily defeat Hartsville 66-47 and win their 11th game out of 14 outings. Four of five starters soared into double figures in scoring, and Coach Charlie Hodgin got a chance to get his bench a workout in the encounter.
- Sumter Area TEC, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, is presenting a short course entitled "Preparation of Personal Income Tax Returns." The course will be taught by a representative of the IRS and will consist of six two-hour classes designed to help the individual taxpayer in preparing his federal income tax return.
- Town and Country Manufacturing Co. announced plans today for a half-million-dollar construction project which will double the capacity of the Sumter mobile home manufacturing plant. The announcement was made by Larry Pinchback, vice president of Town and Country.
- Brig. Gen. Donovan F. Smith, vice commander of Tactical Air Command's Ninth Air Force, has been nominated for promotion to the rank of major general. The World War II ace and holder of the Distinguished Service Cross will do the two-star rank during the next year. General officers, once confirmed by Congress, are promoted as vacancies occur. Gen. Smith's colorful career includes eight aerial victories during World War II and 18 months duty as chief adviser to the Vietnamese Air Force.
- Shaw is in for some new facilities this year coming through a $1.7 million Military Construction Program here. The program takes in almost everything from parking lots to air conditioning. The second phase of parking lot construction has already begun at the base hospital with completion scheduled in May. The new cold storage plant is now 84 percent complete and should be done in March.
- Sumter School District 17 has been named as one of 33 South Carolina school districts whose desegregation plans have been approved by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. District 17 school superintendent Dr. L.C. McArthur Jr. said that he has not been officially notified of HEW's acceptance and, after hearing of the press release received by the Item, said, "We submitted our desegregation plan after we had amended it, and this is our first responsive reply. I have no further comment."
- Paul E. Risinger has resigned as principal of Edmunds High School effective at the end of the current school year, District 17 Board Chairman John W. Godbey announced. Risinger's reason for leaving is required by the health of his parents, school authorities said, and he will return to the Columbia area to meet family responsibilities.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Nov. 5 - 11
- When the city of Sumter needs swan food, it turns to Kay Parnell. When Sumter School District 2 needs pencils, it calls Dave Tolson. When Sumter School District 17 needs new notebooks, Joe Klein is the man. And when Sumter County needed a new dam for Second Mill Pond, it called Bobby Galloway. Buying things for schools and municipalities isn't as easy as wandering down to the local Wal-Mart and picking it off the self, said Tolson, School District 2's finance director. Expensive items such as fire trucks and computers have to be competitively bid, and smaller items are ordered in mass quantities to save money.
- Kris Bruton scored 25 points to lead Benedict College to a 93-83 win over Morris College in the finals of the John E. Brown Tournament Classic. Morris College's Willie Moe Davis led the scoring with 24 points, James Matthews had 14, while Allen McGill and Joe Pendergrass added 12 each.
- Sumter native Cameron Aiken is performing the tenor lead in the University of South Carolina Opera Company's production of "The Barber of Seville." "This has been the most demanding and challenging part to date," said Aiken, a senior vocal performance major who has been featured in several USC opera productions over the past four years.
- Nearly 50 years before the Pentagon lifted its ban on female combat pilots, Sumter's Jeri Crook knew what it felt like to swing her leg into the cockpit of an AT-10 and fire up the engine. She knew what it was like to pack her own parachute and hope she'd never have to use it. She knew what it was like to feel the resentment of male pilots who saw her as a threat to their jobs and an intrusion into a formerly all-male world. She knew what it was like to serve her country during war. Fifty years ago, Jeri Crook earned her wings with the Army Air Corps. Crook was one of a small, little-known group of pioneering female pilots in the predecessor of the Air Force during World War II. Only one of 25 women who applied were good enough to join the WASPS - Women's Airforce Service Pilots. One thousand women served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, a role that was then closed to women for decades to come.
- Thomas Sumter defeated Cardinal Newman 7-0 to do its part in clinching a playoff berth, and Hammond followed that up with some assistance to put the Generals in the post-season. The Skyhawks beat Heathwood Hall 23-20 at the Hammond field to give TSA the runner-up slot in the Palmetto Athletic Conference. Thomas Sumter first-year coach Bobby Cothran said the season has been a satisfying one as his team amassed a 6-4 record.
- The spinner baits weren't working, and the topwater plugs failed to fetch much better results. Grass beds that had produced a bounty of bass just a week earlier were proving fruitless this day. It was enough to drive the average weekend angler to distraction, but Steve Lowder is no average weekend angler. To Lowder, weekend fishing is serious business and, had this particular trip been one of his weekend forays, he might have been more upset about the lack of results. This midweek trip to Santee Cooper, though, was set up to try out a couple of newly acquired topwater lures and to accommodate a newspaper reporter who insisted that a proper interview could be conducted only on the water.
- The western reach of Summerton's town limits comes to a halt just before Scott's Branch High School on Fourth Street, even though the center of the small, lakeside town is only several blocks away. Many black residents of Summerton, which helped give birth to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to integrate the nation's public schools, say they feel just as ostracized now as when Scott's Branch was built in 1954 as one of the state's "separate but equal" black schools. This time the question is about town council's refusal to annex the predominately black area beyond Scott's Branch. When petitioners from Summerton's western outskirts asked to be annexed into the town, the all-white town council said it couldn't afford it. The group would not accept council's accountant's figures. Finally, we suggested they hire an accountant. Council said the low tax base of the rejected area, combined with the high cost of garbage pickup and laying water and sewer lines, would cost each household about $230 more a year in taxes.
- Sumter and Hillcrest both needed wins as they met in their regular season football finale at Hillcrest Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats needed a win to secure a berth in the 4A Division II state playoffs. SHS needed a win for better positioning in the 4A Division I playoffs and for head coach Tom Lewis' peace of mind. Lewis was able to sleep a little easier as the Gamecocks shut Hillcrest's offense down and finally got some positive signs from their offense in a 26-0 victory.
- When Jerry Locklair was in elementary school, he knew exactly what he wanted to be: a famer and an artist. He planted that dream in fertile soil, and now he's both . . . sort've. "I'm farming with my paint brush," he explains. But Jerry's not "farming" alone. He has been drawing and painting historical farm scenes for about 30 years with his wife, Dona. Today Dona and Jerry are working on a new landscape - and taking on what could be their toughest enterprise yet. That project - called simply Tanglewood by most - stands tall in a grove of Spanish moss trees in southeast Lee County near Lynchburg.
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