75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Nov. 6 - Nov. 12
- The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and …
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- The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and ideals will bring victory out of war and peace out of chaos. A bond of friendship has existed between Guerry Brailsford, of Summerton, and the cadets in Class 44-A for an extended period.
- At a meeting of the board of directors of the Sumter County Community and War Chest, new officers were elected. E. W. Hartin was chosen president, M. S. Boykin vice president, Miss Maude Bateman was re-elected treasurer, and Mrs. Bessie H. Boykin was renamed secretary. There are nine directors of the organization; four were named at a recent meeting.
- Sheriff George L. Mabry and Police Chief W. C. Kirven left for Jacksonville to take into custody a 27-year-old mechanic and airplane pilot, charged with breaking into the home of Lt. Col. Frank K. Clare recently and stealing approximately $1,000 worth of property. The accused was arrested by Jacksonville authorities and is being held there. City, county and federal authorities are concerned with the case because in addition the accused allegedly figured in the theft of an airplane belonging to Army officers and the theft and transporting across several state lines of a Chevrolet truck which was the property of Kirby Refrigeration Co. of Sumter.
- Shaw Field plans to face the next inning of the war with a somewhat different lineup than the one which has been used so far. Several major changes in officer personnel have just been announced, with some of the post's key men in new positions. One of these changes involves Maj. Harold E. Keller, commandant of Cadets at Shaw Field for almost two years, who will go to Albany, New York, for several months in connection with the aviation cadet procurement drive. Maj. Keller, a resident of Kansas, has been living in Sumter with his wife and young son during his stay at Shaw Field, to which post he will return at the completion of his temporary assignment.
- Eighteen members of the board of directors of Sumter YMCA and ministers of the city attended a supper at the YWCA cafeteria to hear a most inspiring talk by Arthur M. Guttery of New York City, director of the YMCA world service. Mr. Guttery, who served as a YMCA director in China for 15 years, during which time he went through the Chinese "Reign of Terror," stated that the national YMCA is serving 65 different nations, during these strenuous war times, and responding to appeals to help develop this work in various countries now find themselves in fellowship with influential groups of men including the youth of 32 nations.
- Sumter High School football team tuned up for its important contest with Charleston next Thursday in Sumter with a 39-6 romp over Olympia High. Holding the visitors in check following the opening kickoff, the Gamecocks swept to a touchdown in two plays. Taking the ball on the Sumter 37-yard line Boney, with the aid of some nice blocking, scooted to the Olympia 39 and then Harry Commins, treated to some more of Sumter's fine interference, broke through for the first score. On the attempted placekick, Sumter was penalized 15 yards for holding, but Pressley ran the ball over for the extra point.
- If it's something new in the line of thrill rides, it can be found on the 20-acre midway of the James E. Strates Shows, coming to the Sumter County Fair. To give one a general idea as to the magnitude of this big organization, 30 double length, all-steel railroad cars are required to carry the 40 streamlined shows and riding devices and the 600 employees.
- Another man's job bites the dust. It is that of spotter for football play-by-play announcers. Ruby Hunter, 20, blonde, helps broadcasters keep straight and up to the minute at Columbia's games, and that is quite a job, Army 52, Columbia 0, for example. Miss Hunter, surrounded by records in the recorded music department of a New York radio station, heard that a spotter was needed. When she volunteered, they thought she was kidding, but the 5-foot-5, 120-pound woman has since been the official spotter for sportscasters Joe O'Brien and Don Phillips.
- There are few if any more loyal soldiers than the Japanese-Americans of the 100th Infantry Battalion now fighting the Nazis in the Italian theater. That is the word of soldier-comrades and officers whose story, although necessarily brief because of security, is told here for publication for the first time: A picture of their few days in a port of embarkation and their trip to this theater which shows them loyal, democratic, earnest, ready to fight - and hardened gamblers. They went into the fight in Italy shouting "Remember Pearl Harbor" which totally confused the enemy and to a lesser degree confused some Americans.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
July 7 - July 13
- The Rev. George M. Maxwell of Sarasota, Florida, has been called to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter as rector, according to senior warden Frank A. McLeod Jr. The Rev. Maxwell, presently assistant rector at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, will be in residence at the rectory, 31 Riley St., Sept. 3. The Rev. Maxwell will hold his first Sunday service at Holy Comforter on Sept. 8. Until that time, services are being conducted by visiting rectors or lay readers.
