75 YEARS AGO - 1944
June 10 - June 16
- R. L. McLeod Jr. and Richard Reese of this city have been selected as counselors for Camp Coker this season, Paul Runge, Boy Scout field executive, has announced. Camp Coker, the Pee Dee Area Council's …
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- R. L. McLeod Jr. and Richard Reese of this city have been selected as counselors for Camp Coker this season, Paul Runge, Boy Scout field executive, has announced. Camp Coker, the Pee Dee Area Council's Scout camp located near Society Hill, will open on June 18, but the two Sumter counselors will leave on the 12th to help get the site in readiness for campers. In order to be honored as a counselor, a Scout must excel in leadership qualities, Mr. Runge said, and must have more than an average interest in Scouting. He must also be proficient along Scoutcraft lines.
- All boys between the ages of 13 and 16 are invited to meet at the YMCA to organize a Junior YMCA Baseball league. This is an annual program which has been sponsored by the Sumter YMCA and Sumter American Legion for a number of years. The boys will elect team captains who will choose teams to form the league. In the past, this league has been composed of four teams. However, if a sufficient number of boys are interested, more teams will be organized this season.
- L. F. Cuttino, chief clerk of the Sumter County War Price and Ration Board, said that many retailers are not adhering to correct ceiling prices on lemons in many instances, according to the latest survey made in food stores. Lemons are all sold by the pound at 15 cents, dealers are reminded. Retailers are asked to refer to the official list of OPA ceiling prices, effective May 8, Order 4F, Amendment No. 3.
- An English AAF Bomber Station, England - Staff Sgt. William W. Ficklen of Sumter, gunner with the Eight AAF Flying Fortress group commanded by Col. William B. David of Calhoun, Georgia, has been awarded the Air Medal. The decoration was presented for "meritorious achievement" on bombing attacks over Nazi Europe. Sgt. Ficklen is the son of Mrs. Eula W. Ficklen of 5 Orchard Place, Sumter. His wife, Mrs. Dorothy D. Ficklen, lives on Long Avenue.
- At an organizational meeting held at Lincoln High School and attended by 40 representatives of black citizens of Sumter, plans were made for participating in the Fifth War Loan drive beginning June 12. After a discussion of the purpose and goal of the Fifth War Loan by the Honorable George D. Levy, a member of the Sumter County War Finance Committee, the meeting proceeded to elect its officers. The Rev. R. L. Pope was elected chairman; Dr. Edward C. Jones was elected vice chairman and Mrs. Alethea Dungee secretary.
- For gallantry displayed while engaging the enemy in action in Italy and in which battle he lost his life, Pfc. Willie Lane, formerly of Sumter, has been awarded posthumously the Silver Star. The medal is among the highest awards made to Army and Naval personnel. Mrs. Mabel B. Lane, of 219 Church St., Sumter, wife of Pfc. Lane, will be presented the Silver Star by Brig. Gen. Duncan G. Richart, Fort Jackson post commander, at her home in Sumter on June 15.
- Miss Minnie McEachern, who has been teaching school at Myrtle Beach for the past four years, will have charge of girls' swimming classes and playground activities at the YMCA, Carl Link, executive secretary, announced. Miss McEachern is a graduate of Lander College, Greenwood.
- Be sure to notice the War Bond decorations in windows of our stores. One particularly worth mentioning is the display in W. B. Burns and Sons' window. The scene might be called a miniature of the invasion. Ships, tanks and planes are everywhere. The ships, made of hardware (cross-cut saws and various and sundry other articles), are quite original. Smoke from their smokestacks is gray steel wool! Planes flying overhead are the work of local model enthusiasts.
- The 309th Bombardment group from Columbia Army Air Base will pit their star pitcher, Lt. Glenn Price, who already has tucked away one no-hitter this year, against Shaw Field when the two teams clash at Municipal Park. Turbeville will take the mound for the locals. The Shaw men have two defeats at the hands of the Columbians to revenge. In the opener, the bomb Flashers took an 8-7 edge over the fliers, and in a practice game at Columbia they added insult to injury with a 9-1 walloping of the locals.
- The first load of tobacco harvested from the 1944 crop was received on the local tobacco market Saturday when R. M. Chandler and J. A. Cantey, of the Hebron community, delivered a load of lugs to the Big Brick warehouse. According to G. R. Bowen, warehouseman, the tobacco was of good quality and color and appeared to have normal weight. An advance of 37 cents per pound was placed on the tobacco.
- War bond windows are blossoming up and down Main Street, the dressers vying with one another. This morning, our rounds took us by Belk-Stroman Co. Department Store. Their big central window is filled with life-sized "cutouts" of soldiers in grimly realistic battle poses, one bayoneting another, and so on. Real "invasion beachhead" sand covers the floor of the window, and planes fly overhead. We understand that J. O. Talbort is responsible for this attractive display which you cannot pass without wanting to buy a bond.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
Feb. 9 - 15
- Edmunds High School gained sweet revenge over Orangeburg in a 4A high school cage contest, winning 51-43 in a game that was not as close as the score indicates. The Gamecocks boosted their record to 13-3 on the season .
