75 YEARS AGO - 1944
June 17 - June 23
- Harold Carraway, 17, a 4-H Club member for six years, has succeeded in developing a victory garden which has won the praise of everyone who has seen it. Assistant County Agent Roland Alston said that …
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- Harold Carraway, 17, a 4-H Club member for six years, has succeeded in developing a victory garden which has won the praise of everyone who has seen it. Assistant County Agent Roland Alston said that Harold planted the plot, located on St. Charles highway two miles beyond Oswego, in March and April of this year. It is his first attempt planting a victory garden.
- It was announced that the YMCA Centennial banquet, which is to be held at 8:30 at the YMCA, will be held on the ground floor, instead of the banquet hall as previously planned. Additional fans have been secured, and the building will be cool and comfortable. Ladies as well as men are invited to attend this celebration. This is an outstanding opportunity for the people of Sumter to hear an address by one of the leading YMCA laymen of the South, George M. Ivy of Charlotte.
- The ceiling price of half-pint bottles of milk at all eating establishments with the exception of ball parks and swimming pools is six cents, L. F. Cuttino, price clerk of the War Price and Ration Board, reminded the public. Any consumer who is charged more than six cents for a bottled soft drink should report the overcharge to the ration board immediately, Mr. Cuttino said.
- Three Sumter County boys, Paul K. Bowman Jr., Joseph W. Edens and Robert Walton Touchberry, were commissioned second lieutenants in the Army upon successful completion of the officer candidate course at the infantry school, Fort Benning, Georgia. All three are alumni of Clemson College. Lt. Bowman, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. K. Bowman of Dalzell, enlisted in the Army on Sept. 14, 1942. Lt. Edens, the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Edens of RFD 4, Sumter, enlisted June 19, 1942. Lt. Touchberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Touchberry, enlisted in June of 1943. He graduated from Pinewood High School.
- Sub-headquarters of the black division of the Fifth War Loan drive has been established at the Mutual Service Station No. 2, 240 Manning Ave., for the convenience of persons who reside across the railroad tracks. J. C. Prioleau, who has been named special director of the new headquarters, urged the black citizens in the Manning Avenue section to rally at the new establishment. "Every citizen is called upon to do his full duty," he said, "churches, schools, choirs, clubs and charitable organizations are asked to buy bonds."
- George M. Ivey of Charlotte, one of the leading YMCA laymen of the South, will be the featured speaker at the YMCA. Mr. Ivey is secretary-treasurer of the J. B. Ivey company, vice president of the Ivey Realty company, a former Rotary governor, past president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, organizer and first president of the Charlotte Executive Club. He is also a former member of the Charlotte YMCA board of directors, a member of the national board and chairman of the World Service committee of the Y at Charlotte.
- The City Board of Education (District No. 17) met Monday afternoon at 6 o'clock for the purpose of re-organizing as required by law, following the biennial election of members. All members were present, Mrs. Caroline McElveen, Dr. C. J. Lemmon and H. G. Osteen, recently elected members, having filed the prescribed oath with the secretary-treasurer of the board. The board was formally re-organized by the election of Dr. C. J. Lemmon, as chairman; S. K. Nash, vice chairman; Wm. Henry Shaw, recording secretary; and S. K. Rowland, secretary-treasurer.
- First Lt. LaFayette Adams of this city was a member of the first company to enter Rome, he has notified his family. A member of the Fifth army, Lt. Adams is with a heavy weapons company. He wrote that he felt much better about everything, now that the invasion has started, and the Italian offensive has been launched.
- First Lt. Garrett L. Thomas, a P-38 pilot of the 15th Army Air Force, has been reported missing in action over Yugoslavia since May 29, according to a message received from the War Department by his wife, the former Margaret Skinner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw Skinner of Mayesville. It is known Lt. Thomas had participated in 35 combat missions and had been awarded the Air Medal with the Oak Leaf Cluster. He received his wings in January 1943, after he was on duty in Panama for six months before going overseas in August 1943. He received his basic training at Shaw Field and his advanced training at Spencer Field, Georgia.
- Extra pay for expert troops was voted today by the House military committee. The committee approved legislation to give "expert infantrymen" engaged in combat duty a pay boost of $10 monthly, those not in combat an additional $5 and members of glider units the same 50 percent pay increase now given paratroopers. Maj. Gen. G. White read a letter in support of the bill from a front-line commander commending Uncle Sam's foot soldiers.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
Feb. 16 - 22
- Jack Frost jumped on Sumter over the weekend and dealt the city a knockout blow, cutting electrical power and sending frozen limbs and trees crashing into streets and onto homes. Freezing rains began Saturday afternoon and continued through the night. The outlook for this evening: continued freezing cold and snow lasting until tomorrow morning. Power was knocked out of hundreds of homes through the city and county because of the icy conditions. The situation is not likely to improve until tomorrow, according to Lad Owens, general manager of Carolina Power and Light Co.'s Sumter office.
