75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Aug. 12 - Aug. 18
- The following group of YMCA officials and "Y" boys will leave for the Southern YMCA Secretary Conference, to be held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina, near Black Mountain: Carl W. Link, general secretary; …
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- The following group of YMCA officials and "Y" boys will leave for the Southern YMCA Secretary Conference, to be held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina, near Black Mountain: Carl W. Link, general secretary; Ed. M. Dunlap, physical director; Paul R. Jennings, J. J. Waters Jr., Bobby Cuttino and Ed Garris. This YMCA conference also includes an aquatic leader training course and Southern Hi-Y training conference and will be of great value from a spiritual, social, educational and recreational standpoint.
- Miss Elizabeth Davis of the malarial education division of Sumter County Health Department will be the featured star of a full-length, technicolor movie, now in the process of being produced. Miss Davis, who attended a course in malarial education at Memphis, Tennessee, earlier in the summer, was picked to represent the class in a United States Public Health Service movie tracing the malaria education program.
- Boy Scouts of the city collected an estimated 15 tons of salvage paper, the goal they set for themselves, in last week's drive. Scout Commissioner Perry Moses said this morning that the paper has not been weighed but is expected to be at least 30,000 pounds. Mr. Moses said Scouts were still out in the city this morning, visiting sites missed in the drive. The response from the farmers in the county was gratifying, Mr. Moses said. Saturday was set aside as a special day for country residents to send their salvage paper to the ACL, freight station, receiving for this section of the county. The participants collected a truckload of paper.
- The War Price and Ration Board announced price ceilings on eggs for this week. The wholesale price on large eggs weighing 24 ounces per dozen, Grade A is 50 cents per dozen. Retail prices for eggs in that category is 59 cents for Group I and 58 cents for Group II. The ceiling prices for grade B and C eggs can be obtained from the ration board, according to local officials. Presently a ceiling prevails for all day sold eggs which are not graded under the provisions of the department of agriculture, the spokesman said.
- The Shaw Field Fliers and the Turner Field, Georgia, team, fresh from victories over two other service nines, will meet on the basic flying school diamond at 3 o'clock in the second playoff in the Eastern Flying Training Command tourney. The Fliers' star pitcher, Turbeville, will be on the mound for the locals. Shaw defeated Cochran Bee Tees in the first game of the EFTC loop, and Turbeville turned back the Bainbridge Field, Georgia, nine. The game scheduled between the Fliers and the 209th Bombers, a servicemen's league contest, has been called off. The Shaw nine will meet one of the servicemen's league's best teams, the 356 Infantry of Fort Jackson, twice next week at Municipal Park. Unless the city team schedules a bout, there will not be any baseball at Municipal this week.
- Lt. Jerry Westcott has been killed in action, according to word received by his wife, the former Miss Carolyn Ross. He was a B-17 pilot based in England and had been previously reported missing in action. Lt. Westcott was stationed at Shaw Field at one time, and Mrs. Westcott was employed here. She is residing in Columbia at present. Mrs. Westcott has an infant daughter.
- The Tuomey Hospital board of trustees has two new members, Mayor Edwin B. Boyle and Councilman E. H. Moses Jr. Herbert A. Moses, who has been on the board since going on city council, will continue to serve until his municipal term expires. Under the will of Timothy J. Tuomey, founder of the hospital, three members of the city council are on the board of trustees.
- Fire Chief E. H. Lynam has received a check for $50 from the Gulf Oil Corp. as a gift to our fire department for their work on the Gulf Oil fire here on May 31. Previously, the fire department had received a $50 check from H. Q. Heath, local official of Gulf Oil. The firemen really appreciated the checks, Chief Lynam noted.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
April 13 - 19
- "It's not possible. I don't believe it. He couldn't have come from that far back to win. He couldn't have passed 12 cars and win by a straight over Arnold Hutto." That's just a few of the comments after the fans at Sumter Speedway had witnessed one of the fastest and most competitive events ever seen at the local track. Joe Lane showed a lot of driving skill as well as some sheer power as he came from last place to capture the main event in the late model sportsman division and took home the $300 that goes along with being the winner.
