75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Sept. 18 - Sept. 24
- Col. Burton Hovey, commanding officer of the Philadelphia Air Defense Wing, is spending a few days at Shaw Field while on a survey tour of airports in North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. …
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- Col. Burton Hovey, commanding officer of the Philadelphia Air Defense Wing, is spending a few days at Shaw Field while on a survey tour of airports in North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. Shaw Field's former commanding officer arrived Friday afternoon in the A-24 plane that bears the name of his young daughter, "Sandy." Maj. H. L. Bair accompanied him. Col. Hovey is now in complete charge of coastal defenses extending from Philadelphia to Norfolk, and he spends much time flying with patrols and visiting airports in the wide area under his supervision.
- The No. 161,000 federal housing project for war workers at Shaw Field has been completed, and civilian employees are now occupying apartment units in the 12 one-story buildings on the northern side of the post. Civilian workers will have first preference on rentals through Sept. 25. After that date, priority will be given non-commissioned officers of the first three grades, then commissioned officers below field grade and finally all other enlisted personnel.
- Mrs. Capers Wactor has received from the War Department a certificate of the award of the Purple Heart posthumously, to her husband, First Lt. Wactor, who was killed in the North African theater of action in July. Lt. Wactor had been in the war zone only about a month, having been sent over in June. He had entered the service as a member of the Sumter National Guard outfit and had risen from the status of an enlisted man to the rank of first lieutenant. Mrs. Wactor is the former Betty Witherspoon of Sumter.
- A hard-driving and much larger Lake View football team subdued Sumter High's Gamecocks in the opening game of the football season by the score of 14 to 6. The visiting 11, which lived up to advance notices, scored a touchdown in the second and fourth quarters, both on powerful ground drives, to send the Gamecocks into defeat. Sumter flashed some offensive spirit in the third period to score, and two long passes from left-handed Glynn Goodson to Randy Pressley caused some anxious moments for the visitors, but outside of these flashes of power the birds were kept at bay.
- The Carolina Amateur Athletic Union has awarded the 1944 championship meets as follows: handball, Sumter; basketball, Winston-Salem; boxing, Charlotte; weight-lifting, Sumter; horseshoes, Winston-Salem; and track and field and gymnastics, the University of North Carolina. The places were chosen at the annual meeting here yesterday. The dates are to be fixed later.
- State Forester W. C. Hammerle said today that German prisoners of war-labor were being considered for cutting South Carolina pulpwood which Hammerle said was badly needed for war industries. Hammerle said that under proposed plans his office would act as a coordinating agency to procure and equitably distribute all available local labor and accelerate the movement of pulpwood to the state's mills. He said he would cooperate with federal agencies and plant officials in presenting a request for prisoner-labor.
- A Curtiss-Wright P-40 pursuit plane crashed five miles north of Bishopville, carrying to his death a civilian test pilot, listed by Shaw Field officers who investigated the accident as H. F. Marting. The plane fell about two o'clock yesterday afternoon, Officer Smith of the Bishopville police force said, in a corn field belonging to Murray Brown, Lee County farmer. The machine was destroyed.
- Two Sumter Scouts will receive the high rank of Eagle Scout at the Court of Honor to be held in the county courtroom. They are Robert Hirshberg and Robert McLeod Jr., both of Troop 33. They will be the 15th and 16th Sumter Scouts to receive this award. Robert Hirshberg joined Troop 33 when he was 12 years old and became a Tenderfoot on March 3, 1941, a first-class Scout on April 15, 1942, and finally made the Eagle rank on Sept. 6, 1943. He is now 14 years old and has attended Camp Wigwam in Maine and Camp Sequoias in North Carolina. Robert McLeod Jr. became a Tenderfoot on Dec. 18, 1941, a first-class Scout on June 11, 1942, and completed the Eagle requirements on Sept. 6, 1943.
- Shaw Field cadets need no longer wait until they go to advanced school to tackle twin-engine aircraft. A forward step in Shaw Field's training program is the new plan wherein cadets learn to fly A-10's during their last four-and-a-half weeks at basic. The activation of a twin-engine flight and the inauguration of the new course of instruction, which at present includes 10 hours of simple transition, was announced today by Maj. Thomas F. Osborne, director of training.
