75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Nov. 11 - Nov. 17
- Congressman-elect John J. Riley addressed the Lions Club of Sumter on the topic "Who Are Our Neighbors?" Mr. Riley presented an interesting talk and was given a standing ovation by his audience at the …
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- Congressman-elect John J. Riley addressed the Lions Club of Sumter on the topic "Who Are Our Neighbors?" Mr. Riley presented an interesting talk and was given a standing ovation by his audience at the close of his forceful address. He stated that peace and salvation belong to the whole world. "Spiritual, moral and intellectual opportunities have no boundaries. All who need aid have a right to ask for it."
- The annual Poppy Day sale was very much in evidence, with most of the citizenry displaying the familiar little red flower which is made by our veterans and sold for their benefit. The Carolina Power and Light Co. window is dressed in the poppy motif and is an attractive tribute to the annual sale.
- Four stained-glass windows have been installed recently in the Mayesville Presbyterian Church. Three of the windows have been given in memory of former members of the church, I. W. Bradley, H. D. Corbett and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Shaw. The fourth window, a full panel, Gethsemane, has been given by the congregation as a whole in honor of those in the service. The inscription on the soldier window reads as follows: "Dedicated a tribute of honor and affection to all those from here who served well their country in World War II."
- Sumter floundered through to a 13-13 tie with Fayetteville, North Carolina, in a game played yesterday at the Sumter County Fair. About 3,500 spectators saw the contest. The Gamecocks moved with apparent ease at the start and punched over a touchdown in the first quarter to take a 6-to-0 lead, but the visitors started throwing passes and moved ahead in the second quarter by scoring and making the conversion good. They added another near the close of the first half to make the score 13-6.
- The memorial exercises for World War II dead were made more impressive by the playing of taps at the end of the rites and by the firing of three volleys of shots. Company I, State Guard, had a platoon to execute the firing of arms. The unit was directed by Lt. J. L. Mooneyhan, and Lt. Carl Copeland of the same company was in charge of the color guard. The beautiful memorial wreath, of red and white roses and gold star heart made of chrysanthemums, was standing by the plaque, and a number of persons stopped to admire the flowers and the memorial itself. A tiny flag for each man on the honor roll garnishes the wreath.
- The powerful Army football team, considered the best in the country, has a Lee County and Sumter County cadet who are helping the squad in no little way. "Doc" Blanchard, almost sure to be an All-American fullback this year, plays at the post for the Cadets. He is from Bishopville and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. F. A. Blanchard. The Sumter cadet is Wallace Hynds Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hynds Sr., who is cadet manager of the Army 11. This is a high honor, for only persons with the highest honors can serve in this capacity.
- The Hi-Y meeting held at the Sumter YMCA is where 11 boys were chosen to go to the Hi-Y Older Boys Conference in Greenville on Dec. 1-3. The delegates are Sonny Thorne, Scott Rumph, Louis Bryan, Archie LeGrand, Bobby Morrow, Edwin Broadwell, Bill Link, Dave Cuttino, Bob McLeod, Sonny Hurst and Richard Bradford.
- The Central South Carolina Camp and Hospital Council intend to see that no service man hospitalized in its district of 20 counties is neglected at Christmas this year. Present plans call for decorating the hospital wards, giving parties and presenting each man with a Christmas stocking crammed full of gifts. A recent district meeting of the Central South Carolina Camp and Hospital Service Council was held at the hospital at Fort Jackson. Attending from Sumter were Mrs. Leland Moore, chairwoman of Volunteer Special Services; Mrs. Fenwick Murray, chairwoman of Camp and Hospital; Robert H. Neeley, field director at Shaw Field; and Mrs. Barnes, assistant director at the Shaw Field hospital.
- The chairman of the Sumter Red Cross chapter has received a letter which will be encouraging to many local women who have been knitting so faithfully for the men in service. The letter was from Lt. (j.g.) David G. Traxler, USNR, who wrote: "Please permit me to thank your chapter for the wonderful sweaters that were donated by you to my crew. Needless to say, they were comforting and warming out in the North Atlantic, especially during the hours before daylight. My entire crew wishes to express their sincere appreciation. The fact that they were worn during submarine attacks might interest you. Thanks again for your kindness."