- Today the Item has a new "face." This marks the first issue printed by the offset method. With the conversion to offset come many changes which should make your reading more pleasurable. On the front page, for example, you'll notice that the format has been changed to six columns from the traditional eight-column layout. The wider columns, together with the larger body type, will enable you to read the stories faster and easier. Column rules have been dropped to eliminate crowding.
- The Poinsett Garden Club held its annual tea at the home of Mrs. Herman Myers. Other hostesses were Mrs. C.E. Hinson, Mrs. Ernest Newman and Mrs. J.W. Scarborough. Spring flowers were used for decorations. Mrs. Louis Warmoth announced that a citywide cleanup drive had been launched and every club member was expected to set an example to the public in supporting the drive.
- Judges for Manning's first Accredited Horse Show scheduled for May 31 have been announced. Qualified judges will be: walking horses, Alton J. Pierce of Atlanta; gaited horses, Cash Lonell of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and western horses, Bunky Carter of Eastover. O.R. "Doc" Wall, president of the Carolina Horse Show Association, will manage the show, which will be held at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Manning.
- Miles Dawson Touchberry Jr., 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Dawson and Mary Frances Barnes Touchberry of Sumter, was killed in action in Vietnam. He was born in Sumter, graduated from Furman High School in 1966 and attended Clemson University Extension in Sumter before entering the service.
- Results from a questionnaire filled out by Chamber of Commerce members recently indicate support for liquor by the drink rather than leaving the law as it is or remaining completely dry. The voting members wanting the law to stay as it is or to remain completely dry averaged out to about 10 percent, while the majority vote was those in favor of having liquor by the drink or going completely wet.
- A1C Thomas L. Schiff, an air intelligence technician with the 507th Direct Air Support Squadron, has been selected as Shaw's Airman of the Month. He participates in the planning and execution of exercises which are designed to train and maintain operationally ready Direct Air Support Centers and Tactical Air Control Parties.
- Pitch hitter Jim Baroody ended Edmunds' Ronnie Scarborough's hopes for a no-hitter, a shutout and a victory all in one swat of the bat as Florence hung the first league loss of the season on Edmunds, 1-0. Scarborough pitched a magnificent game, hurling eight and two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball as the two teams grappled for the contest through three extra innings.
- A pall of thick, gray smoke hung over Sumter's downtown area as 26 firemen from both crews of Sumter Fire Department and eight auxiliary firemen battled a fire thought to have started in Silver Moon Caf . The first alarm on the fire was sent out at 6:15 a.m., but the full crew of the fire department, backed by three pump trucks, a ladder truck and other emergency vehicles, was still struggling to douse the blaze until shortly before noon.
- A retired four-star Air Force general, Gen. Jacob E. Smart, a native of South Carolina, will be the guest speaker for the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center's sixth anniversary dining. Gen. Smart is presently the assistant administrator for the Department of Defense and Interagency Affairs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- The Easter Bunny has come and gone, but the rabbit remains in American League baseball. The little fellow was really jumping Wednesday with 16 home runs sailing out of AL ball yards including seven in Boston's cozy Fenway Park. The Red Sox got two apiece from Billy Conigliaro and George Scott, but it wasn't enough to hold off the rampaging Baltimore Orioles, who beat Boston 11-8 in a game called by rain after 7 innings.
- Maria Beale Fletcher, Miss America of 1962, will perform the duties of Mistress of Ceremonies at the Queen Iris and Neptune's Daughter Beauty pageants at the 1969 Sumter Iris Festival. A talented singer and dancer, Miss Fletcher is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, where she began her climb to national prominence as a beauty queen after entering and winning the Miss North Carolina Pageant as Miss Asheville at age 18.
- Sumter County Rural Fire Department recently underwent inspections by the S.C. Inspection and Rating Bureau, which resulted in considerable reductions in fire protection insurance for residents of Sumter County living in the vicinity of several rural fire stations.
- The Air Force Communications Service has assumed maintenance responsibility for the UNIVAC 1050-II Base Level Supply Computer, and Shaw's 2020th Communications Squadron hopes to take over the system here in August. The system requires two men for maintenance and is operated by supply personnel. The system is used to maintain accurate inventories and keep them up to date, program the re-ordering of supplies and provide immediate data on Air Force supply contracts and other information.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Jan. 13 - 19
- A Clarendon County firefighter who suffered a heart attack while fighting a blaze in March was recently named Firefighter of the Year by the county fire board. Grover C. Morris, 47, of New Zion returned to his part-time job at the fire department late last year and within weeks was honored with the award for his work in 1993.
