75 YEARS AGO - 1945
May 4 - May 10
- There will be a memorial service at First Christian Church in honor of Clarence Well, who gave his life on Guam Island last July 21. Clarence was in the Third Marine Corps. He was 20 years of age and the …
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- There will be a memorial service at First Christian Church in honor of Clarence Well, who gave his life on Guam Island last July 21. Clarence was in the Third Marine Corps. He was 20 years of age and the son of Robert E. Wells, who lived at 208 Magnolia St. Chaplain C.W. Ellison of Congaree Marine Base was the speaker.
- The committee in charge of planning for observance of V-E Day in Sumter finds that many of the industrial plants in the city are engaged in war work which the government wishes continued without interruption; therefore, these plants are not being asked to close for the entire day, W.R. Parker, committee chairman, noted.
- Second Lt. Myrtle S. Glasscock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Glasscock, has returned from service outside the continental United States and is now being processed through the Army Ground Forces in Miami Beach, where her next assignment will be determined. Lt. Glasscock served 25 months as a nurse in the European theater of operations.
- Advances in prices for corn, sweet potatoes, cowpeas, cottonseed, chickens and meat animals received by South Carolina farmers during the month that ended April 15 raised the general level of the state's farm prices, Federal-State Agricultural Statistician Frank O. Black noted today.
- Shaw Field will meet the 812th Tank Battalion team from Fort Jackson at the municipal baseball stadium in a game which promises to be close. Nick Najjar will be on the mound for Shaw. The game will be one within the newly formed South Carolina Servicemen's League. Shaw Field won its opener with Florence on Tuesday.
- American troops are smashing with new fury against the powerful natural defense belt of the Japanese southern Okinawa front. Both sides are bringing their heavy guns to bear. From caves, tunnels and interlocking pillboxes, the enemy is fighting back with artillery and mortar fire on a front so mixed up that a Japanese pocket, behind American lines, is harassing with night infiltrations. The Okinawa campaign including pre-invasion fleet attacks on Japan proper has cost 16,964 American casualties. Of these, 2,978 were killed.
- The Chancellery of the Third Reich in the Wilhelmstrasse has failed to yield the body of Hitler, and now the building is burning, a Red Star dispatch from the German capital said today. The disclosure that the Chancellery where Hitler had his offices was ablaze indicated that it might be difficult ever to prove that the fuehrer committed suicide along with Propaganda Minister Goebbels as the Germans report. The statement that the bodies were not found in the building, however, indicated that it had been searched and strengthened the theory that if Hitler did kill himself, it was not in the Chancellery.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Windham of Wedgefield have four sons and a son-in-law serving overseas. Cpl. Edward J. Windham entered the service Oct. 23, 1942, and went overseas in March of 1944. He is now somewhere in Germany, serving with the First Army. He was also in the invasion of Normandy. Pfc. Gus Windham entered the service April 18, 1944, and was sent overseas December of the same year. He is with the infantry of the Fifth Army in Italy. Cpl Thomas J. Windham entered service on April 21, 1942, and is a mechanic somewhere in France. Pfc. Gordon W. Windham entered service in November of 1942 and was sent to North Africa. Brother-in-law Thomas L. Geddings joined the Seabees and went to the Hawaiian islands in December of the same year.
- Sumter County donated 29,160 pounds of clothing to the United National Clothing Collection, it has been announced by W.M. Levi, chairman of the local campaign. The quota assigned Sumter was 25,000 pounds. D.B. Osborne, who had the gigantic task of weighing and shipping the clothing, said yesterday that 336 cartons were packed and that the load has already been shipped, making Sumter not only among the first counties to announce that its quota has been met, but also among the first to ship its contribution.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Jan. 4 - 10
- Progress on the construction of the low-rent housing projects located on West Hampton Avenue, East Calhoun Street and Hauser Street is advancing ahead of schedule and should be completed by Aug. 17. Lake McDonald Construction Co. of Vidalia, Georgia, is constructing the apartments which include 200 units. The $3 million project was begun last August and has 36 units on Hampton Avenue with the remainder located on East Calhoun and Hauser streets. These houses are sponsored by the Sumter Housing Authority.
- One highlight of the year 1969: "Mickey Mantle came to Sumter on June 30 and hit a few balls for the admiring crowd, the first hitting the former Yankee star had done since retirement. Former Yankee teammate Bobby Richardson, a beloved Sumter son, was responsible for bringing Mantle and Tony Kubek to Sumter on behalf of the YMCA Expansion Fund Drive."
