75 YEARS AGO - 1944
March 4 - March 10
- It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state …
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- It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state cage tourney to be played in Sumter. Earning the right to go into the finals, Charleston polished off Greenville's Red Raiders in the first game of the semi-finals 28 to 17, and Sumter turned back a ferocious bunch of Camden Bulldogs, 34 to 32.
- From crowned to crown in two weeks is the latest chapter in the fight story of Philadelphia's and Sumter County's Bob Montgomery. The new champion was born and raised in Sumter County, near Gable. He was knocked out in the first round by Al "Bummy" Davis on Feb. 18 but bounced back to win a split 15-round upset decision over favored (8 to 5) Beau Jack and regained the New York version of the lightweight title. It was their third title bout. Montgomery won the title last May and lost it to Beau in November.
- In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene King, parents of Cpl. Hubert King, 1st Lt. Dale E. Young, Cpl. King's commanding officer, praised the Sumter soldier for exceptionally good work. Excerpts from the letter read: "I have found Cpl. King to be conscientious, willing and interested in his work. It is a pleasure to have him in my platoon. Some time ago he was awarded the Good Conduct ribbon. This award is given only to those who in the opinion of the company and regimental commanders have demonstrated fidelity through faithful and exact performance of duty, efficiency through capacity to produce the desired results and behavior deserving emulation."
- Jack Chandler was selected the best all-'round player in the YMCA Midget Basketball League this year by YMCA officials. Jack led his Gremlin team to the league championship and played all-'round good basketball. "Little" Bobby Elmore was chosen best sport for his good playing and ability to take a loss. The runner-up for the best player was "Speedy" Kirby Jackson, who was outstanding player on the Phantom team. Laddie Owens, captain of the Spitfires, came in second as the best sport. All these boys showed that they could really play basketball, by defeating all competitors in the Midget basketball tournament for the Carolinas Championship, at Kannapolis, North Carolina.
- After completing almost a year of intensive training in various schools of the Army Air Forces Training Command, another class of aerial navigators has graduated from the advanced navigation school at Ellington Field, Texas, with their distinctive silver wings and commission as second lieutenants. These officers now face a brief period of training and will then be ready for assignments in combat areas on the world battlefronts. Among the members of the graduating class was Lt. Henry F. Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis of Sumter.
- Charleston won the first South Carolina High School Class A Invitational basketball tournament here by turning back a scrappy band of Sumter Gamecocks, 26 to 21. The contest brought the tourney to a successful close, and indications were that the tournament has a chance to become an annual affair. Visiting coaches and players were unanimous in praising local officials for the way they handled the affair, and many expressed their desire to return next year. Two Sumter players were named to the First Team All-Star team: Forwards Hollis, Columbia and Baker, Charleston; center Hughes, Sumter; guards, Boyd, Greenville and Booth, Sumter.
- Seeding is now underway at the State Forest Nursery for a production of slightly less than seven million tree seedlings. These will be available for reforestation purposes in December 1944. Enough seeds are being planted to produce approximately three million loblolly, three million slash and a half million longleaf pines. In addition, smaller amounts of black locust, red cedar and cork oak will be grown.
- At a regular meeting, county commissioners discussed expenditures in connection with the removal of the chain gang to its new plant on North Main Street, which will necessitate a special authorization for funds from the county delegation; plans for the treatment of chain gang prisoners having communicable diseases; the cancelling of war damage insurance on county property; and heard various reports from officials.
- With Sumter and Shaw Field playing host to the best of the 1944 all-soldier shows, a sell-out of the 1,500 seats in Edmunds High School auditorium was predicted by J. Cliff Brown, chairman of the ticket sales committee for the production "Four Star Revue," which gives a one-show performance here Saturday night under the auspices of the Sumter Red Cross War Fund Committee.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Nov. 4 - 8
- Today's craze for compactness has produced some unusual things, but J. A. Revill's "Compact Farm" stands out as one of the most unique in the opinion of many who have seen it. Starting out as a backyard experiment in scientific agriculture, Revill's hobby has developed into a locally recognized source of fresh vegetables, fruits and plants of outstanding quality.
