75 YEARS AGO -1944
May 27 - June 2
- Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming …
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- Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming along fine. The injured were 2nd Lt. Robert L. Fulweiler, flying instructor of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and Aviation Cadet Arthur I. Hildebrand, of Clay Center, Kansas. The fliers were on a routine training flight at the time of the accident. The plane was totally wrecked, it was reported.
- Servicemen overseas and their families at home in the Sixth District worry about each other when the mail is slow getting through, but there is really no great reason for concern. The Navy's Fleet Post Offices are operating 24 hours a day to give service to the fleet, and eventually mail will get through as swiftly as wartime conditions permit. The Navy's advice is to keep writing often, address mail clearly and correctly, and speed it on its way by sending it V-mail - which is air mail all the way through.
- First Lt. S. K. Rowland left this morning by plane (AT-6) for Bryan, Texas, after a brief visit here with his parents. Lt. Rowland is an instructor in the instrument school at Bryan. En route to Sumter, he stopped at Gunter Field, Alabama, to unload a passenger, Lt. Billy Lynam, who had just completed a special course at Bryan.
- J. T. James announced that he will be candidate, in the municipal Democratic primary, for councilman of the City of Sumter. Mr. James needs no introduction to the majority of the citizens of Sumter, especially the businessmen and all those engaged in the wood-working industries. He has been associated with the Witherspoon Brothers Co., of which he is general manager and vice president, for a great many years. He is the type of successful business man that Sumter needs to manage its affairs. He has been diligent and trustworthy in his own business and has won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has been associated in any way.
- Mayor F. B. Creech has received a telegram from Sen. Burnet R. Maybank advising him that the FWA has approved an $8,532 appropriation for recreation purposes for servicemen. Supplemented by a city appropriation, a sum of about $12,803 will be available for recreation for the fiscal year beginning July 1. At the beginning of the present fiscal year, the government gave $17,246 toward city recreation. With the $8,532 just approved, a total of $25,778 will have been appropriated for the purpose by June 30, 1945.
- The convent garden provided a picturesque setting for the colorful May Day program given by the pupils of St. Catherine's Kindergarten. The Tom Thumb Band, clad in attractive uniforms, tapped a lively rhythm to the strains of recorded music; Little Ben Abbott directed the band. The program included a flag drill and patriotic tableau, a staff drill led by Billy Shaw, a garland dance and the winding of the May pole, which was decorated with blue-and-white streamers and topped with a large bouquet of mixed flowers. The last number was a folk dance in which all of the pupils participated. Each number was accompanied by appropriate recorded music. The entertainment was enjoyed by a host of relatives and friends of the pupils.
- Private First-Class Bernard G. Riles, 21, has been killed in action in Italy, according to a war department telegram received by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Bertha M. Riles. Pfc. Riles, son of W. G. Riles and the late Mrs. Riles, went into service with the Sumter National Guard unit. He was killed on May 13, the telegram advised.
- The ritualistic team of Sumter Elks Lodge No. 855 won first place in the state ritualistic contest held at Florence and won the free trip to Chicago, given by the S.C. Elks Association. Sumter entered a team in state competition for the first time in many years, and their performance at Florence gave them an average of 99.62 percent. This score has not been equaled in many years in state competition. In addition, Exalted Ruler H. W. Harby, Esteemed Leading Knight W. Norman Chandler and Inner Guard Halbert Foley were named on the all-state ritualistic team, giving the Sumter lodge three out of the seven places on the all-state team.
- The steering committee of the Sumter Merchants Association met this morning to make plans for the part the retail stores will play in the coming Fifth War Loan drive, which starts June 12. G. B. Moseley was elected chairman of the committee to make arrangements for the drive. Members of the Merchants Association will be asked to make contributions to a fund which will be used to buy bonds as prizes for top-selling store employees, who will spearhead the drive. The number of prizes and amounts will be announced after Mr. Moseley has selected the rest of his committee and association members have been contacted. It was decided to give all store employees "kickoff" breakfast on the morning of June 9.
- Reports from the Shaw Field hospital early today were that two fliers injured in a crash last week are improving. They are aviation Cadet Arthur L. Hildenbrand and Second Lt. Robert L. Folweiler. Shaw doctors also said Cpl. Billy Brown, hurt when his motorcycle went into a ditch recently, is better.
