This Week in History

July 16, 2013 


• A former Fort Mill High School football star, recently arrested for carrying a sawed-off shotgun, was arrested on drug charges.

• Tommy Johnston, Fort Mill High School football coach, was named to a new assistant principal position at Fort Mill Middle School.

• The Fort Mill Swim Team won its third consecutive title at the 33rd Annual Leroy Springs Aquatics Championship, outscoring second place Lancaster 614-504.

• The Fort Mill chapter of the Future Farmers of America won first place in the State FAA Nursery/Landscape Contest. Team members were Shawn Bagwell, Sam Blankenship and Corey Watson.


• Fort Mill City Council voted to sustain Police Chief Floyd Foss’s demotion of Officer Jack McKinney from the rank of sergeant to that of patrolman.

• Gus Allen, new head football coach at Fort Mill High School, was selected as an assistant coach for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team.

• James A. Mills, Fort Mill native, retired as a special agent for the FBI in Los Angeles, Calif.

• Leonard Simoneaux won the Fourth of July Centennial Golf Tournament at the Fort Mill Golf Course.


• The first two nights of public roller skating in the new high school gym saw 106 patrons skating across the beautiful hardwood floor.

• Fort Mill was considering extending the city limits for the first time in the 80 years of the city’s existence. Thirty-eight acres in the Old Unity Cemetery area and five acres by the golf course were the targeted areas.


• Just a few more than 500 Confederate Veterans remained in South Carolina. Sixty-five veterans had died in 1932.

• The price of bread in Fort Mill rose from 5 cents a loaf to 6 cents. Bakers cited the new processing tax on wheat as the cause.


• Upon complaints of several citizens, Mayor McElhaney instructed the local police to enforce the ordinance against loading or driving cattle along the pavements of town.

• Professor J. P. Coates of Laurens, the newly elected superintendent of the graded and high school, was a visitor to Fort Mill.

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

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