75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3
- Military and civilian personnel of Shaw Field were extended an invitation by the Sumter Art Club to attend a lecture to be given by Dr. Archibald Rutledge at Edmunds High School in Sumter. Admission to …
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- Military and civilian personnel of Shaw Field were extended an invitation by the Sumter Art Club to attend a lecture to be given by Dr. Archibald Rutledge at Edmunds High School in Sumter. Admission to this event is free. Dr. Rutledge is noted for being poet laureate of South Carolina and also for his stories of wildlife in the Saturday Evening Post and other nationally known magazines.
- The Horatio Home Demonstration Club met the first Wednesday in October with Elijah Sanders. As president, she conducted the devotionals, and the secretary, Mrs. W. M. Lenoir, called the roll and read the minutes. The club joined in singing "My Bonnie," and Miss Elizabeth Trowell's demonstration was on sweet potatoes with methods of curing and many delicious recipes given. After several games of bingo, with Mrs. Gailliard Lenoir as high scorer and Mrs. W. M. Lenoir as low scorer, the hostess served sandwiches, cookies and punch. The club adjourned to meet in November with Mrs. C. A. Jackson.
- Sumter Boy Scouts will be hosts to all Scouts in the Pee Dee Area Council at a Jamboree on Nov. 22, it was announced today. The day's program will include a parade and a number of contests between patrols. Lunch will be served to the troops at noon. Contests will be: in signaling, Scout pace relay, string burning, water boiling relay, wood chopping, knot-tying contest, first aid relay, rescue race, flint and steel fire building. A special feature, not a contest event, will be a fire by friction demonstration which may be participated in by individual Scouts.
- A last-minute touchdown saved Sumter High School from being upset by a hard-fighting Brookland-Cayce team in a thrilling contest that kept the capacity crowd on edge throughout. The final score was 18-13. The tough play of the Bearcats, who had a well-balanced club, plus the inevitable letdown the Gamecocks suffered after their Columbia victory, caused much uneasiness in the Sumter camp until the Gamecocks finally mustered enough strength to push over the winning tally.
- The airplane has replaced the horse and buggy but not the veterinarian. The AT's and BT's roaring overhead and not a stable within view of the naked eye, it is not uncommon for someone to ask: "What does a veterinarian do at an air base?" Well horses or no horses, the Post Veterinarian is doing a job that is safeguarding the health of every Shaw Fielder. He stands as a sentinel at the doors of Shaw's refrigerated warehouses inspecting meat and dairy products accepting only that which is pure and in accordance with the Army's high standards. It is the job of the post veterinarian to make sure that Shaw Field receives the correct grade and quality of meat, fish, poultry and dairy products for which the Army has contracted.
- Pfc. George Brown was wounded in action in Italy in September, his wife has been notified. He is convalescing satisfactorily, according to reports she has received. The Browns have a 2-year-old daughter. Pfc. Brown has been in service for 14 months, receiving basic training at Keesler Field, Mississippi, and other training at Seymour Johnson Field, Goldsboro, North Carolina. He is an air corps machinist.
- First Lt. T. L. (Tom) Hutchings Jr. has been missing in action since Sept. 27, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Hutchings, have been notified by the War Department. He was serving in Germany with the 28th Division, 109th Infantry and had been overseas for four months. Lt. Hutchings graduated from Sumter High School, attended The Citadel for two years and graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1943. His wife is the former Miss Frances Meinschik of New Jersey, and an only sister resides in Conway.
- A hard-working Company I won the coveted Thomas Lemmon trophy at Third Battalion, Third Regiment State Guard, maneuvers in Kingstree on Sunday; $10 first prize was given to a member, Sgt. G. F. Allsbrooks, for a manual of arms competitive drill, and a special award of $5 went to still another Sumter guardsman, Cpl. Mark Reynolds Jr., for his form and endurance in the manual of arms drill. In general, Sumter brought home the bacon.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
June 29 - July 5
- The Elks Club has formally announced plans to conduct a bond drive to supplement the cost of constructing a new Elks Home at Second Mill. A Raise the Roof committee has been named to manage the project with James T. Hailey as chairman and Louis Principe as secretary. Rather than seek donations, it was decided to sell non-interest bearing bonds. A similar program was launched successfully by the Elks Club several years ago to construct a swimming pool, and all bonds were retired within two years.
- Sumter Police Chief L. W. Griffin was presented the American Legion "Outstanding Police Officer of the Year" Award for South Carolina at the 51st-annual convention banquet of the S.C. American Legion Department in Greenville. Chief Griffin won the Sumter County "Outstanding Police Officer of The Year" Award presented by Sumter Post 15, American Legion, in February.
