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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Citadel coach speaks to Hillcrest students; young men beautify Sumter with new trees

Posted 2/8/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

- E. R. Crow, superintendent of the Sumter city schools, announced the faculties for the 1945-46 session and listed schedules for the opening days at the various schools. School will open at 9 o'clock on …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Citadel coach speaks to Hillcrest students; young men beautify Sumter with new trees


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

- E. R. Crow, superintendent of the Sumter city schools, announced the faculties for the 1945-46 session and listed schedules for the opening days at the various schools. School will open at 9 o'clock on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Dismissal hours for the first day will be 10:30 a.m. for the elementary schools and 12:30 p.m. for the junior and senior high schools.

- Nearly half of the 200,000 or more veterans arriving from overseas each month are sending Homeward Bound telegrams immediately to the homefolks, Mrs. W. C. Harris, local manager of the Western Union Telegraph Co., announced. On some ships, more than two-thirds of the men send Homeward Bound wires. These are prepared before the ship docks and are about the first thing to come off a troop ship. By the time the last soldier has debarked from the vessel, Johnny's message is already flashing across the wires to his loved ones.

- The last band concert of the season was held at Memorial Park. A large crowd was expected to attend. The musicians have been greatly inspired by the large and enthusiastic crowds which attended the programs, Conductor Frank Girard said today, expressing his appreciation to all for their part in making the season so successful. In spite of the inclement weather, the concerts were rained out only twice.

- Mrs. David Britton, county attendance teacher, urges all boys and girls of school age in the county to attend school regularly throughout the year 1945-46. During the war, excuses for absences had to be tolerated that will not be accepted this school year, according to Mrs. Britton. The labor shortage compelled numbers of boys and girls to miss school frequently, and some of them had to drop out entirely. This will not be the case this school year. In fact, emergency orders permitting youths under 16 years of age to work during school hours have been wiped out by the government, and all teenagers are urged to return to school.

- Col. D. W. Titus received this week a Certificate of Appreciation from the state of South Carolina for the contributions made by Shaw Field in World War II. Presented by Gov. Ransome J. Williams, the certificate expresses the thanks of the people of South Carolina for Col. Titus' untiring spirit and splendid leadership. It declares that the state has been honored in having Shaw Field's officers and men and their families as residents during the war period and extends an invitation to them to return in the days of peace.

- The world's bloodiest war will come to an official end when emissaries of Japan step aboard the battleship Missouri for a surrender ceremony starting about 9 a.m. Saturday, Eastern war time. Gen. MacArthur conferred with Admirals Nimitz and Halsey and Air Generals Spaatz and Kennedy on the momentous meeting which once trembled to the threats and acts of the pugnacious empire. President Truman would broadcast from Washington during the height of the ceremony, which is expected to continue for at least two hours. Both MacArthur as supreme Allied commander and Nimitz as the official signatory of the surrender document for the United States will broadcast from aboard the USS Missouri.

- T-5 Gene Pinson, son of Bessie A. and the late President of Morris College, has successfully completed the Non-commissioned Officers' Leadership course at Camp Gordon Johnston, Florida, where he is in the medical detachment, regional hospital. He finished with a high rating and was the only one of his race in a class of 21. He is now eligible for Officer Candidate School in medical administration.

- The second-highest rainfall of the year to date fell here during the night, the weather bureau reported this morning. Last night's storm was accompanied by 1.54 inches of rain. The deluge undoubtedly further damaged the cotton crop, which has been called upon to survive an unusually lengthy damp spell this season, boll weevil and boll rot. The farmers, who are expecting a short crop this year as a result, seem to be working with a kind of desperation now to get their cotton picked before more rain ruins it entirely. Numerous car and truck loads of laborers were seen leaving town early today bound for the fields of the county.

- The 64 boys and leaders attending the YMCA Camp held at Burnt Gin returned home after spending a most enjoyable week there. The boys had a full program of activities which included swimming, boating, fishing, softball leagues, football, nature hikes, treasure hunts, campfire programs, capture the flag, rope tying, obstacle course races, physical fitness, judging weights and distance, axe and woodpile competition and other scouting activities. There were no accidents or illness (except minor ones), and the boys gained a total of 147 pounds in weight during the week of camp.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

May 3 - 9

- American and South Vietnamese troops will soon launch new offensives into Cambodia to smash more North Vietnamese and Viet Cong base camps, high officials said. The disclosure followed Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird's statement that all North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries along the South Vietnamese-Cambodian border will be attacked.

