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75 YEARS AGO - 1945
June 15 - June 21
- Holman Marks, Red Cross area representative, will teach the lifesaving instructor's course which will be given at Pocalla from the 9th to the 13th of July. A preliminary course will be given by Miss Sally Nash and Miss Frances Moses between July 2 and 6. There is still room for anyone wishing to take the course. Persons 18 and over are eligible.
- Close to 200 Kiwanians and guests enjoyed the club's annual ladies' night program last evening at the Edmunds High School cafeteria. High point of the evening was a rousing bond rally during which approximately $30,000 in E Bonds were sold. Following dinner, an excellent program of entertainment program of entertainment was presented.
- The "Y" boys and Lions Club members are holding their paper collection drive today. The entire city will be canvassed and the paper obtained taken to the boxcar at the ACL railroad yards. Citizens and housewives are requested to bundle paper and magazines and leave them on the porches or sidewalks to speed up the collection.
- F.M. Moise emerged the victor of the second-flight matches in the Carolina Coca-Cola golf handicap tournament at Sunset Country Club, defeating Holly Pearson. Mr. Moise will engage the winner of the match of the two men leading in the first flight of the tourney, C.V. (Bit) Wilder and I. Denemark.
- W.P. Bowers, collector of internal revenue, has announced that the $5 Automobile Use Tax stamp was placed on sale in all post offices and offices of collectors of internal revenue on June 9. The law requires the owner of every motor vehicle which is used upon the highways to buy this stamp and to display it on the vehicle beginning July 1, 1945.
- The housing situation in Sumter has reached the critical stage, and a local group is organizing to try to push through the construction of some 25 additional houses here, the Item learned. The group is scheduled to meet sometime to discuss plans for the move. With the influx of new military personnel at Shaw Field and new civilian workers there and in town, adequate housing here seems to be a thing of the past.
- The supply of Coca-Cola in Sumter definitely will be affected by further curtailment in the supply of sugar after July 1, because the manufacturer of that drink will not compromise with the use of substitutes. However, an equitable system of rationing will be maintained in Sumter during the shortage, according to A.T. Heath Jr., manager of the Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The OPA announced that the allotment of sugar for industrial users would be cut to 50 percent of the sugar used in the third quarter of 1941, effective July 1. Other soft drink bottlers besides Coca-Cola will be cut similarly.
- Thirty-seven students of Edmunds High School made the scholastic honor roll for the second semester of the session just ended, announced by Percy Wise, principal. Of the 37, nine made "straight A" records in subjects carrying credit toward graduation. The honor roll is based on the number of honor points earned, an average of 2.5 points per subject being the minimum requirement. This corresponds to an average grade about midway between B and A.
- Milton F. McElveen, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. McElveen, Route 1, Olanta, member of an air-dropping squadron which dropped food and ammunition to our troops and the Chinese fighting the Japanese on the Salween front, has been awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. The decoration was personally presented to Sgt. McElveen by Brigadier Gen. J.C. Kennedy, commanding general of the 69th Composite Wing, at ceremonies in the field.
- Harry L. Hudson, civilian employee in shop maintenance and engineering, is a man of ideas. When Col. D.W. Titus, commanding officer, presented Mr. Hudson with a check for his suggestion on a hydraulic pump wrench, it marked the fourth time he had been cited for his economy ideas. In 1943, Mr. Hudson received a letter of commendation for a suggestion, and in 1944, he received his first cash award. Then in January came another cash award representing recognition for three separate suggestions adopted at Shaw Field.
- Chief of Police W.C. Kirven stated today that 10 bicycle traffic violations were reported during the weekend and that a number of the riders forfeited bonds in Recorder's Court. He added that bicycle regulations will be strictly enforced, and anyone brought before the court and convicted of these violations will be punished accordingly. The public is asked to cooperate.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Feb. 15 - 21
- West Point's "Mr. Inside" has returned to his native state and his hometown area as a student in the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center's second anniversary Senior Officer Orientation Course. Col. Felix A. (Doc) Blanchard, who was born in McColl and reared in nearby Bishopville, is known to football fans as "Mr. Inside" for his three years as an All-American fullback for the West Point Academy cadets.
