75 YEARS AGO - 1944
July 15 - July 21
- Sixty persons attended the F.B.I. quarterly conference held at the Coca-Cola Community Room for the purpose of acquainting local law enforcement officers with the problems of protecting internal …
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- Sixty persons attended the F.B.I. quarterly conference held at the Coca-Cola Community Room for the purpose of acquainting local law enforcement officers with the problems of protecting internal security. Twelve agencies were represented including the Sumter auxiliary police force. Principal speakers were H. K. Moss, special agent in charge of the Savannah, Georgia, field division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Chief Commissioner of the South Carolina Highway Department Williamson; Mayor F. E. Creech welcomed the law enforcement group.
- Members of the refrigeration class conducted by the Sumter city schools and the state department of education were treated to a fish supper at the warehouse of the Carolina Power and light company to bring to a close instruction which has been conducted there since April 10. H. A. Beckworth was the instructor. During the class sessions, which were held for three hours three nights a week, the trainees placed into operation 34 electric refrigerators, an ice cream cabinet and a water cooler. Some of the units had been out of service for four years, and it was estimated that a total of more than 36 years of lost service was represented in the refrigerators reconstructed in the class. Several of the machines were rusting in barns before being repaired.
- French-language books, magazines and other literature are very much in demand at Shaw Field. Citizens of Sumter who have any in their possession are urged to lend them. A number of the Fighting Frenchmen, at Shaw Field training to battle their enemy in the sky, do not speak English well enough to enjoy reading in that language and are in need of reading matter in their own tongue. Two of the French Cadets in the hospital at present are at a loss for diversion, it has been reported, because they do not understand English.
- The social activity department announces success in all socials for the week. Monday night's quiz program was conducted by Mrs. Muldrow, instructor at Lincoln High School. Sgt. Watkins of the men's team won highest honors with 14 correct answers out of 16. A large crowd of hostesses and service men enjoyed the quiz.
- Sumter's slugging Juniors mixed their hits with West Columbia's errors on the Brookland-Cayce High School field to win 15-7. Each team used three pitchers. Mack led the hitting for West Columbia with three hits - one of them a double. Buddy Shugart slammed out three hits for Sumter including a double and triple. Hodge for Sumter and Price for West Columbia each displayed excellent fielding.
- Pvt. Richard (Dick) Burns was awarded the Purple Heart recently for wounds received in action in Italy on May 11, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Burns, have learned. Pvt. Burns has recuperated from his injuries, he wrote. The Sumter soldier was with a unit which was on the Anzio beachhead.
- The local ration board issued the following price list on poultry: Produce to wholesaler, live weight 28.9 cents per pound; wholesaler to retailer, live weight 30.7 cents per pound. Producer to retailer, live weight, 30.4 cents per pound; retailer to consumer, live weight, 37 cents per pound. The prices apply to fryers. The price of eggs over the weekend, until July 17, is 45 cents for group one eggs, 44 cents for group two. Ration officials stated that the prices have been exceeded in some cases.
- An old-fashioned country picnic supper was sponsored by the women's auxiliary of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Hagood, on the lawn at Millvale, the Perry Brown home at Ellerbe's Mill. For the price of supper, picnickers will be allowed to swim or fish at the mill without charge. The supper menu will include fried chicken, salad, sandwiches, cakes and tea. Money from the affair will be contributed by the auxiliary toward a diocesan project.
- Pvt. Thomas E. Benehaley has arrived in the United States after a year's foreign service. He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He entered the Army on Feb. 19, 1943. Pvt. Benehaley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Benehaley of Dalzell.
- A quarantine for all children coming into the state from poliomyelitis areas has been imposed by the State Board of Health as a protective measure. State health officer Dr. Ben F. Wyman announced the 14-day quarantine at a meeting of South Carolina doctors Saturday. County health officers will be charged with directing the quarantine, applying to all children coming into the state from North Carolina. If the county health officers determine that the quarantined child came from a non-polio North Carolina area, the quarantine will be lifted. Wyman advised against any child's going into any part of North Carolina where there were active cases.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
March 16 - March 22
- Plans were announced for The Sumter Daily Item's 75th Anniversary Edition, commemorating the state's oldest, small daily's diamond year. Coordinating details and advertising solicitation on the special edition will be Thornton N. Brooks of Charlotte, who brings a broad background of experience to the job. The 75th Anniversary Edition will tell the story of Sumter, Sumter County, the Sumter area and the Item since the newspaper's founding on Oct. 15, 1894, by the late H.G. Osteen.
