This week in history: Oct. 20-26

Oct. 20-26, 1977
  • Margaret Eugenia Martin, owner and operator of W.P. Martin Hardware and Paint store in Mount Olive, received the Woman of the Year award, presented by the Mount Olive Business and Professional Women’s Club. Martin attended Mount Olive elementary and high schools, and was an athletic standout in girls’ basketball.
  • The North Duplin Band Majorettes brought home a first-place trophy from the Richmond County Band Day Festival held at Richmond Senior High. The majorettes competed in Class C (49 band members or less) with 14 other high schools from North and South Carolina. The majorettes were Geanetta Bradshaw, Rita Roberts, Tuck Taylor, Sherry Rogers and Angie Kennedy.
  • Cathy and Amy Waller from the Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi presented a small community donation on behalf of the Girls’ Club to the town’s board of commissioners.
  • North Duplin claimed its eighth straight win, 34-0 over Carolina 1A Conference football rival Midway. Freddie Brewington led the Rebels’ offense with three touchdowns.
Oct. 20-26, 1988
  • The Southeastern Wayne Sanitary District board called for a $5 million bond referendum to begin Phase 1 of its water system. The opening phase included 55.6 miles of water lines within the district and 17 miles outside the district. It required three wells and two elevated storage tanks that held a combined 600,000 gallons of water.
  • North Duplin seniors Michael Joyner and Jay Smith were nominated for the prestigious Morehead Scholarship. The award was approximately $8,800 and renewable every year over a four-year period. Joyner and Smith grew up in Faison.
  • Free Will Baptist churches in Wayne County received more than $43,000 during the annual Mount Olive College gift support dinner. A total 281 people representing 16 churches made contributions. Antioch FWB and Spring Hill FWB combined to win three $100 scholarships.
  • North Duplin endured a 40-8 loss against Richlands, while Southern Wayne fell to E.A. Laney, 30-8, in a Mideastern 4A Conference football game.
  • North Duplin advanced to third-round play in the Class 1A volleyball playoffs with a 3-2 victory over Southwest Onslow.
Oct. 20-26, 1999
  • Mount Olive officials submitted an application through the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting $50,000 after Hurricane Floyd ravaged eastern North Carolina. The town planned to seek less than $150,000 after learning the state would remove massive amounts of debris and spray for mosquitos.
  • B.R. “Ruff” Huggins announced his intentions to seek a third term as mayor of Mount Olive.
  • Lunch menus for Wayne County schools: Monday (pizza or corndog), Tuesday (lasagna or ham on bun), Wednesday (barbecue chicken or hot dog), Thursday (tacos or peanut butter sandwich) and Friday (fish or barbecue sandwich).
  • E.A. Laney won 23-8 and handed Southern Wayne its first loss in Mideastern 4A Conference play. Ben Loch helped lead Spring Creek’s ninth-grade football team to victory over North Duplin’s JV squad.

– Compiled by Rudy Coggins


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