75 YEARS AGO - 1945
May 11 - May 17
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Cliff Brown have been notified of the liberation of their son, Sgt. J. Cliff Brown Jr., from a German prison camp. Sgt. Brown, who was a radio gunner with the 8th Air Force, was captured by …
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- Mr. and Mrs. J. Cliff Brown have been notified of the liberation of their son, Sgt. J. Cliff Brown Jr., from a German prison camp. Sgt. Brown, who was a radio gunner with the 8th Air Force, was captured by the Germans about a year ago. The last that his family had heard from him, previous to this message, was last Oct. 7.
- The P-47 parked on the courthouse grounds in connection with the Seventh War Loan is attracting its share of attention. The plane is a beauty. Incidentally, something else new in publicity stunts was noted as your correspondent trudged down Main Street signs painted in yellow on the sidewalk read "Buy a War Bond, Beat the Japanese."
- Shaw Field's Fliers chalked up another victory in the South Carolina Servicemen's league by drubbing the Columbia Army Air Base nine at the Municipal Stadium, 12 to 3. Lt. Al Crostwaite blanked the visitors until the ninth when CAAB put three runners across the plate. Next Friday night the Shaw men will take on Congaree's Marines in a loop contest. In the meantime, the Fliers will meet the Charleston Army Air Base team at the local park and the following day will play at Myrtle Beach.
- Increasingly tighter sugar rationing, cutting industrial users to 50 percent of their pre-war supply, appeared in prospect for mid-year today. Sugar allotments to householders for home canning will be reduced too - and it will be a lot harder to get them from local rationing boards. OPA officials, testifying yesterday before the House Food Investigating Committee, said the deep retrenchments are necessary because of a growing sugar shortage, augmented in part by a 700,000-ton over-issuance of sugar to civilians in 1944.
- Shaw personnel, military and civilians celebrated V-E Day on Tuesday afternoon by paying homage to those who made the victory possible and by dedicating themselves to the great task that lies ahead in the war against Japan. The base greeted the news of the German surrender with restrained enthusiasm. Except for a brief ceremony held on the flight line, V-E Day passed quietly as just another day of work at Shaw Field. As one drop of American blood is being spilled on some distant battlefield, there can be no real victory celebration for us.
- A group of officers' wives began a course of training in radio code which on completion will find them as proficient as their husbands in sending and receiving radio code messages. The course taught by Staff Sgt. John B. Greiner will consist of weekly classes of an hour's duration to be held at 0830 Thursday mornings in Ground School No. 2.
- The public has also been invited to attend commencement rites for the 1945 class of nurses. The two-story wing, which extends south toward Canal Street, has been eight months in construction and is now virtually completed, a modernistic addition to Tuomey.
- The "Mighty Seventh" War Loan got off to an enthusiastic start with a special program for workers at the Sumter Theater, sponsored by the Sumter Merchants Association. Climax of the meeting came when several hundred clerk-bond salesmen were inducted into the Seventh War Loan army as privates by Lt. Col. Frank Hill of Shaw Field, who admonished them to be "at least corporals or sergeants by the day's end." Advances in rank will be given according to a clerk's bond sales. A stage full of returnees lent reality to War Bond talks by a veteran of Pacific combat and by Col. D.W. Titus and Col. Hill.
- The Clean Life Club boys of the YMCA began their scrap paper collection here last week by taking in 6,000 pounds, it was announced by Carl Link, Y secretary. The boys, some 150 in number, will conduct a paper collection once a month and will go out again on June 11. In the interim, citizens are asked to bring any paper which they would like to donate to the special shed built for this purpose on the Sumter Street side of the YMCA.
- St. Mark's Methodist Church, like other Methodist churches throughout the state, conducted a special offering for Epworth Orphanage. Reported through its pastor, the Rev. Welborne Summers, that a collection of $200 was given for this purpose. St. James Methodist Church, three miles west of Sumter, gave an offering of $20 for Epworth. This tiny church, which has no Sunday school, was not asked for a collection but gave a free-will donation of its own accord. Trinity Methodist church also had a special Epworth collection and is expected to announce its contribution total soon.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Jan. 11 - 17
- The U.S. Command announced today the major units among the 50,000 American troops being withdrawn from Vietnam by April 15. They include the 1st Infantry Division, the 26th Marine Regiment and the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. Also pulling out will be three squadrons of the Air Force's 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, Navy service support units and "a number of smaller combat support and service support units of all services," the command said.
