Gibson returns to tennis; voters OK 2 new high schools

Posted 9/30/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

- Miss Pat Kelly, civil service recruiting representative for this section of South Carolina, will return to Sumter for two days - Monday and Tuesday - to take applications for positions in Washington, …

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Gibson returns to tennis; voters OK 2 new high schools


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

- Miss Pat Kelly, civil service recruiting representative for this section of South Carolina, will return to Sumter for two days - Monday and Tuesday - to take applications for positions in Washington, D.C., and in Naval Shore establishments. Many advantages are now offered to those who wish to work in the nation's capital. The cost of living is reasonable, and comfortable quarters are available for workers.

- Gov. Olin D. Johnston has proclaimed the week beginning April 24 as South Carolina State Guard Week, it was learned today. Throughout the state, an intensified drive for recruits will be conducted by companies of the guard. Capt. L. F. Cuttino, commanding officer of Sumter's Company I, said this morning that local Guardsmen will observe the week at a chicken supper and meeting at the armory. Prospective members of Company I are urged to attend. Plans for battalion maneuvers in Georgetown on May 6 and 7 will be discussed at the time.

- With the South Carolina Service Men's league opening pitch only a couple of weeks away, the Shaw Field Fliers are desperately seeking additional outfield prospects as they continue their daily practice sessions. Chet Dommel, all-round athlete of the 77th and a team newcomer, is one of the few bright candidates for a garden spot. Additional outfield prospects are requested to turn out for a tryout test.

- Walter W. Thompson, well-known Florida artist now residing at Road's End in the Black River section of Mayesville, whose woods and swamps furnish him with much inspiration for his canvases, was guest speaker at a request meeting of the Sumter Art Association. Using as his subject "A Lesson in Art," Mr. Thompson, through his personality, arresting manner of presentation and the interest of his material, held the class spellbound throughout what proved to be one of the most instructive and delightful meetings the association has ever had the opportunity of enjoying.

- Second Lt. Garrett R. Thomas, Mayesville, has been formally presented the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement in aerial flight" in the Mediterranean theater of operations. Col. Charles W. Lawrence, a 15th Air Force wing commander, made the formal presentation. Thomas, a P-38 Lightning pilot, is a member of one of the top scoring fighter outfits in Italy, credited with more than 395 enemy airplanes shot down. He has flown 14 combat missions over Yugoslavia, Greece, Germany, Austria and Albania and has been credited with one probably destroyed ME 109 in aerial combat.

- Nurses' graduation exercises on May 12 will be held at the Junior High School auditorium instead of the Central School as previously announced, Miss Ada Snyder, director of nursing at the Tuomey hospital, noted. William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, will be the guest speaker, and special music is being arranged for the occasion. The baccalaureate service will be held on May 7 in the Presbyterian church, Dr. J. H. Lancaster to be the speaker.

- Lt. Robert E. Graham, in the thick of fighting in Italy, took time out to write Mrs. John C. Campbell of Columbia and give her information concerning the death of her son. He was killed in action on Jan. 22 while fighting in Italy. "I have seen the cemetery in which he is buried. It is located in a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains, the fourth side extending toward the sea. It is truly a beautiful setting, and the countryside is hardly touched by the ravages of war. It is well kept, and I understand that it has already been made a national cemetery." Robert and Johnny knew each other in high school and college days and were together at officer candidate school.

- Regular government issue 30-30 rifles, complete with bayonets and scabbards, will be used for the first time at the drill and supper which will be the highlight of State Guard Week observance here. The rifles arrived on Friday, Capt. L. F. Cuttino, commanding officer of the local Guards, said today. Double-barreled shotguns which the company had been using have been turned in to state headquarters, according to Cuttino.

- Maj. Gen. Emile P. Moses, who will retire on May 1, and Maj. Gen. Clayton B. Vogel, his successor at the Parris Island Marine Base, will be honored at the post by a huge review staged by officers and men of the base. The ceremonies will be broadcast from 3:15 to 3:45 over WFIG, and the Palmetto Network. Gen. Moses, a native of this city, has commanded the base for three years.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Dec. 23 - 28

- Chuck Mimms, Bishopville High School's outstanding fullback and one of the top prizes in college recruiting this year, was landed by the University of South Carolina. Coaches Paul Dietzel and Dick Weldon inked the 195-pounder to a full, four-year grant-in-aid athletic scholarship. Georgia, Clemson and USC waged a terrific battle for the churning runner who led Bishopville to its first perfect record in the regular season.

