75 YEARS AGO - 1945
Feb. 8 - 14
- Sumter Frozen Foods, a new corporation formed here by a group of prominent Sumter businessmen, has begun construction on a freezer locker plant to be located on Broad Street extension, one-half mile beyond the …
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- Sumter Frozen Foods, a new corporation formed here by a group of prominent Sumter businessmen, has begun construction on a freezer locker plant to be located on Broad Street extension, one-half mile beyond the city limits, which will cost between $50,000 and $60,000. S. Allen Sauls is president of the corporation, and Edwin B. Boyle vice president; L.E. Terrell Jr. has been named secretary and general manager and W.C. Eldridge, treasurer.
- Sumter High added another victory to its string by trouncing Columbia High in the Capital City gym, 48-25. Presenting a smooth passing attack and some of the most accurate shooting of the season, the Gamecocks were complete masters of the contest from start to finish and won going away. Louis Bryan scored 12 points, Jack Chandler 14, followed by Bill Baldwin with 13.
- Attracting much attention is the Boy Scout display in the W.B. Burns hardware store window. Arranged by the Lions Club Troop 37, it depicts several of the Scouting activities including camping, outdoor cooking and fire-building and direction finding.
- Influenza continued on the increase in South Carolina during the week, reported the state board of health. The week showed a total of 1,767 cases compared with 1,567 cases for the previous week. The report showed 1,130 more cases than for the same week last year.
- In the Y Midget League, the race for the championship is red hot, with the Rambling Wrecks only a few points ahead of the Red Raiders, who are followed closely by the Mallards and Pirates. Tonight's games are Red Raiders versus Pirates and Mallards versus Rambling Wrecks. In the Y Junior League, the race also is tight with the Flying Goons leading by the skin of their teeth, followed in close order by the Sandlappers, Hot Shots and Gremlins.
- The Sumter High School Gamecocks, after defeating teams of Dreher and Columbia high schools, will go to Camden to give the Camden High Bulldogs a return engagement. The Gamecocks won the first game of the season between the two teams a few weeks ago.
- The men's volleyball league, composed of four teams, will play its first games of the season. Capt. Werber Bryan's team will take on Billy Graham's in the first game, with "Jess" James' team playing Billy Gibson's in the second game.
- The remainder of the month will be devoted to a basketball free throw contest at the YMCA, it was reported. The boys got started on the contest with some excellent scores made. Winners of the Midget, Junior and Senior contests will have their names engraved on the handsome Galloway and Moseley trophies that are on display in the YMCA lobby.
- Preparations have been completed for the annual Red Cross membership campaign which will open here officially on March 1 with the quota for Sumter County set at $14,600, according to an announcement made today by C. E. Hurst, publicity chairman for the drive.
- The Red Cross executive board will adopt by-laws and hold monthly meetings, it was decided at the first meeting of the newly elected board, held at Red Cross headquarters. Heretofore, the board has met only when special business was to come up and has operated without by-laws. W.E. Bynum, chairman of the board, appointed E. C. Stroman, Hugh T. Stoddard and Mrs. Herbert Moses to the committee to draw up the by-laws which will be presented at the next board meeting.
- Gamecock Lodge 17, Knights of Pythias will have the grand officers of the order as their guests at the regular meeting. Grand Chancellor J. C. Mooneyham of Spartanburg will be the principal speaker. More than 100 persons are expected to attend.
- Several hundred Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their parents and Scouters are expected to attend the annual Scout-parent dinner at the Edmunds High School cafeteria. The meal will be served cafeteria style, and the program will be held in the auditorium immediately following.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Oct. 12- 18
- The Sumter County Game and Fish Association will hold its fall meeting at Mill Creek Lake in Manchester State Forest, according to Dick Lee, president. This year the supper meeting will follow the third-annual South Carolina Duck Calling Championship, sponsored by the local association.
- The work of four Shaw Air Force Base photographers gained honors at the 1970 TAC Photography Contest and advanced to the Air Force Contest held at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas. Photographers were: Capt. Richard Lytle, 363rd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron; Sgt. Paul Framer, 68th Tactical Air Support Group; First Lt. James Rogers, 363rd RT SQ; and Maj. Neal Mishler, 18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron.