- The Edmunds High School Lady Birds savored sweet revenge Saturday night while Edmunds' jayvees went home sad in games prior to the Gamecocks' encounter with Florence. Using 12 and 13 points by Carol Catoe and Betty Stuckey, respectively, the Lady Birds downed Florence 38-30.
- The Florence Yellow Jackets gained revenge for two straight 15-point losses to Edmunds High School's Gamecocks by administering a death blow to second place conference hopes of Sumter, taking a 59-58 verdict. With the loss, Sumter drops out of a tie with Camden for second place in the Region 4A race and gives the Bulldogs the inside track - if they defeat Lancaster. Edmunds must hope for a loss by Camden to Lancaster. That plus an improbable victory over Rock Hill would put the Birds back into a deadlock for second position.
- A learning lab, a new program of adult education, will begin at Sumter Area TEC. The program will provide training in the basic areas of reading, English, math, social studies and sciences. It will also enable trainees successful employment or to enter into a full-time technical program at TEC. The learning lab provides an opportunity for adults who do not have a high school diploma to prepare for the South Carolina GED test.
- The League of Women Voters is rounding out its first half-century this year. Born in 1920, it grew out of the National American Women Suffrage Association - the famed Suffragettes who waged a 72-year campaign to get women the vote and that year achieved victory with adoption of the 19th Amendment. And away they go! Suffragettes were a familiar sight in many American cities in the long campaign for the women's vote. Susan B. Anthony is a hallowed name in the women's hall of fame.
- Edmunds High School's girls record fell below the halfway point again here as Southside claimed a 41-28 win. Vickie Wilson flipped in 16 points and Debbie Lee 12 to lead the Falconettes to the cage win. Betty Stuckey led Sumter with 10 while Emily Roddey managed seven. Edmunds' girls finished the year with a 7-8-1 mark but face Orangeburg in the tournament. Orangeburg is the No. 1 seeded team and easily dropped the Edmunds girls twice during the regular season.
- A flexible Glenn King broke the Edmunds High School Gamecocks out of a sleep walk to shoot them past Southside High, 61-28. Edmunds trailed at the half by a 19-16 margin, but King scored 23 of his 27 points after intermission to push the Birds to a record-breaking performance. It marked the 16th victory of the 1968-69 campaign, the most a Charlie Hodgin-coached team has ever won.
- March 15 has been set as the date for the annual Sumter Kiwanis Club Pancake Day. Kiwanians will cook and serve pancakes and sausage with all the trimmings from 7 until 10 a.m. and from 5 until 9 p.m. at McLaurin Junior High Cafeteria with proceeds going to various local charities. Ed Damron, vice president, will be chairman of Pancake Day; Abram Brody is advertising and publicity chairman; Roger Ipock and Andy Mills are in charge of securing and connecting special electric grills for cooking; John Beatty is purchasing agent; and Harry Ryttenburg is responsible for kitchen help.
- The Manning Lady Monarchs rushed Kingstree 39-13 to advance to the semi-finals of the Lower 6AA Conference Tournament. The Manning boys face top-seeded Hannah-Pamplico in a boys' semifinal game. Manning's girls play Lake City on Thursday.
- The South Carolina Theatre Company will present "The Taming of the Shrew," the newest addition to the company's repertoire, in White Hall at Morris College. The SCTC is under the direction of its founder and producer, Milton Dickson, and has been touring the Southeast more than four years, bringing to college campuses and community theatres such plays as "Shakespeare Revisited," "Medea," "Three by Chekhov," "An Evening of English Poetry," "Don Juan in Hell," "Hamlet," "Uncle Vanya" and "The White House."
- A1C Dewey R. Mockler, of the 44415th Combat Crew Training Squadron, has been selected Airman of the Month for February. A1C Mockler is assigned to Unit Supply of the 4415th CCTS as a supply specialist and is involved primarily with the stocking and inventory of supplies needed for the squadron.
- SSgt. Furman L. Galloway Jr., of the 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron, will be the first airman from Shaw to be commissioned under the new Bootstrap Commissioning Program. The new program which was started in March 1968 allows qualified airmen entry into Officer Training School upon completion of a baccalaureate degree.
- Sumter Area TEC has been awarded a grant totaling $111,000 by the Office of Education under the Health, Education and Welfare Department for the construction of a new library building and new office administration additions. "We are very glad to receive these funds for the buildings because we are crowded out of our present facilities," said Cecil Walters, director of TEC.
