75 YEARS AGO - 1945
June 1 - June 7
- Jimmy Doolittle is teaming up with the Superfortresses to finish the job he started three years ago with his world-startling air attack on Tokyo. Disclosure that the mighty B-29s, scourge of Japan's skies, …
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- Jimmy Doolittle is teaming up with the Superfortresses to finish the job he started three years ago with his world-startling air attack on Tokyo. Disclosure that the mighty B-29s, scourge of Japan's skies, will be a part of Doolittle's Eighth Air Force in its aerial war against the Empire was only one piece of news the Army uncorked to let the Japanese know that the worst was yet to come.
- Some 150 Sumter High School seniors received diplomas last evening in impressive ceremonies at the Edmunds auditorium. "Laying the Foundations for Permanent Peace" was the theme, and the following student speakers presented various phases of the subject: Sarah Horovin, Betty Doverspike, Bill Hynds and Phelps Bultman. Gloria Nichols talked on "The Path Ahead." William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, awarded diplomas, and Principal Percy Wise presented the seniors. Board members present were recognized.
- Dr. Carl Rowe, well known and popular Sumter pharmacist, has purchased Watson Drug Store at 47 S. Main St., and the new establishment will be known as Rowe's Pharmacy. Dr. Burke Watson was the former owner. Dr. Rowe, before going into business for himself, was druggist with Sibert's Drug Store for the past 12 years. He formerly was pharmacist at drug stores in Summerton and Timmonsville. He is a native of Summerton in Clarendon County.
- The United States may suspend shipment of meats to lend-lease countries during the July-September quarter because of extremely short supplies. Authoritative sources at the War Food Administration said that tentative allocations for the third quarter made no provision for lend-lease supplies. Great Britain and Russia have been the principal recipients of lend-lease meats. Lend-lease recipients were allocated 325,000,000 pounds for the current quarter.
- The girls' swimming classes which are held at the YMCA every summer will start on Monday at 3 p.m. Many girls are expected to learn to swim and others to pass advanced aquatic tests and lifesaving course. Instructors for the girls' classes will be Miss Frances Moses and Miss Lois Dollard, both of whom are experienced swimmers. They have just returned from college and are eager to help, not only the Learn to Swim Group, but those seeking advanced training.
- In a message to all members of his command, Gen. Eisenhower said that the first anniversary of the Normandy landings last June 6 would be observed as a holiday for Allied forces. He called for a brief pause June 6 to "pledge anew our full energies to the tasks before us" and suggested that "our celebrating of the day should be quiet and strengthen us spiritually and physically for the coming months."
- The Sumter community cannery at Edmunds High has announced its June schedule, which will be put into operation on Tuesday. The establishment will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week from 8 until 2, and patrons are notified that food to be canned must be brought in well before the 2 o'clock deadline.
- It is obvious that pleasure and non-essential travelers cannot ride on buses or trains without displacing really essential travelers. Americans, therefore, are now being asked to forego entirely pleasure trips as well as travel not directly connected with the war. There is no other answer to the transportation problem. Pleasure travel must wait until complete victory.
- South Carolina's 18 state parks were open today for the season. Seven are equipped with overnight cabins, State Forester C. H. Flory said. The latest addition to the chain of parks that began several years ago is the Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Park, which was acquired May 11. The park chain is so arranged, Flory said, that there is at least one within 50 miles of any point in the state.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
- Robert Bradley claimed the seniors division championship in the City Wide Table Tennis Tournament. Stan Brading won the juniors title while William Montgomery clinched the Midgets crown and Clarence Dupont won in the Mites Division. In girls' action, Bettie Haynesworth captured the midgets competition. The winners will represent Sumter in the Eastern District Tournament.
- A well-balanced scoring attack, led by guard Ronnie Motley, and some good defensive strategy by Coach Jimmy Boykin helped push the Edmunds Gamecocks past Columbia High, 75-67. The victory gives the Gamecocks a 10-4 overall record. They will put their 3-1 mark in AAAA, Region III competition on the line in Lancaster.
- Sumter Little Theatre's upcoming production of "The Odd Couple" will include a real-life husband-and-wife team among its cast members. The pair is George and Mary Jo Searight. Although Mrs. Searight, who will play the part of Gwendolyn Pigeon, will be appearing before Sumter audiences for the first time, she is not a stranger to the theater. She appeared in a number of plays in her native England.
- Officials from Greenville were to ask the Supreme Court for a delay in a federal court order calling for total desegregation by the school district by Feb. 9. The formal request to the full Supreme Court comes as a follow-up to a telegram sent by Gov. Robert McNair and South Carolina's eight other constitutional officers to Chief Justice Warren Burger.
