75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Aug. 5 - Aug. 11
- Cpl. Charles McIntosh, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. McIntosh, has been killed in action, according to a wire received by his parents from Lt. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps. The …
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- Cpl. Charles McIntosh, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. McIntosh, has been killed in action, according to a wire received by his parents from Lt. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps. The message stated that the Sumter youth "was killed in the performance of his duty and service to his country." No information as to the locale in which he met his death was offered, and his parents were asked not divulge the name of his ship or station. Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh were told that they would be promptly furnished any additional information received, and a letter was said to be following.
- Young women planning to join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and train at Tuomey Hospital are urged to see Miss Ada I. Snyder, director of nursing at Tuomey, at once. The next class of cadets will go in very shortly, and there are few vacancies left according to Miss Snyder. She is in her office daily and will be glad to interview applicants.
- Hundreds of GI mechanics, fledgling cadet flyers and skilled flying instructors had a grandstand view this week of how to bring in a basic trainer on one wheel and a prayer, as performed by Aviation Cadet Richard M. Bellinger, 20-year-old native of Dalton, Massachusetts, and veteran of a mere 12 hours of flying time in the South Carolina skies. The cadet training at this base with Class 44-J brought the ship - a BT-13A - to a perfect landing, much to the admiration of veteran pilots, after losing his right wheel during the take-off for a routine training flight.
- Soldier W. R. Erskine returned to his home at Whitmire on furlough and went to work at Aragon Baldwin Mills. "The way I figure it," Erskine said, "was that a lot of absenteeism is caused by wives taking off time to be with their husbands when they are home on furlough. I figured that our boys on the other side couldn't afford to lose the equipment that would be made out of the cloth that Nellie, my wife, would help make. So, I got a job on the same shift she was working, and instead of my furlough causing another absentee, it put another person on the production line."
- Fans of the Shaw Field Fliers have been invited by Col. Roy T. Wright, commanding officer of the basic flying school, to attend the game Wednesday on the post between the Shaw team and the Cochran Field Bee Tees. The contest will be the opener in the Eastern Flying Training Command League, and both nines are expected to give all they've got. Civilians planning to attend the game will enter the field at the main gate. Turbeville will pitch for Shaw. The Bee Tees are expected to offer Tech. Sgt. George Shipley, former University of Alabama star, as their hurler. All of the Cochran players have had professional experience.
- The regular Wednesday night dance at the USO Club will not be held, as Shaw Field is giving a swimming party and dance at Shaw Field on that day. All USO, YWCA and City Recreational hostesses have been extended an invitation to attend the dance by Capt. Charles E. Clarke, special services officer. All girls wishing to attend should call the USO Club and make reservations immediately. Those attending will meet at the USO at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday.
- A new commandant of cadets under Maj. James R. Poach Jr. reported to the base this week to assume command of the detachment which opened its doors to men bent on winning wings within a week of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Pleased with his assignment at Shaw, Maj. Poach stated, "From what I've been able to observe in the short time I've been here, the men have been very well disciplined along military lines, and all seem to have the proper spirit toward the exceedingly difficult tasks which lie ahead of them.
- Approximately 100 summer school students at Morris College were X-rayed Friday by the Powers X-ray service under the sponsorship of the Sumter County and state tuberculosis associations. A number of those whose chests were photographed were teachers in the schools of this county, but many were from other sections of the state. Through a contribution from the state TB group, the fee for the X-ray was reduced from 75 to 50 cents.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
April 6 - 12
- Edmunds High School's baseball team faces a rugged task here taking on the Hartsville Red Foxes in a region 4A encounter. A victory in the game would put the Gamecocks' conference record at 4-0 and would maintain at least a one-game lead over second-place Rock Hill. The Gamecocks have a 4-1 overall record. If Hartsville loses, they face possible elimination, and a chance at the league title could almost certainly be gone. If Sumter loses, it would throw the league into a turmoil and leave the gates open for any team to win the title.
- Debbie Shaw, daughter of Mrs. Mickey Shaw of Bishopville, was named "Miss Bishopville" of 1970 in the Saturday night event. She was crowned by Peggy Ann Denny, who is "Miss Bishopville of 1969."
- John H. Lumpkin, president of the South Carolina National Bank, will be the principal speaker at the 30th anniversary of the Sumter Lions Club. James P. Nettles, program chairman, said the meeting will be held in the American Legion Home. After a career of more than 20 years as a practicing attorney, Lumpkin joined SCN in 1964 as senior executive vice president and was elected president and a director of the bank in January 1965. He was named president and chief executive officer in July 1968.
