75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Oct. 21 - Oct. 27
- Auxiliary policemen and heads of civilian defense branches were honored at a chicken supper given at Cain's Mill by the City Civilian Defense Department. Seventy men were present. Each section of the …
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- Auxiliary policemen and heads of civilian defense branches were honored at a chicken supper given at Cain's Mill by the City Civilian Defense Department. Seventy men were present. Each section of the defense setup was commended highly for its past service, and the Auxiliary Police Force and Auxiliary Fire Force, which have been kept in operations, were praised for help rendered on many occasions and were urged to keep full-strength units. Among the special guests were Bernard Riser, special federal agent; Capt. Greenstreet, provost marshal of Shaw Field; and Lt. G. C. Kinsey of the State Highway Department.
- The Sumter County 4-H poultry judging team took top honors in the contest held this week at the state fair. Members of this team were Elina Floyd, Elma and Emily Johnson of the Sherwood Club and Anna Shuler of the Hillcrest Club. The poultry-loving cup which has been held by Cherokee County for the past two years will be awarded to Sumter County.
- A power-laden Sumter High School football team pent up in previous games this season exploded in full force against Columbia High to defeat the Caps on the field for the first time in 20 years. Led by a vicious charging line and hard-driving backs, the Gamecocks were masters throughout the contest and were in trouble only once in the third quarter when Columbia scored its second and final touchdown. But the Birds quickly put things under control and flashed their powerful ground attack to score their fourth touchdown and make certain the final result.
- Riley A. (Dusty) Bradham Jr. has received a medical discharge from the Army and is now associated with his father's insurance business. Early next year, he expects to resume his college studies. The Sumter ex-soldier served overseas a year in Africa and in the campaigns of Cassino and Anzio. He was seriously wounded in action when hit by five pieces of shrapnel at one time and was hospitalized for a time. He received his discharge at Moore General Hospital, Swannanoa, North Carolina. He holds the Purple Heart Medal.
- Pvt. George S. Windham of Lynchburg has been reported missing in action in France since Sept. 27, according to a War Department telegram received by his sister, Miss Carrie Windham of Myrtle Street. Pvt. Windham entered the service in February 1944 and received his training at Camp Walters, Texas. He left for overseas duty July 26 and was stationed in England and later in France. He was in the Armored Infantry Battalion.
- City council has authorized the widening of a portion of the East Hampton Avenue block from Main Street to Harvin Street, it was learned today. The section to be widened extends the length of the Radio Center building. The City of Sumter purchased this strip of the lot with a depth of five feet when construction on the Radio Center began. It is expected that the entire block may be widened in the future, if the city is able to negotiate for the remainder of the block.
- John J. Riley has once again been drafted for an important public service and has announced his candidacy for the seat in congress as the representative of the 3rd South Carolina District, now vacant by reason of the death of the Hon. H. P. Fulmer. Mr. Riley consented to become a candidate at the request of influential citizens of Sumter. He has always been ready to serve when called on, but he has never been an office seeker. His record in Sumter is known to all Sumter people.
- Mrs. Carmen G. Votaw, a native of Sumter, has been presented with a cash award for victory for her suggestion to increase efficiency and economy at the Pine Bluff Chemical Warfare Arsenal in southeast Arkansas, it was announced. Mrs. Votaw, daughter of Mrs. J. T. Hatfield, also of Sumter, is employed as chief editorial assistant in the arsenal's public relations branch where she oversees news and feature releases to both press and radio stations. Her suggestion that various stop signs be removed from arsenal highways resulted in a complete revamping of traffic regulations at the munitions plant and is estimated to save the government hundreds of dollars in motor vehicle economy.
- Moore Cleaners, which has reopened after being closed for more than a year while its manager, L. C. Moore, was in the service, is operating at its original site, 108 N. Sumter St. The building has been renovated. The cleaning establishment originally opened on Nov. 17, 1941, and employed 19 to 22 persons, many of whom are with the company now. Mr. Moore went into service on April 19, 1943, and the cleaning service was closed for 16 months while he was away. He served for more than 17 months and was recently given a medical discharge.
- Mrs. Will Plowden was probably the first woman director of physical education for boys in the state of South Carolina. Various circumstances were responsible for what seemed to be a most unusual teaching situation. Here is what happened. Just before the opening of school, the board accepted Mr. Harold Hartel's resignation. Mr. Shaw, for the first four weeks of school, was unable to secure a physical education director. In the emergency, Mrs. Plowden, who says, "I am a jack of all trades but am good at none," took over.
