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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter soldier awarded Bronze Star for heroism, Purple Heart; Omaha Stockyard coming in '95

Posted 11/30/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

June 22 - June 28

- Cpl. George Turbeville, Maxwell Field hurling act, was accredited in a recent feature in the Maxwell newspaper with being the only soldier in the Army with a town carrying his name. Turbeville, son of J. …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter soldier awarded Bronze Star for heroism, Purple Heart; Omaha Stockyard coming in '95


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

June 22 - June 28

- Cpl. George Turbeville, Maxwell Field hurling act, was accredited in a recent feature in the Maxwell newspaper with being the only soldier in the Army with a town carrying his name. Turbeville, son of J. M. Turbeville, is a native of Turbeville. Turbeville, the man, has been a professional baseball pitcher since 1935, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals, Columbus, Sacramento and New Orleans. It was while playing for New Orleans that he was selected to the all-star team of the Southern League.

- Twenty-five members attended the annual Health club dinner meeting last night at the Coca-Cola Community Center. J. Cliff Brown, chairman, presided, and W.C. Eldridge, treasurer, made the financial report. Talks were made by Wendell Levi, J.M. Plowden, George Skillman, Louis Erdrich, J.A. Raffield and F.B. Creech.

- A call for nurse's aides to assist with the forthcoming mass X-Ray clinic was issued yesterday by Mrs. Hope R. Harby, who has been asked to secure six aides daily for the three-day clinic June 26, 27 and 28. Any aides who can help are asked to contact Mrs. Harby. The aides will work in shifts from 9 until 1 and from 1 until 6. Clinics will be held at Central and Lincoln schools on the 26th and on the 27th and 28th.

- Only approximately 200 of 481 applications for retail liquor store licenses for the year beginning July 1 have been approved by the South Carolina Tax Commission, it said today. "Two factors are operating to either reduce the number of stores or delay license application approvals," Commissioner Tom M. Howell said of comprehensive new regulations passed by the recent legislature.

- Shaw Field officials and Sumter city and county representatives held a final conference on plans for the barbeque to be given at the field on July 4 for the enlisted men by the city and county. Local officials had wanted for some time to entertain the men and consulted Capt. C.E. Clark of special services as to what medium would be preferable. Through Capt. Clark, the men advocated a barbeque, and the Fourth of July date was set. Plans have been approved by Col. Titus.

- John I. Steele of Sumter, who was formerly with the 77th division on Okinawa, has been awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in the Philippines. Lt. Steele received the decoration for crawling ahead of his own lines, despite heavy machine gun fire on a Japanese gun position which was holding up the American advance into Ormoc Valley. He has also been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on Okinawa.

- The three girls' swimming classes at the YMCA pool each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 6 p. m. are the largest in the history of the local YMCA. These swim classes are for beginners and also for more advanced swimmers. The first group at 3 p.m. on Monday and Friday is for girls nine years of age or over. It is a beginner class. The four o'clock class is also for beginners and composed of girls 6, 7 and 8 years of age. The five o'clock class is for advanced girls, or those who want to take up the various strokes or tests, and the life-saving course.

- The summer months of June, July and August last year cost the nation nearly $94 million in avoidable fires," reports Fire Chief E. H. Lynam. "Let's lower that record this summer." First, when you open up your summer place, check all wiring, stoves and electrical equipment. See that your fire extinguisher is in a handy place in the kitchen, recharged and ready for emergencies. Learn the instructions on the face of your Underwriters on the face of your Underwriters-approved extinguisher.

- The fighting on Okinawa has been terrific and destruction is everywhere, according to Staff Sgt. George M. Kelly, former member of the Shaw public relations staff and founder and editor of The Shaw Field News. While with the 10th Army on Okinawa, Kelly described some of his experiences in a letter received this week.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Feb. 22 - 28

- Sonny Hollis, a 37-year-old biology instructor from Columbia, won the seniors division in the cycling competition at Sumter's Memorial Stadium. Hollis, the Southeastern bicycle champion, lapped the field twice in the 12 -mile race. Second place was taken by Bill Long of North Carolina State, and another State rider, Dave Porton, placed third. Sumter's Ray Guest, who was instrumental in staging the event, finished fourth.

- Five Rebels hit in double figures as Hannah-Pamplico whipped Manning 75-66 for the conference 6AA, Lower Division Basketball championship. Hannah-Pamplico and the Monarchs will both compete in the conference tourney. Jimmy Martin was high scorer for the winners with 17 points. Jimmy Caldwell had 25 points for Manning.

