This photo shows an old steam locomotive in Mount Olive. The train brought life to Mount Olive, once a stop on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
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Jan. 13, 1942
Cletus Brock, staff member of The Mount Olive Tribune, was invited to speak at the North Carolina Press Association’s press institute. Photography and engraving at small newspapers was the subject of his talk to be given at a news clinic for weekly newspapers.
The Mount Olive High School basketball teams defeated the Brogden teams in a doubleheader game played in the community building Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Peggy Witherington was high scorer for the locals with 23 points in a 40-8 win. Caroline Summerlin was next with eight points. Mary Best led Brogden with four points. In the boys’ game, a rough and tumble affair, the local boys came out on top by a score of 27-15. Walter Hatch, who was top scorer with 14 points, fouled out in the first part of the third quarter.
Jan. 14, 1972
Paul C. Garrison, Jr., a Mount Olive furniture store operator since the death of his grandfather, W.R. Jennette, a number of years ago, joined in the race for a seat on the county commissioners. He was appointed to serve out the unexpired term of the late Robert H. Futrelle of Grantham, who defeated Garrison in a run-off election four years prior.
Mount Olive, the Pickle Capital of the South, was set to be the site of the annual Basketball Pickle Classic Jan. 14-15 in the Southern Wayne High school gymnasium under the direction of the Mount Olive Jaycees. Players from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Louisburg College, East Tennessee State University and Mount Olive College participated in the two-day tournament. Mount Olive was led by Mike Cherry, a 6-foot-1-inch forward, averaging 22.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. Cherry was supported by Cal Wade (at 6-feet-3-inches), Mitch McNabb (at 6-feet-4-inches) and Jim Dunning (at 6-feet-1) — all in double figures.
Jan. 14, 2002
Dewey Hudson, district attorney for the Fourth Prosecutorial District which included Duplin, Sampson, Jones and Onslow counties, announced that he would run for reelection. Hudson was to be a candidate in the spring Primary held in May. He won reelection that year.
The Boys’ 1-A Carolina Conference had a couple of new powerhouses vying for the lead. After a week of conference play, the Spring Creek Gators and North Duplin Rebels were tied for bragging rights with 3-0 conference records.