- Two of the remaining three contenders for the State Class AAAA Region III regular season basketball championship clashed in the Edmunds Gym. Both teams left the gym still as potential champs but with Edmunds in the driver's seat after turning back a determined Rock Hill five, 51-42. The victory afforded Coach Jimmy Boykin's Gamecocks a 6-2 mark in the family while the visitors slipped to a 5-3 slate.
- The Henry Shelor Boy Scout District Number 11 will hold a joint meeting of the District Committee with the unit leaders of the district. Russell Holt, district chairman, stated that the purpose of the meeting will be to go over plans of activities for the remainder of the year. Also, the committee will be interested in knowing how they may be helpful in keeping a meaningful and interesting program in operation for the boys of the district.
- Farmer's Field Day, a project which the Lowder Brothers Gin Co. of Oswego plans to sponsor on an annual basis, will be held at the gin for all interested farmers. The fair-style program will feature exhibits by 25 chemical, seed, fertilizer and equipment companies with representatives present to discuss their products and farming in general. Representatives of Clemson's Extension Service and Sumter County Farm Agent Dick Tillman will also be at the field day to discuss recommendations of herbicides, fertilizers, seed varieties and insecticides, including the latest information on the banning of DDT.
- Twenty Manning band students will attend the Eastern District Band Clinic at McClenaghan High School in Florence. The students were selected by auditions held recently and include the following: Flutes - Marianne King, Patty Gibson; clarinets - John Dinkins, Scotty Epperson, Marilyn Lea, Kethy Snyder, Laurie Gibson, Lynn Brown; bass clarinet - Bill page; bassoon - Martha Craft; oboe - Marie Burgess; horns - Cindy Dion, Fran Wells, Amy Elkins, Laurie Korn; cornets - John Pilchard; baritone - Andy Hudson; basses - Richard Beck and Roy Snowden.
- A former Sumter resident, Charles F. McKiever, has written a book which was recently published. McKiever, a 1934 graduate of Sumter High School, became interested in the Quakers who lived in the pre-Civil War Carolinas and who migrated in great numbers to the states of Ohio and Indiana before the war. His book explores the reasons behind the migrations and, more specifically, the part that slavery and the Quaker conscience may have played in the exodus of the Friends from the Carolinas.
- Sumter boxers ran into some tough competition in the finals of the St. Andrews Invitational Boxing Tournament and came home with only one victory. Tommy Hair, fighting in the open heavyweight division, gained the Sumter win with a decision over Wendell Dixon of Kingstree. Sumter's Mike Watson lost by decision to Jerry Moskos of St. Andrews, who was voted the tournament's most outstanding boxer.
- Bishopville remained in the conference 6AA, Upper Division Tournament struggle with a 62-46 victory over Furman. Eddie Muldrow was the sparkplug on the Bishopville team as he scored 24 points and played the backboards as if he owned them, pulling down 27 rebounds. Ricky Barkley was high scorer for Furman with 12 points.
- Jeremy Bauer came into the ballgame at Florence's McClenaghan High gym acting as if he was starving. It wasn't food Bauer was craving but baskets. The senior substitute scored only 10 points for his Edmunds team, but what a time he picked to swish the nets. Eight of his markers were in the fourth quarter and helped keep the Gamecocks in the game and send the affair into overtime.
- Susan Bryan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Werber Bryan, is the winner of the Governor's Beautification Essay Contest for Sumter County. Tying for second place in the county were Maggie Peterson and Maxine Dukes, both seniors at Sumter High School. Placing second and third at Edmunds High School were Libby Allen and Janet Pate, both 17-year-old seniors.
- Four students have been selected to represent Edmunds on "High School Bowl" to be televised on WIS-TV. Bobby Kolb (captain), James Foreman, Howard Feldsott and Betty Brody were chosen by Coaches Mr. Grady Locklear and Mr. Orrin Mahaffey after weeks of tryouts. Alternates for the team are Lindsay Brogdon and Tip Kilby. Edmunds will be competing against either Dreher or Brooklyn Cayce.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Nov. 15 - 21
- Sumter School District 17 officials said they were delighted to find out that seven of 10 of their schools will receive school incentive rewards. That figure means that the district has the second-highest percentage in the state of schools receiving rewards. More importantly for Sumter 17 schools, it means $252,676 worth of extra state funds. That's more money than combined rewards for Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties last year. The money is part of the state School Incentive Reward Program, which rewards schools whose students meet the state's performance standards for achievements.
