This week in history: May 13-18


May 13-18, 1953

  • Private Ellis Simmons, Jr., son of Mrs. Mary Aldridge of Dudley, was assigned for basic training to “E” Company, Third Armored Calvary Regiment, at Camp Pickett, Virginia.
  • Harvey L. Sutton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey M. Sutton of Route 3, earned a promotion to Sergeant with the Army in Korea. He was attached to the 47th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), which handled combat casualties near the front lines. A surgical technician, Sutton entered the Army in February 1951 and served at Camp Rucker, Alabama, before getting sent overseas in January 1953.
  • Mount Olive aldermen began their terms in office by holding a get-acquainted meeting at city hall. The aldermen gave Edwin Patten, the town’s tax collector, permission to collect delinquent taxes and water bills. They also discussed the city’s financial status and discussed possible ways to reduce city spending.
  • The Brogden High School baseball team captured the Southern Division of the Wayne County Conference by defeating Grantham, 5-2. Noah Jones threw a five-hitter and struck out 10 Grantham batters. Brogden finished 6-0 in conference play.

May 13-18, 1966

  • The Southern Wayne Future Farmers of America (FFA) won the top chapter and individual award at the annual banquet meeting of the Wayne County FFA Federation. FFA Advisor Ottis Wood presented the county outstanding banner to Treasurer David Stevens. Randy McCullen received a farmer trophy after being named the outstanding agriculture student in the county.
  • Mount Olive Mayor W.H. Franklin spoke to the directors of the Mount Olive Merchants Association at Southern Belle restaurant. He pointed out a large number of “self-improvements” the town has made over the year, which has made Mount Olive a better place to live. Among those improvements were living conditions, appropriated $75,000 (matched by the government) to build a municipal airport, completion of two new bank buildings and a $50,000 swimming pool.
  • Mount Olive College officials said the school’s library has 12,000 volumes and hopes to reach 20,000 over the next few years. Memorial gifts have been a driving force in improving the library’s resources.
  • Southern Wayne’s outdoor track team finished high in the most-recent East Central Conference meet and sent several athletes to the sectionals in Fayetteville. Leading the Vikings’ delegation were conference champions John Galyon (100-yard dash), Billy Lee (220 dash) and Danny Galyon (broad jump). John Clifton, Kent Sasser, James Flanagan, Walter Thompson, Worth Wilson, B.A. Wilson and Richard Brock also competed. SW took its 800-relay team of Clifton, Lee and Danny and John Galyon.
  • Cato’s on Center Street in Mount Olive ran a “half-price” sale on sportswear. Customers could buy one item at regular price and receive half off the second time.

May 13-18, 1979

  • Mount Olive Recreation Commissioners received no additional word on a request for federal cash to finance construction of a recreation complex for the town. Wayne Dail, commission director, said no work could be started on a planned mini-park at Nelson Street until a Historical Conservation and Recreation Service grant had been approved. Funding totaling $18,800 for the mini-park was approved in the 1977-78 Community Development Block Grant for the town. But city officials delayed the project to use the money to match funds for the HCRS grant.
  • Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., of Rocky Mount announced that Lois A. Roberts, a 1979 graduate of Southern Wayne High School, received a $250 Hardee’s Employee Scholarship. Scholarship recipients were chosen because of their high exemplary status as a Hardee’s employee. Winners are required to use the $250 to further their education.
  • North Duplin’s baseball team ended its season with an 8-5 win over visiting Cardinal Gibbons. The Rebels improved to 9-5, good enough for a fourth-place finish in the Carolina Conference standings. Hilbert Swinson was the winning pitcher.
  • Mideastern 4A Conference rivals Southern Wayne and Jacksonville settled for a 2-2 rain-suspended tie. Bryon Sasser threw a five-hitter for the Saints. He gave up both runs and had three strikeouts.


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