75 YEARS AGO - 1945
March 23 - March 29
- When repairs were necessary on the city of Sumter's gasoline storage tank, gasoline trucks from Shaw Field were used to drain and store the fuel until the tank was back in service. Last Saturday the …
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- When repairs were necessary on the city of Sumter's gasoline storage tank, gasoline trucks from Shaw Field were used to drain and store the fuel until the tank was back in service. Last Saturday the discharge line on the tank blew out - apparently the result of being struck by a truck. Temporary repairs were made with the loss of just a few gallons of gasoline, but to make permanent repairs, it was necessary to drain the tank. The city unsuccessfully tried to obtain an empty transport truck, but none was available. Then Police Chief W. C. Kirven called Shaw Field, and the trucks were dispatched. The tank was drained, the repairs made and the gasoline replaced.
- Tin can collections here are continuous, for the need for this salvage material is still urgent. Housewives are requested to keep the collection in mind. Flattened cans should be placed in a separate container from garbage and put on the parkway for the city street department to pick up.
- A small pony was hitched to a cart proceeding down Main Street with two identified passengers, who were happily beating the gasoline shortage. Which brings to mind the long, long line of wishful thinkers outside the gasoline panel's office of the ration board today. This was a busy spot.
- "The Fulfillment," or "Our Lord's Last Week," will be presented at 8 o'clock tomorrow at the First Baptist Church with pictures, illustrative Scripture and song. The junior vested choir of 26 voices will render the music, and E. H. Rhame Jr. will be in charge of the pictures. Miss Dorothy Currie will read the Scripture. The public is cordially invited.
- The grand champion 4-H calf at the Florence Fat Stock show, held March 20, was shown by Roland Avins of the Bethel community. Reserve champion was shown by Raymond Weatherly of Dalzell. Third and fourth places went to Eugene Avins and Bobby Jones, seventh and 11th to Tom Johnson of Sherwood.
- The German Army is expected by top Washington officials to begin disintegrating soon. This is the basis for a widely held belief that the European war will be won in the next few weeks except for large-scale mopping up operations. There is hope but no real expectation that Germany will surrender. Despite multiplying peace feeler reports, it is possible to state authoritatively that none of the approaches thus far made is regarded here as coming from any person capable of surrendering Germany.
- Another evening class for nurses' aides will be organized, it was announced today. All interested women are requested to go to Red Cross headquarters for applications and are asked to take the completed applications with them to a meeting at 7 o'clock at the Nurses' Home. At that time, the nurses' aide committee will interview applicants. Mrs. Charles White, R.N., will be the instructor of the new class. She is well qualified, having taught in New Orleans prior to coming to Sumter with Dr. White.
- Merchants of Sumter County are called to meet at the courthouse on Tuesday at 11 a.m., at which time the new Office of Price Administration ruling, No. 580, will be explained. All retailers affected by the directive, which freezes price markups on certain wearing apparel and household furnishings, are urged to be present, as this meeting will be the only one held on the subject, a ration board spokesman said.
- The clarion was sounded for candidates for positions with the Shaw Field Fliers post baseball team. Anyone desiring to take a tryout test is urged to drop by the Physical Training office and fill out an application blank post-haste. Right now, base sports officials are keeping the lines humming in the possibility of organizing a league comprising teams from Shaw's new affiliation - the 1st Air Force. The proposed circuit would have a possible membership of eight teams from within the command.
- American casualties will pass the million mark before May 1, if the present tempo of fighting continues on all fronts. And within a year the number will pass the two million mark, estimated by retired Admiral Harry E. Yarnell, former Asiatic Fleet commander, as our casualty total before the Germans and Japanese are defeated.
- For his skill and courage in directing a destroyer squadron supporting amphibious operations in the Southwest Pacific, Capt. Edward A. Solomons, USN of Sumter, has just been decorated with the Legion of Merit medal. Serving as commander of a destroyer squadron during the operations in which he won the medal, Capt. Solomons was cited by Vice Adm. T. C. Kinkaid, USN commander, Seventh fleet, "for distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.'
