75 YEARS AGO - 1945
Sept. 28 - Oct. 4
- The scientists who developed the atomic bomb are reported largely in favor of placing controls around it through international action. There is discussion of whether it should be given to Russia. The …
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- The scientists who developed the atomic bomb are reported largely in favor of placing controls around it through international action. There is discussion of whether it should be given to Russia. The military, of course, wants to retain it in deepest secrecy.
- Some of the war's most surprising and interesting "now it can be told" stories were the first ones describing the secret overseas activities of the Office of Strategic Services. They probably will become more interesting as more details of the dangerous and dramatic OSS operations are revealed. It is certain that a lot of people never heard of OSS during the war or knew exactly what this super-secret agency was doing.
- A dinner, honoring Col. D. W. Titus, commanding officer of Shaw Field, and Mrs. Titus was held in the Community Center. The dinner, which was given by city and county officials, was to pay a well-merited tribute to Col. Titus for the service he had rendered during the more than a year as commanding officer of Shaw Field and to express the appreciation that Sumter, as a community, sincerely entertains.
- Oct. 2 has been designated as "Col. George L. Mabry Day" by the city and county of Sumter. The officer from this county wears the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award which can be bestowed by the United States. The citation was for the colonel's outstanding work in the Hurtgen Forest.
- Coming from behind in the third quarter to score a touchdown and a safety, Sumter High toppled Camden in the annual grid battle between the two schools. The final score was 8 to 6. The large crowd was treated to some peculiar but exciting football throughout the hard-fought contest, and the fact that the Gamecocks were in good physical condition played as an important part in their victory as did anything else.
- All canteen members are urgently requested to meet tonight at "The Hangout" for a very important meeting. Plans for a new canteen will be discussed.
- The Gray-Y Football league, organized by the YMCA, will play the opening games at the elementary school grounds. In the first game, Capt. Randall Dixon's "Sandlappers" will play Frank Harfield's "Cubs." In the second game, Sonny Husband's "Blue Devils" are scheduled to meet Robert Richardson's "Tigers." The players in this league are composed of the fourth and fifth grades.
- The Florence Army Air Field will be temporarily inactive, effective at once, according to a telegram received from Congressman John L. McMillan. Congressman McMillan was so advised by the War Department. Plans for permanent bases are being made, and until that decision has been reached, a skeleton force will remain here.
- The administration, telling Congress today 8,000,000 people may be unemployed by spring, recommended taxes be cut by $5,000,000. This cut, as proposed, would affect individuals and corporations. It would make an estimated 12,000,000 low-income people tax-free. It would mean less taxes for all individuals.
- Hank Greenberg's $300,000 home run, welcomed with itching palms by both the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs, has set the stage for a gold-plated World Series.
- A dinner to be sponsored by the city and county honoring Col. George L. Mabry, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, will be held at the Community Center. Because of wartime conditions, it was necessary to confine the supper to a representative group as accommodations could not be provided for a large number.
- A competitive examination will be held at the post office buildings in Columbia, Orangeburg, Sumter, Aiken, Lexington, Barnwell, St. Matthews and Bamberg for the purpose of selecting an appointee to fill a vacancy which Congressman John J. Riley expects to have at the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1946. All young men between the ages of 17 and 21 are eligible to participate in the examination.
- Capt. Harry C. Tiller, of Mayesville and Port Arthur, Texas, is en route home with the 70th "Trailblazer" Division from the European theater of operations. Capt. Tiller holds battle stars for service in the Asiatic-Pacific and European theater.
- "The final road to victory was a long and costly one," said Capt. D. Wilson, South Carolina District recruiting and induction officer, "but we made it. And now, in the entire world there is a bright future ahead, if we work together for the peace as we did for the war." Stressing the importance of securing a voluntary peacetime Army without delay, Capt. Wilson pointed out that we must enlist for South Carolina 7,700 - veterans and those men with no military experience - by July 1946.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
May 31 - June 6
- The Gamecock Bowmen of Sumter took two team victories and one individual win in the Iris Open Archery Tournament at Alice Drive Junior High School. The Sumter team won the Amateur Trophy with the team of Bob Kelsey, Betsy Kelsey and Bill Harritt. The local team also won the Mixed Team event with husband-and-wife team Bob and Betsy Kelsey. Mrs. Kelsey was also the High Amateur Woman.
- Members of Pack 358 from Faith ARP Church held a flag ceremony at Millwood School in recognition of Memorial Day. Raising the flag were Trent Roberts and Kenny Tremble as other members of the troop looked on. Cub leader is Leonard McCoy, and helping with the program were Mrs. Alice McCoy, Den mother of Den Three; Mrs. John Dickerson, Den mother of Den Two; and Sgt. Ramon Rodgers, Webelo leader.
