Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park

Posted 7/1/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Jan. 22 - Jan. 28

- Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls …

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Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Jan. 22 - Jan. 28

- Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls are former stenographers, typists, clerks and sales ladies, Mrs. Williams said, and have experience in clerical work. There are former telephone employees in the cadet wives group, bookkeepers and representatives of a number of professions.

- A dance at the Cadet Club will be in the form of an "open house," Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess, has said. The new class of Shaw Field cadets, 44-E, will have open post for the first time, and members of the Avi-aide club are requested to be on hand to welcome them. The dance, with the post orchestra under the direction of Sgt. Charles Marino furnishing music, will start about 8:30 and will be informal.

- The citizens of Sumter and surrounding communities are invited to be guests of the non-commissioned officers of Shaw Field on Sunday afternoon, when open house will be observed at the NCO club, Master Sgt. Donald Furman, president of the organization, announced today. The "open house" will get underway at 3 p.m. with the NCO club entertainment committee, composed entirely of Air-WACS, welcoming visitors who drop in for a view of the remodeled Cherry Vale plantation, located just one mile from the main entrance to the base. The house program lasts until 7 p.m.

- The Sumter High basketball team romped to an easy 50-13 victory over Florence before a large crowd in the high school gym. The Jackets kept within calling distance for the first half. In the final half the visitors were held scoreless, a rare feat in a basketball game, while the home team piled up a large advantage in the score.

- Shaw Field boxers made a good showing in the Golden Gloves tournament in Charleston and had representatives in the finals which were staged according to the field's public relations office. The following ring stars from the basic flying school won over opponents, in a number of cases by a knockout; Fortune Oddo, Julius Ott, Cliff Hitopolis, John Rivera, Joe Rabon, Joe Gigure, Paul Godfrey, Elbert Wall and Archie Sparks.

- Lincoln High School students purchased $165 worth of Christmas seals, and attended the food show at the Lyric Theater and assisted with spreading good cheer during the holidays. Miss Miriam L. Sampson, former student of Lincoln High, graduate of Spellman College, and teacher at Wilson High in Florence, has charge of the clothing department at Lincoln.

- As a stimulus to the purchases of "E" Bonds for the Fourth War Loan drive, the Carolina Coca-Cola company has delivered to R. L. McLeod, county chairman, $650 in maturity value of bonds to be used as prizes to purchasers of "E" Bonds between Jan. 18 and Feb. 15. The prizes will be given at headquarters in the Sumter Gas and Power Co. offices, at 5 p. m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, the day after the present drive ends.

- The odds on Ike Williams' chances of winning his 33rd consecutive victory when he meets Bob Montgomery in a 12-rounder at Convention Hall have been hammered down to almost even money. Before the weighing-in ceremonies today, the odds were down to 6 to 5, still in the Bobcat's favor, however. The Philadelphia lightweight held a 2-to-1 advantage in the betting two weeks ago. Backers of the 23-year-old Williams maintain he will take the Bobcat in his stride. The "Trenton Terror" who is lightning fast with his fists may take an early lead, but the last half of the battle will be the deciding phase, the experts claim.

- Staff Sgt. James P. Cromer, aerial gunner, who has been listed missing in action since Dec. 20, is now reported a wounded prisoner of the German government, according to a telegram received by his wife from the War Department on Saturday. Sgt. Cromer, the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Cromer, is a graduate of Harlingen Aerial Gunner School in Harlingen, Texas, where he received his wings in December 1942. Since June 1943, he has been serving with the American 8th Air Force, based in England.

- The Shaw Field Boxing team has returned from the Golden Gloves tournament, held in Charleston last weekend, with the novice cup and two class championships. Chris Hitopolis of Headquarters and Headquarters squadron, and Joe Rabon of the 154th squadron won first place in their weight class in the finals which took place Saturday. Six other Shaw boxers fought their way to the finals. It was the first appearance before a civilian audience for the pugilists of the basic flying school.

- The Women's Army Corps will present an air show at Edmunds High School on Haynsworth Street sponsored by the Pilot Club. Working in conjunction with Mrs. W. J. Lawrence Jr., president, and Mrs. Ruth Jennings, vice president of the Pilots, is American Legion Commander Joseph Beaman. A preview of the show will be heard over WFIG, Sumter, when the Florence Army Air Field band goes on the air. This show will portray what life in the service of her country is like for a woman and will tell what she has to look forward to when she dons the uniform of an Air-WAC.

