75 YEARS AGO - 1945
Jan. 25 - 31
- Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. …
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- Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. Mabry, Oswego, director; H.M. McLaurin Jr., Wedgefield, director; and W. J. Lawrence Jr., Britton-Brogdon, director.
- The Sumter "Y" Midgets, 37-5, and Juniors, 33-17, easily defeated the Florence "Y" Midgets and Juniors, but the "Y" Mites lost to Florence by a score of 9-8.
- A capacity crowd is expected for the Sumter-Camden basketball game at Edmunds High School as the Gamecocks renew their rivalry with their traditional opponents, the Camden High Bulldogs. Having downed four teams in a row - Columbia, Florence, Orangeburg and Manning - the Sumter High Gamecocks will be out tonight to keep their slate clean since the first game of the season when they dropped a close decision to Olympia High of Columbia.
- Cadet Ernest C. Stroman Jr., of Sumter, survived the elimination of The Citadel's basketball squad and apparently is heading for a varsity career. A former Edmunds High School player, Cadet Stroman has played in four games so far as a regular guard.
- Shaw Field's civilian personnel section now numbers more than 126 veterans on its payroll, R.L. Burgess, base civilian personnel counselor, disclosed. Mr. Burgess asked that all personnel aid these former service men and women as much as possible.
- Dr. Camille Estornelle, former consultant in mental and nervous adjustments and human relations, became the new Red Cross field director at Shaw Field, replacing Joel M. Tompkins, who is returning to strictly civilian pursuits as circulation representative with the Curtis Publishing Co. in Philadelphia.
- Workers from the Red Cross Canteen Corps under the direction of Mrs. P. A. McDonald who will serve at the "March of Dimes" Wishing Wells at the local theaters are: Isabelle Rogers, Betty Burgess, Frances Siddall and Marie Hodges, Eleanor Lemmon, Dorothy Platt, Evelyn Brunson and Mildred DuCom, Pretto Brunson, Barbara Gurley, Louise Rosefield and Mary McDonald.
- After 24 years service with the Sumter County rural police force, Louis C. Tisdale has submitted his resignation to the police commission, effective Jan. 31, according to Sheriff W. J. Seale, chairman of the commission. Tisdale stated that "I am forced to give up this work on account of my health and under the advisement of attending physicians."
- Housing off the post, a hot potato for anyone and right now in the lap of the Personnel Affairs office, is very, very critical these days but will definitely improve with more units promised after the first of February and March. Officers and enlisted men should secure housing on the post and postpone bringing the family until definite accommodations are arranged.
- Vocational training equipment valued at $226,638 has been acquired by 19 South Carolina schools and colleges, the state department of education reported. This equipment, purchased for the schools by the department during the war years, has been turned over to them. If they keep the equipment in use until July 1, 1951, it becomes their property.
- This week the Shaw Field News felt the crippling effect which demobilization is having on the armed forces, when the name of Leon Goldman, staff member for three years and present editor of the News, appeared on the separation roster. Sgt. Goldman has long been a familiar figure at Shaw, where he has diligently gathered news and supervised the publication of this paper.
- One thousand nine hundred eighty-five monthly old-age and survivors insurance benefits were in force at the end of 1945 in the area served by the Florence office of the Social Security Board, which includes Sumter County, an increase of 290 over the number in force on Dec. 31, 1944.
- Jack Chandler, Sumter's sharpshooting forward, rang up 10 field goals for 20 points to lead the Gamecocks to a 35-17 win over the Camden High Bulldogs at the Edmunds High School gymnasium.
- The Shaw Field Fliers out figured the Dukes Accountants of Columbia to the tune of 74-48 at the Shaw Field gymnasium. Hutchinson, guard for the Columbia team, was high scorer of the game with 20 points. Shaw Field divided the scoring among the Fliers and totaled too many points for the Accountants.
- The Jewish Welfare Fund of Sumter will open its annual campaign for the United Jewish Appeal with a supper at Temple Sinai. A quota of $15,000 has been set for the county. Serving on the local committee are: F.M. Moise, chairman; Jack Adelsburg, S.E. Reevin, Rabbi S. R. Shillman, W.M. Levi, H.A. Moses, Ben E. Ness and H. Simon.
