This week in history: June 22-28

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June 22-28, 1968
  • Mount Olive native and Goldsboro resident Lt. Col. Charles A. Summerlin formally ended his N.C. National Guard career that spanned more than three decades. He was the commanding officer of the 690th Maintenance Battalion headquartered in Goldsboro.
  • Southern Wayne graduate Jimmy Shaver and his mother, Dorothy, used metal and plastic to build a greenhouse because of their interest in flowers. The structure contained over 200 different kinds of potted plants and dailies. They also had a half acre of flowers outside the greenhouse.
  • Staff Sgt. Oscar Langston Jr., was a member of a unit that earned the United States Air Force Outstanding Unit award. He served as the security police supervisor in the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdaheim Air Base in Germany. Langston graduated from Warsaw High School.
  • Mount Olive resident Buddy Kraft and Faison resident John Milton Roberts Jr., were among 85 students to make the Dean’s List at N.C. Wesleyan College. Kraft earned a degree in economics. Roberts was a member of the Nu Gamma Phi fraternity.
June 22-28, 1981
  • The Wayne County Board of Commissioners weighed its options to balance the fiscal budget if they honored the $279,000 request from Goldsboro City Schools officials to build up depleted funds. The commissioners were faced with either changing the law regulating county allocation to county and city schools, a tax increase, revenue sharing funds or delve further into the county’s fund balance. No one favored a tax increase and the proposed budget had depleted nearly $500,000 of the county’s reserve fund.
  • Calypso’s board of commissioners were expected to adopt a proposed budget of nearly $60,000 for the 1981-82 fiscal year. The proposal included a monthly garbage fee of $2, but the tax rate of 60 cents per $100 did not change. The garbage fee was expected to generate $4,800 in additional town revenue.
  • Members and teachers of the Spring Creek class of 1951 met at the home of Mrs. Edna Griffin Hinson near Seven Springs. Attending the reunion were Kenneth Price, Inez Sullivan Rose, Virginia Fields Nelson, Catherine Potter Dawson, Alice Price Kelly, Nannie Daly Cotton, Ruby Weeks Potter, Grover Williams, Bryant “Jiggs” Shivar, George “Dick” Whitfield, Kenneth Beasley, former principal James O. Waters, Wilber Williams, W.L. Creel and James E. “Toby” Holmes.
  • Buyers at the Faison Produce Market noted pepper and cucumbers were scarce since crops in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia peaked out. Yet, local growers earned as much as $17 per bushel for cakes and $10 to $12 for pepper. Eva Cottle, officer manager at the produce market, said buyers had purchased 410,000 packages of produce so far during the season.
June 22-28, 1994
  • The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners elected to eliminate the town’s inspection department, a move that was predicted to save the town approximately $50,000 annually. Commissioners asked Wayne County to handle all inspections for the town.
  • Russell Edwin Tucker, finance officer for Duplin County, was appointed Duplin County manager. He succeeded Ralph Cottle, who retired after 15 years on the job. Tucker was responsible for 250 county employees and overseeing a budget of $27 million.
  • Mount Olive resident Don Hill fell just short of reaching semifinal-round match play in the N.C. Junior Golf Championship contested at Lane Tree Golf Club. In the quarterfinals, Hill missed a short putt on No. 18 that ended his tournament run.
  • Mount Olive town officials geared up for the annual July 4th celebration at Westbrook Park. Festivities began at 4:30 p.m. with a parade at the Boys and Girls Club. Festival-goers filled up on hot dogs with all the trimmings, pickles, popcorn, watermelon, cookies, apple pies and soft drinks.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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