- A number of promotions within the city police department have been announced by Sumter Police Chief L. W. Griffin. The promotions include: Willie Mack Connor, who was promoted from motorcycle officer to shift sergeant, and James L. Bonds, from detective to detective sergeant, in which capacity he will supervise one of the two detective rotating shifts. Earl P. Berry Jr. and James L. Lyles were promoted from patrolmen to motorcycle officers in the traffic division of the police department.
- Don Blackwell and Richard McFaddin kept their hot streaks going, and Billy Baker won the late-model event to highlight Saturday's racing card at Sumter Speedway. Blackwell chalked up his seventh-straight win in the 30-lap limited modified race as he took over the lead after the first lap. Red Moore had started out with the lead but went out of the race at the beginning, and Blackwell went on to claim an easy victory. McFaddin, this year's big performer at both Hartsville and Sumter, took over the top spot on the third lap of the 25-lap jalopy feature and roared on to the win.
- Righthander Billy Boyte continued his mastery over Sumter as Camden took over sole possession of first place in American Legion League III with a 3-0 victory over the P-15's at Riley Park. Boyte, who ran his record to 6-2, allowed Sumter only two base hits, walked just one and struck out nine in leading the visiting Post 17 aggregation to win before 2,000 fans. It was Boyte who delivered the key blow offensively in the top of the second inning when he doubled to deep right field to score Camden's first two runs.
- City Council at its regular meeting agreed to appropriate $7,500 as its share of the cost of improvements at Sumter Municipal Airport, contingent on the county's appropriation of an equal sum. All councilmen and Mayor Robert E. Graham were present for the meeting. The $7,500 was half of the local share - 25 percent - of the cost of the improvements. The other half of the local share will come from the county. The remainder of the cost will be borne by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (25 percent) and the Federal Aviation Authority (50 percent).
- A victory last week over Southeastern Community College pits Clemson University at Sumter against the University of South Carolina at Florence on "Pee Dee Prep Parade," local version of "College Bowl." The quiz show will be presented live in color on WBTW TV, Florence. Both schools have two victories apiece and will be competing for two wins out of three matches to be named 1968 Collegiate Champion. Coach for Clemson-Sumter is Miss Irene Yates. Sam Boykin is team captain. Other team members are: Warren Givens, Harold Chandler, Catherine Palmer; alternates are Tina Ramsey Coon and Harry Smithson.
- On Aug. 2, 1967, Col. Wallace G. Hynds Jr. died of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident while flying a reconnaissance mission in Southeast Asia. Like all men, he left behind a part of himself in the form of memories in the hearts and minds of family and friends. But Col. Hynds left more than that. He left a legacy of heroism. A legacy that was focused on a small piece of metal and ribbon. It is one of the nation's highest awards for valor, the Silver Star.
- When the Sumter Area Technical Education Center begins its fall quarter Sept. 3, three new courses will be available to students. One of the courses - environmental engineering technology - is being offered at the Sumter center as a pilot program for the rest of the state. The other courses, electronics mechanics and electricity, have been designed to replace the industrial electricity curriculum that has been offered previously. TEC officials say the change is necessary because of changing community needs.
- "We are living in an agricultural revolution," commented Sumter County Farm Agent T. O. Bowen during a farmer's meeting to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the signing of the 1933 Agricultural Act. "When it comes down to who are doing the job, we must take our hats off to the few farmers who are doing the job," he said further. Bowen, one of the featured speakers on the program who told of the early AAA programs (now called the ASCS) related to some 25 farmers, presented the ratio of people engaged in farming now as compared to that 40 years ago.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
April 9 - 15
- Just when you thought things at the Sumter County Election Commission couldn't get any stranger, they have. All five members of the commission resigned, just more than two months after they were "fired" by the Sumter County Legislative Delegation. That's right, fired - or so the commissioners thought, until they learned last week of a state law that has kept them in office for the past two months. "As far as we were concerned, when we got the letter from Sumter County Legislative Delegation Chairman) Mac McLeod (in late January), we were through," said Colleen Yates, who, along with the other commissioners, announced her resignation in a letter to McLeod.
