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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ribbon cut for Miller Arms Apartments; high schools consider block scheduling in Sumter

Posted 2/1/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 24 - Aug. 30

- The Tokyo radio said that radioactivity in Hiroshima, blasted by an atomic bomb, was taking a mounting toll weeks after the day of the attack and that in the 14 days following the raid the death toll had …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ribbon cut for Miller Arms Apartments; high schools consider block scheduling in Sumter


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 24 - Aug. 30

- The Tokyo radio said that radioactivity in Hiroshima, blasted by an atomic bomb, was taking a mounting toll weeks after the day of the attack and that in the 14 days following the raid the death toll had mounted from 30,000 to 60,000. The broadcast, recorded by The Associated Press, said servicemen working in the area on reconstruction a week after the attack were found to have severely diminished numbers of red and white corpuscles.

- Commander Hugh C. Haynsworth Jr., USN, who has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Hugh C. Haynsworth, will leave tonight for Washington and from there will go immediately to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, for duty as assistant supply officer of the Pacific fleet. Commander Haynsworth has been in the logistics planning division of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts at the Navy Department in Washington for the past several years.

- Cotton picking has begun in many sections of Sumter County, and an early harvesting of this year's comparatively small crop is anticipated, Assistant County Agent Roland Alston said. Picking is gaining impetus in the Privateer, Manning Road, Pinewood and Wedgefield sections, while Dalzell, Hagood and Oswego farmers are expected to get down to serious picking beginning Monday.

- The end of lend lease stirred debate throughout Britain. The government stifled official comment that might complicate negotiations with the United States for credits to replace the wartime aid, but there was no such prohibition upon the press and public. Nearly every newspaper printed long editorials. The question was taken up in the pubs, in the clubs and on street corners. The conservative Daily Express commented that the United States did only what "it was entitled to do," and this was echoed by many individuals who said they realized "it had to end some time."

- Mrs. Fenwick Murray, chairwoman of the Red Cross camp and hospital council, reports that plenty of books have been contributed to the new Shaw Field squadron dayroom but that there is still a crying need for games, decks of cards and musical instruments. Those wishing to contribute may call the Red Cross office, and the contributions will be picked up.

- The Young Women's Christian Association, located in a building at 106 N. Main St., which was recently purchased by Maxwell Brothers Inc., has not yet decided where it will relocate, according to Miss Marjorie Knox, secretary. The YW are situated in the North Main building as well as the YW cafeteria, which has been doing good business. In 1944, W. B. Burns gave a two-story residence on North Washington Street to the YW, and this is rented at present.

- Easy terms on home-building came back to the nation. The home-building will follow shortly. Not only homes - but also washing machines, autos, tires and paper - figured in the news for Americans rapidly recovering from the nightmares of war. But along with the bright tidings came rumblings of trouble over prices. The government wants to hold prices down. Some manufacturers said the government goes too far.

- Lt. Col. George L. Mabry, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman, will appear on We, The People radio broadcast over CBS. He and his wife, the former Miss Eulena Myers of Hagood, left for Washington. Mr. and Mrs. George L. Mabry Sr. returned to Sumter from Washington, where they attended the presentation ceremonies. Col. Mabry has been the recipient of every award open to an infantryman.

- South Carolina's liquor distribution, after Sept. 1, will be controlled by three factors, the tax commission has said. After a hearing of liquor dealers, the commission announced changes in its new distribution plan by which liquor will be distributed to counties on the basis of populations as shown by ration books No. 4, percentage of liquor purchases in 1942 and percentage of liquor stores in the county.

- Normal living rolled closer in several ways for post-war Americans. It appeared that the average American would soon: 1. Get evaporated milk without ration points; 2. would get more butter and cheese; 3. Get a seat on a plane without a priority; 4. Turn his clock back one hour to standard time. Secretary of Agriculture Anderson in a radio address said it should be possible to end rationing of evaporated milk soon. And he predicted an early increase in butter and cheese.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

April 26 - May 2

- Preceding the business meeting and installation of the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs, a coffee was given by Mrs. James E. Cowan, retiring president, in honor of the new officers. Mrs. Cowan expressed her thanks and appreciation for the cooperation she has received during the year. New officers are: Mrs. T. M. White, president; Mrs. Raymond Ogle, first vice president; Mrs. Sam Anderson, second vice president; Mrs. Warren H. Strange, recording secretary; and Mrs. E. W. Hartin, corresponding secretary.