- First Lt. George Huettig, husband of the former Miss Rea Sharpton of Sumter, arrived in the United States on Sunday from overseas duty and was expected to be in Sumter in the next few days. Lt. Huettig was reported missing in action some time ago but communicated with his wife from an unknown site. She was informed several weeks ago that he had been returned to duty with his outfit. Cited as a pilot with the 15th Air Force in Italy, Lt. Huettig holds the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross with clusters.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
June 22 - 28
- Audiences have kept me alive, Judy Garland once said. But a London surgeon says the star was living on borrowed time, and time ran out Sunday for the 47-year-old singing star. Miss Garland, who made more than 35 films but was best known for her role as a little girl named Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, was found dead by her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, at her home.
- Plans of the Sumter Business and Professional Women's Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the national organization were announced at the regular meeting of the club, Mrs. Martha T. Calahan, president, presiding. A buffet supper will be served to members and guests at the meeting. The program will include a short resume of the organization's local, state, national and international history and accomplishments.
- Sumter's Steve Broome, who has one year left to try, finished fifth in the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Tournament. Mike Schroder of Highland Park won the tourney. Broome finished with a total of 228, which was only six strokes off the winning pace. A wedge cost Broome four strokes, he said.
- Fans on hand at Sumter Speedway on Saturday night were treated to another night of thrills and spills as the sportsman, rookie and claim drivers kept them on edge with plenty of fender-banging action for almost three hours. Arnold Hutto picked up his fourth win of the season in the sportsman event, while Robbie Coker was the winner in the rookie feature for the second time in two weeks. Nat Cross crossed the finish line first for the third straight time in the wreck-marred claim event.
- There has been a demand for experienced automotive mechanics in this area for some time, and the demand continues to run high, according to job placement spokesmen at the Area Technical Education Center. Auto mechanics has been one of the most popular areas of study at TEC, and enrollment for the fall quarter already promises to be excellent. By the end of May, there were 11 students already accepted for the 1969-70 school year.
- The Sumter P-15's slipped back into their old ways here Monday night, giving Olanta an easy 4-1 victory at Riley Park. On Friday night, the P-15's played errorless ball, ran the bases intelligently and pounded out 11 hits in beating Camden, 5-3. That went by the boards Monday night as Sumter was guilty of six miscues, managed only six hits and failed to cash in on scoring situations time after time.
- This summer a speech clinic will operate at Edmunds High School on Haynsworth Street for all children of school age and pre-school age who are enrolled in some program (Head Start or kindergarten) and need speech evaluation and/or therapy.
- The YMCA Day Camp Mac Boykin concluded its first session with an overnight campout attended by 65 boys and girls on Friday night, according to Bob Partin, camp director. On that night, parents and friends of the campers were present for an open house and a variety of programs presented by the campers and counselors.
- The Capitol and Lions remained the only undefeated teams in the City Wide Dixie Youth Tournament in action Monday night at Palmetto Park. The action continues with the two unbeaten teams (Capitol and Lions) meeting in a contest of the undefeated.
- The 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron took two top honors this month when two of its members, TSgt. Anthony V. Jones Jr. and A1C Richard N. Stathes, won the NCO and Airman of the Month awards. Sgt. Jones is assistant NCOIC of the Egress Shop. Airman Stathes is an auto-fight control systems technician and is primarily responsible for keeping the automatic pilot equipment of the RB-66s, RF-4Cs and RF-101s aircraft in top working order.
- Santee Print Works, one of the seven largest industries in Sumter County, has donated $15,000 to the YMCA Expansion Fund, the largest pledge to date. The company, which has been at its present location since 1950, stipulated that the donation be designated as a memorial to Mrs. Rebecca Barocas, wife of Victor Barocas, president of the company and mother of Martin Barocas, vice president of the company.
- Dr. E. Alex Heiss, director of the Sumter County Health Department, appeared before the Sumter County Commission to request approval for the participation of the local Health Department in a Regional Health Department. The proposed Regional Health Department would include Kershaw County and possibly Lee and Clarendon counties, depending on their desire to participate.
- The five islands at the redesigned and new parking area at the local post office were planted with summer blooming plants. Plans were coordinated through James Witherspoon, appointed to work with club members by Loring Lee, postmaster, and Mrs. I.D. Elmore Jr., president of the club. All plants for this civic project were donated by members of the club.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
March 24 - 30
- Booker T. Isell, a vice president for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, has worked for the newspaper for 29 years. But today's college students are unlikely to find such longtime and stable employment because of dramatic changes in the economy, Isell told an assembly of students at Morris College. Young people embarking on careers today will probably work for five to seven companies before they retire, he said, which means students have to learn diverse skills if they are going to survive.