- Glynn Hammock, a star lineman for Edmunds High, has signed a football grant-in-aid with Presbyterian College. Hammock, an offensive tackle, played on the first unit for the Gamecocks for three years. He was co-captain on the 1969 state championship team. He was also a Shrine Bowl player and was named to the first unit of the All-State, AAAA team selected by coaches.

- R.T. Davis, manager of the Sumter district of Life Insurance Co. of Georgia, has won a top award for district management excellence and will be honored at a banquet. Davis is one of three managers to receive Life of Georgia's Management Performance Trophy in competition among 127 district managers in 11 Southern states.

- Host Hannah-Pamplico and the Lamar Silver Foxes took first-round victories in the 6AA conference basketball tournament. Hannah-Pamplico, representing the lower end of the conference, whipped Bishopville 69-63, and Lamar, winner of the upper division, stopped Manning 69-58.

- Approximately 85 young students are sharing an interest in electricity and electric projects in Monday night classes sponsored by Carolina Power and Light Co. in cooperation with the Clemson University Extension Service. Classes are open for anyone nine to 19, and the majority of the students attending are from nine to 14 with a few senior members. The students are learning electricity terms, first aid in treating burns received from shocks and faulty wires; they also learn how to use electric tools and appliances in the home, industry and on the farm.

- Mrs. Maurice B. Randle of Sumter has been named "Heart Mother of the Year," the South Carolina Heart Association announced. She served for the second year as Heart Sunday chairwoman for the Sumter County Heart Unit. After suffering for many years with heart trouble, her husband died last year while Mrs. Randle was completing her organization for Heart Sunday. When other Sumter Heart volunteers offered to handle this work, she said she would continue it in his memory and on behalf of others threatened by death and disability from heart disease.

- The Edmunds High School Distributive Education Chapter advanced through regional competition to advance to state competition. Of a total of six competitive activities, Edmunds captured six first places, four solidly and two ties, for first in Ad Layout and Student of the Year (Boy).

- Women and girls in Sumter now have the opportunity to learn more about modeling for everyday use and for special show modeling at the Merme' School of Modeling and Charm. The school started with eight girls and will begin a second session March 2 at Sumter Beauty College. They learn the basic turns concepts of modeling, fashion design, photography makeup and other features.

- The possibility of constructing a new building to house the offices now located in the Agricultural Building on Harvin Street was discussed by the Sumter County Commission. Discussions brought out the feeling that the two-story brick-veneer Agricultural Building no longer meets the space requirements of its occupants. The federal government is to pay for 75 percent of the total project with the local government making up the remaining 25 percent either in cash or services.

- Eighty-five Shaw Red Cross volunteers donated about 1,500 hours last month to various base and local medical work programs. However, many more volunteers are needed to replace lost workers, due to transfers and retirements. Clinics suffering from personnel losses are the OB-GYN, surgical, emergency, supply, X-Ray at the hospital, dental, Shaw Heights Elementary School Health Room and the bloodmobile. The volunteers allow the staff to do their primary job.

- The stage is now set for the state class AAAA, Region III basketball tournament. Edmunds, the regular season winner with an 8-1 loop record, and runner-up Hartsville draw first round byes. Rock Hill and Lancaster will open the tourney, and the second game will feature Camden and McClenaghan of Florence.

- Two Shaw supply officers have received the USAF Outstanding Supply Officer Award for their contributions in the supply specialty. Capt. Daniel W. Risik and 1st Lt. Gary C. Grimshaw received the awards from Col. Erwin A. Hesse, commander of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing.

- In 1968, less than half of the students that entered first grade 12 years ago graduated while more than 50 percent entered the labor market without the benefits of a high school education. Drop-outs and high school graduates who never reach college represent approximately 85 percent of those who entered the first grade. These and other facts were presented at a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce building. It was noted that Sumter County should be able to support a vocational high school, which is needed.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Nov 23 - Nov 29

- For many years, there has been discussion about moving the Sumter Gallery of Art into Patriot Hall, creating a true cultural arts center. Gallery officials got the go-ahead to study the viability of renovating and occupying an unused portion of Patriot Hall. Gallery board chairman Harvey Senter asked Sumter County Council for an initial endorsement of the plan so the board could commission a feasibility study of the project and determine how much money is needed to accomplish it.