- S.C. peach growers can give a sigh of relief on one problem. But its solution heightens concern for another. The U.S. Weather Bureau office here says enough chilling hours have occurred to break the dormancy of buds on all commercial peach varieties in South Carolina. Peach trees are now ready to bloom - if and when enough warm air stirs through the orchard. But that's the next worry. Alex Kish, agricultural meteorologist, says the concern growers have for failing to get enough chilling hours is erased by late reports. Tabulations on chill hours at 15 sub-stations throughout South Carolina show an accumulation ranging from 896 at Charleston, the warmest station, to 1,531 at Chesterfield, the coldest.
- Marion Stubbs, manager of the men's department of Belk-Stroman department store, was named "Boss of the Year" and Larry Justice and Shirley Finley "Students of the Year" at the second-annual Edmunds High School Distributive Education Banquet.
- One championship was clinched and another thrown into confusion in last week's city basketball action. In the Men's League, the Shaw Air Force Base team avenged an earlier loss with a convincing 77-62 win over the Sumter Hawks to gain a tie for the league lead. Mayo led Shaw with 13 points while Byrd had 19 markers for the Hawks. Each team will play twice this week, with both teams playing Thursday night.
- There was little finesse but plenty of hustle in the Lancaster gym as Edmunds weathered the Hurricane, 72-61, in a 4A, Region III basketball clash. The victory was a big boost to the Gamecocks' race for the Region title. They now claim a 4-1 hoop slate and will meet the only other team with only one loss when they host Hartsville.
- Jasper Johns, the world-famous artist now living in New York, who graduated from Edmunds High School in 1947, was acclaimed as "one of the greatest lithographers of all time" in an article appearing in the Jan. 23 issue of LIFE magazine. LIFE said of Johns: "Jasper Johns, one of the most influential artists in America, commands the highest prices of any living U.S. printmaker."
- Col. James D. Catington, 9th Air Force chief of staff since 1967, will end more than 29 years of service when he retires from active duty. A ceremony marking the occasion is scheduled when Col. Catington will receive the first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Legion of Merit. The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States. Since coming to Shaw and 9th AF in 1967, Col. Catington has served as chief of staff for three 9th AF commanders.
- "Inflation hits goals at Shaw's Cost Reduction Program (CRP)," recently stated the TAC Crier, a monthly CRP publication. Fiscal Year '70 goals were jumped about 45 percent - to $763,200. In the past two years, Shaw has greatly exceeded its CRP goals, setting its pace for the future. Gen. John C. Meyer, vice chief of staff USAF, recently stated, "There are no managerial shortcuts. We must find better, cheaper ways to do each job so that we may free resources we can then use to accomplish other jobs."
- Many persons are not aware of the numerous activities that the USO sponsors for military personnel and dependents. The USO is planning the following: The Coin Club will hold its meeting, and there will be free pool; a chicken dinner is scheduled with bingo and a movie following the meal; Java Hour and another movie feature along with a Fellowship Hour sponsored by the First Baptist Church; Kitchen Kapers, when members of the USO Service Men's Club prepare a meal; and "A Happening" including art and entertainment is scheduled this week. The USO is continuously sponsoring different activities to appeal to airmen and dependents.
- The Gamecock Lions Club will hold an auction sale at the Gamecock Auction House. The purpose of the sale is to raise money for the visually handicapped. The Gamecock Club, which was organized for Lions members that could not attend the daytime club meetings, has been instrumental in obtaining examinations and treatments for many children with failing eyesight.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
- Tom Lewis is worried, even more so than usual, approaching a big football game. The Gamecocks, 7-3 and looking to nail down a top seed in the upcoming 4A Division 1 playoffs, are preparing for Friday's annual clash with Region IV-4A rival Hillcrest, 4-6 and coming off three straight losses. But Sumter's head coach doesn't want to talk about playoff seedings or much about his upcoming opponent, for that matter. Lewis is concerned about his own team. A continuation of an injury streak that has plagued the Gamecocks all season compounds Lewis' worries.
- Attorneys on both sides of the fight over European nuclear waste (400 spent fuel elements containing highly enriched uranium) that could end up in South Carolina will have 10 days to give a federal judge proposed solutions in the matter. U.S. District Judge Matthew Perry listened to six hours of arguments - many of which he'd heard in September - and then told the attorneys to submit proposed solutions in 10 days. He did not indicate when he would issue a verdict. The Energy Department says that taking the weapons-grade material from Europe to the Savannah River Site is a matter of national security.