- Slick Johnson made his first appearance at Sumter Speedway and made off with first-place money in the most competitive event seen this season in the late-model sportsman event. Nat Cross recorded his fourth-straight win in the claim race, and eight Clarendon County drivers staged a walk-out in the rookie division while Bill Elliott took home the money after winning his first race of the season.
- Behind three home runs, the 1952 State Champions blasted the current P-15's team 9-1 at Riley Park at Mickey Mantle Day. The seven-inning contest was sparked by a two-run homer by Bobby Richardson in the second and another two-run homer by Bill Arrant in the same inning. Ken Rosefield added a solo homer in the third, meaning the 1952 team accounted for five of the nine runs with the long ball. Sumter's P-15's finally broke the ice with a tally in the fifth inning on a 1952 team error - one of three by the old-timers.
- Sumter Gamecock Bowman Archery Club edged out Charleston for the team title in a three-way match. Finishing with 1641, Sumter had only eight points more than Charleston. Orangeburg finished third with 1298. Bob Kelsey was second in the B Class with 455 while Larry Sherliuski won the class with 467. Ralph Shaffer tied Kelsey for second but lost in a playoff. Tuck Underwood of Sumter was first in the A Class while Betsy Kelsey won first in the Women's Division with 432.
- The second-annual children's patriotic parade will be held Friday, July 4, beginning at the corner of Calhoun and Main streets. Chairman of the event is Warren Strange with James P. Nettles as co-chairman. The event is sponsored by the Sumter Jaycees, with the Parks and Recreation Department and W.A. Family Store serving as co-sponsors.
- Capt. John Q. Brunson of Sumter has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Vietnam. Capt. Brunson is the son of M. M. Brunson. His wife and two children, John Jr. and Regina Elaine, reside in Sumter. "Capt. Brunson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on May 11, 1969, while serving as Commanding Officer, Company A, 34e Battalion, 60th Infantry, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Ben Tre.
- Seventy-nine persons, most members of the graduating class of 1929 of the then Sumter High School, gathered at Frank's Restaurant on Saturday, June 18, for a class reunion. Nostalgic reminiscing was the order of the day, and the most often heard question was, "Do you remember when -------?" A delightful smorgasbord dinner was enjoyed by those present, as classmates renewed acquaintances, in some cases for as long as 40 years - since graduation nights on June 12 and 13, 1929.
- The first spadeful of earth has been turned for the new Technical Education Center library and office addition in Sumter, and the contractor, Boozer and Wharton, has begun preliminary work on the $275,000 project. Commission Chairman C. C. Goodwin, accompanied by other officials, builders and TEC Director William Cecil Walters, spaded the traditional first bit of earth to get construction started officially.
- Van T. Newman Sr. retired June 18 from his post as chief clerk with the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Co. after more than 50 years of service. Fellow employees presented Newman with a piece of Samsonite luggage and a $25 gift certificate at a farewell party prior to his retirement. Newman started with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co. on June 13, 1919, as a messenger boy. In 1921, he became yard clerk until 1944, when he became chief clerk to the general yard master, holding this position until his retirement.
- Fourth of July activity at Shaw will be wide and varied. A complete program of family and individual fun is planned by personnel services for this holiday. Much of the activity will be centered around the bowling lanes, golf course, youth center and Service Club.
- Aerospace Safety, a magazine devoted to flight and flying safety, ran an article on Maj. Charles H. Schaufler in the June issue. Maj. Schaufler is an RF-4C instructor pilot with the 4415th Combat Crew Training Squadron and is currently the squadron's standardization officer. The airplane which Maj. Schaufler and a student were flying was hit by a bird, which caused damage to the windshield and made communication between cockpits very difficult. Maj. Schaufler was able to land the plane without further damage occurring.
- Miss Darlene Spann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Spann, has been awarded a full scholarship to the String Music Camp sponsored by St. Andrews Presbyterian College at Laurinburg, North Carolina. She will play violin in an orchestra of 125 members, sing in the chorus and appear as soloist on recital programs.