- Thomas Sumter Academy walloped Wade Hampton Academy of Orangeburg, 52-37, to capture the crown in the two-day Holiday Invitational Tournament. The Sumter cagers earned a berth in the finals by eliminating James Hammond Academy of Columbia, 59-51. Robbie Purdy led the championship charge with 17 points and also picked off 13 rebounds, second only to Mike Doby, who had 14 rebounds. Dick Booth pumped in 15 points, and Doby added 11 markers.
- Charles R. Shoe has been promoted to vice president in charge of the Sumter Office of The Citizens & Southern National Bank and named to its Advisory Board of Directors. He replaces Doran A. Bramlett, who has been transferred to Florence to head the bank's office in that city.
- The Morris College Hornets open their 1970 basketball season in Denmark against Voorhees in a Southeastern Athletic Conference battle. Coach Harry Geter's Hornets will be rebounding from a 10-16 season last year which included a 5-8 conference record.
- U.S. and South Vietnamese forces intercepted North Vietnamese troops in three regions ranging from the Cambodian border to the Demilitarized Zone and killed nearly 300 of the enemy with a rain of bombs, rockets and shells, military spokesmen reported. The U.S. Command reported the North Vietnamese shot down five American helicopters, three of them in one battle, raising to 6,295 the number of U.S. aircraft reported lost in the Vietnam War during nearly a decade of fighting.
- The hustling Edmunds Gamecocks had to scrap themselves into a pair of overtimes before clipping Orangeburg, 61-57, in a spine-tingling 4A basketball game. Mike Heriot, who had just come off the bench, saved the day for EHS in the regulation game when he swished the net on a corner jump shot with 10 seconds left, wiping the slate clean at 50-all and sending the heated struggle into the first overtime. Lathan Roddey kicked off the second overtime with a tap-in.
- The Hillcrest Wildcats routed the Mayewood Rebels here, 57-15, behind the 12 points of Jimmy Dennis. The Wildcats proved their superiority from the beginning of the game with a well-balanced running attack that showed improvement over earlier games. Dennis led the way for the 'Cats followed by Joe Dawson, who swished the nets for 10, and Roosevelt Singleton, who accounted for eight. Terry Walker was responsible for 11 of Mayewood's 15 points. Charles Scott and Mike Cox each had two for the Rebels.
- Although the story of Mary Alice Deicheibor isn't exactly a "rags-to-riches" saga, the rapid-fire success this young Hillcrest High School graduate has attained is out of the ordinary. She reported Monday to the Internal Revenue headquarters in Washington to assume the duties of clerk-stenographer, grade four. The new job will pay her more than $5,500 with automatic advancement assured. What makes this so remarkable is that before Miss Deicheibor entered the 10-week Basic Stenographic course at Sumter Area TEC, she wasn't even a typist.
- School District 17 is expecting a letter from the Office of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington shortly which will basically, but reluctantly, accept the compliance plan submitted earlier by the school officials. The plan would be in the best interest of the children. Dr. L.C. McArthur, superintendent of District 17, received a phone call telling of the decision and an accompanying letter.
- The spices will be added to an already superb concoction tonight. The concoction is the state 4A champion Edmunds High School football team, and tonight is their night. Trophies, awards and honors will be lavishly dished out at the Sumter Booster Club's annual banquet slated to be held at the Edmunds gym. University of South Carolina head football coach Paul Dietzel will be the guest speaker and will be introduced by either Tommy Suggs or Warren Muir, both star backs on USC's ACC championship team.
- Finishing touches are being placed on the renovation of the old Carnegie Library in anticipation of the Jan. 17 opening of the Sumter Gallery of Art. Located on West Liberty Street, the old building has been thoroughly renovated to cater to the exhibits to be shown. The plaster has been repaired, the walls painted, gallery lighting installed and wall-to-wall carpeting laid. Financing for this was provided by a challenge grant from the State Arts Commission.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Oct. 5 - 11
- Sumter City Council gave final approval to improved countywide 911 and emergency-radio systems, but there are still several ways city council or Sumter County Council could back out of the joint project. Approval by both councils of an ordinance to fund the project was by far the biggest hurdle facing the systems, but they still face several smaller ones. Negotiated agreements with three county telephone companies still must be approved by both city and county councils; the preliminary project plan must be approved by the state Office of Information Resources; and both councils must approve a bid from a company to supply the necessary equipment for the systems.