- GOAL - STAY OUT OF JAIL. Clearly written on a chalkboard in a makeshift classroom at the Sumter County jail, those five words are a guiding light to some inmates who hope never to see the inside of a jail again. Some inmates spend most of their days in that classroom, learning reading skills, anger management, personal hygiene and social skills. Some even earn their high school diploma. "These are things we take for granted but that are absent in the lives of most of the inmates here," Sumter County corrections Lt. Tami Griffin said about the quality of life of most inmates at the jail. While non-violent offenders at the jail await trials or sentencing, they are offered a chance to learn those skills in the Genesis II Lifestyle Management Program. Eight hours a day for six weeks, they may participate in the program, which teaches those things most take for granted.
- Beginning April 17, schools in District 2 will celebrate The Week of the Young Child, a time to concentrate on identifying and solving the problems our youth face today. On April 13, before the start of the week, students from St. John and Oakland elementary schools will visit Sumter County Council, taking them cookies and refreshments. The activity is set up to remind lawmakers that young children are depending on them to keep government running well until they are old enough to vote.
- The week of April 18-24 has been designated as "The Week of the Young Child" by the national Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of this designation is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. In recognition of the week of the young child, Central Carolina Technical College is presenting a one-day seminar on "Child Abuse, Child Molesters and Child Pornography: Dynamics, Origin, Investigation and Prevention."
- When Sissy Bynum learned that YMCA Aquatic Director Peggy Kubala was retiring to spend more time with her family, she said her heart "really just broke." "My first feelings were that so many children are going to miss out," Bynum said. "I'm sure the Y will fill that gap. But most people will tell you that she was such a special teacher." Bynum's three children - Satcher, Henry and Ann-Lanius - all took swimming lessons from Kubala. Bynum said Kubala had a special way with the Y's kids.
- Sumter School District 17's decision to eliminate public prayers at Sumter High School football games last fall snuck up on the Rev. Phil Simun. Sitting with his daughter in the aluminum stands before a September game, Simun waited to hear the traditional booming voice, magnified by loudspeakers, asking the crowd to bow their heads in prayer. It didn't happen. Simun's shock when he realized District 17 had banned prayer from games grew deeper when he realized district residents weren't consulted before the administration made that decision. Now, many District 17 residents are well aware of what has become a swirling controversy over school prayer in the district.
- A growing number of planners and military officials worry development is playing a factor when the Pentagon chooses which bases to close. Development played a part in the decision to close Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and also was mentioned as a problem at the Charleston Naval Base, a military planner said. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Charleston Air Force Base was surrounded by dirt roads, forests and farms. There were no strip shopping centers, industry or subdivisions hugging its borders. Don Youngblood, planner for the Air Force, said the military liked it that way.
- Sumter Little Theatre will hold a Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Workshop Theatre on Mood Avenue. This event is for all theater volunteers past and present, as well as anyone who'd like to become a volunteer. SLT Board Volunteer Coordination Chairman Alan Barbieri says the event is designed to help the theater prepare for its 1993-94 season.
- Pinewood and Wedgefield are the next areas targeted for the expansion of Sumter County's manned recycling centers. Sumter County Council's Public Works Committee will study a recommendation from the county public works department on where the centers should be located and which green-box garbage drop-off sites should be closed when the new centers open, County Bill Noonan said
- Northside rallied in the late innings to claim a 15-6 victory over Sumter Christian in baseball action. Northside, which showed up 30 minutes late because of bus problems, seemed sluggish in the first three innings, but finished with 13 hits. "I thought we just had trouble making contact with the ball early on," said Northside coach Mark Williams. "But once we started hitting the ball and getting people on base, things fell together. We started running the bases and getting some runs late in the game and that was the key."
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