- Jack G. Ferraro, a senior at Hillcrest School, Dalzell, and Gayle Gibson, a senior at Edmunds High School, have been awarded 1970 Georgia-Pacific Foundation scholarships. Represented locally by the Williams Furniture Division, GP annually awards two four-year college scholarships in the county.
- Helen Thigpen was chosen salutatorian and Cynthia Johnson valedictorian for Manning High School graduation exercises held last week. Miss Thigpen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Thigpen, was active in all phases of school activities, and Miss Johnson was chosen "Most Outstanding Student" in English, math and social studies.
- James McBride Dabbs, 74, past president of the Southern Regional Council and author of five books on the South, died at his home in Mayesville. Born May 8, 1896, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Eugene Whitfield and Maude McBride Dabbs. A former chairman of the S.C. Council on Human Relations, he was also chairman of the board of the Penn Community Center at Frogmore, among other accomplishments.
- Under the direction of Mrs. Dick Harvin, the annual luncheon of the Junior Welfare League was held at Sunset Country Club. Mrs. Barnes Boyle, outgoing president, introduced Mrs. M. R. Newton, who has assumed the presidency. Other officers are Mrs. Allan Bruner, secretary; Mrs. C. O. Gulledge, treasurer; and Mrs. Henry Bynum, vice president.
- Drivers at Sumter Speedway seemed to get a little mixed up and must have thought that officials were putting on a demolition derby and the last car running would be declared the winner and would take home all the money. In the claim feature, the red flag was displayed 11 times, and eight of them were displayed before the second lap was completed. When all the action had stopped, Larry Hill was declared the winner for the fourth time this season, and Slick Gibbons picked up his sixth modified win.
- The Sumter Sertoma Club held its annual ladies night recently at Sunset Country Club with a special program and installation of officers. Dr. Thomas Marion Davis spoke about the gullah dialect. Charles James, Ed James, Ward Gailey and Terry Jones, with Linda Jones accompanying, provided quarter singing for the night.
- Two Sumter athletes attending a college preparatory school in Virginia have been elected captains of their respective varsity sports. Joel Stoudenmire will captain the Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia) football team next year while Jud Cuttino will lead the basketball squad.
- A1C William R. Turpin, 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron (Ninth Air Force Command Crew), was selected as May's Airman of the Month.
- Camp Mac Boykin, the Sumter YMCA's Day Camp, will open for four two-week sessions for the summer season. Camp Mac Boykin is 22 miles from the city of Sumter in Manchester State Forest and consists of a 55-acre plot with a five-acre lake used for fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming.
- A Crestview Mobile Home, valued at $7,000, was destroyed this morning on S.C. 261 when a Santee Cement Carriers Inc. tractor-trailer truck rammed it in the rear. The home was considered a total loss, as was the tractor of the truck, valued at $2,000. The mobile home truck was stopped behind another truck, which was stopped behind an unloading school bus when the lumber truck hit it.
- Young men or women just out of the military service can take advantage of a special training and employment program which is scheduled to begin at the Sumter Area Technical Education Center. The South Carolina Highway Department is offering guaranteed employment to graduates of a 21-month engineering aide course offered by the Sumter Area TEC. Additionally, these students are offered the chance to earn regular paychecks as they pursue their educational goals.
- Iris Festival activities were more plentiful this year and had bigger crowds attending the events and the gardens than in past festivals. Thousands of people turned out during the week to take in at least one of the many events held during the festive week. All year long, people probably go by the gardens and say, "we should stop by sometime" but never quite get around to it. However, several activities planned at the gardens last week brought out almost every type of person.
25 YEARS AGO - 1970
- The Florence Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of Carl Askew and founding and Managing Director Elsie Jenkins, will present "Peter and the Wolf" at Patriot Hall. "Peter and the Wolf," with story and music by Pyrokfiev, was written as an introduction to the orchestra and is a "musical tale for children of all ages." The Florence Ballet Company presents "Peter and the Wolf" as part of its "Dance for Youth" program.
- Sumter County Council members listened to more disgruntled residents complain about the condition of the county's dirt roads and squabbled among themselves over the purpose of a $15-per-car road user fee they assessed last year. Two residents, who said they were speaking on behalf of a dozen who attended the meeting, complained about their dirt streets, which they said are often impassable.
- The Item has closed its office in Bishopville. The move comes as part of a companywide cost-saving effort designed to offset the rising costs of newsprint. The Item remains dedicated to its Lee County readers and will continue to serve them with special zoned news and advertising space in Tuesday's edition. Lee County news and sports will also continue to be part of each day's edition.
