Food shipped to Charleston; Lee residents work on plan

Posted 2/4/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

- The Yellow Cab Co. of Sumter has received a letter of thanks from Maj. William A. Bell, as executive officer at the Headquarters Boston Port of Embarkation, for 20,000 Camel cigarettes which were …

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Food shipped to Charleston; Lee residents work on plan


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

- The Yellow Cab Co. of Sumter has received a letter of thanks from Maj. William A. Bell, as executive officer at the Headquarters Boston Port of Embarkation, for 20,000 Camel cigarettes which were contributed by the firm to the servicemen stationed overseas. According to the letter the distribution of the cigarettes has already been made to the men overseas.

- Sixty-one workers who have aided at the Ration Board have put in a total of 256 hours' time from July 28 to Aug. 27, a member of the board said this morning.

- Congressman John L. McMillian of the Sixth South Carolina district was among 81 persons enlisting yesterday in an emergency crop corps which plans to pick cotton Sept. 9 and donate its pay to a worthy war activity. Others joining on the first day of the campaign included the Question Mark club, Florence High School football squad and members of several service clubs.

- The city's contract with the Vulcan De-Tinning Co. for the detinning of cans has been extended through Dec. 31 of this year, it was announced by City Manager J. A. Raffield. Mr. Raffield urged housewives to put their washed and flattened tin cans in a separate box on the street with their garbage. These will be picked up by the garbage trucks on their rounds. Four car loads of tin cans have been shipped from Sumter in the last year, it was reported, and there is nearly a full car load left to be sent off.

- Word has been received by Mrs. J. H. Dennis that her son, Staff Sgt. Laurie A. Dennis, has been awarded the Legion of Merit for extraordinary service beyond the normal line of duty. Sgt. Dennis is with the U.S. Army in North Africa, where he has been stationed for about six months with the ordinance section of A. D. E. Headquarters. A graduate of Sumter High School, Sgt. Dennis was ordered to Concord, N.C., prior to entering the service 18 months ago.

- The War Department said the Provost Marshal's office had authorized the use of prisoners of war to harvest crops in the Georgia and South Carolina area.

- Cpl. Henry Mills, formerly of Sumter, is back from overseas duty after spending five-and-a-half months on Guadalcanal. He was one of the first Marines to land at Guadalcanal, and he was in combat with the Japanese in various parts of the Solomon Islands. Now at the Naval hospital at New River, N.C., Cpl. Mills is taking treatments for malaria fever.

- Rice, grits and cornmeal to meet a threatened shortage in the Charleston area are now en route to the office of Sen. Maybank, D-SC, announced today. Maybank's office was informed by Corrington Gill, director of the president's committee on congested areas, that 400,000 pounds of rice, four cars of grits and two cars of cornmeal were being rushed to Charleston.

- Naval Cadet Henry H. Workman, of Sumter, has reported to the U. S. Navy Pre-flight School here for three months of intensive physical toughening and instruction in advanced ground school subjects. Upon successful completion of the course, he will be transferred to a Naval air station to begin progressive flight training preparatory to joining a combat unit. Workman completed Naval Flight Preparatory School at Columbia and was transferred from the CAA War Training Service School at Miami, Florida.

- The War Food Administration was reported today to have approved the furloughing of soldiers to harvest peanuts in South Carolina for oil. Chairman Fulmer, D-SC, of the House agriculture committee made the statement and added that whether the men will be released for this work now awaits action by Paul V. McNutt, war manpower director, and the Secretary of War. Fulmer received a telegram from D. W. Watkins, director of the South Carolina extension service, saying that "every day of delay means a loss of peanuts for oil."