- All members of Bland Garden Club are reminded to attend the meeting at Alice Boyle Garden Center. The regular board meeting will be followed by the social hour. Hostesses will be Mrs. E.L. Garris, chairwoman; Mrs. Harold Kirkland; Mrs. L. T. Dowdle; and Mrs. J. C. Harvin. Guest speaker for the program, "Landscape Design," will be Mrs. Charles Mason.
- Sumter Chamber of Commerce president J.C. McDuffie has hailed the leadership conference at Kanuga Inn, near Hendersonville, North Carolina, last weekend as a "tremendous success and an inspirational experience for all." Conference moderator Richard Moses, a Chamber vice president, also had high praise for the work done and said completion of the proposed projects would be meaningful for Sumter's generations to come.
- The South Carolina educational TV network will feature two local legislators and two Edmunds High School students during the week. Sen. Henry B. Richardson, chairman of the Legislative Library and Natural Resources committees, representing Sumter and Clarendon counties, will be the guest on "Legislative Profiles." Sumter County Rep. J. Aycock, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, will also be interviewed on "Legislative Profile." Susan Bryan and Gary Green, editor-in-chief and sports editor, respectively, of the Edmunds "Hi News," will be shown on a panel with two other high school journalists interviewing Capt. Harry Snipes of the Columbia Police Department.
- A regular meeting of members and patrons of the Sumter FCX Service has been scheduled. During the business session, members will elect local advisory board directors and hear reports on the local FCX units. FCX is a farmer-owned purchasing and marketing cooperative which serves farmers through North Carolina and South Carolina.
- The Sumter Jaycees are conducting their 21st-annual search for the local Outstanding Young Man of the Year. The individual chosen for this honor will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award on Jan. 22 at the annual Jaycee Bosses Night. Any man between the ages of 21 and 35 is eligible for the award. Individuals, churches or civic and service organizations are invited to submit their nomination by Jan. 18.
- Col. Erwin A. Hesse, Wing Commander, is one of 76 Air Force colonels nominated by HQ USAF earlier this month for promotion to brigadier general. The list will be sent to the Senate when Congress reconvenes later in January, spokesmen said, and there was some indication that confirmation might take place early enough to begin the first promotions by Feb. 1. Col. Hess is a former World War II P-47 pilot, who saw action as a jet fighter pilot in Korea where he scored a MIG-15 kill. He also served in Vietnam. Col. Hesse was assigned to Shaw just one year ago.
- Shaw's first baby of the new year, Amy Elise Masters, arrived at the USAF Regional Hospital here about 7:10 a.m. New Year's Day. Capt. Charles W. Masters and his wife, Kathleene, are the proud parents of the healthy baby girl. The captain is 507th Tactical Control Group supply officer here.
- The championship fever which enraptured Edmunds High to the state 4A football throne is still lingering around the school. The contagious desire to win was too strong to die after the Gamecocks went the limit on the gridiron, and the basketeers seem to have caught the disease. Coach Jimmy Boykin's hardwood squad has established a respectable 8-3 overall record and a 2-1 slate among Region III teams.
- The South Carolina State Art Collection, which will be the opening exhibit in the new Sumter Gallery of Art, will give Sumter an opportunity to see examples of the best work of most of the finest professional artists in the state. The collection was initiated by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which held an invitational exhibition at the Columbia Museum of Art last winter from which they purchased several outstanding works. These have been added to through the year partly through purchases made possible by awards from various organizations, industries and individuals.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Oct. 12 - 18
- The Dalzell Water District's territory was expanded significantly by Sumter County Council in a move long prayed for by the small rural water company. The eastward expansion will allow the utility to embark on a $2.2 million project to extend water lines in the new territory to increase the utility's customer base and help it pay for system-wide improvements required by recently imposed federal Environmental Protection Agency water-quality standards.
- Deja-vu reigned for the second time in three weeks as Sumter School District 2 trustees plunged shovels into land that will one day be home to a school. Tuesday, it was Crestwood High School. Trustees first tried their hard hats on for size Sept. 22 during the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Lakewood High School. Familiar with the routine this time around, trustees gathered near the corner of U.S. 401 and Bell Road to celebrate the prospect of two new high schools being built on Sumter 2 soil during the next two years.
