This week in history: June 15-21

June 15-21, 1963
  • Farmers in Wayne, Duplin and Sampson counties were expected to lose about $1 million by failing to apply for a tax refund on gasoline used for non-highway purposes. The estimated loss is based on figures from 1962. Statewide, the loss was expected to exceed $11.6 million.
  • W. Burkette Raper, president of Mount Olive College, said an additional 29 rooms were needed to handle an overflow of students for the fall semester. “We will appreciate any homes which would be willing to accept one or more students,” Raper said.
  • The Disney film “Summer Magic” with Hayley Mills, Burl Ives and Eddie Hodges was the Tuesday afternoon matinee movie at Center Theater. “Young Guns of Texas” with James Mitchum and Alan Ladd was scheduled to run Wednesday and Thursday on the silver screen.
  • The Coastal Plain Vegetable Research station near Faison was testing a new semi-mechanized method of picking cucumbers. If the system works out, it will revolutionize pickle cucumber farming in the region.
June 15-21, 1976
  • Five Wayne County schools were slated to offer a breakfast program - Grantham Elementary, Mount Olive Junior High, Southern Wayne High School, Nahunta Elementary and Eureka Elementary. The cost would be 25 cents for students who pay full price, five cents for students who qualify for the reduced-price program and 40 cents for adults.
  • Pope’s Discount Variety Store on South Center Street publicized its summer sale that included ladies’ summer tops for $2, boys’ and girls’ shorts for 35 cents, ankle-high hose three for $1, men’s knit shirts and tank tops at two for $3 and boys’ leisure shirts for $3.
  • The NC Department of Transportation said that acquiring right of ways and easements for the construction of a new bridge on Highway 117 South across the Neuse River would start in November.
  • The Mount Olive Jaycees presented a check for $1,456 to Dr. Hervy Kornegay, director of the Mount Olive Rescue Service. The Jaycees raised the money through their annual Rescue Squad Appreciation Day.
June 15-21, 1989
  • Ray Amon and Mount Olive Town Commissioner Louis Pate announced they would challenge incumbent D.F. Odom, Jr., for the town’s mayoral seat. Odom ran unopposed in 1987.
  • Calypso Mayor Eugene Emmer announced he would seek a fourth consecutive term. Three incumbent town commissioners - Emmett Bowden, E.B. Sutton and J.R. Turner - all filed for re-election. Joseph P. Dickerson of Calypso filed as a candidate for the Duplin County Board of Commissioners.
  • Maynard’s in Seven Springs announced the Carolina Country Band would appear July 21-22. The club required a $7.50 cover charge and did not allow anyone under 21 to attend the concert. Brown bagging was permitted and a late night breakfast buffet was offered.
  • South Wayne qualified for the Southeast Regional after a runner-up finish in the Eastern NC Babe Ruth 13-15 state tournament played in Fremont. South Wayne defeated North Wayne, 9-1, and lost to Currituck, 5-2, in the championship game.

 — Compiled by Rudy Coggins


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