- Once again, local planning officials have approved a Columbia developer's plan to build a funeral home in western Sumter. By a 7-0 vote, the Sumter City-County Planning Commission approved L. Harvin Bullock's plans to move the old Clayton Lowder Sr. house to near the intersection of Wilson Hall and Carter roads, restore it and convert it to a funeral home.
- Phil Lamm had things other than bowling on his mind when he showed up at Brunswick Gamecock Lanes. "We had a men's (bowlers) association meeting that night at 6:30 p.m.," said Lamm, who is the president of the association. "I was concerned with that. I hadn't thought about bowling that night." Perhaps Lamm should follow that formula more often. Lamm rolled the first perfect game of his career. What added to the excitement of it was that Cecil Shoemaker, a member of the opposing team, was making his own push for a 300. Shoemaker came up a pin short, finishing with a 299 when he left a pin standing on the final frame.
- Now that area racing fans have had a chance to view the improvements made at the Gamecock Speedway, new track promoter John Campbell hopes they will return for the opening program of the 1994 season. "The Auto Expo last weekend was a great success," Campbell said. "We had a great turnout, and I just want to say that I greatly appreciate the efforts of everybody who helped make it happen. I hope everybody will come back out Saturday to watch a great racing program."
- As expected, Laidlaw Environmental Services Inc. is fighting a requirement to put up $30 million in cash by March 31. Laidlaw asked the state's health director to reconsider some provisions of a permit that was issued for the company's hazardous waste landfill in Sumter County. The permanent operating permit, which was approved by the State Department of Health and Environmental Control's board of directors, is tougher than the one issued by DHEC's staff in 1989 and amended in 1990.
- A Clarendon County golf course owner has announced plans to build a new, 36-hole layout south of Manning. Ernest Wallace, who owns The Player's Course at Wyboo Plantation, says the new course will be a "knock-out - better than the original." Ground has already been broken at The Player's Course II, which will be located off King Road, about five miles south of Manning. Wallace designed the course, which is being built by Goodson Construction Co. of Darlington.
- In one of the hallways of Sumter's St. Jude Elementary School, beside a list of honor roll students and colorful posters depicting the four food groups, hang portraits of Pope John Paul II and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The two icons represent the dual mission of the Catholic school to serve the educational needs of its primary sponsor, the nearby St. Jude Catholic Church, and to minister to the neighboring poor black community. The 64-year-old school, which up until 13 years ago was a boarding school, has made a dramatic impact on the people of Sumter, particularly the black communities of western Sumter whose children have traditionally made up the majority of the student body.
- Mike Switzer is scouting for the restaurant that will open Sumter's first "Rush Room." It's the kind of place he'd like to eat lunch. The new owner of Sumter radio station WSSC-AM 1340 has what may seem like an unlikely personal history for a stockbroker and self-professed Rush Limbaugh fan. Switzer, 36, is a former rock 'n' roll disc jockey, mobile home salesman, journalism school dropout and keyboard player for "Almost Nuts," a Columbia-based rock band that toured the country for three years in the late 1970s in a 1948 Greyhound bus.
- The traffic division of the Sumter Police Department has gotten a lot smarter in the past three weeks, thanks to a new computer system. With the computers, called mobile data terminals, officers can run license plate checks from their cars by simply punching a few buttons instead of having to call a dispatcher, according to Lt. Linn Skipper, head of the traffic division. The new system allows the officer to quickly run a thorough check of a vehicle before he ever steps out of his car.
- When Clemson and South Carolina replaced its head coaches following the 1993 football season, Hillcrest High School offensive lineman Ryan Edwards became lost in the recruiting shuffle. Edwards' misfortune led to Howard University's good luck. Howard, the Washington, D.C., school which made a late entry in recruiting Edwards, has signed him to a four-year scholarship to play football.
- State prison officials say they'll close the Lee County Jail unless numerous safety violations are corrected quickly. An official with the state Fire Marshal's Office inspected the 40-year-old jail and found several "serious fire code violations," said Blake E. Taylor Jr., the director of inspections and safety for the state Department of Corrections. Lee County Administrator Barry Hickman says he's heard about the violations compiled by the Fire Marshall's Office, but hasn't seen it.
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