- A Scout Court of Honor was held at the courthouse, with John D. Lee presiding. Scout Richard Reese would be officially made an Eagle Scout during the ceremonies, and Scout English DesChamps will receive the Order of the Arrow. All merit awards and the two high honors mentioned will go to Troop 38, evidencing keen interest and hard work of that troop. It is expected that the other troops will be similarly cited soon. The merit badges to be awarded, all to Troop 38 members, will go to English DesChamps, Robert Hirshberg, Archie LeGrand, Paul Moore and Richard Reese. There will be a number of promotions at the exercises.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
July 13 - 19
- Robert A. Podesta, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, has announced Lee County among 23 South Carolina counties to share in a grant of $150,000 for a job-development program. The funds will help pay for a two-year program of management and technical assistance to attract new industries, expand existing businesses and organize community economic development. Reducing unemployment, raising personal incomes and halting outmigration from rural areas into crowded urban centers are the results aimed for by the program.
- Plans are being made for a full evening program at the Area Technical Education Center in Sumter. A number of new and old courses will be offered to meet the demand of those interested in upgrading and improving their skills in different fields.
- A new Sheraton Motor Inn will be constructed at Manning, following the signing of a franchise agreement between Sheraton Inns Inc. and Nightingale Inc. The announcement has been made by Gerard C. Henderson, president of Sheraton Inns, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Sheraton Corp. of America and Francis W. Lachicotte, president of Nightingale Inc.
- An estimated $100,000 worth of stamps and cash were stolen from the Sumter Post Office sometime between 11:30 Saturday night and 4 Sunday morning. According to Postmaster Loring Lee, entrance to the building was gained through the back doors. The unknown robber or robbers used bolt cutters to cut the padlocks and one-half-inch-thick chain holding the door. After entry, a burning torch was used to get inside the vault, burning a hole through the one-half-inch-thick steel vault door.
- Drivers in all three divisions at Sumter Speedway seemed to have spin-outs as the red flag was displayed 12 times in the three main events. Lee Johnson seemed to find the right groove on the exceptionally rough track and outlasted nine other drivers in winning his first sportsman race of the season, while Bob Wilson recorded his second-straight win in the rookie event. Nat Cross continued his dominance in the claim division by winning his seventh-straight feature.
- The Apollo 11 astronauts spent the day before their trip to the moon reviewing the flight plan as servicing of their spaceship continued flawlessly and ahead of schedule for the launch. "We are happy to be ready to fly," said Neil A. Armstrong, the spaceship commander.
- Hula-hooping and Frisbee tossing are expected to draw plenty of young competitors to Memorial Park tomorrow. Brightly colored hula hoops will be a whirl in kaleidoscopic patterns as hundreds of youngsters from 13 playgrounds and children who do not attend a playground program compete in the all-city hula hoop championship. Sumter's young elite in the sport of Frisbee will also vie for all-city honors. The event is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Sumter National whipped Manning with a six-run rally in the last inning while Orangeburg topped Sumter American in 10 innings in the District Six Palmetto Boys baseball tournament at Palmetto Park. Manning and Sumter American battle next for the right to stay alive in the double-elimination tourney while Walterboro, which drew a bye in the initial round, battles Sumter National in the second game.
- A 728th Tactical Control Squadron airman took one of Shaw's top honors when A1C John P. Alberta was named Base Airman of the Month for July. Airman Alberta, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, has only been at Shaw for five months. He attended Kessler Air Force Base technical school in Mississippi before his arrival here.
- Maj. Gen. Timothy F. O'Keefe, commander of Headquarters Ninth Air Force since August 1968, is scheduled to turn over command in October to Maj. Gen. Richard H. Ellis, presently serving at Headquarters United States Air Force. Gen. O'Keefe, who has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, will assume duties as director for logistics, J-4, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington.
- Funds are being sought to complete the renovation already begun on the Teen Canteen, under the sponsorship of the Manning Methodist Church. Work has been started on the building with a total of $1,650 received at this time. A goal of $5,000 has been set as necessary for bringing the building up to date, getting it opened and ready for operation.