- The U.S. Air Force is scaling down bombing raids across South Vietnam while maintaining pressure on North Vietnamese supply routes in Laos. American air attacks in Vietnam on suspected North Vietnamese and Viet Cong positions and in support of allied ground troops in battle have dropped off by as much as 70 percent since the big enemy offensives in 1968.
- Members of the Bland Garden Club will entertain Mrs. Robert M. Riddle of Chester, State Garden Club president. Mrs. Riddle first began work with garden clubs in 1957 with a Spartanburg club. Following her move to Chester, she served as president for two year terms of the Chester Club and has been affiliated with the state club for 13 years.
- At Sumter Speedway, Rat Morris finished second in the claim main event behind Guy Gamble and won the point championship in that division while Slick Gibbons added 20 more points to his total by winning his 17th main event in the modified action.
- Jan Taylor, who plays the Queen in the Sumter Little Theatre's production of "The Lion in Winter," is making her debut with the local group, but she has had a great deal of experience on the stage. A Texan, she was a drama major at Southern Methodist University and later was a student then a teacher at the Edward Rubin Studio in Dallas and a member of the Aaron Spelling players.
- Edwin B. Boyle, former mayor of Sumter and an outstanding civic and business leader for over half a century, died in Miami after a brief illness. He was 76. He was undergoing treatment at the Miami Heart Institute at the time of his death.
- Far as we know, they still haven't found out whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, but a Clemson Extension poultry specialist says scientists have figured that chickens will produce more eggs if lighting conditions are just right. The light affects the pituitary gland activity, which controls the rate at which the hen will lay. Eighteen hours of light a day is a recommended figure for mature hens.
- Schools will close early in order that teachers may attend the first district meeting of the South Carolina Education Association at Camden High School, Dr. L. C. McArthur Jr., superintendent, has announced. Schools will close at 2 p.m. instead of their normal times. Parents have been notified so that they may arrange for their children to be picked up early.
- The County Planning Board met and voted to present plans for the Wise Drive Park Development to the County Commission. Ed Gussio, city and county planning director, presented the plan to the board for review and discussion. The plan calls for a 13-acre lake, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, playground equipment, picnic area and a nature trail. Also included are a football field and track, camping area, volleyball and basketball courts, a livestock exhibition area, restroom facilities and parking areas.
- The State Department of Education recommended an average annual pay increase of $1,004 for South Carolina's public school teachers. Cyril B. Busbee, state superintendent of education, requested the State Budget and Control Board to recommend to the legislature an average increase of $600 plus an additional cost-of-living increase of six percent.
- He's almost unstoppable on the gridiron! If anyone needed additional proof, he offered it in Sumter's "must" victory over Conway. Quarterback Freddie Solomon, the leading rusher with 104 yards, scored the touchdown which pulled the Gamecocks to within one point, 19-18, and then ran the two-point conversion for the clincher.
- The problems caused by water pollution, specifically in the Turkey Creek area, comprised the major topic of discussion at the County Commission's first of two meetings for the month. Appearing at the meeting were two residents of the Turkey Creek vicinity, Arthur Garrenton and Charles Mooneyhan, who formed an effective duo in voicing their grievances to the commission on the as yet unsolved problems in their residential area.
- Buford S. Mabry was installed as president of the Sumter Kiwanis Club at the annual Ladies' Night banquet. He succeeds I. Byrd Parnell. Other new officers installed were T. O. Bowen Sr., vice president; Herman R. Moody, treasurer; and Hugh F. Knight, secretary. Charter members Wendell Levi, Fulton B. Creech and E. Murr Hall were honored for their long service to the club.
25 YEARS AGO - 1995
July 12 - 18
- Faced with drastic budget cuts, Sumter School District 17 officials have decided to cut some staff positions and services to balance the district's budget and fund an alternative program for all grade levels. The district will also operate with no reserve money during the 1995-96 school year.
- Curtis Threatt has resigned as the head football coach at Hillcrest High School to take a similar position at East Burke High School in Icard, North Carolina. Threatt was approved as the new head coach at East Burke by the Burke County Board of Education and becomes the third coach in East Burke history.
- West Ashley took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a 4-2 victory, with the winning runs coming after a 46-minute rain delay in the bottom of the eighth inning.
