75 YEARS AGO - 1945
July 13 - July 19
- A $40,000 real estate agency, the Church Street Development Co. Inc., of Spartanburg was chartered by Secretary of State W.P. Blackwell. Clarendon Airways of Manning filed a charter for its $3,000 …
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- A $40,000 real estate agency, the Church Street Development Co. Inc., of Spartanburg was chartered by Secretary of State W.P. Blackwell. Clarendon Airways of Manning filed a charter for its $3,000 concern to engage in buying and selling aircraft, operating flying schools, construction and operation of airports and the operation of air freight and passenger service.
- Dr. Warren H. Burgess, city physician, was presented the Heath Award for public service at a dinner given in the Coca-Cola Community Room. It was the fifth-annual award given by A.T. Heath, president of the Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The selection of the recipient is made yearly by a committee from the civic clubs of Sumter. Dr. Burgess has been city physician since 1914 and has been practicing since 1911. He was on the staff of the Tuomey Hospital and member of the Rotary Club and the Episcopal Church. He served in the Medical Corps in World War I and was stationed in France and Germany.
- Gen. Eisenhower expressed gratitude and admiration to all the soldiers who fought victoriously under his command in one of the last announcements to come from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. The supreme commander's message was released by the ministry of information. Addressed to all members of the Expeditionary Force, it stated: "The task to which we set ourselves is finished, and the time has come for me to relinquish the combined command. In the name of the United States and the British Commonwealth, from whom my authority is derived, I should like to convey to you the gratitude and admiration of our two nations for the manner in which you have responded to every demand that has been made upon you."
- Acceleration of AAF movements overseas will mean that virtually every First Air Force officer and enlisted man qualified for overseas duty who has not yet served a tour will be called within the next few months, according to word received at Shaw Field. It was explained at headquarters that there was nothing drastic in the announcement - that it merely re-emphasized the Air Forces' standing policy of sending all its personnel on at least one overseas tour of duty.
- Shaw Fielders who travel by train after today will do most of it in day coaches, along with the rest of the nation. At midnight, most of the country's railroad will take Pullman cars off runs of less than 450 miles. Furthermore, no reservations for Pullman space will be processed more than five days ahead of the time of departure. This new traveling restriction recently was ordered by the ODT to free more Pullman cars for the heavy troop movements expected this summer.
- The Sumter Water Department reported to City Manager J.A. Raffield that a peak load for the year was carried by the pumping station one day this week. On that day, Sumterites drank or used 2,040,000 gallons of water for the 24-hour period. Average daily water consumption is about 2,000,000 gallons.
- Five South Carolina men of the 248th Field Artillery Battalion, former South Carolina National Guard regiment, were awarded Bronze Star Medals at a formal ceremony in the PBS Staging Area, near Pisa. The presentations were made by Brigadier Gen. Francis H. Oxx, commanding general PBS (Peninsular Base Headquarters). Maj. Hugh Knight, Sumter, commanding officer, revealed that out of 484 men in the battalion, more than 100 wear Purple Heart medals and 24 were killed in action. The men participated in every Italian campaign except Sicily, noted Knight.
- Men 26 or older who do not meet the Army's regular physical standards are free to change jobs without draft board permission. At the request of the Army, selective service relaxed its regulations to exclude these men from the possibility of induction as job-jumpers. Heretofore these registrants who switched employment without approval of their board could be drafted for limited Army service. The job-jumper penalties, invoked to nip a trend away from war work, remain in effect for all physically fit men, as well as for registrants under 26 who fall shy of regular requirements.
- President Truman neared the European continent ready with clear-cut proposals to preserve its hard-won peace. As his warship steamed through British territorial waters toward Antwerp, Mr. Truman was said to have definite suggestions on Europe to submit to Marshal Stalin and Prime Minister Churchill in their conference at Potsdam, Germany.
- An eight-point cut in butter ration values and sharp reduction in civilian sugar supplies during the last three months of the year appeared to be possible. The chief of OPA's dairy products branch, Eugene Brockenbrough, disclosed that a proposal to lower butter ration values to 16 points a pound is being given "very careful consideration."