- At least seven fires raged in Sumter County on Saturday, called by County Ranger L. G. Cubbage one of the worst fire days in his experience as a ranger. Commercial timber land was devoured by fires on the Poinsett Park area, at DuBose Siding and Privateer. The two Poinsett fires, one near Pinewood and one near the Wateree River, were fought under the supervision of John M. McLees, Poinsett superintendent, who was assisted by Pinewood Fire Warden A. L. Westbury and the county ranger. Among the firefighters at the Wateree River fire were State Forester C. H. Florey and Mrs. Florey, who were at Burnt Gin on a fishing trip.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
Nov. 23 - 29
- Apollo 12's moon men neared the end of their voyage of discovery, guiding their Yankee Clipper toward a blazing dash through the atmosphere and back to their home planet. Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., Richard F. Gordon Jr. and Alan L. Bean were on a near-perfect course that would slam them into the atmosphere 76 miles above the Pacific Ocean.
- City Police Chief L.W. Griffin announced the promotion of Sgt. Joe H. Brunson to the rank of lieutenant. Brunson has been with the city police department for eight years. Patrolman Maurice D. Collins has been promoted to shift sergeant and has been with Sumter Police Department for 2 years.
- There's been a running argument all season between Gaffney and Edmunds about which one should be ranked No. 1 in South Carolina. Gaffney held down the top position for much of the season and had a brief, one-week stay in the spot about two games from the end. But a loss to Greenwood (10-0) plus an Edmunds victory over Florence (20-9) clinched the top position for the Gamecocks in both statewide polls.
- The U.S. Command announced that American troop strength in Vietnam has dropped to 484,400 men, the lowest in two years. This virtually completes the second round of troop withdrawals ordered by President Nixon. A U.S. spokesman said the command still expects to reduce American troop strength to 4,000 less than Nixon's ceiling of 480,000 men by Dec. 15.
- Three hundred fifty families earn all or part of their incomes from the payroll at Manning Products Co. Inc. In a predominantly rural county such as Clarendon, a payroll of this size makes quite an impression. Manning Products, which opened in 1965, is a subsidiary of Sunbeam Corp., a diversified industry which developed in Chicago.
- Annual homecoming will be observed at Morris College, with special Thanksgiving Day activities, climaxing the annual Thanksgiving rally. Homecoming activities will begin with the annual Homecoming Parade through downtown Sumter.
- A1C Daniel H. Walker of "Shaw's Finest," the 363rd Security Police Squadron, captured the Airman of the Month honors for November. The airman was nominated by his squadron and finally handpicked by an evaluation board after competing with airmen from most of Shaw's other units.
- The Williams Furniture Division of Georgia-Pacific Corp. held its annual Service Awards Banquet honoring 45 employees who have worked 25 years or more with the local industry. Philip L. Edwards, general manager of Williams Furniture Division, presented the awards to the honored employees.
- Scientists opened the second box of Apollo 12 moon rocks, a chest containing carefully documented samples and soil gouged from more than two feet beneath the surface. The space agency also plans to release 29 more color pictures taken during man's second moon-landing mission.
- The flashy Edmunds High School offense will challenge a Gaffney team that "doesn't do anything fancy," here in the state 4A finals at Carolina Stadium. A triple-option offense that has so far overcome all opponents is Edmunds' chief credit to fame. Gaffney, which has a considerable number of outstanding individuals, keeps things simple. The Indians simply run over people and outlast them on defense. When the curtain rings down on the game, another 4A champion will be crowned.
- A1C Barry Trent, "Airman of the Month" for October, was honored by the Pilot Club. He was presented with gifts from local merchants, a letter from Mayor Robert E. Graham and a letter to his parents from J.C. McDuffie, Chamber of Commerce president.
- Edmunds High School Coach Steve Satterfield was lavish with praise for everyone after his team's stirring 22-15 victory over Gaffney for the State 4A championship. "This has to be a team effort. You can't single out an individual. Our coaching staff just did a terrific job this season. Coach Bill Noonan is better at teaching kids to block than anyone in the state. Coach Bob Cherry hasn't lost a game in three years, and Eddie Weldon did a terrific job."
- U.S. and Soviet negotiators met for two hours, their longest secret session since starting their strategic arms limitation talks a week ago. In advance private parley at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. envoys had hoped for clues from the Russians on what nuclear arms the Kremlin might consider negotiable in the future, full-scale discussions on curbing the superpower missile race.
- A 26-year-old Army lieutenant will be tried by general court-martial for premeditated murder in the slaying of civilians in Vietnam, the Army announced today. The decision to try 1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was made by Maj. Gen. Owen C. Talbott, commanding general at Ft. Benning, the announcement said. The case will be tried as a capital offense. No date has been set for the trial. The Army has been investigating reports of the alleged massacre at My Lai for months.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Aug. 25 - 31
- Enrollment is holding steady at area institutes of higher education, which are welcoming students back to school this week. Sumter's University of South Carolina, Central Carolina Technical College and Morris College expect to see about the same amount of students on their campuses this year as last, but some students at the three schools are still registering for classes.