- Shaw Field Fliers, champions of the 1943 South Carolina Servicemen's league, were feted last night at a banquet sponsored in their honor by the Special Service and Physical Training departments at Sunset Country Club in Sumter. Capt. James Smith, post adjutant, served as toastmaster for the affair and introduced the guests of the evening. Watch charms were given to all members of the 1943 squad, and the championship trophy was presented to the field formally by Lt. Sidney Wright, former coach, who came here from Oliver General Hospital at Augusta, Georgia, to be with the team at the honor banquet.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
May 19 - 25
- Imported fire ants, a plague to farmers and a serious pest to all persons, have invaded some 50,000 acres of Clarendon County and stand on the threshold of Sumter County. Pest control experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Clemson University met with farmers, wildlife representatives, politicians and other interested persons at a fire ant eradication meeting, called by A.D. Grainger, Clarendon County agent. A five-man committee, headed by Charles Plowden of Summerton, was appointed at the close of the meeting to study the situation in detail and hopefully to secure funding of an area-wide eradication program that would eliminate the hazardous pest from South Carolina.
- The Shaw Air Force Base Golf Club will be the site of the 1968 Iris Festival Open Golf Tournament. The tournament will be an 18-hole individual medal play, gross and net, with team events played on an optional basis on a two-man team best ball with handicap.
- Sumter County has 18,292 citizens qualified to vote in the June 11 Democratic Primary election. That is the number of persons who had registered by the May 10 deadline for voting in the primary, according to Harold Chandler Jr., chairman of the Sumter County Registration Board. Persons who want to sign up to be eligible to vote in elections subsequent to the primary may do so by coming to the registration board office on the corner of Harvin and Canal streets to register.
- Class Day exercises are scheduled at Edmunds High School. Only a limited number of guests will be admitted, due to the size of the student body this year. Graduation exercises will be held at the Memorial Stadium, weather permitting. Should it be necessary to move the graduation exercises to the school auditorium because of weather, admission will be by ticket only.
- When was the last time you did something nice for your mailbox? The plight of the poor over-worked, under-cared-for mailbox has become a subject of concern to the U.S. Post Office Department. So much so that "Mailbox Improvement Week" to be observed May 20-25 this year was instituted several years ago to correct the situation. The purpose of Mailbox Improvement Week is to call attention to the need to maintain mail receptacles that will protect the mails from severe weather, and the importance of locating curbside mailboxes at the correct height so that they will be easily accessible to the carrier and will not present a traffic hazard.
- Dr. Thomas Kilgore Jr. will deliver the annual commencement address at the 57th commencement exercise at Morris College in the E.D. White Memorial Hall. Dr. Kilgore comes from Los Angeles, California, and is pastor of Second Baptist Church. A native of Woodruff, Dr. Kilgore is a graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta. He received his theological training at Union Theological Seminary and has done extensive graduate work at Howard University.
- The ladies of the Sumter Lion Club members were the guests for the evening at a banquet complete with candlelight given in their honor at the American Legion. Amid the fines imposed by the tail twister throughout the evening, the ladies enjoyed a dinner of roast beef with all the trimmings. New members were recognized along with their wives. Following the meal, the "Lion of the Year Award" was presented to Doug Purdy along with the presentation of new officers and the board of directors.
- Students dedicated Sumter Area Technical Center's lecture room in memory of the late M. Earl Elmore with the official unveiling of a plaque in honor of the teacher. Learning was set aside at the institution as students and instructors joined members of the Elmore family for the dedicatory ceremony, conducted by George C. Greer, student body president.
- The Ninth Air Force Band, a 35-piece unit from Shaw, plays everything from the big band beat of the '30s to the sounds of the '60s. On Tuesday night of Iris Festival week, the "Men in Blue" will present a concert at the Edmunds High School Auditorium. Officially the band is designated as the 527th Air Force Band and is directed by Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Veltre.
- The Sumter Artists Guild presented its second-annual student art awards at a quarterly meeting attended by a large gathering of parents, students and Artists Guild members. Recognition was given to art teachers in the secondary schools of Sumter School District 17, including Connie Hess, Edmunds; David Sanders, Lincoln; Tudy Sanders, Alice Drive Junior High; Juan Thomas, Bates; and Judy Zeigler, McLaurin.
- Sunday, May 12, Calvary Baptist Church, located in the Pinewood section of Clarendon County, celebrated its 200th anniversary. This attractive old church, organized in 1768, and steeped in the history of this area, was the gathering place for 325 members, friends and descendents of former members who met to take in an inspiring service led by the pastor, the Rev. William A. Huey.
- Graduation exercises for Edmunds High School are scheduled for Memorial Stadium. Roy James, senior class president, will welcome guests and introduce the program theme, "The Quest." Graduates Sarah Dabbs, Thomas Parker, Martha Stoddard, Thomas Saunders and Sudie Summers will speak on the quest for knowledge, truth, individualism, service and success.
