This Week In History: July 21-27

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July 21-27, 1954
  • Ceed Pender, construction superintendent, said work had started on the new Mount Olive High School gymnasium. He estimated the cost at $100,000, which did not include installation of heating and seating accommodations. The county school board allocated $90,000. The blueprint included a lobby that stretched across the front of the gym and dressing rooms in the rear. The entrance was on Wooten Street.
  • Center Theatre offered the following movies in Cinemascope: “The Student Prince” with Ann Blyth and Edward Purdom, “Three Young Texans” with Mitzi Gaynor and Keefe Brasselle, and the classic “Dial M for Murder” with Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Showing on the silver screen at Clear-Vue Drive-In were “Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with the comedy duo of Abbott and Costello, and the western “My Darling Clementine” with Henry Fonda.
  • Buddy Pope scored on an error as the Methodists defeated the Presbyterians, 9-8, on the softball diamond. The Methodists led 8-0 at one point in the game.
July 21-27, 1974
  • The Mount Olive Board of Aldermen approved a $1 service charge to monthly water bills in an effort to increase revenue to meet the 1974-75 fiscal budget. The decision expected to generate $22,900 in annual income among the town’s 1,900 water users.
  • The Mount Olive Board of Aldermen, the town’s planning board and the Downtown Redevelopment Committee met to discuss revitalization of downtown Mount Olive. Robert C. Henshaw, community division representative from the NC Department of Natural Economic Resources, met with the groups. Mayor Ray McDonald said Henshaw advised the boards on federal and state grants available for redeveloping the downtown area.
  • Several members of the Mount Olive Boys & Girls Club visited the state’s capital on a sight-seeing tour. The group visited the capitol building, the state legislature, the NC Museum of History, the NC Museum of Art and the governor’s mansion. Gail Shackelford, Ricky Herring, Joyce Jones and Linda Ferrell escorted the group that totaled 38 girls and boys.
  • Southern Wayne junior Cheryl Armwood was selected for the all-star team during the Campbell College Basketball Clinic in recognition of her performance against other girls from across the nation who attended the clinic. Armwood also won the one-on-one competition in a field of 46 girls. She was named the Saints’ most valuable player for the 1973-74 season.
July 21-27, 1994
  • Named the Duplin County Manager of the Year, Ralph Cottle, resigned from that post after 15 years of service. Cottle served in several capacities that included a two-year stint as the county’s deputy sheriff in the early 1960s and the first-ever civil defense director for Duplin County. He graduated from Beulaville High School (now East Duplin High) in 1953, and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina in 1957.
  • One of the world’s largest turkey processing plants, Carolina Turkeys celebrated its eighth anniversary. More than 1,800 employees with a gross payroll of $32 million work in the facility. Administrators planned to add a 52,000-square foot building to house 50 new employees from Duplin, Sampson and Wayne counties.
  • Sprint Cellular officially opened on Royall Avenue in Goldsboro with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by general manager Kathy Garner. The office included Motorola technicians on site, an installation bay and customer service facilities.
  • Wayne County native Don Hill won the North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst in a sudden-death playoff. He made a 20-foot putt to defeat Ted Hunley of New York. Hill, who also celebrating his 18th birthday, earned a spot in the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Arizona on Thanksgiving in 1995.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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