- The Madisonians from James Madison University will be appearing at the Opera House. On tour of the East Coast, the 30-member cast of singers, dancers and musicians will present a family oriented musical revue called "Let's Turn on the Night!" which includes songs from the Bop era to country hits of the '90s. Many of the cast members perform in area theme parks each summer and after graduation go on to perform on cruise ships, major theme parks and touring musical theater shows.
- Wilson Hall head coach Eddie Talley has scrapped a patient approach to basketball before it scraps him. Holding an apparently comfortable 16-point lead over Hilton Head Prep in the quarterfinals of the SCISAA 3A state tournament, Talley resorted to a time-tested coaching stratagem. He had his Barons slow down the pace, letting time tick away as they awaited an easy shot at the basket. But patience didn't pay for the Barons. The Dolphins, taking advantage of Wilson Hall's lack of intensity, managed to trim their deficit to five points before falling 66-57.
- Operating a bed and breakfast isn't always easy, but it can be very rewarding, a state tourism official told about 25 interested Clarendon County residents. Carole Jones Amos, a rural development coordinator for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and five local bed and breakfast owners, spoke to residents at a seminar at the Old Manning Library.
- Based on the past practice of federal military base closure commissions, there is little chance Shaw Air Force Base will be added to the Pentagon list of recommended base closings. But the good news for Sumter County was followed by a bit of the opposite when Defense Secretary William J. Perry told the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission that the military will still have more bases than it needs, even after the targeted bases are closed - and that he will have to ask Congress to authorize yet another round of base closings in three or four years.
- Sumter High School girls basketball coach Rhett Harris rolled the dice and came up short. As a result, the Lady Gamecocks' perfect season came to an abrupt end with a 32-30 loss to Lower Richland in the second round of the 4A state playoffs. On the heels of a 9-4 run that saw Sumter come back from a 21-17 deficit to lead 26-25, Harris decided to let the air out of the ball. The Lady Gamecocks stood passively away from the Lady Diamonds' zone for the final three minutes of the fourth quarter before Sonja Harry missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
- Martha Ann "Mat" Savage and Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Glover were Charleston natives who came to Sumter to teach second and third grade at the Lincoln School on Council Street. They made an impact on the lives of Sumter's children for 50 years. "Though both were very thorough, exacting teachers of the old school, Miss Savage was more of a lovable, caring, motherly type of teacher, and Miss Glover was a very strict disciplinarian," according to an essay on the history of the two by Dr. Edna Davis.
- It's hard to believe that two months of 1995 are already history and spring is only 16 days away. Even with all the wet weather this fall and winter, time has still managed to slip by very rapidly. March always gets us excited about a new growing season. Warm, sunny days make local gardeners anxious to begin chores around the landscape.
- Even though the Wilson Hall Lady Barons had won all but one of their games this season, head coach Mike Lowder had some concern over his team's recent inability to start a consistent fast break. He need not worry anymore. Wilson Hall found its running game against Thomas Heyward and cruised to a 48-26 win in the semifinals of the SCISAA 3A state basketball tournament. The victory moves the Lady Barons into the championship game against Ashley Hall.
- Sumter High School's boys basketball team earned a third shot at top-ranked Irmo with a 68-54 win over Wilson in the second round of the 4A state playoffs. But that wasn't what excited Gamecock coach Byron Kinney the most. "I'm just happy to win," he said. Though a victory never seemed in doubt, the Gamecocks did struggle through a rough spell in the third quarter. Seeming to teeter on the edge of falling victim to Wilson's up-tempo game, the Gamecocks saw a 14-point halftime lead melt down to seven points by the end of the third quarter.
- Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore ordered an inquest in the investigation of a traffic accident that killed an elderly Dalzell man and injured a Sumter County sheriff's deputy. "We just want to inquire into the death to see who was at fault," she said. A coroner's inquest is a judicial inquiry that allows a six-member jury to hear evidence and testimony in a case. The jury then decides if someone should be charged in connection with a wrongful death.
- The third time wasn't a charm for Sumter High School against Irmo. Just as it happened in the first two meetings between the teams, the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the middle of the fourth quarter to beat the Gamecocks 68-60 in the quarterfinals of the boy's 4A state playoffs.
- So how much is a roll of tissue worth to you? Of course, depending on the situation, a roll of tissue can be invaluable, but most folks probably would expect for the going price to be about 25 cents per roll. Those days may be long gone, though, since the paper industry has undergone a downturn. As recently as six months ago, paper manufacturers were on average operating at only 90 percent capacity and still able to supply the demands of the market. Today, however, because of the rising demand for paper products, soon even low-grade paper - toilet paper, paper towels and newsprint - will see significant price increases.
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