75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Feb. 19 - Feb. 25
- Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. …
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- Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. Rankin, superintendent of Tuomey Hospital, presided and introduced the Honorable Alfred Scarborough, who made an inspiring and interesting address. The presentation of the caps and the traditional "candle lighting" service were directed by Miss Ada I. Snyder, director of nurses, assisted by Miss Margaret Pettus, instructor; Miss Snyder also inducted the class into the Cadet Nurse Corps.
- Sumter High School turned back Florence's basketball team in the Pee Dee city 27-14. It was the Gamecocks' second victory of the season over the Yellow Jackets. Leading the attack for Sumter were Tommie Hughes and Ernest Stroman, who collected 12 and seven points, respectively, for their team. The Gamecocks took an early lead and were never headed. They amassed a 5-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 14-7 at halftime. The score was 23 to 12 at the end of the third quarter from where Coach Johnnie McMillian's team coasted in to a 27-14 triumph.
- Dr. Moyat Fraser, dean and acting president of Winthrop College, will be in the city for a meeting of the Winthrop Daughters to be held at Mrs. Yates Yeadon's home at 4 o'clock. Other guests from Winthrop will be Dr. James P. Kinard, former Winthrop president, Mrs. Kinard and Miss L. Russell, alumnae secretary.
- A dinner for Sumter Scouts accompanied by either father or mother will be held at 7:30 Thursday evening, Feb. 24, in the Edmunds High School cafeteria. The address of the evening will be by Dr. James McLeod of the McLeod Infirmary in Florence. Dr. McLeod is very active in Scout work in Florence, and local officials are fortunate in having an opportunity to hear such a distinguished speaker. Court of Honor will be held during the evening under the capable leadership of Chairman John D. Lee.
- Sumter High emerged as one of the leading basketball teams of the state as a result of a thrilling 26-24 victory over Charleston's high-flying Bantams last night. Taking an early lead, the Gamecocks were never headed, but they had plenty of anxious moments with the Charlestonians. The Birds shot into a 10-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and held an 18-11 advantage at halftime. The Bantams were stronger in the last two periods but did not have enough to overcome the Sumter lead. A capacity crowd saw the well-played contest. Jones and Hughes were leading scorers for Sumter. They were given strong support by Stroman, who accounted for five more points, and Newman, Moise and Booth. Charleston's two sharp-shooting forwards were held to two points each.
- Al Davis, Brooklyn's bad boy battler, is today's toast of the town. Four years ago, he drew a lifetime suspension from New York rings, and a barrage of boos from the fans, for hitting Fritizie Zivic a series of low blows. Last night, his exile lifted since he returned from the Army, he stepped back into Madison Square Garden's ring in a 4-1 underdog to Bob Montgomery, Philadelphia's star who until last November held the New York-Pennsylvania version of the lightweight title. Davis used his left hand as an eraser on all the bad things the boys have been saying about him. He kayoed the Philadelphian in one minute and three seconds of the first round. It was the quickest knockout in the history of Madison Square Garden, and it was the first time Montgomery has been stopped in his colorful career.
- Lt. Delmar C. Lang from headquarters of the Easter Flying Training Command, Maxwell Field, Alabama, was one of the guest speakers at a meeting of the Men's Club held at the Episcopal Church last night. In speaking to the group about the Women's Army Corps, Lt. Lang said that he thought the general public knows far too little about the organization. He went back to the beginning of the organization explaining just why the Women's Army Corps had been organized - the sole reason being to release soldiers who were engaged in non-combatant army jobs. He told of the work women are now doing on air fields both in the States and abroad, also of the great number of army jobs that can be done by women.
- The Junior Welfare League of Sumter, co-operating with the Tuomey Hospital Blood Plasma Bank program, requests the citizens of the community to donate a quart of blood to save a life, John W. Rankin, superintendent of Tuomey, said today. The program will get underway Monday, Feb. 28. The schedule for the operation of the blood donor station is located at Tuomey.
- The Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey released the 1944 edition of the Victory Garden Guide which will be available to all interested in victory gardens. The guide, according to J. H. Brooks, Sumter representative of Standard Oil, was prepared with the cooperation of the South Carolina Extension Service of Clemson College. The guide is complete in every detail, yet so simplified that even the inexperienced can follow directions. One of the interesting features is the complete chart showing the vitamins and minerals contained in all vegetables. Preparing the soil, planting chart and time table and planting instructions also are a few of the many subjects covered by the Victory Garden Guide.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Oct. 21 - 26
- Sumter Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to launch a new experiment, the purpose of which is to help young people find themselves. According to Mrs. Mary Hinson of Parks and Recreation, the department's weekly "combo dances" have not been fulfilling the creative needs of those who attend; so for a month, Jenkins Center will sponsor a "modified coffee house" which can best be described as a "happening." Because the weekly "happenings" will be held on an experimental basis for only a month, Sumter teenagers of junior high age and older are urged to attend and decide whether they prefer the new experience or the regular dances.