- Peter Ford just wants to play football and play well. It doesn't matter if he's on special teams, a starter on defense or a reserve; he just wants to play. "I want to do anything and everything I can to help the team win," said the former Sumter High School player, now a sophomore cornerback at Clemson. "I don't worry about whether or not I'm starting in a game. They can bring me off the bench, and as long as I'm contributing somehow, I'm happy with it." It just so happens that Ford has been a starter on the Tigers' defense, and it looked as if he'd be one for a while until he suffered a foot injury.
- Laurence Manning Academy's Patrick Hudson and Wilson Hall's Hamilton Davis have been named the Sumter Touchdown Club's offensive and defensive players of the week. Hudson, 5'9", 175 pounds, rushed 14 times for 276 yards and four touchdowns to lead Laurence Manning to a 34-28 upset football victory over Thornwell at Laurence Manning. Laurence Manning is 3-4 overall and 3-2 in SCISA II-3A. Davis, a 6'3", 185-pound junior outside linebacker, had 23 tackles in Wilson Hall's win over First Baptist. Thirteen of Davis' tackles were first hits. "First Baptist is a very large team, probably the largest we've played this year," said Wilson Hall coach Chuck McCord. "For some reason, maybe from their scouting report, they decided to run the football to the right side. That's the side Hamilton plays on, so he had a lot of opportunities to make tackles. He was forced to be in the middle of a lot of lays."
- Charlotte Oliver's new lucky numbers are 1, 6, 8, 12, 18, 21. It was with those numbers that she won $25,000 in this week's statewide Piggly Wiggly Free Cash Lotto Giveaway. "When I saw the numbers on TV last night, I kept saying I can't believe it, I just can't believe it," she said during a check presentation at the Summerton Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
- Twelve F-16 fighters roared off the runway at Shaw Air Force Base early this morning, headed toward the Persian Gulf and what a White House official said may be at least a year-long U.S. military presence in the region. The planes, part of the Shaw-based 79th Fighter Squadron, were given the order to deploy after being on alert. The fighters that left today will join another part of the squadron which went to the Middle East on Oct. 1 on a regular rotation.
- A berth in the state football playoffs is a foregone conclusion for Sumter High School every year. As a member of 4A Division I, SHS secures a spot in the state playoffs for being one of the 16 largest schools in the state. A Region IV title is a different matter. The Gamecocks haven't won a region title since 1991. If they are to have a shot at it this season, a win over unbeaten Spring Valley on Friday is a necessity.
- What a difference a day makes. When the sun sets over Sumter on Saturday, Oct. 22, the county will be a better place than it was 12 hours before, thanks to the efforts of community volunteers. They'll be making a difference in the fourth-annual "Make a Difference Day," a nationwide day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend magazine. Locally more than 4,000 volunteers have contributed 16,000 hours in the past three years.
- The commander of the 9th Air Force, which is headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, said he will soon move himself and his staff to the Persian Gulf to direct all Air Force operations there. Meanwhile, about 200 maintenance and support personnel for the 79th Fighter Squadron are already headed for the Gulf on planes that left Shaw this morning. Twelve F-16s from the squadron left early Thursday.
- Now that the doors have opened, local residents ought to use the new South Sumter Resource Center, officials said. "Like any other resource, if you don't use it, it is of no value," Sumter County Council Chairman Joe Davis told a crowd of about 100 people at the center's dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting. Resource Center Advisory Board Chairman James Dudley echoed Davis' sentiments. "The future is yours through this resource center," he said. "But if you don't use it, you can lose it."
- Standing ankle deep in milk chocolate-brown mud with six 100-pound pigs squealing at her feet, Dr. Lynn Hawkins begins her mid-morning rounds. She bends to capture one, readying her empty vial with which she'll draw blood. The pigs have to be tested for pseudorabies - a deadly disease caused by the herpes virus - before they are allowed to go to the county fair. These pigs aren't stupid; they see that needle coming. They run from Hawkins, moving faster through the slop than she can It's just another "day at the office" for this veterinarian. Like preschool children, animals must be vaccinated and tested for various diseases every year.
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