- Robert F. Jenkins, assistant administrator of Tuomey Hospital, Sumter, has been awarded the Robert H. Reeves Merit Award by the South Carolina Chapter, American Association of Hospital Accountants. A charter member of the chapter which was formed in 1953, Jenkins has served in several official capacities, including vice president and president, and is presently a member of the Advisory Board, S.C. Chapter AAHA.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Feb. 19 - 25
- Vandals broke into the Sumter County-owned golf course at Dillon Park and wrecked golf carts and damaged at least one green. Crues Bell, who leases Crystal Lakes golf course from the county, said course workers discovered the damage Thursday. He said the vandals jumped the fence around the nine-hole course and caused $8,000 to $9,000 in damage.
- Central Carolina Technical College's nursing program is back in full swing. Last year, the associate degree program was put on hold after the college could not find a qualified nursing faculty, said Dr. Larry Cline, vice president for academic and student affairs. The delay only affected first-year students. Thirty-three first-year students who had signed up for the program completed general education courses at the University of South Carolina at Sumter this year while they waited on the nursing courses to be offered. Only one of the 33 students will not return to the program.
- Play on the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base golf course ends March 1, and care of the prime piece of military property will be turned over to a civilian caretaker after the base closes March 31. "We thought it was the only way to keep the course playable and keep it from growing up weeds," said retired Air Force Gen. Jones Bolt of Myrtle Beach. Base officials will keep Whispering Pines in playable condition during the month of March. Horry County is responsible for all grounds maintenance on base, including the golf course, under a preliminary caretaker agreement.
- The bonds are sold, the construction company has been chosen, and Clarendon School District 2 is poised to build a $772,000 addition to Manning Elementary School. Bob Clark, the district's finance director, told district trustees that bonds to finance the project have been purchased by First South Carolina Securities at an annual interest rate of less than 4.4 percent. Sumter's E. Lynam Construction Co., the low bidder for the job, was awarded the contract.
- The Sumter High Lady Gamecocks held off a charge by Hillcrest early in the fourth quarter before pulling away to a 52-32 win at the Lady Wildcats' gymnasium. The victory, coupled with Lower Richland's 47-33 loss to Irmo, clinched third place in Region IV-4A for Sumter and strengthened its bid for a berth in the state playoffs.
- Salesmen for a new steel processing plant in Sumter County won't have to travel far to visit some of their biggest customers. One salesman will not even have to get into his car to take care of one account. That's because Heidtman Steel Products Inc.'s newest plant, located in the Sumter County Industrial Complex off U.S. 15 South, stands just a few hundred yards from Interlake Material Handling Division's plant, which buys steel from Heidtman to make storage shelves.
- The Sumter Gamecocks came up with the strategy of running a spread offense against fifth-ranked Hillcrest. The object for SHS was to slow down the Wildcats and keep the game low scoring. It did not work - on the Wildcats that is. For Sumter, it was a different matter. Hillcrest scored the game's first eight points and was never headed as it rolled to a 63-46 win at the Wildcats' gymnasium, clinching the Region IV-4A regular-season title and the top of seed in the lower state portion of the 4A state playoffs in the process.
- Some things in life are certain. We learn to expect the spectacular and unusual from those individuals who have proven to us that they possess those specific skills that make them winners. The life story of Bishopville High basketball coach Harold Galloway reads like one chapter after another in which a very strong, gutsy individual overcomes the odds to come out on top. Galloway is set to return to the life of a high school basketball coach after being forced to take a leave of absence for medical reasons. Galloway went into the Medical University of South Carolina on Nov. 16 and returned home Feb. 5.
- Sumter County Council is scheduled to discuss countywide building inspections and an operating permit for a proposed expansion of the county landfill. Council will meet at the Sumter County Courthouse instead of during its regular meeting time. There will be no meeting Tuesday. The Sumter County Builders Association is scheduled to ask council to require building inspections in the county, council Chairman Joe Davis said. Currently, only buildings constructed within a three-mile radius of the Sumter city limits are inspected, he said.
- What started to cure boredom after football season has developed into a 26-year-long love affair for John Thames. Thames, head coach of Manning High's girls' basketball team, received a plaque in honor of his 500th career win as the Lady Monarchs' mentor. At the time, Thames believed that Manning's win over Kingstree was No. 500, but available records indicate that the victory may have been the 501st of Thames' career.
- Clarendon County Council voted unanimously to close the county's 30-acre landfill before Oct. 9, saying it would cost more to close the site later. It the county continued operating the landfill after Oct. 9, the facility would have had to meet "Subtitle D" requirements, strict new regulations governing solid-waste landfills.
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