- Pfc. Arthur Holder, 20, was killed in action in Italy on Jan. 3, according to a War Department telegram to his wife, the former Miss Harriett DuBose of Sumter and Manning. No details were given in the wire. The last letter Mrs. Holder received from her husband was dated Jan. 3, the day he was killed. He was inducted at Fort Jackson in April and received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida. He served in North Africa as well as in Italy.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Sept. 22 - 28

- Alice Drive Junior High used a potent running attack and a stingy defense to defeat Dreher, 27-0, for its third consecutive victory of the season. Dreher was limited to only five first downs and 85 total offensive yards by the spunky Hawk defense. The visitors didn't smell the AD goal-line once.

- Edmunds High School's Gamecocks will try to pull themselves up by their bootstraps in an effort to register their initial victory of the 1968 campaign. Sumter hosts Dreher, a team that Coach Steve Satterfield says is big - but not as quick as some. The Gamecocks were humbled, 24-0, by Greenwood last week for their third loss in as many contests. "It's a matter of momentum. We don't have it right now. We're going to have to reverse this situation," Steve pointed out.

- William David Jenkins, a patrolman with the Sumter Police Department since July 6, 1965, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Jenkins, who will be second in command of a nine-man shift, has completed 11 law enforcement training schools during his service with the police department. He is a member of the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, Elks Club and St. Thomas Anglican Church.

- Item staff writer Jack Copeland described Bishopville fullback Chuck Mimms as a "human pneumatic pavement breaker." Mimms' greatest forte is that he simply "loves to run over people," Copeland wrote. As a result, Mimms is the first Item "Athlete of the Week," a selection of an area athlete whose performances have enabled his team to be outstanding.

- City council went on record Tuesday morning as opposing a rate increase recently applied for by the General Telephone Co. of the Southeast. A motion was made by Councilman James Harrelson that council oppose the proposed rate increase and ask the county to join the city in voicing opposition to the increase at the hearing to be held by the S.C. Public Service Commission on the requested rate hike. General Telephone, which serves 27 communities in South Carolina, has reported that its application for increased rates is necessary "to help keep pace with the increased cost of doing business."

- Despite several injuries, Coach Steve Satterfield thinks his Edmunds High School Gamecocks are improving and will do a better job against Dreher here at Memorial Stadium. Two starters on defense, Ricky Shivers and Billy Newton, will be unable to play, Satterfield said. "Shivers huts us double because he is our starting fullback on offense also." Scooter White and Bob Grooms were slightly injured in the Greenwood game but will be able to play.

- If you split $28,000 nine ways you come out with more than $3,000 a share. In this case, the $28,000 represents reenlistment bonuses, and the nine ways are the nine first-term airmen who reenlisted during the past three weeks. Taking the largest slice of the money was Sgt. Roy Smith with the 728th Tactical Control Squadron, who received a reenlistment bonus and a variable reenlistment bonus. The other men are all sergeants, and each collected a reenlistment bonus ranging from $1,006.80 to $3,020.20. An Air Force career does pay off, both in money and benefits.

- Sumter County Library has received official notification from the South Carolina State Library Board of approval of its 1968-69 share of state-administered federal aid. Grants totaling $6,407 have been awarded the local library for the purchase of books, rebinding and the acquisition of periodicals. Over the past several years, the federally funded Book Collection Improvement Project and periodicals project have contributed to an improved book collection in the library and to the availability of many periodicals which otherwise would not be available.

- Room rate increases have been announced by Tuomey Hospital. It'll be the second increase within a year at the 189-bed hospital. R.M. Abercrombie Jr., administrator of the hospital, said increasing costs, particularly salaries, are the reason for the rate hikes. The increases become effective Oct. 1, when Tuomey's new fiscal year begins. For the first time in its history, Abercrombie said, Tuomey's budget will exceed $2 million; the official figure is $2,150,936.

- The Hillcrest Key Club met to select a Key Club Sweetheart for the year 1968-69. Chosen was Chris Warren, daughter of Col. and Mrs. Henry L. Warren of Shaw Air Force Base. An honor student, Chris holds several positions at Hillcrest. Among these are copy editor for the yearbook, assistant editor of the newspaper and president of the junior class.