- Re-grading the 60 food-handling establishments in Sumter and vicinity is planned shortly by the sanitation division of the Sumter County Health Department, a department spokesman said. Under a system of grading which conforms to the United States Public Health Service Restaurant Ordinance, food handling establishments receive A, B and C ratings.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Sept. 28 - Oct. 4
- Ryan D. Guilds III has joined the firm of John M. Brabham Agency Inc. as a fire and casualty insurance salesman. Guilds, a resident of Sumter for 17 years, was educated in the Sumter city schools and graduated from Wofford College with a major in sociology.
- Spec. 5 John Loyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Loyd, received the Army Commendation Medal while serving with the 1098th Transportation Company near Da Nang, Vietnam. Spec. 5 Loyd earned the award for meritorious service as a member of the company.
- L. D. Montague, president of B. L. Montague Company Inc. steel fabricators and distributors of mill supplies in Sumter, Columbia, Greenville and Charleston Heights, has announced the appointment of Donald E. Luhrsen as vice president-finance for the company. Although Luhrsen comes to Sumter from New York, he is not a newcomer to the South, having lived 12 of the last 15 years in Mississippi and Alabama.
- The Wilson Hall soccer team was forced into a second overtime period before defeating a stubborn Charlotte Christian team, 2-0, in a non-conference match. Wilson Hall tallied with just over two minutes gone in the last overtime and for good measure came back with another goal with about a minute left. Joe Boyle scored the tie-breaking goal with an assist by Tommy Bultman. Oakie Lowder put the icing on the cake with an assist by Lyn Talley.
- The Disher brothers made it a Grand Slam at Sumter Speedway as the two car owners took home first place in the two main events and two of the heat races. Slick Gibbons, who drives for Billy Disher, captured his 16th win of the season in the modified action along with one of the heats and Tim Holladay was the winner in the claim race to give another Disher, Charlie, the top money in the claim division for the second time.
- Sumter High quarterback Freddie Solomon becomes the only footballer this season to be named Item Player of the Week for a second time. The elusive signal caller received the first week honor and returns to the top among area gridders for his outstanding play against Mullins. The Gamecocks played Mullins to an 8-8 halftime tie, and Solomon broke the game open in the third quarter with three touchdowns on runs of 22, 65 and 34 yards. The Birds went on to a win, 42-14.
- The gymnatorium of First Baptist Church, Manning, has now been completed at a cost of approximately $290,000. The new building, constructed of red brick with columns and cornices of cast stone, adjoins the church and is similar to it in architecture.
- The Manning Monarchs can rest proudly on their throne. Coach Jack Turpin's squad boasts the only unbeaten mark among area teams and is the ruler of the 3-A Conference VI family after shocking a strong Southside team 20-16.
- More vital positions on the Campaign Committee for the Sumter United Fund have been filled, according to Lad F. Owens Jr., campaign chairman. Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell has agreed to head up the rural division; Arthur Bahnmuller, the out-of-town division and Tom Prewett of The Item will assist Nancy Altman with publicity. Working with Julius Eldridge and Werber Bryan will be E. Girard Follin Jr., federal division; A.L. Caughman, state; Harold S. Iseman, county; and Horace B. Curtis, city.
- F-102 Delta Daggers will share the Shaw runway for about 30 days as the base hosts some 13 aircraft and almost 40 support personnel. The men and machines are a part of the 169th Fighter Group (FG), Aerospace Defense Command, stationed at nearby McEntire ANG Base. The primary reason for the 169th being here is their runway is being resurfaced.
- A1C Danny L. Sewell of the 31st Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron has been named Airman of the Month. Airman Sewell was selected by a board of noncommissioned officers who met earlier this month to select Shaw's top airman from competitors representing major units on base.
- Since November 1965, the Air Force and the Army have worked together in an effort known as the Military Airlift Command Wing Army Division Affiliation Program. This is a program designed to provide faster, more efficient airlift assistance in support of tactical contingencies of high priority and everyday missions. The program recently took another historic turn as selected members of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and the 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, put their operational efforts together to form a wing-to-wing affiliation.
