75 YEARS AGO - 1944
July 1 - July 7
- All hostesses, guests and service men are invited July 3 to an interesting quiz program, contest and group sing; Professor Martin of Lincoln High School and instructor at Morris College will conduct the …
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- All hostesses, guests and service men are invited July 3 to an interesting quiz program, contest and group sing; Professor Martin of Lincoln High School and instructor at Morris College will conduct the quiz. Come and try your skill. Sgt. Vaughn of Shaw Field will conduct the group sing.
- Sumter's American Legion Juniors won over Lancaster at Municipal Park despite two late rallies by the visitors. Southall pitched great ball for five innings, not yielding a hit, but lost control in the sixth and eighth. The visitors were quick to take advantage and bunched hits with local errors to almost tie the score. Every man on the Lancaster team got one safe hit. Richards, the pitcher, son of Congressman Richards, hit for three bases.
- Approximately 900 persons witnessed the second showing of the Lions Club Victory Vanities during which Miss Doris Luton was crowned queen by Lions President T. D. Dunscombe and Mrs. Frank Chandler was awarded a $25 War Bond. Miss Luton was sponsored in the queen contest by the Capitol Department Store. The Vanities, a musical comedy featuring "a show," were enthusiastically received. Members of the cast, all of whom turned in creditable performances, were Al Sandwina, Mrs. John Hoar, Bill Cooper, Eddie Dunlap, Margaret Morrow, Dorothy Currie, Mrs. Walter Ballard and Miss Jennie Hill.
- Malaria is one of the serious diseases found in the city of Sumter and Sumter County, a health department official asserted today. Its most harmful effects lie not in its death rate but in loss of efficiency in work. This disease, if not kept under treatment, becomes chronic, and repeated attacks lower the sufferer's energy and resistance and make him liable to other infections as they come along.
- Miss Adele Moore, city recreation head, announced today that beginning on Monday, the Washington Street school grounds will be the site of a playground for children. Parents are urged to bring the children to the center, which will be supervised by Mrs. Anna L. Walsh Huskey. Playground hours will be 9 till 12 and 3 till 7.
- Shaw Field officers will celebrate July 4 with open house for members of the Officers Club and their families, as well as guests from Sumter and the vicinity who have been extended a special invitation by Col. Roy T. Wright, commanding officer, in return for the warm hospitality they have shown Shaw Fielders in the past. Swimming in the newly constructed pool, which is expected to be completed in time for the occasion, will start off the day's activities at noon. Festivities will include a buffet supper and outdoor dancing at the tennis courts adjoining the club beginning at 1800. Meanwhile, the regular bimonthly Officers Club dance will be held with officer personnel of the Station Hospital as special guests.
- Sumter baseball fans will have three good games for their entertainment. Shaw Field will play 345th Infantry. Nowak, former big leaguer who bested George Turbeville 3 to 2 in a recent game here, is with the 345th. Wednesday night the Camden Juniors with their great left-handed pitcher Rube Wilson will try to take the Sumter Juniors. He will probably be opposed by Sutton or King for the Gamecocks. Friday night, Shaw Field will entertain the 87th Artillery, the team that has led the service league most of the season to date. An analysis of the Juniors' first two games of the championship series finds the young Gamecocks hitting .318 as a team and averaging three runs a game. If the defense can be tightened and the present offense maintained, the locals will be hard to beat.
- J. Q. Brunson of Concord community has been notified that his son, Cpl. Billie A. Brunson, USMC, has been killed in action in the Pacific area. Details were not given. Cpl. Brunson is survived by his father and four sisters, Mrs. Tom Tisdale, Mrs. B. F. Bullard, Mrs. Grover Craven, Mrs. Tedo DuBose, and four brothers, W. I. Brunson, M. M. Brunson, I. W. and J. Edgar Brunson. He volunteered for service and went overseas on Jan. 15, 1944.
- Mrs. Nina Phelps, chairman of the Fur Vest Project, has announced that a shipment of furs will go out Wednesday and has asked that all persons having old furs to contribute bring the pieces to the Red Cross headquarters at once. The furs are used in the manufacture of warm clothing for merchant seamen.
- Members of Army and Navy glider units won a 50 percent pay increase, placing them on an equal pay basis with paratroopers and flight units of the air services. President Roosevelt signed a bill which grants increases not to exceed $50 monthly for officers, warrant officers and nurses assigned to regular glider flights.