- Charles Edens does not have unrealistic expectations as he prepares for the 1994 Sumter Classic Bodybuilding Championship, scheduled for USC Sumter's Nettles/Schwartz Auditorium. The Dalzell farmer, who also runs The Free Weight Gym, just wants to break even and, along the way, promote local bodybuilding.
- A Sumter manufacturer got a green light from planning officials for what would be a major expansion. But the plant's general manager said that its Swiss parent company hasn't decided whether to expand its operations - it is only exploring its options. EMS-American Grilon's plan for a seven-story plastics-processing building that would be located behind its present plant in the Sumter County Industrial Complex was unanimously approved by the Sumter City-County Planning Commission.
- In another setback for Clarendon School District 1, the district's average score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test plummeted another 75 points last year after dropping 61 points just the year before. Most districts, however, in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties saw their SAT scores improve.
- What a difference a year makes. Last fall, Peter and Andy Ford were freshmen at Clemson, adjusting to college life and hoping to see a little playing time for the Tiger football team. Now, as the opener of their sophomore campaign looms ever closer, the identical twins and former Sumter High standouts are listed as the starting cornerbacks on the Clemson depth chart.
- Shannon Faulkner's attorneys want to move her battle to join The Citadel's all-male corps of cadets quickly toward the highest court in the land. They filed motions this week asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite hearing the case. The lawyers hope to get a final ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court before this time next year. Ms. Faulkner will be a junior then and, under school rules, it would be her last chance to join the all-male corps of cadets. She is attending classes but not participating in military training, under an order from U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck.
- Sumter High School head football coach Tom Lewis is always uneasy before his Gamecocks play a game. Lewis was just a little more unsettled than usual preparing for the season opener against Berkeley. Lewis knew the Stags had several strong offensive players returning from an 11-3 team a year ago. He also knew his team as having to fill some holes and he would have some inexperience stepping into those spots. A combination like that can be deadly, and it was for SHS.
- Francis "Scooter" White, a salesman for Palmetto Gas Corp., is the latest newcomer to file as a candidate for Sumter School District 17 board of trustees. Three seats are open on Sumter 17's ballot for November. In Sumter School District 2, four of seven trustee seats will be open. The remaining seats in both districts will be up in 1996.
- Fighting has always been a habit for Donnell Pitts. As a kid growing up in Sumter, Pitts often found himself involved in brawls. "My mother died when I was young," said Pitts. "I was raised down here, and at the age of 15, I decided to move to Maryland to live with my father. During this time, Sugar Ray Leonard was very popular. He owns a gym up there and one day, my partner and I decided to check the gym out. That was the first (boxing) gym I'd ever been in."
- The meat business is a slice of heaven for a local butcher. Reminiscent of the days when folks were accustomed to the "neighborhood butcher" in a white apron, the manager of the new Ben's Fine Meats boasts that his is the only independently operated butcher shop in town. Buddy Robinson of Sumter County's business licensing office said he knows of no other store in the city of Sumter like this.
- Wayne Hodge posted his second win of the season in the Mini Stock feature at Gamecock Speedway. Hodge started on the front row along with Charles Player. Hodge led from start to finish with B.J. Sisson and Al Green fighting for second position. Chris Coker won the Street class. Frankie Frye was the winner in the Thunder and Lightning main event. Wendell Turner earned his second-straight win in the Hobby class. Arthur Winn won the Super Stock main event.
- The British are coming - and the Sumterites are going to New York to sing with them. Under the direction of Keith Locklair, the "Carnegie Choir" will be part of a mass choir directed by British composer John Rutter. The choir is composed of members of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, members of "The Skylarks" and the Sumter Civic Chorale.
- A safety program for Sumter County employees has made a big difference in the number of workers' compensation claims filed, saving the county money. Workers' compensation payments distributed to county employees injured on the job were reduced by 94 percent between 1991 and 1993, according to Sumter County Administrator Bill Noonan.
- Sumter City Manager Talmadge Tobias says city officials are investigating an unusually large outbreak of "red water" that was reported in the Twin Lakes subdivision. Red water is caused by high amounts of rusted iron particles in the city's water lines. Although the water isn't dangerous to drink, it can cause other problems, such as stained clothing when it is used in washing machines.
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