- The involvement of Vocational Education in further development of the business community was a leading factor in the recent selection of Edmunds High School Distributive Education Chapter as the first place DECA Chapter in America. Edmunds DECA Chapter was presented this top national honor during the annual leadership conference of the National Distributive Education Clubs of America.

- Mrs. Odell Richardson Reuben has been elected to the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association of the USA by the 25th Triennial National YWCA Convention. Election announcements were made at the closing session of the convention, held in the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center in Houston, Texas.

- When the dust had settled and the noise had ceased, fans leaving Sumter Speedway could only say, "What a night?" It was some night, and the crowd witnessed what could be termed a demolition derby with Slick Gibbons and Jerry Buckner emerging as the winners in the two main events. The local oval has always been known as an action track, and the paying customers got their money's worth plus a little.

- Fullwood Plantation, ancestral home of Judge James Hugh McFadden, was one of the homes to be included in the East Clarendon tour. Situated on S.C. 527 near Midway Presbyterian Church, the home was erected in 1820. Hand built by slaves, it features the classic setting of tall trees, overhanging moss, azaleas and camellias.

- Stung by the shooting deaths of four Kent State University students, young persons on college campuses across the nation have begun new protests, strikes and demonstrations against U.S. involvement in Indochina. The four were killed and 12 others were injured or wounded Monday when National Guardsmen, ordered to the Ohio campus to curb any violence in protests against the expansion of the war into Cambodia, opened fire on the demonstrators.

- The Festival of Music will be held at Memorial Stadium with more than 1,650 students from Districts 2 and 17 participating in the chorus and honors band. Students practice their songs before the festival, while other committees set up some of the tableaux to be used in depicting South Carolina's history in drama and song. The program is planned and sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Sumter County Tri-centennial, the Ladies' Afternoon Music Club, Districts 2 and 17 and the Sumter Little Theatre.

- Julee Keith and Darlene Spann have been named joint winner of the Clifton Moise Scholarship Fund for this year. Both girls competed in a recent audition judged by Mrs. Robert Moses and Miss Margaret Richards of Columbia. Miss Keith, 16, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Keith and a piano student of Mrs. James Shaw. Miss Spann, 13, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Spann; she studies both violin and piano with Mrs. Virgil Smith.

- Edmunds High School students gather around the new pool tables installed in the recently opened student lounge, while the jukebox plays in the background. The lounge, painted purple and white, the school colors, is a project of the student council and is operated by council members. More furnishings will be added to complete the games and sitting areas.

- Shaw's Girl Scouts have scheduled two sessions of learning and practical living at the C. C. Goodwin Cliff House during July. The cost for the eight-day session is $5. The program includes such activities as arts and crafts, badge work, hiking, swimming (with a qualified Red Cross life guard on hand), folk dancing, outdoor cooking and singing.

- The welfare of perhaps more than 1,000,000 "residents" of Sumter city and county was discussed last night by some 35 civic-minded citizens gathered in the Science Building auditorium of Clemson University at Sumter. And, except for one lonely howl from a nearby house, not a peep was heard from any of the individuals for whose benefit the meeting was held. The silent reaction was understandable, of course; the affair was the first meeting of the Sumter City-County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

- A fire of undetermined origin swept through three rooms in the Sumter Area Technical Education Center at the corner of Guignard and Miller Road, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage. The fire apparently started shortly after 6 p.m. in a small faculty office between TEC's business machines room and the welding shop and spread to both of these rooms.

- The annual search for America's top young mechanics is underway, and a crack team from Sumter Area Technical Education Center will be gunning for top honors this year after finishing second to the York County Technical Education Center in 1969. Auto mechanics students from schools across the country are entering the 22nd-annual Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest to be held in every state.