- Capistrano may have its swallows, but Sesquicentennial State Park has something the California city does not have - swans. The graceful, long-necked birds (10 blacks and two whites) were placed in the park last week as an added attraction to visitors, according to Don McSween, parks director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. A bird of literature, art and music, the swan was known to the ancients as the bird of Apollo. They are popular with adults and children.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

June 25 - July 1

- It's costing taxpayers more than $300,000 to build, staff and equip, but it will protect more than 10 times that amount of property. The new Sumter Fire Department substation on Stadium Road will fill a gaping hole in the city's fire protection service, city officials say. Construction on the station began in January, and Sumter City Manager Talmadge Tobias said he expects the facility to be finished by early fall.

- Lee County Council approved $2.3 million in local funding for the county's school district for next year, but the money is about $73,000 less than what the Lee County School Board had requested. The 1993-94 school budget, given unanimous approval by council, does not require a property tax increase. "After we got through with the county budget, we didn't have any funds left," county councilman John Mott said.

- The first patients will be moved into the new Clarendon Memorial Hospital, five years after voters approved an $8 million bond issue to pay for the facility. "You're looking at about the most modern, up-to-date, rural hospital in the United States," Bill Upp, the hospital's director of plant operations, said. The three-story, $8.4 million facility is located on South Mill Street, in the same location as the current hospital. One wing of the old hospital was actually incorporated into the mostly finished new one.

- Eddie Newman's monthly report on the progress of the Sumter County Public Works Department contains much the same information that Johnny Mahon's did in 1959. Except Newman, the department director since 1990, uses a computer to generate graphics on his report, while Mahon hacked his out on a manual typewriter. The objectives are the same: scrape roads, reshape ditches and cut right-of-ways. But even if the mission of the Sumter County Public Works Department hasn't changed, its look has. Today there are more employees shouldering more responsibilities.

- Riding the left arm of David Taylor, Dalzell chalked up its first victory of the 1993 American Legion baseball season by edging Bishopville 3-2. Taylor scattered seven hits, holding Bishopville to single runs in the second and third innings. Post 29 stranded nine base runners, including two in the eighth and two in the ninth. Dalzell jumped ahead in the first inning with two runs. Donny Skinner walked with one out, stole second base and advanced to third after the catcher's throw went into center field. With two outs, Donnie Buckner beat out a bunt single, scoring Skinner. Patrick Sexton doubled home Buckner to give Dalzell a 2-0 lead.

- Judge William Reynolds, Sumter County's master-in-equity, has returned to private practice after serving for 10 years as an arbitrator of real estate and probate disputes. Reynolds' retirement was effective May 31. Linwood "Woody" Evans Jr. was appointed to the post June 1. He was appointed by Gov. Carroll Campbell and confirmed by the General Assembly. His term will expire Dec. 31, 1998. Evans will hear non-jury cases usually involving real estate, mortgage foreclosures and probate matters.

- Sumter pounded three Bishopville pitchers for 17 hits, including eight doubles, and got a combined one-hitter from Lee Hatfield and Eddie Mathis as the P-15's rolled to a 19-0 American Legion baseball win at Riley Park. Sumter head coach Wallie Jones was well pleased with his team's offensive performance but said he didn't necessarily feel that it was the highlight of the game.

- Sumter City Fire Chief Eli Parnell says he is putting a ban on burning in the area of Second Mill Pond in Sumter. The ban, which includes fireworks, comes after Sumter firefighters have had to fight a fire that started in the thick grass in the dry bed of the pond. The fire started when someone ignited the grass with firecrackers. Parnell said firefighters were still trying to extinguish "smoldering spots." "I feel so strongly about this that we've got to do something," he said. "I'm concerned about the houses and structures on the pond site."

- A custom of the Sumter P-15's American Legion baseball team is to present a pitcher with the game ball after he records his first win as a member of the team. That day came for Brian Boykin on June 8 when he pitched a one-hit, 13-0 shutout against Bishopville. After receiving the ball, Boykin got all of his teammates and his coaches to sign it. The ball is not going to be a Boykin keepsake, though. Instead, he is going to give the ball to an acquaintance, Dr. William L. Mulbry Jr. of Charleston. Boykin got to know Mulbry quite well last summer. It is Mulbry who reattached Boykin's right thumb after it was nearly severed in a waterskiing accident last August.

- Three years ago, Lisa M. Halter, who had just turned 17, went to the College of Charleston for her first year of college. But she didn't feel at ease. Sumter beckoned her back, and Lisa enrolled at Sumter's University of South Carolina her second year. Going to school in the town where she grew up meant she didn't have to worry about adjusting to life on her own, a new social scene and new surroundings while trying to concentrate on her studies. Lisa says she has flourished here, and her grade-point average has risen an entire point in two years. She expects to graduate next May with a bachelor's degree in education.