50 YEARS AGO -1969
Jan. 26 - Feb. 1
- Edmunds High School Gamecocks converted pressure-packed free throws here to slip by surprisingly spunky Lancaster in overtime, 62-57. Glen King and substitute Lathan Roddey each popped through charity tosses in the extra period to enable Edmunds to push its record to 10-3 on the year.
- Army Maj. John G. Gergulis has been chosen by the Department of the Army to attend the highly selective Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A 1955 graduate of New London High School and a 1959 alumnus of The Citadel, Maj. Gergulis is currently serving as operations officer in the command center of MACV Headquarters, Vietnam.
- The Morris College Hornets grabbed two victories during the weekend to move within one game of the magic .500 mark. The Hornets topped Friendship College 94-90 and made it two in a row with a 99-75 win over Savannah State. In both games, the big man was James Robinson. Robinson scored 19 points and grabbed off 17 rebounds to lead the Friday night win. Leroy Garrison was the top scorer with 22 points while Ulysses Holmes put through 19.
- McLaurin Junior High's Bantams registered their eighth-consecutive cage victory, topping Camden 2-28. After rolling up a big lead early in the third period, every Bantam on the team got to play, and McLaurin won the contest going away. A torrid stretch of 1:20 of the second period was the key to the victory.
- Donavon F. Smith, vice commander of Tactical Air Command's Ninth Air Force, has been nominated for promotion to major general. A World War II ace and holder of the Distinguished Service Cross, Gen. Smith will don the two-star rank during the next year. General officers, once selected, are promoted as vacancies occur.
- Richard Moses was named chairman of the board of Sunset Country Club at the annual meeting. Three new directors were named. They were Cody Palmer, D.A. Bramlett and John Mahon. They succeed Henry G. Martin, E. H. Moses Jr. and John D. Lee Jr., whose terms expired. Martin is retiring board chairman.
- James E. Mayes of Mayesville is the 19th president of the National Cotton Council. Announcement of his election was made at the closing session of the council's 31st-annual meeting. Mayes is a life-long cotton farmer. He operates farm lands in Sumter and Lee counties, some of which have been in the Mayes family since 1812.
- Ashwood Central's Rams tuned up for the critical clash with Hebron by whipping Summerton's Blue Streaks here Tuesday night, 68-60. It upped the Rams' overall mark to 8-6 and to 6-1 in league play. Hebron currently leads the conference with a perfect 7-0 record.
- The formal ground-breaking ceremony for Shaw's new $5.5 million base housing project, which will provide 300 new housing units, is scheduled for Jan. 31. The honorable L. Mendel Rivers, the South Carolina Congressman who is chairman of the House Armed Service Subcommittee, is expected to attend the ceremonies and deliver the main address.
- The marathon radio broadcast raised $525.20, during which time Billy Williams and Ken Martin, WDXY disc jockeys, spent 24 hours in the March of Dimes "jail" on Main Street. Their goal was a dollar a minute, which would have been $1,440, but the project was still considered a success by March of Dimes director Tom Winstead.
- After years of speculation - mostly wishful thinking on the part of single airmen - it looks as though Shaw is finally going to get its own detachment of the "gals in blue." According to word received from Headquarters Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 66 members of the Women in the Air Force are scheduled to be stationed here.
- Wings and Wheels, the newest attraction at Santee, does not go back to the balloons, but it does cover the era of the Wright brothers' flying machines. Planes dating as far back as 1903 are being exhibited at Wings and Wheels on Highway 301. Antique airplanes, engines and cars are housed in the museum part of the complex, such airplanes as a replica of the 1903 Wright brothers Flyer which flew for 12 seconds and for 120 feet at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and also a Fokker F-1-DR-1, better known as the plane of the Red Baron.
- Wilkerson defeated Lincoln 72-52, the fifth loss for the Bulldogs in 10 games since a holiday break record of 9-1. The Lincoln record is now 14-6. Despite an exciting performance by William Blyther, who tallied 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds, the visitors made things hot.
