75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
- We do not have to be old to remember when a bale of cotton to the acre was an exceptional yield, even on a pet patch. County Agent S. W. Epps of Dillon said, "I believe this county will average a bale to …
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- We do not have to be old to remember when a bale of cotton to the acre was an exceptional yield, even on a pet patch. County Agent S. W. Epps of Dillon said, "I believe this county will average a bale to the acre this year, if we can get it picked." After riding across that county, his estimate looks conservative. For the past five years, that great cotton county has averaged 451 pounds of lint cotton per acre, which is practically a bale, when you add bagging and ties.
- Cpl. Lewis C. White, serving overseas, has sent his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. White, Pocalla road, a German helmet, gas mask, mask case and shells. It gives one a strange feeling to see the swastika painted on the side of the heavy drab helmet and an even stranger one to see the name of the German soldier to whom the property belonged. Cpl. White has been across for two years, serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England and France.
- A large crowd saw the Charleston Navy Yard show last night. The stirring music of the 26-piece military band, coupled with Navy films just now being shown to civilians, held the attention of the audience for the several hours' long show. The movies were "Unfinished Business," the story of Pearl Harbor to now; "Behind Nazi Guns," an inside view of German factories and production lines; "December 7, 1941," and a picture of the launching of a destroyer made at the Charleston Navy Yard.
- The Sumter Hi-Y club in cooperation with the churches of Sumter is sponsoring a clothing drive for our European allies. Planned by the United Nations Relief Rehabilitation Administration, the drive object is to obtain clothes for the liberated people of Europe. The nation's goal is 11,000,000 pounds. Sumter's goal is 10,000 pounds.
- Among those now beginning a nine weeks pilot training course on four-engine Liberator bombers is Maj. George N. Kurzenberger of Sumter. Maj. Kurzenberger was hand-picked by Army Air Force experts as having those qualities needed to become a commander of four-engine battle-craft, and his training will be as complete and thorough as the AAF can make it. On completion of the course, he will receive further training within the AAF Training Command.
- Cadet Francis Gregg Horne, of Sumter, has been reappointed a cadet and is assigned to the cadet band, while Cadet William Burke Watson, also of Sumter, has been reappointed a cadet sergeant and is assigned to Company C, according to a special order published by Col. C. M. McMurray, professor of military science and tactics. Appointments are made according to rank in classes. The individual rating is based on conduct, leadership, personality, military bearing, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities and athletics.
- Lt. J. B. Folsom Jr., previously reported as missing in action, was killed on Aug. 6 over Germany, his parents have been notified by the War Department. The International Red Cross learned from the German government Folsom's plane was shot down 20 miles Southeast of Berlin. The Sumter officer, pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, was attached to the Eighth Air Force and was based in England. He was called to active duty in January of 1942, receiving pre-flight training at Santa Ana, California. He was commissioned a pilot in November of 1943 and assigned overseas in April of that year.
- Evening classes at Morris College will begin Friday, Oct. 6, at 4 o'clock. Registration for all evening classes will be on Oct. 4 and 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., Dr. J. P. Garrick, president, announced today. Courses will be offered in biology, English literature, sociology, chemistry, children's literature, child psychology and development, physical science, health education, American black history, literature and religion of the Old Testament, elementary school methods, guidance and adjustment, the family, world geography, general mathematics, college algebra and principles, philosophy and general techniques.
- Professor Lawson has been named head of the black division for the coming War Fund drive. A meeting of black workers will be held at Lincoln High School for the purpose of organizing. Professor Lawson, superintendent of the black schools, has been chosen to head the War Fund because of his splendid record as a worker with his people. Some of Sumter's leading black citizens will head his committees.
- The South Carolina State Nurses Association will meet in Sumter on Oct. 10 and 11, and Mrs. Ada I. Snyder is in charge of arrangements. She stated that there will be a meeting of all committees at the nurses home on Thursday. Important plans will be completed at that time, she said, and all committee members are requested to be present.