- Citadel head football coach Jim "Red" Parker was the guest speaker at the Hillcrest High School Athletic Banquet. Bill Ransom was the emcee of the festivities. Coach Parker has been a coach almost all of his adult years. Parker emphasized the importance of parents realizing the coach is just as concerned about the players as they are. Awarding of letters and trophies, with the separate coaches giving their players praise and a small summary of the year, concluded the event.

- Two Edmunds High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The two are William Thad Byrd, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Byrd, and Robert Kolb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Kolb. To be qualified as Merit Scholars, both Kolb and Byrd stood the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Earlier this year they were named, along with 14,000 others in the nation, as Merit Semifinalists, later becoming finalists based on scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the school's recommendation.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Feb. 2 - 8

- As Sumter High School's Carl Baker signed a national letter of intent to play both football and baseball with Clemson University, his father, Carl Sr., looked on with the pride any father would. However, with Carl Jr. signing his name, he also changed the relationship between father and son. The Bakers had more than a father-son relationship when it came to football. They've also had to deal with the relationship of player and coach for the past three years. Carl Sr. is a long-time assistant coach at Sumter High School.

- The groundhog has spoken: Spring will come early this year. Punxsutawney Phil, the world's smallest and furriest weather forecaster, failed to see his shadow as he was hauled from his burrow today, indicating according to legend that spring is just around the corner. The chubby groundhog was taken out of his man-made burrow by handler Bill Deeley at 7:29 a.m. Deeley kissed the animal and placed him on top of the stump outside Phil's home.

- A 3-12 record might be a negative omen heading into the Region IV-4A wrestling tournament. But Sumter High School coach David Wright doesn't believe it. In fact, he said SHS' record is deceiving. "We've come a long way," he said. "When you look at individual records, a lot of them are .500. We just haven't put our wins together in the dual meets."

- Jerome McCray's hand reached out to shake that of Eddie Stuckey, who'd just won an award for making the tastiest chicken wings. Stuckey beat John Bassard, but Bassard wasn't a loser; he was wearing the apron he'd won for serving the best-looking wings. While the three men probably didn't realize it, they'd just accomplished one of the goals of the Clarendon Community Forum they were attending at Manning Middle School - building positive race relations.

- The members of Ralph Oxendine's congregation aren't arrayed in coats and ties or frilly dresses. They don't drive to the service in a nice car, and they don't have a roast waiting in the oven at home. Some of them don't even have homes. Oxendine and his co-workers from the Green Acres Assembly of God street preaching ministry gather every Sunday at Volunteer Park on Calhoun Street to deliver their message to anyone who will listen.

- Sumter County farmers David Winkles and Mark McLeod were recognized at the recent Soybean-Corn Expo held at the Sumter County Exhibition Center. Winkles was honored with a Meritorious Service Award from the American Soybean Association. McLeod was the winner of the irrigated corn yield contest from the Pee Dee region with a yield of 215 bushels per acre.

- On Saturday morning, young men dressed in warm clothing gathered in the South Sumter Resource Center parking lot, where a truck stood filled with oak saplings ready to be planted. Noses red and hands cold, they lifted a sapling out of the truck and nestled its roots in the fresh earth of a newly dug hole. Though few, the leaves of the 8-foot-tall tree added a touch of green to the parking lot. The young men work eight hours every Saturday planting trees around Sumter. But this Saturday and this planting were special, for an official with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was present to watch the young men, as were Sumter officials.

- Last March, Sumter's Tuomey Regional Medical Center announced a $42 million, five-year expansion and renovation plan. More than 10 months later, the project that is slated to add to the hospital more than 212,000 square feet of new space and renovate 55,000 square feet of existing space is still awaiting approval from the hospital's board of trustees. "The final decision is up to the board of trustees, who will decide whether or not we will go through with the project in the spring," said Tuomey Vice President Gregg Martin.

- Children, teachers and parents are invited to meet Michael White, artist and illustrator, at the Opera House in Bishopville. Participants will be able to draw with White during the 45-minute program. White's work ranges from almost photographic representations of natural things to wildly imaginative visual jokes. His most recent book is "The Library Dragon," written by storyteller Carmen Deedy. He is currently working on illustrations for Deedy's forthcoming book, "Old Zeb," in addition to his work in art shows and galleries.