- One of the last of Sumter County's "old country stores" will soon be but a memory. With the closing of H.H. Sander's General Merchandise Store at Borden will also come the moving to other quarters of the post office which has been located in the store for 41 years. "I was appointed postmaster of Borden in 1923," Sanders said, "and have served continuously ever since." At the age of 70, Sanders is retiring from his postmastership and disposing of his store. The post office which occupies one corner in the front portion of his store served some 50 families in the area. Mail service to the office is by star route carrier on the Sumter-Camden run.
- With a satisfying 13-6 victory over the Allen University Yellow Jackets behind them, Morris College's Hornets are looking forward to their next game at Savannah State. Savannah is coached by former Morris head man Leo Richardson, who has had rough sledding with the Jackets so far this year. This is to be Homecoming, so Richardson is especially hopeful of winning it.
- Near the dark and placid waters of Black River, some eight miles east of Manning in Clarendon County, stands one of South Carolina's oldest houses of worship. Brewington Presbyterian Church was organized in 1811 and started off with only five members - Jane Nelson, Mary Nelson, James Nelson, Isabella Nelson and Samuel Pendergrass. Situated in a thriving agricultural area, peopled largely by conservative and faithful Presbyterians, largely of Scotch or Scotch-Irish extraction, the church prospered and grew until the War Between the States.
- Curtis C. Kimbrell Jr. has been chosen president of the Sumter Merchants Association. He succeeds C.B. James. In the same election, conducted by the 1965 board of directors, Barnes Boyle was picked as vice president and Mrs. Ruth Sanders as treasurer. Kimbrell, his officers and the new board of directors will be installed at the annual dinner meeting of the association.
- The RF-4C is the new tactical jet that flies at supersonic speeds in all weather, day or night. It can handle day and night photos and radar reconnaissance. Congressman L. Mendal Rivers of South Carolina was accorded full honors as he attended the acceptance ceremonies of the new RF-4C to Shaw Air Force Base.
- Because of a stellar stable of athletes in The Daily Item circulation area, for the second straight week two players are "Co-Athletes of The Week." Both deserve the honor. Edward Neal of Hillcrest High School and Ricky Shivers of Edmunds High School get the coveted honor for last week's performances. Neal, a junior fullback, only hits the scales at 150 pounds but proved to be the difference for the Wildcats against Lamar. Shivers, a senior linebacker, can be excused from Edmunds losing 7-6. He did his job well enough for the Gamecocks to win.
- The grand opening and dedication of the new Base Exchange and Cafeteria will be held at noon Nov. 12 with many dignitaries taking part. Many opening day specials are planned, and visitors will have ample opportunity to take advantage of them as the retail store will remain open from noon until 8 p.m. The exchange is very modern and features the latest in equipment and decor. The displays in the retail store will be much larger, and the store will have wall-to-wall carpeting. The cafeteria will have the latest in food service equipment and an enlarged seating capacity.
- The Edmunds High School Jayvees recorded their 19th-straight triumph over a three-year period, stopping Columbia's Caps 14-7. At the half, the two teams were deadlocked at 7-7, but a dazzling run by halfback C.A. Wilson set up what proved to be the winning tally.
- McLaurin Junior High's Bantams drenched their coaching staff in the showers last night. Why? The Bantams capped an undefeated season with a 26-0 thrashing of Moore Junior High School at the fairgrounds. The victory has to be called a combination of offense and defense. The Bantams held Moore to only 53 total yards - 22 of those rushing. On offense, they rolled up 398 yards - rushing and passing. Quarterback Robert Hawkins became of age in the contest.
- The Sumter Optimist Club, which was chartered on Nov. 3, 1948, with William H. Moore Jr. as its first president, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding with a party tonight at Burnt Gin. Honored guests at the occasion will be five of the original charter members of the Sumter Optimist Club: Charles P. Osteen Jr., Alton O. Smith, Morris D. Mazursky, Robert B. Moise and Mike Karvelas.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Aug. 6 - 12
- John Teer and Christine MacEwen, both of Sumter, spent a month working in John Spratt's Washington office, where they assisted Spratt and his staff with legislative issues and correspondence and attended committee hearings and seminars. Teer is a student at Furman University, and MacEwen attends Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.