- Mrs. Sherrod Baumgardner, League of Women Voters state president, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Sumter County Provisional League of Women Voters. Mrs. Baumgardner has served as state president since 1967 and was the president of the Columbia chapter from 1953 to 1965. She joined the league in 1956 and served 10 years on the Columbia board.
- Bob Hope, star of stage, TV and screen, will speak at the annual dinner of the U.S. Chamber Annual Meeting in Washington. Hope will headline the annual dinner entertainers. Other well-known names will also speak with Chamber representatives during the three-day meeting. There will be a meeting with John A. Volpe, secretary of transportation, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, assistant to the president and head of the Urban Affairs Council. Members of the Sumter Chamber planning to attend are Chamber President Ross McKenzie, J.C. McDuffie, Dan E. Turbeville, H.D. Barnett, Gerald J. Dix and James M. Eaves.
- Ninety new titles have been added recently to the library at Sumter Area Technical Education Center as the collection grows before construction of a planned new library in the near future. Several are reference books while the majority are in the general collection. Included among the reference books are the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astronomy by Rudaux and The Encyclopedia of Photography (20 Volumes).
- Three Lee Countians were honored at the annual Ladies Night banquet of Camp 157, Woodmen of the World: Edward E. DuBose, outstanding citizen; Mason E. Mathis, soil conservation award; and James Farmer, "Mr. Woodman of the Year" award. Ellis Berry, district manager of WOW, presented the awards.
- The team that can win the close baseball games often times turns out to be the champion. Not always, but much of the time. Edmunds High School, after several slugfests this year, did an about-face here, stopping Hartsville 1-0 on a two-hit brilliant pitching effort by Ronnie Scarborough. The Gamecocks are now 4-0 in league play with a key contest slated Friday at Riley Park with Rock Hill's Bearcats.
- The ladies played an important part in the city council meeting. Delegations from the Sumter County Provisional League of Women Voters and the Council of Garden Clubs visited the meeting. Mrs. T. M. Ecklof, president of the league in this area, presented Mayor R.E. Graham a copy of "Know Your County," a factual account of all phases of city and county government. All the research, writing and editing was done by the league members on a volunteer basis. Copies of the pamphlet are available to the public at $1 a copy and will be given to schools and libraries.
- The Lincoln High School Bulldogs stormed from three runs behind and then held off a late rally by McCorey Liston to win a baseball game 13-12. Lincoln is now 8-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play. The Bulldogs travel to Hopkins in quest of their ninth victory.
- "Sumter is a dirty, dirty, dirty place." So stated the Council of Garden Clubs spokeswoman, Mrs. Louis Warmoth, at the city council meeting. She and seven other garden club members appeared before council to ask that May 5-10 be officially declared as "Litter Clean-Up Week" in Sumter and to request council's support during that week. Mayor R.E. Graham replied, "We are delighted that you're showing an interest in the clean-up, and I am sure council will cooperate in the effort."
- A veteran's widow entitled to GI home loan benefits is automatically eligible for the newly created widow's educational assistance from the Veterans' Administration. Un-remarried widows of veterans who served at any time since the Spanish-American War and who died as the result of military service are eligible for VA educational assistance up to a maximum of 36 months.
- "How does it feel to be crowned 'Miss Bishopville?'" "I'm completely bewildered!" replied Debbie Shaw. Debbie, a senior at Bishopville High School, was crowned "Miss Bishopville" before a capacity crowd at the high school gymnasium. The new "Miss Bishopville of 1970" is the daughter of Mrs. Mickey Shaw. She is 17, has brown hair, brown eyes and stands five feet six inches tall.
- The Edmunds HI-NEWS and SIGNATURE received a first-place award rating at the 40th-Annual Southern Interscholastic Press Association Convention at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Also graded by the panel of judges, the HI-WAYS placed in the Achievement Award Group. Delegates who attended workshops, short courses and panel discussions at the three-day convention were Susan Bryan and Angela Grisham from the HI-NWA; Betty Brody and Tommy Barnes representing SIGNATURE; and Gay Gibson and John Phillips from HI-WAYS. The group was accompanied by Mr. Grady Locklear.
- The Clarendon County Library Board, following a joint meeting with the Sumter County Library Board and the South Carolina State Library Board, renewed its contract for continuing bookmobile service in Clarendon County. Sumter County Library will continue to provide the bookmobile service, and the state Library Board will grant state aid and federal funds to aid in financing the project.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Jan. 6 - 12
- The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce has received pledges of about $580,000 in a campaign to pay for a new downtown office and to establish an economic development fund for Sumter County. The organization hopes to raise $1 million. The new building, which will be located on East Calhoun Street in the Sumter Civic Center, is expected to cost more than $800,000. The remainder of the money would be put into the economic development fund.