- Chester's Red Cyclone will be the opponent for Sumter High School's team. The Gamecocks and the Upstate 11 will tangle under the lights of the local field Friday night at 8:30. The Birds were back at work after Friday's setback at the hands of Camden, and for the first time this season there were quite a few bruises among the players. The Gamecocks didn't tackle and block like they should have Friday night. Twice tacklers had Carol Cox, Camden's flashy runner, hemmed in, but the elusive Bulldog got away for touchdowns. The Chester game will mark the beginning of a four-week stand by the Gamecocks. After the Cyclones comes Lake View, Columbia and Brookland-Cayce in that order.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
June 1 - 7
- Ladson G. Cubbage, retired forest ranger for Sumter County, was honored recently at a forestry dinner. Forestry Board Chairman Ralph Lester presented Cubbage with a resolution commending him for his dedicated service as forest ranger. The resolution was signed by State Forester Tiller and all members of the Sumter Forestry Board.
- Hartsville's tennis team swept two singles matches and held off a late charge by Sumter to win the Iris Festival Tournament. The Red Foxes made changes in pairing of the singles matches which eventually keyed the victory. Hartsville used a different setup for its players than it did the day before, which proved to be a good move.
- Applications are now available at all Sumter area country clubs for persons wishing to participate in the 1969 Iris Festival Open Golf Tournament. According to John Hinks, who is coordinating the tournament for the Sumter Jaycees as a post-Iris Festival event, silver merchandise valued in excess of $500 will be awarded as prizes to the tournament winners.
- Six Citadel cadets from the Sumter area graduated from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. Each received his diploma and a congratulatory handshake from Gen. Hugh P. Harris, president of the military college. The cadets who graduated are: John Cunningham England, Louis Bates Folley Jr., Thomas Osborne Maffett Jr., Thomas Jeffery Meeks, Robert Mason Nettles Jr., and Robert Franklin Young.
- Sumter now has a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. An organizational meeting held last night at First Federal Savings and Loan Association wound up with the adoption of bylaws and the election of officers, with John S. Buxton heading the society as president. It will be officially called "The Sumter City-County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals."
- The Gamecock Bowman Archery team from Sumter has a 100-point lead on Columbia in a series of Indoor Archery Tournaments. After five tourneys in the series, Sumter defeated Columbia this week for the fourth time by one point, 1,035 to 1,034.
- Registration for summer activities for junior and senior high school kids will be held at four schools. Kids (boys and girls) 13-18 years of age can register at either McLaurin Junior High or Bates Junior High while children (boys and girls) 9-12 can sign up at either Bates or Moore Elementary School. Sponsored by School District 17 and headed by Bill Painter, the lifetime activities sessions will begin on June 9 and run for two four-week sessions.
- A U.S. Air Force flight surgeon specializing in aerospace medicine has been selected as Tactical Air Command's Flight Surgeon of the Year 1968. Maj. Wayne A. Johnson, chief of the Professional Division at Headquarters Ninth Air Force Staff Surgeon's Office, was presented the award during the annual Aerospace Medical Association Meeting.
- Maj. Larry G. Vranich, an instructor pilot for the 4414 Combat Crew Training Squadron, was recently selected for Tactical Air Command's Aircrew Operational Achievement Award in reconnaissance. The announcement was made by Lt. Col. Coyle C. Williams, commander of 4414th CCTS, at the May Commander's Call.
- When a youngster lives on a golf course and loves the game, chances are he'll develop into quite a linksman some day. Such is the case with John Black, who just turned 11 but whose handicap is getting close to his age. John, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Black, lives on the edge of Oakwood Hills Country Club. Thanks to Oakwood pro Marshall Holder, John has the run of the course and has taken advantage of the privilege to develop into an unusually fine golfer for his age.