- The first S.C. Head Start Association meeting in Columbia was deemed a huge success with 356 registrants each day. Approximately 35 Head Start parents from Sumter County, along with one staff member from each Head Start center, were able to attend.

- Franz Johnson captured the sixth-annual Galloway and Moseley Spring Golf Tournament at the Oakwood Hills Country Club as he defeated club champion Sid McGhee four and three. Johnson, playing even par, had McGhee one down on the turn and on the 13th went two ahead after dropping a four-footer for a birdie, the only one recorded by Johnson. McGhee then three putted 14 and Johnson took 15 with a par. Andy Hawthorne and Eddie Weldon, seeking consolation honors, made up a foursome with McGhee and Johnson.

- Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the new Miller Arms apartments, the first moderate income housing project to be built under Section 236 in the nation. The 100 units of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, which are housed in 25 attractive brick veneer and wood construction buildings, are on Miller Road between Broad Street and the U.S. 76-378 bypass.

- Fans who missed the races at Sumter Speedway two weeks ago got a re-run Saturday night with Slick Gibbons picking up his third straight modified win and Larry Hill cashing in on his second claim event victory in two weeks. Gibbons almost didn't get the checkered flag in the main event since the driveshaft of his Falcon came unglued on the final lap, and he coasted across the finish line ahead of William DuBose.

- Those who find history's footnotes as fascinating as the main text will be happy to learn that one piece of minor unfinished business dating from World War II has been attended to. Gen. James H. Doolittle and 34 members of his famed "Tokyo Raiders" have finally been inducted into the Caterpillar Club, which has only one requirement for membership - that a person saved his life by parachuting from a disabled aircraft. Each of the 35 new members qualified during the historic first air strike made against the Japanese homeland in April 1942. The pins were awarded at the group's recent 28th reunion.

- Three local schools, Furman, Mayewood and Hillcrest, will be among those represented tomorrow in the Lower State 6AA Track Meet to be held at Mayewood. According to the director of the meet, Coach H. B. "Ben" Floyd, of Mayewood, "Furman and Mayewood both should be right up in the top when the meet ends." He also stated that they will receive stiff competition from other schools as Ridgeland, Mid-Carolina, Allendale-Fairfax and Saluda.

- The apparent low bidder for the completed additions to the Sumter YMCA is Avery Lumber Co. with a bid of $319,989. The next low bidder is B.A. Faile and Co. with a bid of $333,300, while Boozer and Wharton followed with the third low bid of $335,200. The YMCA building committee hopes to have a contract for the complete additions as previously planned.

- Twenty Air Force Academy cadets visited Shaw to get a first-hand look at tactical reconnaissance. Cadets of the Academy's 22nd Cadet Squadron, sponsored by Shaw's 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, said they were impressed with reconnaissance techniques and capabilities demonstrated here.

- Edmunds High School will host the AAAA, Region III track meet at the Alice Drive Junior High track as one of the favorites with a 7-1 record. The four top finishers in each event will be eligible for the state meet. Edmunds Coach Bob Cherry said his team has been "pretty outstanding in the sprints and fairly strong in the distance events" this year.

- The Sumer County Commission, City Council and the Sumter City and County Planning Boards met jointly at the county courthouse and approved a $46 million Transportation Plan for the county with only one major point of controversy singled out for re-evaluation. Dr. L. C. McArthur, superintendent of School District 17, pointed out the potential danger of a section of the proposed Shaw Freeway which would possibly cut through or pass close by School District 17-owned property designated for a future school site.

- The Pee Dee District 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held at the Merry Oaks Farm at Elliott (Hampshire-Chester White swine) and also at the True Luck Angus Farm near Timmonsville. Some 45 contestants from counties throughout the Pee Dee District competed. Beef cattle and hog judging with oral reasons made up the contest. The Sumter senior team took first place and Berkeley County's team second in the contest.

- Furman High School finished fourth out of the 25 teams represented at the Lower State AA Track Meet held at the Mayewood High School track. Ridgeland and Wade Hampton tied for first place. The Indians took first place in two events. Marvin Newman won the 180-yard low hurdles, and the Mile Relay team composed of Wayne Morris, Ricky Barkley, Frank Dearman and Newman churned the track in 3:33.6 to take the No. 1 spot in that event.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

- In 1781, Gen. Thomas Sumter, trying to slow the enemy army, burned the last bridge over the Lynches River at Ratcliff's Landing. Now, Bishopville officials want to rebuild the bridge so city residents can enter Lee State Park without having to drive 10 miles out of their way. "We have 2,000 acres of recreation potential right at the back door of Bishopville and no good way to get there," Mayor Tom Alexander said. City officials pitched the idea of a pedestrian bridge to representatives of a number of state agencies that would likely have to get involved. Alexander thinks the bridge would give city residents easy access to the river and park, which lies directly east of the city.