- Mothers and fathers of children enrolled in the Head Start program in Sumter have been attending classes once a week at seven different locations and have been working on numerous projects for their homes. The purpose of these social service programs is to help the parents understand how children grow and learn and also how this learning can be extended into the home.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
April 14 - 20
- Laidlaw Environmental Services will still have to pay $133 million as a condition for getting a permit for its Sumter County hazardous-waste landfill; it just won't have to pay it right away, state health directors decided. Directors for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control backed off a condition issued as part of the permit that would have required Laidlaw to pay $30 million immediately into a trust fund for cleanup in case of an accident at the site and $103 million during the next six years. Laidlaw will now have 10 years to pay the $133 million DHEC requires.
- A Columbia developer's plan to start a new funeral home in western Sumter was approved by Sumter City Council, apparently clearing the way for the business to open. L. Harvin Bullock appears to have cleared the last hurdle in his plan to move the old Clayton Lowder Sr. house to a lot on Wilson Hall Road, renovate it and convert it into a funeral home.
- A former Sumter mayor who helped lead the community through the early stages of integration died Tuesday, April 19, 1994, at a local nursing center. Clifton G. Brown, 77, served as mayor from 1960-64 before embarking on a successful career with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Today, community leaders remembered Brown as a caring individual whose leadership set the standard for future members of council.
- Houston-based Cooper Industries has received a national award for its work with vocational education. The company won the 1993 National Association for Industry-Education Cooperation's (NAIEC) Educational Sponsorship Award for a program under way in communities near Cooper sites across the country, including the Cooper Hand Tools Division's plan in Sumter.
- Citing a staffing shortage, state and local officials have decided to curtail the Sumter County jail's participation in a prisoner exchange program. Sumter County Administrator Bill Noonan said that state "B custody" inmates would no longer be housed at the jail. He said, however, that "A custody and AA custody" state inmates at the jail will not be affected by the change.
- Renowned Jamaican poet and fiction writer Lorna Goodison will be the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina's Times Eight English Conference on the USC Sumter campus. An annual gathering of the faculty from all the English departments within the university's eight-campus system, the Times Eight conference is being hosted this year by USC Sumter's English Department.
- The Sumter County Recreation Department is experiencing growing pains in its Sumter Kids in Baseball program. When SKIB teams take the field in the Sumter County Jamboree at Palmetto Park, it will be the largest turnout ever. Over 2,000 kids are participating in the program this season, 300 above last year's total. Gary Mixon, the Sumter County Recreation Department director, didn't expect the increase so soon. "I guess it has a lot to do with the quality of the program over the years," Mixon said of the rapid growth.
- The Item-NationsBank Run was held at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. The action began with a one-mile fun run for children age 12 and under. The 5K and 10K races were set for 8:30 a.m. with a cannon-blast start. All of the race courses, which were certified by The Athletic Congress, began and ended at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Winners in this year's race were: Mark Teseniar, 5K; Sheri Patton, women's 5K; Lansing Brewer, men's 10K; and Jan Kaneft, women's 10K.
- National Guard armories are not just military training sites. They are also multipurpose facilities, state Adjutant General T. Estes Marchant said. Marchant, who oversees South Carolina's 87 National Guard units, was in Manning for the groundbreaking of the new armory here. The 25,568-square-foot facility will include an assembly hall, classrooms, a locker room, a kitchen and work areas.
- The smell of fried fish and barbecued pork filled the air as thousands of people gathered in the Clarendon County Courthouse Square for the county's 15th-annual Striped Bass Festival. Although the day's activities may have brought them to the courthouse, many people said it was the food that made the festival great. "The catfish were wonderful," said Bootsie Ehrlich of Shaw Air Force Base. "All of (the food) looked so good."
- Before he played baseball in the major leagues, Sumter native Bobby Richardson says he remembers playing all kinds of sports at the YMCA. "Fifty years ago, I was an 8-year-old boy that lived a block away from the Y," Richardson said at an open house and dedication ceremony at the Sumter Family YMCA. "And I spent a lot of time there. I have appreciated my association with the YMCA often over the years," Richardson said before he, Sumter Mayor Steve Creech and YMCA President Meree McAlister cut a red ribbon to celebrate the Y's recent expansion.
- Better late than never. That's the sentiment of many Lee Countians as they prepare to go to the polls for a Democratic Primary election that will decide several county council and school board seats. County residents were ready for these same elections in 1992, but voting was postponed until now after the U.S. Justice Department rejected county council's first plan for redrawing election districts. Six candidates are running for nominations to three county council seats, while eight candidates are running for four seats in the Lee County School Board election.
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