- The first State Duck Calling Championship was held at Burnt Gin, on the Manchester State Forest, with 22 contestants competing for the championship. The entries, well hidden from the spectators, which numbered about 80, quacked, shrieked and honked for about two hours. After several re-runs of several callers, judge Harry Babcock, from Louisville, Kentucky, made his decision and named the South Carolina Duck Calling Champion and two runner-ups. Ed Lowrence, from Columbia, walked away with the championship. First runner-up went to E.K. Shuford, from Columbia, and second runner-up went to E.M. Watt of Sumter.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her multimillionaire Greek bridegroom began their yachting honeymoon in port amid icy rain and gale winds. Rains poured all through the simple Greek Orthodox ceremony that united the 39-year-old widow of President John F. Kennedy to Aristotle Onassis, 62, the self-made shipping magnate.
- Bishopville's explosive M-Squad (Mimms and Muldrow) and a "wild-savage" defense that didn't yield a single first down, enabled the Dragons to score a 27-13 come-from-behind victory over Lake City in a Conference 6-AA contest. It was the seventh-straight victory for the unbeaten Bishopville 11 and sent the club's conference record to 6-0. The Panthers played four minutes and 19 seconds of opportunist football, scored 13 points and threatened to turn the game into a one-sided tilt.
- "Everything went right" was the way Manning coach Jack Turpin described his team's crushing 51-6 victory over Timmonsville. It was a make-up game that had been rained out earlier. "We didn't make the mistakes we've been making in the past," Turpin said. Manning intercepted two passes and recovered one fumble while not making a mistake itself. That proved to be the difference in the game. Five different players shared in the scoring, with Joe Thompson and G.G. Cutter putting two across apiece. But Turpin said Bubba Wells was probably the leading ground-gainer in the game.
- A portrait of John Grier Dinkins, a native of Manning and a member of the Board of Trustees of Winthrop College from 1945 until 1966, now hangs in John G. Dinkins Student Center at Winthrop College. The portrait was presented to Winthrop by members of the Dinkins family and was hung in a ceremony on Oct. 14. Mrs. Dinkins, his widow, attended the ceremony. Her daughter, Mrs. H.C. Wannamaker III of Orangeburg, a Winthrop alumna, and granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Wannamaker, a freshman at Winthrop also attended.
- Edmunds High School's jayvees seem to always play just good enough to win, but Coach Buddy Sharpe is worried over the club's upcoming game with Lower Richland. The Jayvees edged out Brooklyn-Cayce at Memorial Stadium, 14-7, but Lower Richland may be a different story. Lower Richland is undefeated although it does have a game this week. Two common games, Eau Claire and B.C., had Lower Richland beating those two by 40-6 and 20-0, respectively. The Baby Birds got by Eau Claire 13-7 and then B.C.
- More than 1,000 airmen marched in a base review to pay tribute to the memory of Capt. Gary L. Dana. Part of the ceremony was a presentation to the family of the medals earned by Capt. Dana. The medals are for service in Vietnam where the captain served as a fighter pilot. Capt. Dana was cited for his "gallantry and devotion to duty" in supporting Army ground forces while greatly endangering himself.
- The Distinguished Service Award for "outstanding professional achievement and leadership in Extension Home Economics programs" will be presented to Miss Sara E. Roper, Darlington County Extension home economist, at the annual meeting of the National Association of Home Economists in Phoenix, Arizona. Miss Roper had devoted 16 years to extension work and three years as a teacher in a nursery school in Atlanta.
- Members of Savage Glover Elementary School are observing National Vocational Guidance Week along with other schools in the nation. The theme for the week is "Be Ready for Tomorrow - Get Guidance Today." Members of the faculty and Mary Ann Evans, chairman of the Student Guidance committee, planned a week of exciting events.