- Richard P. Moses, chairman of the board of trustees of the Sumter Elks Lodge, announced that the rear portion of the Elks Lodge property on Broad Street and Salem Avenue had been sold to Glenn Towery and his son, Dr. Mike Towery. Moses said negotiations are now underway with a major oil company for the sale of the front portion of the property fronting 180 feet on Broad Street. If the sale of this portion goes through, the way will be cleared for construction of the new Elks Lodge at Second Mill on property now owned by the Elks.
- "How to Avoid the Psychiatrist" is the title of an address that will be delivered to members of the Sumter Executive Club. The speaker will be Dr. Ron Meredith, whose title comes from a degree awarded him as doctor of humanities. Dr. Meredith, whose home is now on a Kansas ranch, is a combination personal counselor, businessman and world traveler.
- "We're a family of horse lovers," said Polly Woodham, wife of Willis J. Woodham of Bishopville. The Woodhams have five horses at their home, "Open Acres," and plan to add another one in the near future. "We are looking for a young thoroughbred," said Mrs. Woodham. Their oldest daughter, Martha, has won approximately 100 ribbons and several trophies in the various shows in which she has been a participant. Their other three daughters have just started showing.
- Standard Savings and Loan Association of Columbia has filed application with the State Board of Bank Control to establish a branch office in Sumter. The application was given preliminary consideration by the board. The usual survey required by law was ordered by the board. Such a survey must show a need within a community for the service being offered.
- Heading the Sumter Little Theatre's 1969 membership drive as chairmen will be Mr. and Mrs. William M. Jones. Assisting the Joneses as co-chairmen will be Mr. and Mrs. Marion D. Myers. Kickoff of the drive will coincide with the opening date of "Oliver!" a musical production.
- The Thomas Sumter Generals pulled away in the opening moments and won easily over Clarendon Hall, 48-32. Substitutes played over half the game for the Generals. Dick Booth put in 13 points to lead the Generals. John Pate and Mel Brown each had six points as every team member but two managed to score.
- Alice Drive's Hawks roared back from a 10-point deficit to down Bishopville 38-34 in a thrilling junior high school cage game. The Hawks fell behind at the half 18-8 but soared into a 23-18 lead in the third period before allowing Bishopville to score a point.
- Hartsville Junior High edged out McLaurin Junior High here in overtime, 35-34. McLaurin led the game by one point with 20 seconds to go but Hartsville grabbed off a rebound and scored to win the game. The Bantams had one last chance to score but could not connect. Joe Boyle pumped in 10 points and snared 13 rebounds to spark the Bantams in a losing cause. Barney Shorter had nine points.
- Three Sumter fighters won Carolinas Golden Glove Age Division Championship here in the Carolinas Golden Gloves runoff. Quint Baker, Burke Watson and Eddie Mungia grabbed victories in the final rounds to be crowned champions. Baker won in the 112-pound Novice division, Burke in the 119-pound division and Mungia in the 139-pound division.
- Jack M. Summers has been appointed city schools assistant superintendent for instruction. "This appointment recognizes the fact that both the instructional and business divisions of the district require an operating head with clear authority and responsibilities," Board Chairman John W. Godbey said. "There are five divisions - instructions, business affairs, personnel, technical services and research and development - although technical services presently operate under the instruction division.
- Bids for additions to schools in District 17 will be received for Bates and McLaurin schools and for Wilder, Lemira, Crosswell Drive and Alice Drive schools. Demosthenes, McCreight and Riley are in charge of bidding on Bates and McLaurin junior high schools. James and DuRant Inc. is in charge of bids on the other four schools.
- Standard Savings and Loan Association of Columbia, largest of the more than 73 other such loan institutions currently operating in South Carolina, will soon have a branch office in Sumter, pending approval of an application for establishment of a local branch. William F. Smith Jr., president of Standard Savings and Loan, was in Sumter to look over the building where the branch will be located. The expansion of the economy of Sumter has indicated a need for additional savings and loan assets in the community. Future prospects for the Sumter area appear to be excellent.
- After a long period of silence following the passing of the Nov. 14, 1968, deadline originally set for the completion of the 1968-69 drive, the United Fund of Sumter County announced that its mammoth $203,000 goal has been reached, with an additional $209 to boot. Richard P. Moses, general campaign chairman of the drive, in making the announcement, said, "We overcame almost insurmountable odds, but I attribute our victory to the real team effort exerted on everybody's part."