- State ethics officials have told Sumter School District 2 officials that there will be no conflict of interest if a civil engineering firm that employs the chairman of the district's trustees works on the district's two new high schools. District Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker informed the board during a regular meeting that Jackson & Associates, a Sumter architectural firm chosen by trustees to design the two schools, plans to hire the engineering firm of Palmer and Mallard.
- If the Defense Department doesn't "repeat the freelancing and creative accounting of past rounds" of military base closures, Shaw Air Force Base won't be on the next closure list in 1995, U.S. Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings says. Hollings, D-S.C., visited the fighter base where he met with Air Force officials and with Sumter County officials who are working to keep the base off the list.
- Lee County officials have authorized a study that could lead to the consolidation of the county and city of Bishopville governments. County council unanimously agreed to hire the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and pay up to $15,000 - half of the study's estimated cost. The other half would be paid for by the city, although Bishopville city officials have yet to approve the study.
- The hole-riddled roofs of some aging schools in Sumter District 2 will begin to get a new look next week. The first two of 10 reroofing projects are scheduled to begin. The cafeteria roof at Oakland Elementary School and the library roof at Ebenezer Junior High School will be the first to get their old roofs removed and replaced.
- Sumter School District 2 officials are getting a head start on what could be the most controversial issue concerning the two high schools the district is going to build - what to name them. District 2 spokesman Greg Plagens says the district's board of trustees will take suggestions from the public for names for the schools, which are scheduled to open in 1996.
- A Sumter businessman who started going to the YMCA when he was 7 years old was honored as the 1993 "Humanitarian of the Year" at the organization's annual banquet. Charles "Flop" Shaw, the president of Shaw Lumber Co., was presented the award by last year's winner, former Sumter Mayor Robert "Beau" Graham, during the event held at Sunset Country Club.
- The Sumter High Lady Gamecocks led most of the game but let it slip away in the fourth quarter in a 51-47 loss to Spring Valley on Friday at the SHS gymnasium. Sumter led 12-6 after one quarter and 25-16 at halftime. The Lady Gamecocks had trouble with Spring Valley's press down the stretch and turned the ball over.
- At 6'11", Matt Wright is one of the tallest players in the Palmetto Athletic Conference. Friday night, he showed why he is one of the best players in the PAC. Wright scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots to help Thomas Sumter to a 67-44 victory over Hilton Head Prep.
- The Sumter High Gamecocks are becoming quite offensive to opponents with their defense. SHS turned in another stellar defensive performance as it defeated Spring Valley 63-47 at the Sumter gymnasium to remain unbeaten in Region IV-4A.
- When Dexter Davis was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1991, he, and the Cardinals, figured it would be a lasting partnership. But Phoenix, which made the former high school star and standout Clemson cornerback its fourth-round pick, had a change of heart this season. Davis, who started sparingly for the Cardinals over 2 years, was released in October. He was in the final year of his three-year contract. He was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams and started in their last four games.
- In everyday life, when important choices have to be made, sensible people try to gather as many relevant facts as possible, consider them and then make their decision. It would have been well if the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) had followed this commonsense rule regarding the Pinewood hazardous waste dump. Unfortunately, DHEC didn't. Fortunately, the DHEC board still can.
- Eastern School Road in Sumter will be closed so that two bridges on the road can be replaced. The work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 1, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation. Eastern School Road, located on the east side of Sumter, connects S.C. 527 to U.S. 378.
- Expanding its water and sewer system is vital to Clarendon County's ability to recruit industry, the new chairman of the county's development board says. John "Skip" Osborne, who replaced Carl Roach as the board's chairman, says one of his top priorities will be to continue seeking money for additional infrastructure.
- City council gave final approval to a $463,840 bond issue designed to rescue Manning from financial troubles. Taxpayers will repay the debt over a seven-year period, beginning in 1995. Hazel Graham, a financial consultant to the city, said Manning has been experiencing financial problems since1990. Since then, he said, the city has been involved in deficit spending" for a number of reasons.
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