- An exhibition of some 115 outstanding works of teenage artists from Midlands and Lowcountry schools opened at the Columbia Museum of Art following a Gold Key reception at which Mrs. Robert E. McNair presented awards to 33 of the exhibitors. The fourth-annual Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, sponsored for junior and senior high school students in South Carolina by Liberty Life Insurance Co., will display through Feb. 9 a variety of artworks. Freddie Bennett and Patricia Pugh, Lincoln High School students, were among those selected as blue ribbon finalists.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4
- Two Sumter companies are included in the 1993 South Carolina 100, an independent ranking of the state's largest private companies based on revenue for the previous fiscal year. Korn Industries Inc. was ranked 43rd with revenues of between $25 million and $49 million, and Carolina Furniture Works Inc. made the list for the first time - ranked 98th with revenues of less than $25 million. Prior to this year, Carolina Furniture Works had not participated in the survey, said company President E.M. Weeks Jr. Korn was ranked 46th in last year's rankings, which are compiled by the Columbia office of Arthur Andersen & Co., the international accounting and tax firm, in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
- Clarendon County's unemployment rate jumped more than half a percentage point to 13.8 percent in September, the highest in the state. The statewide jobless rate dropped from 7.2 percent in July and August, its highest in six-and-a-half years, to 6.9 percent in September, but the unemployment line grew longer here. Billy Timmons, director of the Clarendon County Development Board, attributed the county's poor showing to the recent closure of four sewing plants - Summerton apparel, Summerton Distribution, M.C.S. Fashions and Turbeville Apparel.
- State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Harwell has told lawmakers he plans to retire next year after three years as South Carolina's top judge, which could leave the position open for a justice from Sumter. "I cannot even attempt to express my love for this state and my gratitude to all who have supported me over the years," Harwell said in a letter to Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston. McConnell is chairman of the legislative committee that screens candidates for the judiciary. He said he hoped that Justice A. Lee Chandler would get to be chief justice for a few months before Chandler retires in December 1994 at the mandatory retirement age of 72. The retirements of Harwell and Chandler next year leave open the possibility that Associate Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr., the court's first black member, could become chief justice in late 1994 or early 1995.
- Clarendon School District 2 Superintendent Dr. Sylvia Weinberg will receive one of two 1993 Outstanding Superintendent awards from the S.C. School Boards Association. The other award will go to Dr. John Stevenson, superintendent of Richland School District 1. Weinberg, 56, was selected for her service to District 2, which she has led since 1988. She has worked for the district since 1970. Weinberg is credited by the association with a number of efforts to improve educational opportunities in the district, including the establishment of programs such as the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Manning High School, Teacher Cadet, Tech Prep and Junior Achievement.
- Thomas Sumter's Aaron Schalck didn't expect much on the night before Halloween. "I only wanted to score a touchdown," the sophomore running back said after scoring four times to lead the Generals to a 40-0 victory over Wilson Hall on a rainy night. "I really didn't expect to get that many (touchdowns)," Schalck continued. "Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage the entire game. I got some good blocking."
- Robert Briggs has one of the functional trappings he might have if he were still a Charlotte stockbroker: a personal digital assistant - one of those new hand-held electronic gadgets that combine a note pad, telephone-address book, calculator and mini computer. But Briggs' office, which is a small mobile home on one side of a 50-acre tract five miles north of this small Clarendon County town, is at odds with the life he left behind in Charlotte to return here, where he grew up. Today, as one half of Briggs' Nursery Inc., which Briggs owns and runs with his younger brother Rhett, he is still selling. But, with the constant aid of his personal digital assistant, he is tracking buyers of bedding plants - not bonds.
- With new co-sponsors and the most business participation since the event was started five years ago, Sumter's Business Expo '93 should be the biggest and best ever, organizers say. More than 15,000 people are expected at the Sumter County Exhibition Center to visit the 84 booths sponsored by retail and service businesses, industries, utilities and schools in Sumter and surrounding areas. The Sumter Merchants Association is sponsoring the event along with Young's Food Stores and Citgo.
- A fire that destroyed a Harvin Street home was one of four that kept Sumter city firefighters busy. No one was injured in any of the fires. According to reports, a fire at 509 Harvin St. caused $28,000 in damage to the single-story, frame house. A flash fire at B.L. Montague Co. on Liberty Street caused $3,500 in damage. According to Larry Montague, the company's chief financial officer, the fire started when a spark entered a dust-collection system above an area where steel components are cleaned. Firefighters were called to Burger King on Calhoun Street to battle a car fire, which caused $800 in damages. Another car fire caused $1,500 in damage to an Oldsmobile parked on Liberty Street.
- With green polyester pants pulled up almost to his neck - where they meet a four-inch wide green and yellow tie - Rick Steadman peers through his taped-together glasses as he tries to convince everyone to take off their shoes and socks He is also learning how to play the tambourine - to which he unfortunately sings along. Whose graphic descriptions of the origin of dinner leaves the meal untouched. Come see how and why Willum Cubbert gets rid of Rick - the guest who just won't leave - in the Sumter Little Theatre's fall production of Larry Shue's "The Nerd."
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