- Capt. L. F. Cuttino, commanding officer of Company I, State Guard, announced that the regular drill scheduled will be held on Thursday at 8 o'clock. All members are asked to be present, as plans for the encampment at Myrtle Beach will be discussed.
- Mrs. R. C. Williams, Cadet Club hostess, said that there are a great many cadet wives in town who are looking for temporary jobs. A new class of wives, 44-J, came in last week. Many of the girls are experienced in a number of types of work, Mrs. Williams said. The cadet wives may be contacted through her.
- Lt. Willie Lee Ashley has arrived in the city after 14 months overseas. He is a member of the famous all-black outfit, the 99th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Ashley has participated in 77 missions over enemy territory and has been awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious action over the Anzio beachhead. He is credited with shooting down two German planes in combat. The squadron of which the Sumter flier is a member left for overseas last March and participated in the campaigns of Tunisia, Pantelleria, Sicily and Italy. At present, Lt. Ashley is convalescing in the Shaw Field hospital from a leg injury received while he was en route to the United States. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ashley of 212 W. Bartlette St.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
March 2 - 8
- Edmunds High School Gamecocks, runners-up in Region III basketball, drew the toughest assignment in the state tournament. Rock Hill didn't waste any time proving it was champion of the region, roaring to a 33-19 halftime lead, then pushing the Gamecocks all over the court in the championship game. A rash of turnovers by Edmunds allowed the Rock Hill team to push its advantage to 39 points before the third period was over. No Gamecock managed to reach double figures, but Fred Brogdon did manage to tally nine markers to top the Sumter scoring.
- The Apollo 9 astronauts rode the awesome power of a Saturn 5 super-rocket into Earth's orbit today to start a planned 10-day mission that could clear the way for two Americans to land on the moon in June or July. The 46-story-tall rocket, the world's most powerful, thundered away from Cape Kennedy, propelling Air Force Cols. James A. McDivitt and David A. Scott and civilian Russell L. Schweickart toward their daring and ambitions journey.
- Sumter's YMCA Mite team won the Eastern District Championship and will compete for the state championship. To win the title, Sumter was forced to win two games. First the local YMCA Mites whipped Florence 39-30 behind the scoring of Drew Burgess, Gary Moore and Sam Hunter. Hemingway and Sumter were tied at 28-28 with about 1:30 to go in the championship game when Wilson Harvie put Sumter ahead 29-28 with a free throw. Sumter's opponent is not known, but the locals will play the winner of the Southern District.
- William Thomas Painter, former supervisor of physical education for District 17, has been appointed acting director of the Sumter Pre-Primary Demonstration School, School Board Chairman John W. Godbey has announced. Painter is undergoing an eight-week training period under the direction of Dr. Glen Nimnicht at Greeley, Colorado's, New Nursery School and the Far West Educational Laboratory in Berkeley, California, and will assume his duties upon his return.
- Army Spec. 4 Clarence E. Nunnery, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nunnery, was recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism in Vietnam. He received the honor "for heroism in connection with military opposition against a hostile force." Nunnery has been in Vietnam since November and in the Army for nine months. He is a 1967 graduate of Mayewood High School.
- Bishopville has welcomed home Lt. Col. Robert W. Merck. Col. Merck, commanding officer of the 157th Fighter Interceptor Squad, South Carolina Air National Guard, McEntire Air National Guard Base, recently returned home after serving four months in Southeast Asia. Merck was sent TDY to Clark AFB in the Philippines to attend General Survival School. He flew the F102 for air defense alert and flew training missions. He remained in this capacity for three weeks before being assigned to Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam.
- Certificates were presented to 36 members of Sumter Police Department and 28 staff members of Sumter TEC upon completion of a defensive driving course at TEC. The eight-hour course was sponsored by Sumter Police Department in cooperation with the USVF&G Insurance Co. and the National Safety Council.
- Mrs. Robert W. Merck of Bishopville has been named to the board of the National Association of Accredited Talent and Beauty Pageant judges for the second year. She had judged in contests across South Carolina, including the Sumter Iris Festival. Her husband is also an accredited beauty judge and has worked with his wife on a number of occasions.