- The Girl Scouts in the Fannie Ivey Neighborhood total more than 480 active girls, and each one joined other Sumter Girl Scouts last week in recognition of their 57th birthday. The Fannie Ivey Neighborhood has 19 troops and 33 leaders and committee members helping plan activities for the girls. The girls started out as Lone Troop No. 1 with only 30 girls and have grown to 480 girls.
- Go-ahead plans have been mapped out for Manning's first accredited horse show, which is expected to attract top horses from throughout the Carolinas. Sponsored by the board of trustees of the Christian Academy with all proceeds to go toward improvements of the academy, the show will be held at the American Legion fairgrounds.
- Miss Carolyn Howell has joined Carolina Power & Light Co. in Sumter as an electric living specialist. Miss Howell is working with homemakers, schools, clubs and appliance dealers in Sumter, Bishopville, Manning, Camden, Summerton and Lynchburg.
- Because of natural growth since its establishment in 1963, Sumter Area Technical Education Center has added a full-time coordinator of information services, Director Cecil Walters has announced. Ray Guest, former Sumter newspaperman for 13 years and more recently a member of the public relations staff of the State Highway Department in Columbia for three years, was named to the new post. Guest will be in charge of all news releases to press and radio for the four counties covered by Sumter TEC, Kershaw, Lee, Clarendon and Sumter, among other duties.
- Shaw Air Force Base's Dick Poling didn't do so well in the 100-mile Grand National event in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, but a regular last season at Sumter Speedway splashed big in a GT event in Jefferson, Georgia. Poling had a shock to come off his 1967 Chevelle which cost him with valuable time in the pits. Although Poling ran well, the long pit stop pushed him back into 16th position.
- Ronnie Scarborough lifted himself out of hot water in one inning and proved to be hard to touch the rest of the time as he pitched Edmunds to a 3-0 shutout over Eau Claire in a baseball opener for both teams. Edmunds' Gamecocks take on Eau Claire again at Riley Park. Allen Johnson is slated as the starter for the locals.
- Edmunds High School's tennis team opened the season on a high note, stopping Camden here, 6-3. Newberry is scheduled to play here, but that match may be rescheduled due to weather conditions. Sammy Kiser, Don Eason, Robert Haynie and Cody Palmer won singles matches for Coach Charlie Hodgin while the team of David Eason and Haynie and Will Bynum and Palmer won doubles matches.
- B.P.O.E. No. 855 announced the organization of a building and finance committee to set plans for the relocation and financing of a new Elks Home at Second Mill. Co-chairmen of the committee are W.T. Brogdon, Carol O. Gulledge and Ralph P. Cowley.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Levi will open their gardens, located at 417 W. Calhoun St., to the public. The annual event affords interested persons an opportunity to view an outstanding collection of camellias. Although the recent ice storm inflicted severe damage on the garden, there are still many outstanding blooms at the present time, according to Levi.
- At the conclusion of a two-day conference, National YWCA board member Mrs. H. Stewart Austin of West Palm Beach, Florida, and national field consultant Miss Susan Love had high praise for the work undertaken by the Sumer County Young Women's Christian Association. The national team summarized the intensive self-study program made by the Sumter association. "The picture of the Sumter County YWCA which comes forth in living color is of a healthy, growing, young association, deeply involved in helping women and girls to discover their identity as responsible participants in this age of changing institutions and values."
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Dec. 16 - 22
- It's nice that major college recruiters from around the nation will be in attendance, but Hillcrest High center Ryan Edwards says that they won't be the primary motivating factor when he and his South Carolina teammates take the field in the Shrine Bowl. "You want to look good for the scouts, but knowing where the money from this game is going is what makes you want to do your best," said Edwards, The Item's Player of the Year for 1993. Money raised from the event benefits Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children. Sumter High offensive lineman Mike Smith, who was also selected to the South Carolina squad, agreed with Edwards that the players' visit to one of the Shriners hospitals put this week's festivities in perspective.