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
March 15 - 21
- South Carolina peach farmers who did not anticipate the heavy frost which settled on their orchards last night suffered considerable losses, especially among the early blooming varieties of peaches. According to H.D. Barnett, who owns the biggest peach operation in Sumter County, his orchards located near Dalzell were severely damaged.
- W.C. "Bill" Bochman, president of radio station WDXY, announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives from Sumter County. In making the announcement, Bochman said, "I am offering my services to all the people of Sumter County with the sincere desire to serve them with the kind of representation they deserve."
- Some 30 paintings and prints by schoolchildren from various countries will be on exhibit at the Sumter County Library. The artwork, executed by young people of junior and senior high school age, represents the final selection from many entries. The works were screened at three levels- - school, community and region.
- The Sixth-Annual World's Championship Landlocked Striped Bass Fishing Derby should prove to be the biggest and best derby ever held on the Santee-Cooper Lakes. There will be no charge to enter the derby, the only requirement being a valid South Carolina fishing license, or, otherwise, "fishing within the law." The derby will run for three months.
- The Edmunds High baseballers had to go an extra inning before edging Dentsville, 1-0, in the opener for both clubs. The winning run crossed the plate in the eighth inning when Bill Brown singled to left to score Tommy Jackson from third. Ronnie Scarborough went the distance for the Gamecocks, allowing five hits, striking out nine batsmen and walking none.
- Millwood, the seven-generation house belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Loring Lee Jr., is being featured on the Tri-centennial Historic House Tour. This amazing house, which has held together through seven generations, was first located on the corner of North Main Street and Loring Place for more than 100 years. It was moved section by section to Loring Mill Road and reassembled there on Millwood Plantation.
- A total of 786 families of men in military service from Sumter and Sumter County were given help last year by the Sumter County Chapter of the American Red Cross, C.F. McLaughlin, chapter chairman, said. "This was part of the worldwide service of American Red Cross to Americans in the uniform of the armed forces in the United States and in 30 other countries around the globe," McLaughlin said. Service to military families included several hundred emergency communications between the families and their servicemen-kin overseas or at military posts in this country, among other assistance.
- What would be a better way to travel back through the years remembering Sumter County's history from 1670 than through the many homes in the state that have survived wars, depression, ruin and many generations? During the spring in Sumter, Wilson Hall School in cooperation with the South Carolina Tri-centennial Celebration is conducting a tour of homes dating back to pre-Revolutionary times.
- The County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held at the Ike Brunson Farm in the Concord community. All 4-H members conducting 4-H projects with swine, sheep and beef are eligible to participate. Senior 4-H members (14 and over) will be competing for the county team which will represent Sumter in the district contest.
- A1C Dale F. Putz, 363rd Transportation Squadron, captured this month's laurels for Airman of the Month. A board of non-commissioned officers selected the airman from a field of nominees. Airman Putz, a native of Lacona, Iowa, is an air passenger and household goods specialist with the Traffic Management Branch of the Transportation Squadron.
- Wilson High of Florence tallied 52 points to take first place in a four-way track meet while the Sumter High Bulldogs finished second with 38 points. Sumter won three events including the 880 relay with a time of 1:26. The winning team consisted of Leon Pitts, David Wright, Willie Bennett and Howard McFadden.
- The Sumter High Bulldogs lost their fourth baseball game in as many outings, falling to McCrorey-Liston, 2-0. Eugene Richardson hurled a two-hitter at the Bulldogs to boost his mound record to 2-0. Larry Ross was charged with the Sumter defeat and saw his record fall to 0-2. Ross relieved starter Raymond Washington, who was hit by a ball in the first frame. Patrick Davis and Earl Galloway collected the pair of Sumter hits.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Dec. 15 - 21
- A local effort to buy Christmas gifts for disabled children and adults is in need of some Santas. For the third year in a row, names of Sumter Developmental Learning Center students are hanging on Christmas trees in Hardee's restaurants at Palmetto Plaza and on Broad Street. The center teaches skills to the disabled that can help them get a job and live independently. Hardee's employees and customers are encouraged to choose a tag from the trees and buy a present for the person, said Willie Lucas, the program coordinator for Hardee's.