- South Carolina's highway system ailing from the lack of attention is going to get a shot in the arm with the federal government providing the elixir. Many of the state's roads have suffered from the abnormally heavy traffic, but aside from minor repairs, the state had to obtain the consent of the federal government before any major highway construction could be undertaken. C. R. McMillian, state highway engineer, said the federal government was not only approving repairs and construction of strategic roads, but also would supply funds for the work. Bids will be opened Sept. 14 on the surfacing of slightly more than 5 miles of U. S. 76 between Sumter and Shaw Field. The work will be paid for in its entirety by the federal government, but the construction will be supervised by the state highway department which called for bids. When war was declared normal highway construction in the state stopped. Work on rebuilding route 76 was underway at the time. The highway had been straightened, and curves had been repaved. However, the straight section between the air field and Sumter had not been improved.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

April 29 - May 5

- Bill Lesesne, head JV football coach and golf coach at Edmunds High School, will conclude six years of service to Sumter High School when he leaves his post in June to take over the job of director of admissions at Erskine College in Due West. A graduate of Dixie High School where he was an All-State half-back and of Erskine, Lesesne came to Sumter in the fall of 1962. Since that time he's held down many duties in the Gamecocks' athletic system while also teaching history. His JV football team of last fall finished the campaign with a perfect 9-0 record while his golf team owns an 8-4 mark.

- The public was reminded the dedication of the Sumter County Library was scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. The ceremony is planned to take place in front of the main entrance to the building, but in the event of bad weather the observance will be held in the Adult Services Section of the library. A simple dignified ceremony is planned. Musical selections will be furnished by the School District Two All-District Band. Harry Wilkinson representing the Downtown Sumter Improvement Association will serve as master of ceremonies.

- Roy James will assume the reins of the Sumter City government, backed by a complete slate of "city officials" as student mayor Wednesday in observance of Youth Government Day. The student officials, elected by Edmunds High School seniors, will meet with their counterpoints to train for their Wednesday duties. In two cases, the students will find themselves filling in for their fathers, as Claudia Wright takes over as superintendent of parks and recreation from Sim Wright and as Ginny Gussio assumes planning director duties from Ed Gussio.

- The U.S. House of Armed Services Committee approved the purchase of 61 acres of land north of Shaw Air Force Base which will be used for 300 housing units. Announcement of the approval was made from Washington by chairman L. Mendal Rivers (D.S.C.) Approved was a land cost of $94,320. The property is adjacent to existing housing units on the north portion of the base.

- Planning studies that will mirror Sumter County's present character and lay the foundation for future studies, delving into patterns of growth and development, will be undertaken within the next two weeks, according to Ed Gussio, planning director. The studies to be made by Barbour-Cooper & Associates of Asheville, N.C. and the local planning staff are financed through a $43,942 federal grant from the Urban Renewal Administration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a one-third matching donation from the county.

- It may be said that the Carolinas are Ford country, but Junior Johnson and his Chevelle are out to prove otherwise if the past weekend of dirt track racing is any indication. A light rain fell some 45 minutes prior to the opening heat race for the jalopies during warm-up for all drivers and provided the needed moisture to make a fast track for time trials. The record set during the time trials for the season opener of 20.4 seconds fell under the heavy foot of Junior Johnson in his '67 Chevelle as he nailed down the pole position with a 19.7.

- Paul Hahn, one of golf's greatest showmen and recently returned from entertaining the GIs in Vietnam, will present his full one-hour routine at Shaw Air Force Base on May 7. Hahn will appear under the sponsorship of the P. Ballentine & Sons brewing company of Newark, N.J.

- Lincoln's Bulldogs defeated Jackson of Camden, 13-3, but split a double-header with Barr Street the day before and knocked Coach Walter Washington's gang out of the running for a shot at the lower state championship. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 10-3 overall record and a conference mark of 7-3, one game behind loop champion Webber. In the game against Jackson William, Blyther went all the way on the mound for Lincoln to record his first triumph of the year. Blyther allowed only five hits and fanned nine during the victory.

- C. E. Owens III of Atlanta, a Sumter native, has been named new headmaster at Thomas Sumter Academy, replacing W. W. Wannamaker III, who resigned. School trustees in a statement stated Wannamaker resigned as headmaster because of outside business duties but would continue to teach classes in mathematics and science.

- The Hi-News staff won the SCSPA convention at the University of South Carolina. Susan Bryan is assistant feature editor and winner of first place in the feature division; Martha Stoddard is editor-in-chief; Mary Lou Barnes, feature editor; Tom Saunders, sports editor; Barry Heddon, news editor; and Charles Cann, advertising manager.