- Promising no negative changes to its operations and little or no change in employment, NBSC Corp. announced that it will sell itself to Synovus Financial Corp. of Georgia by March 31, 1995. The board of the $1 billion NBSC Corp. voted unanimously to sell the one-bank holding company to Synovus, a $5.9 billion company that owns 32 community banks in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
- The Junior Welfare League of Sumter will offer its annual tours and puppet performances for all Sumter third-graders this month at the Sumter County Museum. South Carolina history is introduced to students in the third grade across the state, and students from the county's public and private schools will be treated to the professional production of "Sumter County Jubilee," which depicts the history of Sumter County from pre-Revolutionary times through the colonial period. An upbeat, animated performance set to lively music, "Sumter County Jubilee" is produced by league members.
- A House panel heard from Sumter Police Chief Harold Johnson as it looked at using the National Guard in the war on crime, but civil libertarians said such use could turn the country into a police state. The National Guard, which is part of the U.S. military, has helped police fight drug-related crime in Sumter and in cities in Puerto Rico and Arizona. Sumter was the first city nationwide to use the National Guard in policing efforts. "The National Guard was a savior to our city," Johnson testified, discussing Operation Crackdown, a five-day anti-drug operation held in Sumter in December 1992. "With their help we controlled crime and saw a significant drop in crime."
- A look of disgust could be found on the face of the Sumter High School football coaching staff at halftime of its game against Lower Richland. The score was 16-0 - in favor of the Gamecocks. Head coach Tom Lewis had watched his team struggle on offense and make numerous mistakes. Fortunately for Sumter, it came up with a touchdown on special teams and another on defense in the first half. The offense joined the fun in the second half as the Gamecocks rolled to a 31-0 victory at the Diamonds' stadium.
- A local radio talk show "for teens by teens" will not only entertain teenagers, but may also benefit parents, according to the show's host, teenager Cody Tatum. "We talk about what teens want to hear and what parents can listen to - they can learn something and get to know their children better and see how their mind works," he says about the show that airs on WSSC-AM radio. With co-host Wesley Morgan, Cody tackles serious current and important issues in teenagers' lives during the hour-long show. So far, they've discussed violence in schools, gangs in Sumter, the O.J. Simpson saga and activities for teens in Sumter - a long-time universal complaint of teenagers.
- Wilson Hall claimed its second win of the season, improving to 2-5, with a 28-14 football victory over First Baptist in Charleston. Will Dinkins had a pair of touchdowns on runs of five and two yards for the Barons. Stephan Ardis had a one-yard scoring run and threw 78 yards to Stat Stavrou for a touchdown. The Barons piled up 335 yards of offense, 205 on the ground and 130 passing.
- If you adored the food and entertainment at the county fair recently and hated to see them go, your dreams will come true as Octoberfest - Southern Style dishes up similar fare and fun at Dillon Park. Admission to the event will be free. Octoberfest planners Gary Mixon and Caroline Sigmon, who have been working for more than a year on the festival, expect quite a crowd. Mixon is the director of the Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department, and Sigmon is the marketing director at The Item. This is the first Octoberfest celebration, and Sigmon and Mixon hope to make it an annual event.
- More and more people are retiring early to enjoy quality time at a leisurely pace while they are still physically active and in good health. Couple that with the expected onslaught of retiring Baby Boomers, and cities like Sumter are wise to begin planning for retirees - now. Boomers will begin to retire, especially to the Southern states, in the next 10 years. There are already more than 24,000 people living in Sumter County who are 50 years old or older, say county officials. Some groups in town are saying that it's high time those valuable citizens are recognized.
- Sumter School District 2 trustees will travel to the northern part of Sumter County Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. ground-breaking ceremony and then head south for their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 at the district office. The groundbreaking is for the district's new Crestwood High School, which is to be located at the southwest corner of U.S. 401 and Bell Road on what used to be farmland.
- USC Sumter presents Whisperings of Ireland: An Evening of Stories with Batt Burns in Nettles Auditorium. Burns will be in Sumter through Thursday as storyteller-in-residence at USC Sumter, where he will be lecturing in various classes. With him will be his wife, Maura, one of Ireland's best-known folk musicians, who will introduce students to traditional Gaelic songs and dances.
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