- Leadoff batter Randy Goodroe raced around the bases for three runs, setting a state record in the process, and ace relief pitcher Eddie Mathis turned in another extraordinary performance as Sumter rallied for a 7-5 win over Irmo at Riley Park. The win, which was interrupted by a 91-minute rain delay, gives Sumter a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven American Legion state championship series.
- It took four tries, but Sumter shortstop Randy Goodroe finally stole his 43rd base of the season - a new state record. "I was worried there at first," Goodroe said after helping Sumter to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven state championship series against Irmo. "But I finally got it." He did it in the bottom of the seventh inning with Sumter losing 5-4. Carl Baker, who reached first and second base on an error by Irmo third baseman, advanced to third on a groundout by Eddie Mathis. Goodroe singled in Baker for the tying run and gave himself another chance at the record.
- USC Sumter's Professor John Logue went to the West Coast recently to take a marine science course and experience firsthand much of what he had previously only read about in books. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the three-week short course was attended by 39 instructors from the United States, Canada and Mexico, all of whom teach at the undergraduate level. Participants were invited to take part in the course only after the directors of the annual NSF program were convinced of the applicants' merits, based on information provided to them in detailed application forms.
- Furman High School students will have the opportunity this fall to join the Air Force; an ROTC unit is being activated at the school. The unit is part of a nationwide expansion of Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy Junior ROTC. Col. William A. "Ike" Jenkins and Chief Master Sgt. Michael A. Welch are the program's instructors. They will be full-time instructors at Furman. The unit will be among 107 Air Force programs opening at schools this fall.
- Sumter's P-15's had hoped to finish off a sweep of Irmo in the fourth game of the American Legion baseball state championship series, but the very large heart of Jim Jordan got in the way. Jordan, despite a painful right elbow, hurled a five-hit shutout to spark Post 174 to a 4-0 win, cutting Sumter's lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
- In a small, unobtrusive metal building on Bethel Church Road lies Sumter's only mattress manufacturing company. Dwain Gambrell opened Longevity Mattress Co. in Sumter almost a year ago after spending more than 15 years selling mattresses in South Carolina and North Carolina. "I've been selling mattresses since before I could even drive," he said. "Then, two or three years ago, I thought gosh, there aren't that many manufacturers." In September 1992, Gambrell began operations in the 3,000-square-foot warehouse that he leases.
- Three decisions could fundamentally change the way a Sumter County hazardous-waste landfill is operated and regulated, and potential consequences range from heavy fines to closing the landfill. Since 1977, when hazardous waste was first dumped into the landfill near Lake Marion and the town of Pinewood, the facility's various owners have withstood public hostility and broadsides from the government.
- Threes were wild at Riley Park. For the first time in three games, Sumter won the third inning against Irmo as the P-15's claimed a 5-2 win to clinch their third consecutive American Legion baseball state championship. After watching Irmo score five times in the third during a 7-5 Sumter win and four times in the third during a 4-0 Irmo win, the P-15's broke loose for four runs in the third inning of the contest, and that was plenty of cushion for pitchers Lee Hatfield and Eddie Mathis.
- Glenna Bagby Robertson was the featured artist at the art exhibit at CCTC library for August. Robertson was born and educated in Kentucky and moved to Sumter with her late husband, who was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. She studied under a number of teachers and received many awards. Oil was her favorite medium. Her "Man's Best Friend" was accepted to travel in the NBSC-sponsored show. She has won second place in overall show at Fall Fiesta in recent years.
- Underscoring that one of its main designs is to be attractive to corporate executives, the new terminal at Sumter Airport has hanging on its walls a dozen color, aerial photographs of some of the largest industrial plants in Sumter County. "This is a very, very integral part of helping us recruit industry into the Sumter community," said Sumter County Council Chairman Joe Davis, who dedicated the modern, 3,650-square-foot terminal to Sumter aviation pioneer Billy Lynam.
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