- A Baylor University freshman from Shaw Air Force Base was among nine Baylor men recently selected as a candidate for membership in the James Connally Squadron of Arnold Air Society. He is Eric Curton, son of Col. And Mrs. W.D. Curton. Arnold Air Society is the honorary professional society for members of the professional officer corps of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps.
- The National Bank of South Carolina has been selected by the awards committee of The National Security Traders Association for an Award of Excellence Plaque for shareholder and financial communications. This is one of the major awards presented for the best program by companies in various industry classifications.
- Orangeburg tallied two runs in the top of the ninth to overcome Sumter Post 15. It was the second loss of the exhibition season for the P-15's against just a lone victory. Sumter hosts Cheraw next.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
March 3 - 9
- Julie Duke, executive director of the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, is moving to the agency's Savannah office after five years as head of the local organization. The United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties raises money for nonprofit service agencies in the three-county area.
- Sumter High School running back Malcolm Burns has signed to play college football with Wingate College in Wingate, North Carolina. Burns, a 5'10" 195-pounder, rushed for 703 yards and six touchdowns on 139 carries during an injury-plagued senior season. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and also caught nine passes for 118 yards.
- Tuomey Regional Medical Center is planning a $42 million, five-year expansion that would rid it of its two oldest buildings, increase the number of hospital services and enhance its ability to serve patients "well into the 21st century." The plan to build 212,000 square feet of new space and renovate 55,000 square feet of existing space doesn't include adding any beds to the Sumter hospital's present 266. But the project would increase Tuomey's total size by almost a third, pushing it from about 299,000 square feet to 443,000 square feet. The project would increase the number and capacity of outpatient services.
- Ann Cooper has been named Central Carolina Technical College's TWIN Honoree for 1994. She serves the college as department head for the Office Systems Program in the business division. The YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry recognizes the contributions made by women to business, industry and the community. Cooper was recently elected the 1994 vice president of the Southern Business Education Association, a region of the National Business Education Association.
- By George, she's got it! And the Dorchester Lady Raiders have got George - Amy George to be precise - and they're no doubt happy they do. George scored 34 points including 23 in the second half, as Dorchester opened a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter and held off a late charge to defeat Robert E. Lee 56-50 and win the SCISAA 3A state title. Dorchester finished the season with a perfect 27-0 record.
- Hudgens' head basketball coach Bill Pate was well aware of Florence Christian's David Berry and Michael Vause as he prepared his Cougars for the SCISAA 3A state title game against the Eagles. Pate was also aware of Dal Conner, but in a different manner. Pate coached Conner's father when he was at Timmonsville High School. Now he knows about his basketball talents as well. Conner came off the bench to hit four three-point baskets in the first half to jump-start the Florence Christian offense and send the Eagles on their way to a 59-43 victory and their second consecutive state title.
- First Palmetto Savings Bank of Camden announced that it has purchased two South Carolina National Bank branches. First Palmetto signed an agreement with SCN to purchase its Pageland and Bishopville offices on or before July 29, pending regulatory approval.
- This past week USC Sumter's Administration Building became a lot more user friendly, especially to visitors with mobility disabilities, thanks to newly installed automatic doors. The cumbersome doors that formerly greeted individuals entering the building through the front or rear entrances have been replaced with sliding glass panels triggered by infrared sensing units that make entering and leaving the building a "no-hands" experience.
- Sumter's Wesmark Plaza opened amid major commercial hype and civic boosterism in March 1968. Then-Miss South Carolina Nancy Moore of Aiken was on hand for the grand opening of Sumter County's "first regional shopping center." It was by far the biggest of the city's strip shopping centers, and its largest tenant -- the 70,000 square-foot Woolco department store - was then the biggest and most modern retail store in the city. The plaza has been declining for a decade as its grocery stores, large clothing stores and nearly all of its early tenants have either moved or gone out of business. The Plaza is attempting to rebuild its store base to become a vibrant shopping experience again.
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