- Manning High School's Cedric Pugh and Furman High School's Chris Evans have been named the Sumter Touchdown Club's offensive and defensive players of the week. Pugh, a 5-11, 170-pound junior tailback, won the offensive award for the second time this season in helping the Monarchs to a 27-26 win over Kingstree. Pugh carried the football 24 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Evans, a 6-0, 190-junior linebacker, had an outstanding performance in Furman's 19-18, season-ending victory over Edisto. Evans had 16 total tackles, seven unassisted and two of them coming in overtime. He also had two tackles for loss and caused a fumble as well.
- State prison officials offered tours of the new Turbeville Correctional Institution to the public, and many residents in the Clarendon County area took the opportunity to have a look inside and around the prison grounds. The 1,130-bed, medium/maximum-security facility cost $37 million to build, and it will create more than 360 jobs.
- South Carolina municipalities could receive between $25 million and $75 million from the federal government in additional reimbursements for their work in cleaning up after Hurricane Hugo. State Disaster Recovery Manager Bob Cates said that recent rule changes at the Federal Emergency Management Administration will allow municipalities to be reimbursed for supply and management costs incurred in the wake of the 1989 hurricane - costs they were not eligible to try to recoup a few years ago.
- A $9.5 million system for processing the city of Sumter's sewer sludge will mean a likely increase in residents' water and sewer bills; the only question may be when and how much bills will go up. The monthly water and sewer bill of a homeowner who uses 7,000 gallons of water a month would rise from $21.27 to $23.53 under one city proposal not yet discussed by Sumter City Council. For a 7,000-gallon city water and sewer customer living outside Sumter, the bill would rise from $41.04 to $45.56 a month under the same proposal.
- Business Expo '94 will kick off Friday. The expo, showcasing more than 80 Sumter area businesses, will run Friday and Saturday. Expo attendees will not only have the chance to view products and services available from the participating businesses, but also to win door prizes and enjoy live entertainment.
- First, Red Square. Then, the White House lawn. Now Shaw Air Force Base joins the ranks of places where small single-engine planes have landed when they weren't supposed to. The pilot flying to Sumter to take a test for his pilot's license landed his plane at Shaw when he mistook the base for the Sumter Municipal Airport.
- Heather Fillmore, a Bates Middle School seventh-grader, has drawn a picture that may someday be reproduced 200 million times as a postal stamp. Fillmore, 12, is one of 102 semifinalists in a nationwide Environmental Stamp Design Contest, sponsored by the United States Postal Service and McDonald's restaurants.
- A town that spent the past 10 days looking for Susan Smith's two little boys has been left wondering what could cause a mother to allegedly kill her children. Mrs. Smith was to appear before a Circuit Judge to answer two murder charges. Arrest warrants issued said she confessed to killing her two children, Michael and Alex. "There is potential that a mental evaluation may be ordered by the court, so bond may be denied pending the results of the evaluation."
- For Sumterite Don Barrett, collecting classic 1950s Chevrolets is a way of reliving a simpler time. "Those of us who lived through that time have seen so much technology," Barrett said. "But there's just something about the 50s " It seems the only thing collectors like to do more than work on their cars is show them off and talk about them with other collectors.
- Students of all ages have long complained about changing clothes and running laps in the middle of the school day. The whining has continued over the years, but today's students have another problem: They are less physically fit than students were 20 years ago - or B.N. (Before Nintendo). Administrators say kids simply aren't interested in the program itself. "Kids by nature want to be physically active. We want to spark that interest and develop skills," said Dan Young, education associate for physical education at the state Department of Education.
- For about a week, Sumter High School football coach Tom Lewis talked about his team's problems with injuries. But after the Gamecocks thoroughly defeated archrival Hillcrest, Lewis will probably have a tough time getting anybody to sympathize with him. Sumter dominated from the start. Hillcrest forced the Gamecocks to punt on their opening possession, but the Wildcats' Donald Singleton fumbled on the return and Jason Wells recovered the ball at the Hillcrest 45-yard line.
- The dream of many South Carolina sportsmen to have a permanent location set aside for field trialing sporting dogs is now a reality, bringing with it a promise of significant economic benefits to the state. The H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area, a 6,500-acre section of the San Hills State Forest in Chesterfield County, is in the initial states o f development, but is now open for field trial events.
- The Sumter County Sheriff's Department and the Sumter Police Department have received almost $300,000 in grants from the governor's office, primarily to fund a local war on drugs. The sheriff's department will establish a multi-jurisdictional drug task force with its $205,140 grant, Sheriff Tommy Mims said. The task force, comprised of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon County officers, will aim to "reduce or alleviate narcotics traffic in this area.
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