- During the next three years, data collectors for Sumer County will inspect every non-industrial building in the county to correct as many errors as possible in the county's property tax assessment records. The program is a part of the county's effort to avoid potential problems as it prepares for a state-mandated reassessment of property values in 1995, the first in a decade. A handful of other South Carolina counties that completed reassessments in the past few years were later ordered by the state to send data collectors into the field after reviews showed too many errors in the counties' records of building dimensions and details, such as number of bathrooms and fireplaces, Sumter County Assessor R. Latham Harris said.
- The city is considering issuing about $500,000 in bonds to pay off overdue bills and alleviate the city's financial woes. City council voted unanimously during a special meeting to have a financial consultant to the city, Hazel Graham, and the city's attorney, Billy Coffee, "pursue approximately $500,000 in general obligation bonds." A tax increase would be required to repay the bonds, Graham said.
- The Food Lion supermarket on North Lafayette Drive, built over the objections of nearby residents and in business for less than a year, will close. The store employs about 50 people. The store's employees and its manager, Ron Jennings, were told of the planned closing. Jennings and the store's assistant manager declined comment. The store is one of 88 stores Food Lion is closing this year.
- Sumter High's Byron Kinney has always emphasized defense, and the Gamecock head coach saw plenty of it during his squad's 70-48 win over Lancaster at the Sumter High gym. The Gamecocks held the Bruins to just 13 points in the first half, including a one-point total in the second quarter, en route to a 31-13 advantage. A layup by Willie James with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter pulled Lancaster to within 20-19, and the Bruins didn't score again until Marcus Adamson hit the second of two freethrow attempts with 1:34 left in the half.
- Hillcrest coach James Smith didn't look like a happy man during Friday night's game against Lower Richland. Pacing the bench with his hands on his hips, Smith watched his Wildcats fight tooth and nail for three quarters before falling 64-48 to the Diamonds. It was Hillcrest's second consecutive defeat, "Turnovers" Smith said after a long meeting with his team following the game. "We just made too many of them. Turnovers just killed us in this game."
- A basketball axiom states that a coach can't teach height. Laurence Manning head coach Woody Lathan found that out to be true Friday against Wilson Hall. The Barons used an extreme height advantage to control the boards and cruised to a 64-44 win over LMA. Wilson Hall had 6'-4" Hamilton Davis and 6'-2" G.J. Guldan in its starting lineup, and 6'-3" Will Dinkins and 6'-7" Rhett Davis saw significant playing time off the bench. Laurence Manning, on the other hand, doesn't have a starter over 6'-0".
- Brothers in business together for almost 20 years, A.D. Allbritton Jr. and Joe Allbritton have nearly grown OK Tire and Car Audio clear off its lot. The concrete and steel building at the intersection of Broad Street and Bultman Drive, where the business has been since 1971, stretches to the very edges of the tiny, triangle-shaped property. Cars and tires seem to take up every other foot. The brothers admit the business, which employs 11 people, has outgrown the building and possibly the lot. Although they would like a new building, they have no plans to build or buy one for now.
- Laurence Manning's Nancy Epps took last year's first-round conference loss to Hudgens to heart. Why? "Because I put my heart into it and I was disappointed," the sophomore center said. That level of commitment is unusual among high school freshmen. But Epps, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, was a typical freshman. "I'm competitive and I like playing basketball," she replied. "When I'm not doing well or we're not winning, I'm disappointed. I want to work hard and I want to get better."
- Matt Wright scored a game-high 19 points and David Houben added 18 as Thomas Sumter routed Lord Berkley 74-60. Aaron Schalck finished with 11 points and Stacey Lambert had 10 for the Generals. Thomas Sumter remains unbeaten at this point in their season.
- Since he was in the seventh grade at Alice Drive Middle School, Wally Richardson has played football. Every practice began with the knowledge he was preparing for the possibility of playing, from Alice Drive to four years as the starting quarterback at Sumter High and even through his freshman year at Penn State. He was Red Shirted during his sophomore year which gives him three more years of eligibility to play football. "It was an investment for his future."
- Activated just a little over a year ago, USC Sumter's new system of documenting students extracurricular achievements is drawing praise and thoughtful scrutiny from other institutions. The system, which utilizes carefully monitored Student Development Transcripts or SDTs, certifies student development in nine areas. These include: community service, critical thinking, cultural/fine arts, leadership, moral development, health and physical development, communication skills, social development, and volunteer service to the university. Dale Bullard, assistant dean for student affairs at USC Sumter, who spearheaded the development and implementation of SDT system at the Sumter campus, was notified that the campus' SDT system was judged one of four "exemplary assessment efforts for student development and student services" out of 23 nominated college programs from across the state.
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