This Week in History

March 26, 2013 


• The Fort Mill community buried Steve Spratt, 12, outstanding student and athlete at Fort Mill Middle School. The young resident died of a gunshot wound. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, were charged with murder.

• The Rev. George Dye and members of the congregation of First Baptist Church began rebuilding and restoring the church after a devastating fire.

• Fort Mill High School coach Keith Griffin was selected to coach the North team in the North-South All-Star baseball game to be played in June.

• Anna E. Sides received a $2,650 Tuition Founders Scholarship to Newberry College. She was one of 70 students entering Newberry to win the scholarship.


• G. F. (Gus) Allen was named head football coach and athletic director at Fort Mill High School, succeeding Bob Jones. Jones was previously named principal at A.O. Jones School.

• USAF Sgt. Vicki Lambert Brinkerhoff, Fort Mill native, became the first female to join the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Honor Guard.

• Negotiations were under way for the site of Fort Mill’s new elementary education complex. The property was located at U.S. 21 Bypass and Fish Camp Road.

• Lou Holtz, head football coach at North Carolina State University, was named as the speaker for the Fort Mill All-Sports banquet to be held in May.


• Fort Mill’s first “authentic” flying saucer report came from J. B. Mills, local hardware merchant and city councilman.

• The Fort Mill Woman’s Club celebrated its second birthday. New officers included Mrs. Mason Shillinglaw, president, and Mrs. C. E. Oliver, vice-president.


• Albert Sutton of the eighth grade was to represent Fort Mill High School in the district declamation contest for boys.

• Dr. J. B. Elliott was able to return to his practice following an illness which kept him confined to his home for two weeks.


• The body of a dead man was found in Twelve-Mile Creek, near the depot at Osceola. The man died from blows to his head.

• The twenty-four young men of the local troop of Boy Scouts, under the care of W. M. Carothers, enjoyed a hike to the Catawba Dam.

Compiled by Chip Heemsoth, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.

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