- The YMCA Expansion Fund drive has now reached a total of $251,022 in pledges toward a goal of $300,000. With the addition of $25,752 reported at last night's meeting, 84 percent of the goal has been achieved. The largest subscription of the week was announced at the dinner held honoring Mickey Mantle, former Yankee star who visited Sumter on behalf of the Expansion Fund drive. Co-Chairman Bobby Richardson cited Pioneer Dress for their generous pledge of $7,500 to the Y.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
March 31 - April 6
- The $30 million question for Laidlaw Environmental Services has been postponed another two weeks. The company was to pay that amount today into a trust fund to satisfy the terms of its new operating permit for its hazardous-waste landfill in Sumter County. But state health directors have agreed to stay the payment until they hear the company's appeal of the permit restrictions. The directors added some tougher provisions to the permit that the DHEC staff had not recommended, including setting up the trust fund.
- The U.S. Air Force's "Thunderbirds" aerial demonstration team will be joined by the Army's "Golden Knights" parachute squad at ShawFest '94, Shaw Air Force Base's annual open house. The base announced details of the Saturday, April 30, festival. ShawFest '93 was cancelled because of runway ramp repairs and the unavailability of the Thunderbirds, the F-16 Fighting Falcon aerial acrobatic team based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
- Paul Nutter of Sumter is playing the leading role of Tommy Albright in Winthrop University's production of "Brigadoon." Nutter, a music education major, graduated from Sumter High School in 1990. He studied voice with Elizabeth Book and was in the SHS band and choir for four years. The Winthrop senior is the son of Ken and Donna Nutter of Sumter.
- Sumter officials liked what they heard on the future of Shaw Air Force Base from members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation. Congressmen pledged to fight to keep the fighter base open, even to try to expand its missions. But, in silent acknowledgement that it will be difficult if not impossible to save the base should the Air Force and the federal base closure commission decide to close it, none made any sweeping promises on the base's fate.
- Organizers say they are ready for the kick-off of Clarendon County's 15th-Annual Striped Bass Festival. A variety of events are planned for the festival, which begins April 8 in and around Manning. Highlighting the 10-day festival will be a tennis tournament, a Little Miss Striped Bass and Miss Striped Bass beauty pageants, a parade, a boat poker run and the Wood Windham Shag Show.
- Longtime Wilson Hall golf coach Hugh Hill said that this year's edition of the Barons has the potential to challenge for a state title - provided that he can get all six of them together for the tournament. "In all the years that I've been at Wilson Hall, I've never been in a situation where this many boys have had to miss matches," Hill said. "Prior to this year, I can recall only two cases where a player wasn't able to participate in a match as scheduled."
- Margaree Simon was working in her classroom at Furman High School in August, preparing for the start of the 1993-94 school year, when a transfer student walked in. The student was checking out her new school and also wanted to meet the school's softball coach. "She asked what kind of program we had," Simon said. "I told her we were looking for a good pitcher among other things." The Lady Indians aren't looking for a pitcher anymore. The transfer student, Tina Mitchum, has taken care of that.
- It may be April Fool's Day, but it's no joke that the Lee County regional landfill opened today and received its first load of trash after three years of controversy. After almost a year of construction, the Lee County Regional Recycling and Disposal Facility opened its gates at 7 a.m. as landfill manager Fred Counts waited for the first trash truck. Counts expects to see plenty of big dump trucks easing on to the landfills' scales, but it was a station wagon from Lee County Memorial Hospital pulling a small trailer of garbage that christened the dump. The trailer contained 260 pounds of trash.
- Sumter High School's baseball team won't be entering the Market Express Classic on a positive note. The Gamecocks committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs, in a 5-3 loss to South Florence at Sumter High and will enter the tournament, which begins Monday, as losers of three of their last four games. "There are no excuses," said Sumter Coach Mark Roach after Saturday's loss. "South Florence is a good team, but we just gave this game away and, if we continue to play the way we are right now, we're going to be giving some more away."
- Ten Sumter High School students have been selected by audition to attend the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts Honors Program. Of the 1,147 applicants, only 252 students were chosen for the school's five-week honors program. The Sumter High students selected and their artistic area of study are: Angel M. Dolen, visual arts; Nicola J. Capps, creative writing, Joseph M. Floyd, creative writing; Kelly C. Hammond, vocal music; Jamey L. Johnson, instrumental music; Jamie L. Morton, dance; Sarah D. Oubre, instrumental music; Patricia B. Sterling, vocal music; and Ashley Wilder, instrumental music.
- The Career Center serves about 600 students, mostly juniors and seniors, who are interested in vocational, or "occupational," careers. The center has allowed Sumter-area schools to get ahead of the game in an option that will soon replace the general track of studies. It is hoped this track will help keep some students who don't see the use in classes which don't prepare them for an occupation from becoming dropouts.
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