- AIC David T. Wehner of the 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron has been named Base Airman of the Month. A metal processing specialist with the unit's welding shop, Airman Wehner performs arc, heliarc and gas welding on various aircraft parts. A native of Midland Park, N.J., Airman Wehner entered the Air Force in 1966. He completed Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and came to Shaw as a bypass specialist in the metal processing field.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

Jan. 29 - Feb. 4

- Lee County residents were asked to close their eyes, pretend they'd been away from the county for 10 years and had suddenly come back. What would the county look like? About 50 residents worked in five groups at Bishopville's Opera House to plan for the county's long-term economic growth during a community meeting to establish goals for growth. They described a Lee County of the future, with better schools, more businesses, a larger population, more jobs, fine restaurants and an airport for larger planes.

- Hillcrest took a major step toward winning the Region IV-4A title by defeating Richland Northeast 73-63 at the Cavaliers' gym. The Wildcats, undefeated in the region with an 8-0 mark, are two games ahead of Irmo and Lower Richland in the standings and have but two games left on the road. The victory over RNE was the first of the road games on the second rotation of the schedule and the battles with the Yellow Jackets and the Diamonds are at Hillcrest.

- A Sumter County resident who first pushed for the incorporation of an area surrounding Shaw Air Force Base in 1991 is doing it again - and this time he says he's determined to take the process further than it's ever gone before. Cherryvale resident Mike Hinkle organized a meeting at Oakland Elementary School and said the incorporation is needed to stop the city of Sumter from annexing the area around Shaw - annexation, he says, would raise residents' taxes without offering them additional services or protection from unwanted development, or "urbanization."

- Upgrading the state's forest fire prevention capabilities is the top priority of a Sumter native who was recently appointed state forester. James Hugh Ryan, a 1957 graduate of Edmunds High School, was appointed head of the state Forestry Commission this month. He replaces former State Forester Robert Gould, who retired. Prior to his appointment by the state Forestry Commission, Ryan was deputy state forester. Ryan oversees 600 employees and a $30 million annual budget. In addition to fire control, which was the original mission of the Forestry Commission, Ryan said the commission now oversees forest and environment management.

- A guaranteed $100 million wouldn't be enough to cover the cost of a possible "major accident" at the Laidlaw hazardous-waste landfill in Sumter County, a state Department of Health and Environmental Control official said. But such an accident is so unlikely that DHEC, when it decided in October to make Laidlaw guarantee that $100 million, didn't consider any cost estimates for cleaning up a major spill, said Lewis Shaw.

- Sumter High's Lady Gamecocks slowly pulled away to a 45-34 win over Fairfield Central at the Lady Griffins' gymnasium. SHS led 10-5 after one quarter and increased it to 20-11 at halftime. Sumter opened the lead to 35-22 after three quarters. Tina Williams led the Lady Gamecocks, who improved to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in Region IV-4A, with 15 points.

- The man who heads up economic development for the Sumter County Development Board will become president and chief executive officer of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. Jim Alexander, general manager for economic development, will take over the Chamber's reins from retiring president and CEO Phil Ballinger, who last year announced he would retire at the end of March.

- Willie Baxter's goal is to improve his game and he wants his team to aim in that direction as well. "I like to work on my game," said the senior forward for Manning High's basketball team. "I would like to improve my game, play better defense and shoot the ball better." But the Monarchs, now 3-2 in the region, are struggling. My advice to some of the younger players is to not give up. They should look at our record and get motivated.

- Limestone raced out to a 16-point halftime lead and cruised to a 92-75 win over Morris College in men's college basketball action Monday at the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center. Limestone, which led 47-31 at halftime, was led in scoring by Kenny Murray with 24 points. Donald Mims had 22 points, and Elec Browning added 10. Willie Davis, coming off a 41-point performance against Clafflin, led the Hornets with 31 points. Cojo Cobb added 12 for 2-16 Morris.

- Seven sighs of relief emanated from the Sumter High coaches' conference room. With television cameras rolling and flash bulbs flashing, Sumter High head football coach Tom Lewis watched seven of his players sign letters of intent to play college football, signaling the end of another hectic recruiting season. Four of the seven will be members of NCAA Division I programs.

- Rep. E.B. "Mac" McLeod Jr., D-Pinewood, said this morning he will file legislation today that would combine Sumter County's election commission and voter registration board in an effort to prevent more Election Day confusion. Both the state House and Senate must approve the bill - and the governor would have to sign it - before the boards could be combined.