- Air Force Staff Sgt. (retired) LeRoy Guess' heart stopped beating eight times within 75 minutes. Today, he said that he cannot wait until he is released from the base hospital so he can treat 2nd Lt. Mary B. Stock to anything she wants ... within reason that is. Lt. Stock was instrumental in saving the retired sergeant's life. While at work delivering oil for a local transport company, Sgt. Guess developed chest pains. He immediately went to the base hospital where he received an electrocardiogram that diagnosed the pain as a heart attack. He was admitted and went into cardiac arrest, but because of the quick and accurate diagnosis and intervention by Stock and others he has made a full recovery.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
July 23 - 29
- Sumter High School student Ryan Goodroe has been chosen to represent the American Legion Palmetto Boys State at Boys Nation. A rising senior at Sumter High, Goodroe represented Sumter American Legion Post 15 at Palmetto Boys State. The American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation programs are designed to educate outstanding high school students on government by allowing the students to participate in mock governments.
- Freshmen and sophomores at USC Sumter will see their tuition jump this fall from $700 to $850 a semester, as the school eliminates its two-price tuition schedule and begins charging first- and second-year students as much as juniors and seniors. Starting this fall, all undergraduate students, regardless of the number of course hours they have accumulated, will pay $840 a semester or $72 per credit hour "USC Sumter's tuition is still a bargain when compared with other institutions of its kind," Dr. Rom Lisk, associate dean for academic affairs, said in a written statement.
- Chad Hoshour was unhittable. So much so, in fact, that Aiken coach Doug Eargle was reduced to protesting the game as Sumter closed in on a 6-2 win at Riley Park. But Eargle's protest, based on the fact that the final three games of the second-round American Legion baseball playoff series were not played with the same three umpires, did little to deter Hoshour from completing his no-hit victory and nothing to keep Sumter out of the third round of the playoffs. The protest was denied immediately following the game and Sumter, 22-2, will take on Florence in a best-of-five series for the lower state championship.
- The 363rd Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base has been charged with a new mission that will mean far fewer nighttime training flights and could, just possibly, mean more frequent deployments. It is uncertain whether the new mission will affect the base's chance of avoiding the next Defense Department base-closure list, which is scheduled to be released in 1995, said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Olsen of Sumter.
- Article five of the Sumter City Code is titled "Offenses against morals" and contains prohibitions against crimes such as prostitution and indecent exposure. Article five, however, also has provisions like section 21-89, passed in 1970, that prohibits youths under the age of 17 from seeing movies that have an R rating. Movies are rated by the motion picture association based on violence, nudity and language. An R rating normally means the film has nudity or excessive violence or obscene language, and children under the age of 17 are not admitted unless they have permission from their parents. But the Sumter ordinance prohibits children under 17 from going to the movie at all, even if they are with their parents.
- One day after catching for the Sumter High Gamecocks in a 3-0 loss to Mauldin in the final game of the 4A state championship series, Randy Goodroe found himself at Riley Park. He wasn't behind the plate though; he was taking grounders - at shortstop. Sumter P-15's head coach Wallie Jones, searching for someone to replace Jeff Reichard at short, hit grounder after grounder after grounder to Goodroe - two hours' worth to be exact. "He was a tired trooper that day," Jones said of Goodroe. "I think he had more trouble walking off the field than anything else; but he wasn't about to ask for a break or anything like that." Jones made the decision that Goodroe would start at shortstop for the P-15's.
- As many of you are probably already aware, the portion of Manchester State Forest east of S.C. Highway 261 will soon become federal property. It is part of a land swap that will, in essence, trade the closed Myrtle Beach Air Force Base for the above mentioned portion of Manchester. The proposed land deal would open up the beach property for development and expand the existing Poinsett Weapons Range, which should be a feather in Shaw Air Force Base's cap when the next base closure hit list comes out.
- Sumter County Council will consider signing a long-term lease with Sumter School District 2 that would provide land for a community center in Rafting Creek. District 2 Trustees agreed last month to lease the county the land - 16.8 acres adjacent to Rafting Creek Elementary School near Rembert - at a nominal fee. A community group led by Dr. Ora Spann has received a grant from the Governor's Office to build a community center there, and the county has agreed to maintain it.
- Gibson Murray won the 30-lap Mini Stock main event at the Sumter Rebel Speedway in racing sponsored by Chris' Family Hair Care. Murray led the entire 30 laps, never to be challenged. Chuck Ingle, Shakey Rogers, Charles Player and Bubba Ricker followed Murray across the finish line. Greg Anderson captured the Fun class win. Joey Thier won the Modified race after protesting Tim Holliday, who crossed the finish line first. Wayne Jennings took the checkered flag in the Hobby feature and Arthur Winn made it two in a-row in the Super Stock feature
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