- The Sumter County Fair featured outstanding artists of the entertainment world during the 1970 county fair. The Country-Western Show featured nationally known artists, including Mel Tillis and Jim Nesbitt and his group. Shows were underwritten by WFIG, and tickets could be purchased at the radio station in Sumter or at the gate on the fairgrounds.
25 YEARS AGO - 1995
June 28 - July 4
- Sumter County Council decided to give Sumter School District 2 more money than the state-required increase for next year but not Sumter School District 17. The increases in the two operational budgets will not affect tax bills because the county raised more money with school taxes this year than expected and will use that money to pay some of next year's school bills.
- Concerned residents of southwestern Sumter County learned whether their property could be affected by the construction of Shaw Parkway. S.C. Department of Transportation officials held a public hearing on the project at F.J. DeLaine Elementary School to discuss the $4.5 million southern loop, the biggest road project in Sumter since the widening of Pinewood Road more than six years ago.
- Sumter physician Dr. John "J.J." Britton was recently made a life member of Clemson University's Board of Trustees. Britton, a Clemson graduate, will fill a vacant seat left by Dr. Phil Prince, who left the board to become president of the university.
- Clarendon County Council paved the way for voters to decide on a 1-cent local sales tax increase that would help lower county property taxes. Council also approved a $15 million budget for 1995-96 that officials say won't call for a tax increase and may even produce a tax cut.
- The formula is simple: send a left-hander to the mound to quell Sumter's meager offense, then wait for the P-15's to commit enough errors to lose. Manning worked it to perfection at Riley Park, sending lefty Jason Moore - who entered the game with just 6 1/3 innings pitched this season - to the hill and watching the P-15's play defense as though they were fielding live hand grenades on an active minefield. The result: a 5-4 Manning victory and a virtual deadlock at the top of the American Legion baseball League III standings.
- An American shuttle docked with a Russian space station and they became a huge single spacecraft high over Earth in an extraordinary sharing of technical skills between two former rivals. The first meeting between the crews on the two ships had to wait for two hours after the linkup to ensure there were no leaks in the docking tunnel.
- Ikey Brunson limited Dalzell to a pair of infield singles in six innings of work to lead Sumter to a 12-2 American Legion baseball victory. Brunson, 3-0, did not walk a batter and struck out four to help his squad improve to 10-3, while Dalzell drops to 3-11. The P-15's, a half game behind first-place Manning, will meet third-place Camden in an important contest. Dalzell will be home against Manning.
- Scottie Thompkins knows what it's like to be cut from a team. He also knows what it takes to regroup, train hard and make that team the next time. Thompkins made the Sumter P-15's American Legion baseball team as a young 15-year-old, but he failed to make the roster the following year. The reason? "I made it as a 15-year-old because I was young and just looking for a position, any position that I could play," said the 18-year-old catcher. "I just came in basically to learn. I really didn't have a spot."
- Sumter developer Eldridge Reynolds says efforts to spur economic development in the city are being driven in the right direction. However, the 25-year veteran of commercial real estate thinks the city has some fundamental problems that may prevent it from ever reaching its potential. "We have no vehicle," Reynolds said from his office at Century 21 Hawkins and Kolb real estate. "The city is consuming a lot of energy pushing Sumter, but it wouldn't be necessary to push so hard if we had the vehicle - adequate water and sewer services."
- At first, it seems fair that Clarendon County School District 2 and York County School District 1 get almost the same amount of state funding annually - around $2,500 per pupil. It stops looking fair, however, when one realizes that students in Clarendon 2 get $561 per pupil in local funding compared to York 1's $1,648 per pupil. Clarendon 2 ranks 91st of the state's 91 school districts when it comes to local tax dollars spent for schools.
- Residents will get their chance to comment on a proposed curfew for Sumter County teenagers in scheduled public meetings. Sumter County Council's Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Carroll Burr, will hold meetings in areas of the county with the highest crime rates - Cherryvale, Dalzell, South Sumter and St. John/Shiloh. The purpose of the curfew is to reduce juvenile crime.
- Everybody knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July - with fireworks and cookouts and an abundance of family and friends. But the reason (There's a reason?) escapes a few on the actual day of festivity. Remembering the date or even why the Revolutionary War was fought proves to be an arduous task for some. But that's why the nation celebrates, because Americans live in a country where they don't have to know.
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