- Sumter County officials were scheduled to officially open the county's second garbage drop-off and recycling center. The Wedgefield-area "convenience center" is on the west side of Cane Savannah Road between DeLaine Elementary School and Spann's Market. The ribbon-cutting and grand opening at the center comes a year after the county opened its first garbage drop-off and recycling center on Kingsbury Drive.
- City firefighters and police officers may see an increase in their paychecks soon. Manning City Council gave initial approval to spending $35,000 for the salary increases. Council will vote on the increase a second time at its next meeting. If approved, the increases will take effect Dec. 23. Mayor Pansy Ridgeway said council looked at the salaries in surrounding towns and found them to be higher than those in Manning.
- After posting a 17-11 record and reaching the playoffs last season, Head Coach Rhett Harris expected improvement this year but perhaps not as much as he has seen. "I didn't expect to be winning by so many points," he said, "but I did think that we would be able to win all of these early games." The Lady Gamecocks scored a victory over South Florence 62-48, which upped Sumter's record to 8-0 for this season.
- Santa Claus appears at center court each day in Jessamine Mall to talk to children and hear what they would like for Christmas. He also appears at a number of places in other cities, on TV and at parties for youngsters. He is a delight to everyone. The tradition of Santa arriving and parades started in Sumter in 1926. Santa's first arrival was by train.
- Since Operation True Giving started about nine years ago, the folks at Shaw Air Force Base have been hit pretty hard with the spirit of giving every holiday season. The program is sponsored by Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Parish at Shaw. It began in the early 1980s, when former military nurse Mary Ann Nugent approached her parish priest with the idea of using Shaw's resources to help needy families in the area.
- As usual, Hillcrest had trouble with West Florence's slow tempo style of play, but as usual, the Wildcats managed to escape with a win, this one by the score of 54-44. Hillcrest, 7-1, recorded its third victory of the year against the Knights and, as they did in the first two, the Wildcats struggled mightily. Coach James Smith's squad led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and by as few as four with three minutes left to play.
- Somewhere behind the "tower of chips" display is a math lesson, but don't tell that to Lemira Elementary School students, who will soon be having fun managing and shopping at their own grocery store. School officials are working with Sumter's Kroger Sav-On Food and Drug Store, one of the school's business partners, to set up a mock store in an unused classroom at the school. Good behavior during the week gets students 5-, 10- and 25-cent tokens to purchase items from their fellow students, who will be cashiers, baggers and managers at the store.
- Overdue library books getting you down? Sumter County Library has a solution. "Food for Fines Week" runs today through Thursday at the library. Patrons with overdue books or other library materials are asked to bring one can of food for each overdue item they have, no matter how long the item has been overdue, and the library will forgive the fine. This will help supply the local food banks with needed food and also bring back some of the overdue books and materials.
- Sumter High School Marching Band has won one of two prestigious awards given annually by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, making the school's band program the only one in the nation to have received both awards offered by the foundation. The marching band was chosen as a laureate of the Sudler Shield of Honor for excellence in marching band programs. Sumter High School's Symphonic Band was one of three bands that three years ago won the Sudler Flag of Honor for excellence in concert bands. The Sudler Flag of Honor is the other award given by the foundation.
- All Sumter needed to beat Hartsville was some sharp shooting and a few extra minutes after regulation. The Gamecocks got both and edged the Red Foxes 79-78 in overtime. "I was pleased with the effort tonight," said a short-winded Sumter coach Byron Kinney after watching his team improve to 7-2. "Our two losses this season have been a result of turnovers and us beating ourselves."
- In the small, chilly office of United Ministries, Katy Greenawalt and Wesley Blanding sit, warmed only by the glow of a portable heater, discussing how to help churches in Sumter County spend their charity funds more efficiently Greenawalt, the executive director of the ministry, and Blanding, the vice president of its executive oversight committee, said the organization will work as a clearing house with area churches and local social service agencies to assist in those in need. "United Ministries is a way of keeping churches from duplicating charity," Greenawalt said. "It grew out of a concern that people seeking help might have to go from church to church for assistance."
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