- A crowd estimated at between 60-65 persons turned out for a public hearing on the planned widening of a 12-mile section of U.S. 378 conducted by the S.C. State Highway Deptartment at Sumter TEC, where virtually no opposition was voiced against the project. The 12-mile stretch of U.S. 378, located to the east of Sumter from the bypass to Interstate Route 95, would be widened to four lanes, and major intersections with the route in the project would be improved as necessary.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Nov. 12 - 18
- They worked so hard and came so close ... for the fourth time in as many years. Late in the afternoon of a cloudy, sometimes drizzling day, the band from Sumter High School had rejoiced. They were Lower State champs in the state 5A marching band championships - as in 1992, '91 and '90, they had a shot at the title that had eluded their grasp for three years. They performed in the rain and again came up short.
- Shaw Air Force Base's 363rd Fighter Wing will be undergoing a name change next year as part of a program to protect and preserve historical units. The 33rd Fighter Wing will be redesignated the 20th Fighter Wing as the Air Force readjusts to force reductions. The change is one of several force structure and realignment actions announced by the Air Force.
- If Tom Lewis had been assured his Sumter High Gamecocks would score 27 points in its first-round playoff game against Greenwood, he would have set his mind on getting ready for the second-round game. The SHS head coach got just that from his offense. The only problem was Sumter didn't have a clue as to how to stop Greenwood's veer attack. The result was a 28-27 loss in the opening round of the 4A Division I playoffs.
- Janie Murray is frightened that her generation may be the last to enjoy the pristine beauty of the land in this small community, frightened that a gravel-mining company's plans to expand will change the landscape irreparably. "The generation before us left us this home, and we'd like to pass it along to the next one the same way we found it," Murray said. "This is about our children." Many eighth-generation residents of the area are preparing for a public hearing, where they plan to voice their opposition to Becker Minerals Inc.'s plan to expand its mining operations within yards of the residents' community center, church and church cemetery.
- N.C. State's baseball team ranked as high as second in the nation last year, but a number of its pitchers are gone. The Wolfpack made a step toward beefing up its lineup by signing Sumter High's ace pitcher Chad Hoshour. Hoshour, who helped lead the Gamecocks to the state 4A championship series last year, signed a full scholarship with N.C. State.
- When Becky Jones first started dropping her son off at local Boy Scout Pack 339 meetings, she never thought it would lead to her becoming one of its most important leaders, but it did. On June 23, the troop group committee chair and mother of three was the first woman in the Pee Dee Council Area to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow in a "tapping out" ceremony - one of the Boy Scouts' most prestigious honors - at Camp Coker. Bobby Barnes, Webelos leader of Pack 339, was instrumental in Jones' nomination for the honor.
- About 30 percent of the motels in America are owned by Asian Indians, according to industry statistics. And although many of the 35 to 40 Indian families in Sumter own motels, it's not a line of work they say their children will inherit, nor is it "in their blood." It's a way of life that allows them to come to America, be their own boss and provide a living for their families. "The children are not taught to go into the hotel business. They don't want to go into the hotel business," said Pradip Patel, who owns the Sumter Tourist Lodge with his father, Nagarbhai.
- Sumter Police Chief Harold Johnson was awarded the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. The annual award is presented to the top officers in the state in four divisions: city officer, county officer, state officer and federal officer. The awards were established in 1983 to recognize law enforcement officials who demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence during the year.
- District 17 schools will be full of activities promoting public schools all this week in observance of American Education Week. Schools will be celebrating with the traditional open house meetings during the week for the community to come see how education is changing to meet the needs of today's students.
- Mark Bedenbaugh and Catherine Lempsiz were the overall winners of the five-mile race and Graham Newman and Mara Nance were the overall winners of the two-mile race in the Turkey Trot Road Race. Bedenbaugh won the men's five-mile race in a time of 27 minutes, 11 seconds. David Addroom was second in 28:36, and Lansing Brewer was third at 28:44. Lempsiz won the women's five-miler in 30:01. Peggy Kinney was second at 34 minutes, and Patricia Talvares finished third in 35:59.
- Drivers on U.S. 76/378 this morning may have been startled to see an F-4 fighter jet in flames at the southern end of the runway at Shaw Air Force Base - but it was only a "test." Using an old F-4 and some drums that emit smoke, base personnel simulated a jet crash as a training exercise for base firefighters and other emergency personnel. Authenticity was lent to the exercise by some base personnel acting out the roles of news media gathering at the base's main gate before being led to the "crash" site by a representative of the base's public affairs office.
- A 2-year-old sewing plant has been forced to close because of foreign competition, the plan's manager said. The approximately 150 people who worked at Marilynn Management in downtown Bishopville were laid off over the last month. The plant shut down last week. "It's all thanks to our politicians that would rather have garments made offshore," according to General Manager Allan Ratner. "NAFTA is a perfect example, and it's just going to get worse," he said.
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