- Frances "Scooter" White and Betty Kennedy joined other Sumter School District 17 trustees for the first time during a meeting in which the trustees also elected new officers. White and Kennedy were recently elected to fill seats in Areas 6 and 4. After spending 20 years on the board, former Chairwoman Dr. Laura Ayers decided not to run for re-election in Area 6, and veteran Kay Teer decided not to run for re-election in Area 4 after serving 16 years. The new board elected Margaret Davis, who represents Area 1, as the new chairwoman and Dr. Arland Compton, from Area 5, as the new vice chairman.
- The city of Sumter is planning filter improvements at the second of its three oldest water plants, an expensive move that may give some "red water" relief to residents in the southern part of the city. A $509,000 project to improve the filter system at the first of the plants, the city's central Church Street plant, is nearing completion. Similar improvement will be made to the water plant in the Sumter Industrial Complex.
- The city of Bishopville has begun using inmates from Wateree River Correctional Institution to do public work. But City Administrator David Bushyager wants to assure residents that the inmates in the work-release program are non-violent and that the system is "as safe as we can make it." Bushyager said the inmates will be working in the city from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and will be supervised at all times by city employees who have gone through a state Department of Corrections inmate management training program.
- Reeves Brothers is planning $20 million in improvements in its fabric finishing plant here, but the move is not expected to add any new jobs, Lee County officials say. Reeves Vice President of Manufacturing Cliff Neal would not comment beyond saying that the Spartanburg-based company was "looking at some new technology" for the Bishopville plant. Reeves Brothers Finishing Division is Bishopville's largest employer, with 350 workers.
- When Eliza Griffin granted an acre of land to St. James Methodist Church in 1874, the trustees built a small log church to serve a congregation of about 25. The congregation celebrated its 150th anniversary number with about 130 members. Approximately twice that number turned out for the event, according to church historian Mary Heriot. The impetus for their gospel singing and covered-dish lunch was the same that compelled Griffin to donate her land: "The love I bear for the cause of Christ and for the purpose of promoting his cause on earth."
- Nat Gist doesn't hunt much anymore. Sixty-nine years and a knee replacement have dictated that. And, he vows, he's not particularly interested in resuming his pastime of breeding and training Boykin spaniels. Then he walks out to the dog pen in his backyard, unlatches the gate and releases a small, brown streak with bright yellow eyes. Moments later, Gist is seated on the ground tossing a dummy for Cricket IV, laughing and talking to the dog as the excited puppy returns the dummy to its master. Gist has been involved with Boykin spaniels since reading an article in South Carolina Wildlife magazine back in 1975.
- Sonoco Products Co. announced that it would spend $90 million to expand its Hartsville paper-making operation. Sonoco Chairman Charles W. Coker said about half of the money will be used to improve paper-manufacturing equipment, replace a boiler at Sonoco's power plant and upgrade an existing boiler. The remainder will be used in areas such as the plant's plastic-bag production operation, industrial carrier departments and research facilities.
- Sumter School District 2 trustees elected new board officers after saying an emotional goodbye to Chairman Louis Tisdale, who has served the board for four years as an at-large trustee. Trustees unanimously elected Trustee Roland Robinson as the new board chairman and Trustee Dr. Kay Raffield as vice chairwoman. Other than the loss of Tisdale, the board looks the same as it did two years ago.
- Sumter High School center Greg Temple and Manning High School defensive back Kenneth Mance have been chosen to play in the 1994 North-South All-Star Football game in Myrtle Beach. Temple and Mance will be a part of the South squad. Also, Mayewood High School head coach T. Strickland will serve on the coaching staff of the South team.
- Sumter safety Dwain Hudson celebrated right along with his teammates after the Gamecocks' 17-0 victory over Orangeburg-Wilkinson in the second round of the 4A Division 1 football playoffs. Hudson, in what Gamecock secondary coach Paul Sorrells called "the best quarter of his career," intercepted a pair of passes and broke up two others in the opening period.
- The cold, gray cement walls of Turbeville Correctional Institution stand ready, waiting for new occupants to move in early next year. The first of the 1,130 prisoners the newly built institute will house are expected to arrive on Feb. 1. The state Department of Corrections opened up the prison gates to the local media and a few local dignitaries. Turbeville Correctional Institution will be a minimum-maximum facility for adult males who are serving sentences of more than 90 days for either violent or non-violent crimes.
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