This Week in History

This Week in Fort Mill history

March 4, 2014 

1994

• Joe Bonds, Fort Mill School superintendent, was one of two finalists for the head job at Lexington School District 2, northwest of Columbia.

• A businessman operating convenience stores in the Fort Mill area paid $17,000 in an out-of-court settlement for losses from video poker machines.

• The Fort Mill Times was named South Carolina’s top newspaper in its circulation category for the sixth straight year.

• The basketball season came to an end for Fort Mill and Indian Land as both the boys’ and girls’ teams from each school lost in the first round of the state playoffs.

1974

• The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets defeated the Chapin Eagles 57-48 in the first round of the state basketball playoffs. Melvin Dixon led the Jackets with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

• The previously undefeated Indian Land Warriorettes basketball team lost its first game of the season in the opening game of the state playoffs, 30-43 to Ware Shoals. The girls ended a great season with a 24-1 record.

• Olin Collins and Larry Pettus were named Optimists of the Year by the Fort Mill Optimist Club.

• First place winners in the Fort Mill Junior High School Clean-up Poster contest were Carol Beacham and Tammy Boatwright.

1954

• A blown call by a referee in the upper state girls’ basketball championship game against Fairforest turned a one point Fort Mill victory into a one point loss. After the game, the official admitted he blew the call.

• The State Finance Commission decided that Fort Mill would have a school district of its own and would not have to consolidate with Rock Hill or Lancaster.

1934

• In a special election, B. D. Culp was elected to fill the seat of W. P. Epps on the Fort Mill School District School Board.

• Henry W. DesPortes, father of Dr. J. R. DesPortes of Fort Mill, died at Ridgeway.

1914

• Eight inches of snow, the heaviest seen in this section since 1902, fell closing school for one day.

• Andrew Caldwell suffered a deep gash in his left cheek as a result of walking through a plate glass door at the Mills and Young Co.

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

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