- The Department of the Air Force has approved a $5 million contract for the construction of 300 new housing units at Shaw Air Force Base, according to Fifth District Congressman Tom S. Gettys (D-S.C.) Total cost of the project is $5,531,100. The contract was awarded to Lake McDonald Inc. of Vidalia, Georgia. The new units will be located on approximately 51 acres of land adjacent to the Wherry Housing project at the north end of the base and about eight miles northwest of Sumter on State Highway 364.

- When the first vibration of the roundball hitting the floor rebounds in Edmunds High School's gym - all past records are out the window. The occasion is the third-annual Sumter Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament which, just two days away, has no clear-cut favorite. Five 4A teams and three 2A clubs make up the lineup with Cardinal-Newman, Lancaster, Camden, Florence and Edmunds looming as the possible title favorites. Several records, including individual scoring honors, are expected to tumble by the wayside.

- Althea Gibson, who rose from a cramped Harlem railroad flat to world fame on the plush courts of Wimbledon and Forest Hills, is returning to tennis. "I want at least one more crack at Wimbledon as a professional," the 41-year-old former counter girl told The Associated Press. But she will continue her dubious courtship with golf, for which she left tennis to challenge eight years ago.

- Cardinal-Newman, Camden and Edmunds were named co-favorites to win the Sumter Holiday Invitational Tourney by the Daily Item. Defending champion Cardinal-Newman and Camden clash in the opening game while Edmunds battles Bishopville. Others in the tournament include Hillcrest, Florence, Hartsville and Lancaster.

- Mrs. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson, whose words of encouragement once sent 12 graduates of a rural black school on to college, has been named one of five finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award. Mrs. Wilson, a teacher for 32 years and a 1955 Fulbright scholar at the Sorbonne in Parris, is an instructor in French and journalism at Lincoln High School in Sumter. Her nomination for the national award follows her selection as South Carolina Teacher of the Year, announced by the state superintendent of education.

- The Altrusa Club of Sumter celebrated their Christmas program with another service project. Mrs. Eloise Howard, chairman of vocational services, presented a review of the many aspects of the Founders Fund, an International Program of Altrusa. This is a unique service, as it is "for women only" to be used for vocational training. It is used mostly by older women, training them to re-enter the labor market. It can also be used to provide additional training or even to open a small business or industry in the home.

- Climaxing a magnificent space odyssey, the Apollo 8 moon explorers came home from the heavens today, steering their spaceship to a pinpoint landing less than three miles from the main recovery ship in a darkened Pacific Ocean. Air Force Col. Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders reported they were in excellent condition after the momentous journey. They landed just before dawn and waited patiently in their bobbing spaceship for 45 minutes until the first rays of light began to illuminate the Pacific so that swimmers could safely drop into the sea to secure the Apollo 8 craft.

- The newly constructed Mayesville Community Center will be dedicated at formal ceremonies on the center grounds near the Mayesville Institute School. A special address will be given by the Rev. S.W. Alexander, formerly of Mayesville and pastor of the Metropolitan United Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

- Maj. Louis R. Ravetti, instructor pilot with the 4414th Combat Crew Training Squadron, was given the Outstanding Tactical Aircrew Achievement Award for the period from Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year. During this period, Maj. Ravetti demonstrated exemplary leadership ability as an RF-101 instructor pilot and the students under his instruction have performed in an above-average manner. The major himself is an outstanding pilot, and his superior knowledge of aircraft systems was tested on two occasions.

- Tactical Air Command has activated its first combat crew training squadron here to train pilots in the A-37 subsonic fighter-bomber aircraft. The 4406th Combat Crew Training Squadron will train pilots to fly close air support missions in the attack version of the T-37 jet trainer. Although similar in appearance to the trainer version, the A-37 has about three times the power and twice the gross weight of the T-37. The first modified A-37 was delivered to TAC for further flight testing and evaluation in May 1967. Air Force pilots are flying the A-37 in Southeast Asia.