- A club that has been working all year welcoming newcomers, introducing them to the community and providing a "day of relaxation over a bridge or canasta table" could be none other than the Sumter Newcomers Club. The club celebrated its first anniversary of a successful year at the Elks Club with a luncheon and a morning of cards. The club, which now has 61 members, also installed the new president, Mrs. John A. Leight.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Dec. 2 - 8
- When St. Mark's United Methodist Church began as a Sunday school class in the old Curtis home on South Main Street a century ago, its members might not have been able to foresee its longevity or success. But, like a tiny mustard seed planted in soil fertile with faith, the modest Sunday school blossomed. In 1893, St. Mark's was designated a church and named the Sumter City Mission. By 1899, the mission moved into its first home on the corner of Magnolia and Kendrick streets and was renamed the Magnolia Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1926, the growing church purchased the Shaw mansion and land on the northeast corner of Church and Broad streets and moved to its present location. The church was built around the Shaw mansion.
- Lou Pantuosco's Soccer Camp, an annual training clinic for area soccer buffs, is sponsoring an indoor soccer league. Play is expected to begin in January at the University of South Carolina-Sumter gymnasium. This is the first indoor league in Sumter and, for that reason, Pantuosco hopes this will be a memorable event. "The phone calls have been steady with people calling in about the league," Pantuosco said. "But not that many people have sent in their registration." There will be three divisions of competition, the Youth League (ages 5-9), the High School League (ages 14-18) and Adult Co-ed League.
- There could be some nasty weather on the horizon for local criminals. "Thunder" and "Lightning," the Sumter Police Department's two new horses, will go on duty Monday. The department decided to expand the horse patrol it started early this fall because the program has been successful, Sumter Police Chief Harold Johnson said. "We have seen a reduction in crime in every area the horse has patrolled," Johnson said. "I have had a lot of business owners in the downtown area call and say they support the program, and we haven't had a single complaint so far." Cpl. Roger Baker used his own horse while the program was being tried out. Baker's horse will no longer be used for the patrol, and he will ride one of the new horses. Officer Bill Kimbrell will ride the other.
- Former Lee County Sheriff Liston Truesdale has been presented with the distinguished Order of the Palmetto, the award given by the governor's office for exemplary community service. Gov. Carroll Campbell awarded the honor to Truesdale, and local officials presented the plaque to him at the American Legion, where about 150 of his friends gathered. He was nominated for the honor by a group of his friends.
- Twenty-two student-athletes have been named to the Item's 1993 All-Independent Football Team. The team is chosen from nominations submitted by the head coaches of the six area independent schools which field football teams. Brandon Campbell, a 5'8", 165-pound senior tailback, has been named All-Independent Player of the Year. First-year Thomas Sumter head coach Bobby Cothrand, who guided the Generals to a 6-5 record and a second-place finish in PAC, was chosen as Coach of the Year.
- The fate of a land use plan designed to stop development from encroaching on Shaw Air Force Base is in the hands of local politicians after the Sumter City-County Planning Commission accepted it. Sumter City Council could adopt the revised plan as early as Tuesday, and Sumter County Council may take it up at its next meeting in December. Adoption of the plan by the councils wouldn't be the last step; the councils will have to rezone some property around the base, amend ordinances and pass new ones and spend some money in order to implement the plan's 27 recommendations.
- As a determined South Florence squad whittled a 12-point Sumter High lead down to four points in the fourth quarter, Byron Kinney must have wondered if his strategy was backfiring. The Gamecocks' head coach told guard Terrance Scriven to handle the ball as much as possible in the period, hoping that the Bruins would send him to the foul line. South Florence did just that, but the Sumter senior missed three of his first five free throw attempts in the quarter. In the final three minutes, though, Scriven converted five consecutive free throw opportunities as the Gamecocks pulled out a 79-71 win at the South Florence gym.
- Slices of the Sumter area radio market pie are likely to get smaller as four new stations try to grab a piece over the next few years. Some area station managers say they see opportunities in the increasingly competitive market. But the general manager of what most stations concede is still the most listened-to station in the area (WWDM-FM) says there are already "too many radio stations" in the market.
- Gov. Carroll Campbell said he will ask lawmakers to give a state-income tax break to homes with children ages 6 and younger starting next year. However, Campbell did not specify how much of a cut that would be. "Next year I will propose that the General Assembly increase the personal income tax exemption on pre-school children to give parents more disposable income and to allow these exemptions to moderately increase with inflation," he said.
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