75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Feb. 5 - Feb. 11
- Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second …
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- Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second time they have held an opponent scoreless during two periods - the Gamecocks rolled to an easy victory. Camden's zone defense, which upset the Gamecocks in Camden last week, boomeranged last night and with Tommie Hughes leading the way, the Birds were never in serious danger. All of Camden's points came in the third period, a field goal by Cooper and a free throw by Parker. After that, the Bulldogs couldn't find the basket - just as they had not been able to do during the first half.
- William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, will take part in a Public Forum Program on the 12th grade for South Carolina, it was learned today. The program will be broadcast at 1:30 tomorrow from the radio station WIS in Columbia.
- Approximately 400 persons enjoyed the third-anniversary celebration at the USO last night. The beautiful club was decorated with red, white and blue bunting, flags and huge American eagles. Guests sat at small tables which were attractive with patriotic covers and napkins. In front of the long table for guests of honor was a smaller, raised table on which a beautiful three-tiered anniversary cake was placed. Gladioli, roses and carnations, sent with the congratulations of friends of the USO, filled the house.
- With the arrival at Fort Jackson on Thursday of Capt. George W. Williams of Sumter, black troops will now for the first time have the services of a permanently assigned black chaplain. Capt. Williams, who was transferred to Fort Jackson from the Fifth Armored group at Camp Hood, Texas, has taken over chaplain duties in the black area at the post. Although several black chaplains have come to Fort Jackson in the past with tactical units, Chaplain Williams is the first to be assigned to the Station Complement. Chaplain Williams, who held a Methodist pastorate at Greeleyville before entering the Army on February 1942, was promoted to the rank of captain in October of 1943. He was educated at Claflin College, Orangeburg, and Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta.
- Staff Sgt. Edwin A. Coker, 25, of Turbeville, who received the Silver Star in North Africa, has arrived in England to help train other troops preparing for the invasion of western Europe. Sgt. Coker was decorated for gallantry in action in Tunisia in April 1943. The official citation reads in part: "Sgt. Coker, while on patrol with three privates, passed through an enemy minefield. One man stepped on an anti-personnel bomb, and all the privates were injured. Sgt. Coker, without regard for personal safety, re-entered the minefield, treated the three men, carried one and led the others over more than a mile of hazardous terrain to safety and first aid."
- Shaw Field's boxing team will make its second home appearance in the Fieldhouse with a 10-event card against Columbia Air Base. There'll be band music and plenty of action for all Shaw personnel with Charles Marino and his orchestra taking the spotlight at 7:30 to entertain until the glove-slinging gets underway at 8.
- To meet the demands of its growing fleet, the United States Navy has created additional openings for officer personnel to be appointed from civil life, M. M. Weinberg, chairman of the Sumter civilian committee for naval officer procurement, announced today. Men under 35 with college degrees from accredited institutions and a record of leadership or professional and business fields are qualified to make application for general service at sea. Successful candidates will be appointed in commissioned ranks commensurate with their age and receive training in Navy indoctrination schools before being assigned to general duties. This classification demands a sound physique, good vision and color perception.
- Officials foresee a profound change in the economy of the South after the war, with the large-scale introduction of mechanical cotton pickers. This is the way one views it: the change will not be complete for 15 years after the war, but between 400,000 and 500,000 families who share-crop cotton now will either be thrown on the labor market or turn to other kinds of farming. Reason: Mechanical cotton pickers can do the job so much cheaper than humans and on a vaster scale. Even the cotton-growing areas will change, with the bulk of the growing concentrated in the coastal plain country of South Georgia, Alabama, the Mississippi delta and in great new developments in Oklahoma and Texas.
- Sumter High's basketball team defeated Pinewood there last night by the score of 44 to 26. The Gamecocks took an early lead and were never headed, although the Maroons were tough opponents all the way. With Jones, diminutive forward, ill and Booth out with a sprained thumb, the Birds were forced to reshuffle their lineup, but it clicked in good order. Hughes, playing center, was high scorer with 18 points. Jackson, from Pinewood, had 11 points. Friday night Sumter will play Olympia there, and Jones is expected to be back in action, but Booth will be on the sidelines for at least two weeks.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Oct. 6 - 12
- The Goodwin Buick tournament gets underway at Oakwood Hills Country Club with Franz Johnson and Walter Carr tied for medalist honors. Each scored 74 in qualifying rounds. They will playoff for the honor. All first-round matches must be played no later than Sunday, and losers of first round in first and second flights go into consolation matches.