- A community with a good library is a better place to live. That's the philosophy of the Friends of the Sumter County library, a nonprofit group that helps public libraries serve the community. The Friends are marking the 10th anniversary of their local organization with a membership drive. "The library's funds are kind of meager for everything that needs to be supported there," said Mary Gene White, membership chairwoman. "(Libraries) don't get a whole lot of money from county and state funds. And therefore the Friends' supplemental funds are very necessary for extra programs."

- Where the Air Force once kept its low-tech, A-10 tank killing jets, a developer is planning a high-tech amusement park. Santee Cooper, the state-owned electric utility, has cleared the way for construction of the Isle of America theme park by agreeing to sell the Timberland Properties Inc. 1,043 acres at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Timberland is buying the land for $9.6 million and plans to build a $510 million resort. The resort also will include a 27-hole golf course, a 20,000-seat amphitheater, two luxury hotels with a total of 3,200 rooms, a 9,000-square-foot conference center and 2,200 golf villas.

- Those who believe that coaches should use preseason basketball scrimmages to evaluate their teams could have benefited from watching Hillcrest High edge Mayewood 25-23 in the Hillcrest Jamboree. And those who think winning these scrimmages isn't an objective obviously haven't watched Hillcrest head coach James Smith and Mayewood coach Ernest Fleming. Both men didn't hold back any punches when the two teams faced each other in the final game of the two-quarter format jamboree.

- Shoppers were expected to come out in full force Friday, and that's exactly what they did. "It's a madhouse," said Louise Sinkler, who was working at the Jessamine Mall Information Booth. "It's been busy, busy, busy all day long and is still busy." Sinkler said although the mall's department stores didn't open until 9 unlike other stores that opened at 8 a.m., many people began window shopping at 6:30 a.m.

- Joy Wilson was singing and dancing in the rain. She couldn't see it, but she could feel the drops on her outstretched hand and the puddles through her white cane. Like any other 10-year-old girl, Joy was excited to be visiting the mall on a school day. But any other girl would have been playing hooky; Joy was there with her teacher. Joy, whose premature birth caused her blindness, is a student in an orientation and mobility training program offered by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

- The Sumter High Gamecocks knew what the Dorman Cavaliers were capable of doing offensively before the two teams met in the 4A Division I state semifinals at Sumter Memorial Stadium. They apparently didn't know how capable. Dorman, spurred by the throwing and running of quarterback Derek Burnette, used a big-play offense to defeat Sumter 21-9 and bring the Gamecocks' season to a close. The 13-1 Cavaliers will meet Spartanburg, a 21-0 winner over Conway, for the state title. SHS finishes its season at 10-4.

- First seafood, now steak. Omaha Stockyard, a restaurant specializing in steak, is scheduled to open in Gateway Plaza by March 1995, owner Wally Davids said. The restaurant will join Red Lobster on the list of eateries coming to Sumter next year. "We will do some non-beef items, but our forte is definitely steaks," Davids said. The restaurant will occupy the space that has housed Opening Break and Hustler's pool halls in the shopping center at the intersection of Broad Street extension and Alice Drive.

- The Salvation Army and The Item are teaming up for the 26th year to provide assistance to families in the Sumter community. The Fireside Fund helps pay gas and electric bills for needy residents during the cold-weather months. Last year more than 600 families received assistance. More than $27,600 was donated last winter, and the fund has raised $416,491.54 since it was started in 1969. The Fireside Fund is sponsored by The Item and administered by The Salvation Army.

- If there's one thing to be learned from the 1994 high school football season, it's that sometimes change is good. Manning' High's football team has had its share of changes, bad and good, this season. The Monarchs, who will play Greer for the state 3A title, have lost key defensive players, sputtered offensively and totally revamped their defensive scheme along the way to playing for their first state title in six years. Andrew Heddy, Manning's head coach, summed up his Monarchs' journey in a simple way. "We worked hard all season," Heddy told members of the media at the South Carolina High School Athletic Association office. "These kids accepted the challenge and had the right mental attitude. I'm just happy that we made it here and are proud to be representing Manning."

- Anyone who expected Bishopville to play cupcake to host Sumter High School in the first round of the Sumter High/H&R Block Tipoff Tournament was in for a surprise. The Dragons, missing nine players from last year's 22-8 team that fell just a game short of playing for the 2A state basketball title, hung tough for three quarters before falling 69-53 at Sumter High.