- Sumter's Edmunds High School soared into the finals for the third straight year and faces undefeated Florence in the wrapup of the Sumter Holiday Invitational cage tournament at the school. Edmunds combined a devastating offensive attack with a tenacious defense to completely shatter Lancaster, 81-53, while Florence had its acid test of the season, beating down a stubborn Camden team, 57-56. Thus, in the three-year history of the tournament, Sumter has managed to reach the finals every time.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

Sept. 24 - 30

- John Nelligan considers himself lucky. "My philosophy's the first one is luck, the second one is skill," Nelligan said of the 300 game he bowled in the Southeast Bowling Association Tournament in Greenville. He's not that lucky though. "This is the first year they haven't given away a car to the first person to bowl a 300 in the tournament," said Nelligan, who was the only person out of 3,500 participants to bowl a perfect game. "Last year the person had a choice of a 1992 Lincoln Continental or a 1992 Chevrolet Beretta."

- Trustees say Sumter School District 2's $28.5 million bond referendum won't be anything like the district's failed bond referendum in 1987. In 1987, some trustees wouldn't even attend meetings to discuss the $14.5 million referendum. Board members accused fellow trustees of campaigning against it, and only three trustees turned out for the vote-counting as the ballot boxes were brought in. The group said it couldn't trust the board to spend the referendum money as promised.

- Make it three in a row. Hillcrest, after dropping its first two games to start the season, edged Richland Northeast 14-7 in its Region IV-4A opener. It was the Wildcats' third-consecutive victory. "Our kids have really improved a lot since the beginning of the season," said Hillcrest coach Curtis Threatt, who was drenched with ice water by his team following the game. "We lost the first two games, and those were games we felt we should have won. We were playing with a lot of inexperience, too. Our defense was where we were hurting at the start of the season, but I think we're playing better now."

- Sumter High School's 21-3 football win over Fairfield Central at Sumter Memorial Stadium was far from a thing of beauty. The Gamecocks fumbled the ball six times, losing four, and came up with penalties at inopportune time. Still, there was a silver lining for head coach Tom Lewis and his team. It was the return of the running game. SHS ran for 207 yards, including 106 from Malcolm Burns, as it ground out 16 first downs and controlled the football in the second half as it won its Region IV-4A opener.

- Sumter School District 2 voters said "yes" in a tight vote to the construction of two new high schools and the re-roofing of 10 other schools. The district's $28.5 million bond referendum passed with 1,688 votes in favor and 1,485 against, according to the Sumter County Elections and Registration Commission. That means 53.2 percent of voters opted to support the proposal. A separate, $1 million option for construction of a stadium at one of the new high schools failed by a vote of 1,630 to 1,699, however, gaining only 48.96 percent of the vote.

- This yearly event attracts thousands of citizens from the multi-county area. It is enjoyed by children, senior citizens and parents. This year will be no exception as the Sumter County Fair will officially open. Sumterites should be proud of their fair and American Legion Post 15.

- "Polled Gold" looked unconcerned with the flurry of activity around him as he lay in his stall slowly chewing on some hay. The 6-year-old, 2,000-pound Brahman bull has been to the Sumter County Fair every year since he was born, so he's gotten used to all the excitement. Although the fair does not officially start until the afternoon, workers and exhibitors were busy this weekend preparing for the six-day event. Animals began arriving, and by Sunday the stalls were about half full.

- The October-November exhibit at the Sumter Gallery of Art will feature oil painter Alan MacTaggart and glass blowers Tommy Lockart, Bob McKeown and Mark Woodham from One Earned Cow Glass. A public reception, hosted by the Enlisted Wives Club of Shaw Air Force Base, will be held on Friday. The exhibit will remain in the gallery through mid-November and is sponsored by Fort Roofing and Sub Station II.

- Retired Gen. James H. Doolittle, whose daring, daylight bombing raid on Japan during World War II stunned the Japanese and lifted American morale, died at 96. Doolittle, who died Monday at the home of one of his sons after suffering a stroke earlier this month, set a string of aviation records in the 1920s and '30s, as an Army pilot and then as an employee of Shell Oil Co. But he was remembered above all for the first bombing raid of the war on Japan. It took place on April 18, 1942. The raid inflicted no major damage, but it stirred American morale, just four months after the shock of Pearl Harbor, and put the Japanese on notice that their cities were in reach of U.S. air power.