- About 250 Shaw Air Force Base personnel, most in the 79th Fighter Squadron, returned from a trip to Jordan, where they flew joint exercises with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Their 2 -week stay, fortunately, included only battles against blinding sandstorms and 110-degree heat. The mission was created to offer the squadron a chance to train in a foreign country against unfamiliar, but friendly, aircraft that use different airborne tactics.
- Sumter's American Legion P-15's rebounded with a 6-1 victory over West Ashley to pull even in their best-of-five, first-round state playoff series. Game 3 will be played at James Island High School.
- Health care was in the bag for public health nurses in rural South Carolina during the first half of the 20th century. These energetic emissaries of good health carried what amounted to a medical office - medicine, antiseptics, medical tools and bandages in their nurses' bags. They traveled the back roads of the state, training midwives, teaching nutrition and often providing the only medical treatment available or affordable to many South Carolinians.
- Without the comfort and security of a reserve fund, Sumter School District 17 officials aren't sleeping easy these days. Trustees approved the district's budget earlier this week with a zero balance showing in their once-healthy reserve fund - meaning they won't have money to pay for unexpected expenditures next school year. This is the first time the district has operated without a reserve fund since 1990-91, when it temporarily emptied the fund to cover a deficit caused by mid-year state budget cuts.
- The P-15's led by Lee Hatfield defeated West Ashley 9-3 at Riley Park. Sumter's victory completes the best-of-five series as the P-15's bounced back with three straight wins after dropping the first game.
- Tom Lewis has added the job title of athletic director to that of head football coach at Sumter High School. Lewis, who will be entering his 13th year as Gamecock head coach, will take over for longtime athletic director Pete Dubay. Dubay will remain with Sumter School District 17 as a purchasing agent.
- St. Philips Episcopal Church in rural Lee County is up for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. A board of the state Department of Archives and History will decide whether to submit the property to Washington for final approval. Approved sites are entered on the National Register, the nation's official inventory of historic properties.
- A Sumter attorney says he thinks he can go before a judge within months to ask for a new trial for a Georgia man jailed in the 1970 killing of 13-year-old Margaret "Peg" Cuttino. Attorney Ken Young has been appointed by 3rd Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper to sift through evidence in the case - one of Sumter's most notorious - in response to a recent motion by serial killer William "Junior" Pierce, who says he has evidence that wasn't discussed during the trial.
- Local governments are turning garbage into money. Both the city and Sumter County are collecting and selling residents' discarded plastic, aluminum, glass and paper to businesses that prepare the goods for reuse. While the governments have been doing that for several years, the money they're making from the practice is relatively new. "The market (for recyclable goods) is up, and progressively more people and businesses are making the effort to recycle," said Bill Weaver, who markets recyclable goods for the city of Sumter.
- A heat advisory was in effect in Sumter County and other parts of the state as a heat wave moved from the Midwestern United States and settled in over the East. Temperatures peaked at 97 degrees in Sumter, according to the weather service at Shaw Air Force Base. There have been no known heat-related deaths in Sumter, Lee or Clarendon counties, but scores of heat wave victims, many of them elderly, are arriving at hospitals across the nation.
- Dan Clayton has been hired to replace Curtis Threatt as the head football coach at Hillcrest High School. Threatt resigned to take a position at East Burke High School in North Carolina. Clayton was the head coach at C.E. Murray for two years.
- Game 5 of Manning-Santee's American Legion first-round state playoff matchup against Beaufort turned out to be a battle between two tired teams. Post 68, which took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series only to see Beaufort pull even 2-2 with a pair of wins at Hilton Head, advanced to the second round with a 5-2 victory at County Field in Manning.
- The medical profession has always been a highly publicized, highly glamorized one, from Dr. Kildare in the early days of TV to shows like Marcus Welbey, M.D., and St. Elsewhere in the 1970s and '80s to today's popular Chicago Hope and ER. Shaw's ER, like many other real-life ones, has its own share of drama and busy time. "We average 60-90 patients a day," said Maj. Elaine Sopko, 20th Medical Group officer in charge of emergency services. "We see patients with everything from cold symptoms to serious medical conditions requiring resuscitation efforts and transfer by helicopter to other hospitals."
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