- The Eastern High School boys and girls claimed the District IV basketball Tournament championships recently. Eastern's girls managed to outscore Hanberry 41-38 to advance to the finals and then pinned Hillside 41-37 for the championship. Genovia Brogdon topped the scoring for the Eastern lassies in both contests. Then, in the finals, Eastern kept a 14-point lead most of the way to topple Mt. Pleasant 82-62 for the boys' championship.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Nov. 19 - 25
- The city of Sumter has been awarded two state grants totaling nearly $34,000, one to help police officers and one that will provide equipment for two city parks. The city received a $19,855 grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety to put computers in all five of the cars in the Sumter Police Department's traffic division. The computers will be linked to a national information system that can quickly track down the criminal history of an individual. The other grant, awarded by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will provide $6,000 for a sprinkler system at Memorial Park on Hampton Avenue and $8,000 for playground equipment for the Jenkins Center.
- Josh Gerstner, a player for the Sumter Heat, reclined on the ground, his feet resting on a soccer ball, and watched the rest of his team run laps around the Alice Drive Middle School football field. Gerstner, one of the veteran players on the team, was the one who seemed out of breath, though. "It's just a little bronchitis," he said as the rest of the team did pushups. The team will be competing in the regional tournament in Rock Hill this weekend.
- Commissioners of Central Carolina Technical College voted to increase tuition by more than 13 percent in 1994, raising student fees for the first time in three years. Saying state funding cuts are to blame, commissioners voted unanimously to increase the school's tuition.
- Berkeley coach Gary Brown had good reason to be a little concerned going into the fourth quarter against Hillcrest. His Stags had to rally in the final five minutes to claim a 19-14 win over the Wildcats at Bonner Stadium. "This was a great ballgame," said Brown, who is in his first season as head coach of the Stags.
- A proposal for changes in city government may be in trouble, city council members say. Councilwoman Jane McKellar, who along with Councilwoman Dr. Rose Hilliard proposed an ordinance to transfer some of the mayor's power to the council and city administrator, said recently that there are not enough votes to give the proposal final approval.
- South Carolina families can invite a boy or girl from Argentina to live in their home from January until June while the student attends high school here. The cross-cultural educational program is sponsored by World Learning Inc., the country's oldest provider of home-stay experiences for foreign teens, and is represented in this area by Mercedes Novella Hull.
- Shaw Air Force Base announced the four winners of its 1993 Outstanding Airmen of the Year award. Senior Airman Steven R. Norton, Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Ransom, Sr. Master Sgt. Stanley D. Huddleston and Master Sgt. Norman H. Briggs, who competed against 34 other airmen, were recognized at a banquet at Shaw's Non-Commissioned Officers Club.
- The Sumter Tip-Off Tournament is becoming a good place to break in a new whistle. Referees blew themselves dizzy, whistling Sumter and Bishopville for 56 fouls as the Gamecocks claimed a 79-67 win over the Dragons. But that didn't quite reach the total of 65 fouls called in Thursday's tournament opener between Mayewood and Furman. In the girls' game, Sumter cruised to a 70-19 victory.
- Charlene Prescott, a senior at Mayewood High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship and four tickets to the Charlotte Coliseum College Basketball Tournament. She is one of four Harris Teeter/Diet Pepsi Athlete Achievement Award Winners. Four awards were given to students from South Carolina and North Carolina. Prescott is a volleyball player at Mayewood and an outstanding student. Academic achievement was an important criteria for the awards.
- If almost everyone else remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of his assassination 30 years ago today, it is the memory of the funeral of President John F Kennedy that is probably the more indelible for Jim Felder and Guy Dyke. "It's just like it happened yesterday. It's that etched in my mind," said Felder. The Sumter native and former Army sergeant led the eight-man military honor guard that carried Kennedy's casket from the rotunda of the Capitol and marched behind the horse-drawn caisson that pulled the casket through the streets of Washington, D.C., to St. Matthew's Cathedral and, finally, to Arlington National Cemetery on Nov 25, 1963.
- Honoring an invitation from the school's principal, Sumter County Council will meet at Pocalla Springs Primary School rather than the county courthouse. Principal Henrietta Green wrote Council in late September asking it to hold a meeting at the school on Bethel Church Road. She said the meeting would give area residents a chance to see council in action and give councilmen a chance to meet students' parents and teachers. Council accepted the invitation.
- Town council will hold a public hearing on a youth curfew and then decide whether to permanently implement the law. The curfew, which prohibits those under 17 from being on the town streets late at night, was introduced by Summerton Police Chief Fred Brown as an emergency ordinance at an October council meeting. Council approved the curfew unanimously, and it went into effect immediately.
- Morris College men's head basketball coach Clarence Houck has preached teamwork and has talked of the chemistry his team is displaying in their home opener. Morris, using an impressive passing-game offense, rolled out to a 15-point halftime lead, fought off a Claflin charge in the second half and pulled away to an 89-76 victory at the Garrick Boykin Human Development Center.
- Sumter County plans to open its second garbage drop-off and recycling center in the Wedgefield area, about a year after it opened its first on Kingsbury Drive. County officials hope the second staffed convenience center will prove as popular as the first, which was visited by 83,507 cars between January and October, according to county records. The cars dropped off 2,295 tons of garbage and separated recyclables and 3,567 gallons of used motor oil.
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