This Week in History

April 9, 2013 


• The First Baptist Church educational building, gutted in a recent fire, was demolished by two wrecking crews.

• A proposal to exempt the Fort Mill School District from a single-member requirement failed in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

• Mystery writer Mignon Ballard of Fort Mill signed copies of her latest book, “Minerva Cries Murder,” at a Rock Hill bookstore.

• The Charlotte Knights opened their first season of AAA baseball with an 8-6 loss to the Ottawa Lynx at Knights Castle. Knights players of note included Jim Thome, Kelly Stinnett and Jason Grimsley. Charlie Manuel managed the Knights.


• Betty June Arnold, 12, died instantly when she crashed her bicycle into a big log near Old Unity Cemetery.

• “The Loudspeaker,” Fort Mill High School’s newspaper, won first place at the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association convention. Janet Marks was editor.

• Residents along the right of way took a dim view of a proposal to widen Banks Street from Tom Hall Street to Fort Mill High School.

• Band officers at Fort Junior High School included Derek Close, Marilyn Ervin, Cathy Kimbrell and Joan Poore.


• J. Rochelle Patterson, former owner and manager of the defunct Majestic Theatre in Fort Mill, was named Manager of the Center Theatre. The opening of the Center in 1948 led to the closing of the Majestic in 1949.

• Fort Mill’s new American Legion unit, Nathan Steele Post No. 235, would field an American Legion Junior Baseball team for the upcoming season.


• Arrangements were completed by Kanawha Chapter, DAR, for the unveiling of a stone tablet at the Old Unity Cemetery.

• Three gallons of whiskey were taken from a car and two men were arrested on lower Tom Hall Street by Rural Officer George Potts and Patrolman W. M. Epps.


• The Eureka School, located in upper Fort Mill and under the supervision of Miss Lessie Epps, closed a most successful term.

• The fine weather of the past week enabled the farmers of this section to catch up with their preparations for planting.

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

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