- Two area teams will try to play the role of "spoiler" in Friday night football games this week. Both face supreme tests. Sumter's Edmunds High School and Furman High are the two teams on the hot griddle. Edmunds hosts No. 1 rated A.C. Flora High School of Columbia while Furman gets to face the angry Bishopville High Dragons. If either Edmunds or Furman win it will go down in the books as "upsets" of the season because of the rugged opponents they play.
- Ebenezer High School quarterback Willie Prioleau doesn't run the football much. Seldom - if ever. What the 4'8" junior does do, though, is fill the air with passes. Enemy defenders are beginning to respect the 150-pound junior, who is as elusive as water when it comes to putting him on the turf. "He's slippery. He can run but doesn't. Prioleau hasn't been trapped many times (twice only), and what happens is that defenders think he's trapped, and he quickly finds a receiver," a happy Coach G.E. Littles said.
- Nine Sumter funeral homes notified the Sumter County Legislative Delegation and the Board of Commissioners that they could not see where an extension of ambulance service to the county, beyond the previously announced Jan. 1, 1969, deadline, would be warranted. In the letter from the funeral homes, it was pointed out that many of the area homes have already made arrangements to dispose of their ambulances and related equipment on, or shortly after, Jan. 1, making an extension of the deadline impossible.
- Sam O. Gamble, farmer, businessman and former mayor of Manning, has now established himself as a racehorse breeder. Two of Gamble's horses have made excellent showings at Northern tracks this season. "Jumping Jane," one of the horses bred and raised by Gamble, has been in the winner's circle twice with first places at Suffolk Downs in Boston and Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, this summer. Another horse, "Mel's Miss," has copped one first, one second and three third places on the tracks.
- SMSgt. Henry Ratke, 363rd Civil Engineering Squadron, was recently selected over other nominees to be the wing career salesman. Sgt. Ratke replaces SMSgt. Joseph F. Mathieu and will serve in this capacity for a period of three months before returning to his previous duties as the civil engineer sanitation superintendent. During this period, Sgt. Ratke's primary job will be to explain the advantages of an Air Force career and what the Air Force has to offer to the first-term airmen here at Shaw.
- Col. Victor N. Cabas, former 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing commander and TARC DO, was an unscheduled guest speaker during TARC's recent Senior Officer Orientation Course. He had just returned from Udorn, Thailand, where he commanded the 432nd TRW for the past hear and is enroute to his new position with the inspector general at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
- Now that the first six weeks have ended, school clubs and organizations have had sufficient time to get back into their regular routine and to begin executing their plans for this year. Jimmie Rogers, Student Council president, is more than optimistic about the success of his organization. In fact, he is quite confident that this will be a big year for the council. In an interview with the student body president, Rogers stated, "My cabinet members and I, along with the council representatives, are going to make this a fruitful year. I have stated in the meetings that there will be other students working along with the council, even though they are not members."
- The McLaurin Junior High Bantams struck for 27 points in the first half and went on to crush Poyner Junior High of Florence, 40-13. It was the first time McLaurin has been scored upon in four games, but the Bantams retained their unbeaten record. Halfback Roderick Harris galloped for two touchdowns while Eugene McDonald, Barney Shorter, Thomas Corbitt and Gene Floyd each contributed a tally.
- Paul E. Risinger, principal of Edmunds High School, has been selected as one of 15 educational leaders in South Carolina as part of a principal development project. Lead principals were selected to participate in this program on the basis of recognized ability in the areas of instructional leadership, pupil personnel administration, staff personnel administration, curriculum and staff utilization.