- Lorenzo Adams buried a three-pointer with 1:25 remaining to help Benedict College fend off a late Morris College run. Adams' three -pointer gave Benedict a four-point cushion and a big enough advantage for a 68-64 basketball victory at Morris College. "I thought that was a big shot, but I don't think it put us under," said Morris head coach Clarence Houck. "We still had enough time to come down and get a quick basket. We've been playing a lot of close games; unfortunately, we haven't been able to pull one out. But we're patient, and we're going to win some games."

- If Friday night's boys basketball game between Florence Christian and Wilson Hall was a taste of what the SCISAA Tournament is going to be like, folks, buy a ticket. Florence Christian led by six points with just over 20 seconds remaining and still needed a missed three-pointer by the Barons' Scott Dinkins to claim a 66-63 victory before a standing-room-only crowd.

- The Richland Northeast Cavaliers have the potential to be a good basketball team. On Friday nights, forget it! RNE, whose star player doesn't play on Fridays due to his religious beliefs, visited the Sumter High School gymnasium Friday. The result was an easy 63-28 victory for the Gamecocks. Northeast was without 6-7 center Reggie Todd, who is the team's main offensive threat. He's also the only real height the Cavaliers possess as well. That fact, along with a swarming Sumter defense, caused RNE to struggle offensively the entire game.

- The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's annual retreat isn't intended to provide solutions for the community's problems, said chamber member Larry Cline. "What we do during the retreat is identify the problems and get people to commit to being a part of the solution," said Cline, who is vice president of academic and student affairs at Central Carolina Technical College. Chamber members - about 400 of them - met at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah last weekend for the 1995 retreat.

- It was the first indoor soccer game of the season. The G-Force against the Tigers. Donna Thornton watched nervously as her 9-year-old daughter, Jennifer, took the court. Jennifer, the only girl on the G-Force team, had never played soccer before. Jennifer had watched her older brother, Matthew, play a few seasons of outdoor soccer and only one indoor season. Now it was her turn to learn that being a spectator is far different than being an actual player. Indoor soccer is played in gymnasiums with smaller goals on opposite ends of a basketball court.

- Sumter's art community took shape under the persistence and hard work of Mildred White, who helped provide artists a place to display their work and to teach others the art of their craft. She has inspired many young students, leading them to become artists and teachers themselves. And living room walls and galleries of art are graced with her oil portraits and still-life paintings.

- Year-round classes and longer school days have caused controversial discussion among public school educators and parents alike, but now a new idea has surfaced, sparking a similar debate. A scheduling change for high schoolers, called the semester block, is gaining popularity in South Carolina and across the country, and some state school districts are already using the alternative approach. There are two types of block scheduling, which resembles college scheduling. In one, students take four courses each semester, totaling eight credits for the year, compared with the current six or seven credits. Other schools have adopted the A-B block. For example, students take four, year-long courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and three or four on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some schools switch the days on which the courses are taught. Fewer classes in a day means longer classes with more instruction time and less time spent changing classes.

- The Smithsonian Institution has learned that some issues are too close to home to comment upon, even after the passage of 50 years. The atomic bombing of Japan - an event that brought joyful relief to America but still darkness Japan's memories - is one. The government regents of the Smithsonian were summoned today to decide whether to scuttle an exhibit of the events wrought when the Enola Gay, a B-29, delivered its weapon over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, leading to the swift conclusion of a war many feared would consume hundreds of thousands of American lives. Plans for the 10,000-square-foot exhibit have drawn fire for a year.

- Hillcrest Wildcats basketball team would naturally like to beat Sumter High School when the two teams meet at the SHS gymnasium. Archrivals like to do that to one another. There's more at stake for Hillcrest than just pride, though. If the Wildcats are to have any hopes of postseason play, a move in that direction almost has to start against the Gamecocks. Hillcrest, 7-12 overall, is only 1-5 in Region IV-4A, good for seventh in the eight-team region. With no region tournament being held this year, the only way to get in the state playoffs is through the regular-season performance.