- The Barbie aisle was by far the busiest. Little girls were trying to choose from the multitude of Barbies and other dolls, the accessories, the cars, the boats. A delight they probably never had before. Each was escorted by a member of the Sumter Jaycees, who pushed the cart and encouraged the children that they could have whatever they wanted and that, "Yes, we'll give you the money for that." Fifty dollars goes quickly these days, but that's OK with the 52 children the Jaycees took Christmas shopping. It's probably the only Christmas they'll get.
- The City of Sumter has had no formal contact with a fledgling professional baseball league that is currently attempting to locate a franchise in Florence, according to Sumter City Manager Talmadge Tobias. "All I can tell you is that we had someone to call (City Engineer) Al Harris and ask him some questions about our ballpark," Tobias said. "We don't have anything concrete to report. All I can say is that someone contacted us and said they were considering starting a league."
- Members of the South Sumter community will find an open door and helpful new neighbors at the South Sumter Resource Center. The center, located in the old Piggly Wiggly supermarket on Manning Avenue, will hold an open house. The Rev. Marion Newton of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church will speak, local choirs will sing, and refreshments will be served. Director Lana Odom said it's taking longer than she expected to fill the center's 12 offices, but she's hard at work finding tenants who will address problems and needs in the community, and especially resources that will promote self-sufficiency.
- Stephen Welch has always wanted to attend the University of South Carolina. Next season, he'll get his chance. Welch, a senior golfer at Robert E. Lee, recently signed a scholarship to play for the Gamecocks next season. "I've always liked South Carolina," Welch said. "I grew up wanting to go there, and now I have the chance."
- Sumter High School's Carl Baker is getting a taste of a higher level of football this week. The Gamecocks' senior wide receiver has been duly impressed during practice for the 58th-annual Shrine Bowl. "The speed of the game is the first thing I noticed," he said by telephone. "The level of intensity has stepped up two or three times where it was in high school."
- A proposed 25 percent pay increase for Sumter County Council would be against the law at this time, and the measure is therefore "dead in the water," council Chairman Joe Davis said. Council voted 4-2 to give first-reading approval to the pay increase, six months after approving the county's annual budget and without first notifying the press and the public that such an issue would even be discussed at that night's council meeting. The 25 percent raise would have increased each councilman's annual salary by $2,000.
- Sumter County Sheriff's Department could get as many as three additional deputies through a new federal Justice Department program. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-SC, said that the sheriff's department will be one of 13 South Carolina law enforcement agencies to benefit from the Cops Ahead program, created by the recently passed federal crime bill. The grant program allows agencies to hire up to 3 percent of their current patrol force, and the grant could add an additional 500 officers to South Carolina's police force over the next six years.
- The vice commander of Shaw Air Force Base's 30th Fighter Wing, Col. David J. Morrow, will leave the Sumter base to take a new position in California. Morrow has been named commander of the Air Force Operational Test Evaluation Center, Detachment 5, at Edwards Air Force Base. As the organization's new commander, Morrow will be responsible for ensuring that a new plane or piece of equipment meets its operational requirements.
- If you think Santa is just for kids, you're wrong. He provides a little Christmas cheer and a memory of years past for adults, too, says Gary French, who dresses up in the big red suit and white beard. "I get to see smiles not only on children, but on adults, too. They might be bringing their kids to see Santa, but let me tell you, Santa has had grandmas and dads sit in his lap."
- When Kay Teer joined the Sumter School District 17 Board of Trustees 16 years ago, she was a young mother. And in the 30 years since Dr. Laura Ayers was first sworn in as a trustee, her hair has changed from black to silver. Ayers, a retired longtime teacher, and Teer, a lifelong arts advocate who also once called a classroom home, have battled many issues and touched even more lives with their work as trustees. Already with many things in common, the two shared an additional event this year, their retirement from the board.
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