- The Sumter County United Fund will begin its 1968 drive to reach a $203,000 goal, with an official campaign kick-off luncheon at the American Legion Home. Keynote speaker for the kickoff luncheon will be Lt. Gen. (ret.) James Berkeley of the USMC, who will speak on "The Naval Gap Between the United States and Russian Naval Forces." A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Berkeley enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1927 and was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant in 1930.
- PFC James Arthur Bradley, 21, of Sumter, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bradley, left for Vietnam from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, recently. Bradley completed basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where he earned a medal for expertise in the handling of an M-14 rifle, and was then transferred to Ft. Leavenworth, where he earned another medal for firing the M-16 rifle. He is married to the former Miss Linda Ann Jones of Sumter.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
July 9 - 15
- Clarendon School District 3 trustees awarded contracts of up to $40,000 for renovations at two schools. The money will go for improvements to the restrooms at East Clarendon High School and the district's middle school. The contracts were awarded to the low bidders - Sutton Plumbing of Lake City will repair or replace plumbing; Partitioning Central of Columbia will repair or replace partitions; Hannah Drywall of Florence will repair or replace drywall; and David Allen Co. of Camden will do tile work.
- Sumter's P-15's completed their first undefeated regular season in 21 years and Dalzell gained the latest in a long line of moral victories this year as Sumter swept a doubleheader at Riley Park. Sumter, 16-0, whipped Post 175 14-1 in the opener as P-15 starter Brian Boykin hurled a seven-inning no-hitter. In the nightcap, Dalzell starter Jeremy Beben held Sumter to four hits, but that was two more than Post 175 was able to manage against Ontrell McCray and Eddie Mathis as the P-15's held on for a 5-2 win.
- The Church of the Holy Comforter (Episcopal) held a service of dedication and consecration of its recently completed additions and renovations. The Right Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr., bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, served as preacher and celebrant, with the Rev. Charles F. Walton Jr., rector of Holy Comforter, serving as master of ceremonies. Additions and renovations to the church include a new balcony which adds seating for 70; a new sound system in the sanctuary; a large narthex at the Calhoun Street sanctuary entrance; an exterior cloister walkway; new junior high classroom; and complete renovation to the church offices and sacristy.
- Dalzell built an 8-2 lead and then held off a ninth-inning rally by Manning to claim an 8-6 American Legion baseball win at Hillcrest High. Post 175, 2-14, scored four times in the second inning, increased its lead to 7-1 with a pair of runs in the fourth and then held on as Manning sent 10 men to the plate in the final inning. "We played good baseball," Dalzell head coach Mike Peyton said. "It was just plain, good, solid, fundamental baseball. We walked ourselves into trouble a couple of times, but otherwise it was a good game."
- One of Sumter's oldest neighborhoods is getting a new look. A new housing development off West Calhoun Street near Hampton Park will offer medium-sized homes on small lots - a trend growing in popularity, according to local developers. Developer James McQuage III, along with Realtor Frank Moses and architect John Jackson, are working to build and sell the seven single-family homes on 1 acres in the historic neighborhood. Homes in the subdivision, called Calhoun Place, will range in size from 1,300 to 2,100 square feet and will vary in price from $100,000 to $135,000.
- In an unprecedented challenge of state and local law, owners of the Laidlaw hazardous-waste landfill will question Sumter County's authority to regulate the facility in federal court in Columbia. Attorneys for Laidlaw Environmental Services of South Carolina Inc., which operates the 179-acre landfill near Lake Marion, are expected to argue before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Anderson that the county is interfering with the company's ability to do business by attempting to regulate its expansion. Sumter County attorneys are expected to argue that Laidlaw has repeatedly violated the county's laws by building without permits and by not getting county approval before expanding.
- Honing their combat skills until the last minute of their unit's life, members of the 33rd Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base launched their last sortie less than 24 hours before being officially deactivated by the Air Force, a casualty of the United States' shrinking defense budget.
- Sumter School District 2 officials are confident that voters will approve a $28.5 million bond referendum that would allow the district to build two new high schools and make improvements to existing schools. The district's board of trustees agreed to hold the referendum. If voters approve the construction plan, the annual property taxes on a $50,000 home in District 2 would increase by about $80 for 20 years, according to district officials.
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