Strawberries are shown here on display at the Farm Credit Farmers Market in 2019.
May 5-10, 1945
House representatives sent legislation to President Harry Truman to extend the draft law. The amendment prohibited the use of combat-inducted men under 19 until they had six months of training. Without the extension, the act would expire May 25.
Staff Sgt. Rexford C. Hargrove, son of Mrs. Emma Louis Hargrove of East Main Street, Mount Olive, has participated in 53 successful daylight bombing missions against enemy targets in Europe. Hargrove is a tail-gunner on an Italy-based 15th AAF B-17 Flying Fortress. At that time, he had received three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Purple Heart.
The state agriculture department said that approximately 8,500 24-quart crates of strawberries have been marketed this season in the Chadbourn and Wallace areas. The average price for producers has been $9.50 a crate. The department added that North Carolina strawberries have sold at or near ceiling prices on all terminal markets.
May 5-10, 1966
Mount Olive officials advertised bids for installation of pipe to solve drainage problems in the Henderson and Chestnut street sections of the town. Residents asked Mayor Pro-Tem James Francis why no action had been taken on drainage problems that occurred from recent rains. The board also advertised for alternate bids with the town furnishing pipe. The bidding cycle opened May 20.
Southern Wayne and Carver High School won district honors in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in Wilson. Southern Wayne won the district contest in parliamentary procedures while Carver took first place in quartet singing. Each school represented District III at the state contest in June.
The Seven Springs Wildcats, led by head coach Carlton Parks, beat top-placed Grantham in the Southern Wayne Conference. Members of the team were Thomas Moore, Sonny Kilpatrick, Don Jackson, Linwood Griffin, Ronnie Allen, Herman Strickland, Andy Strickland, Ricky Whitfield, Tony Anderson, Ted Dale, Horace Moore, Junior Thompson, Brent Price and C.W. Smith.
Thomas Wiley and B.A. Wilson each drove in a run as Southern Wayne defeated James Kenan, 2-1, in East Central Conference play. Wilson singled home Richard Brock. Wiley doubled to score Billy Lee. Jerry Powell was the winning pitcher.
May 5-10, 1987
On the eve of closing the town’s Ginntown community development project, Mount Olive commissioners were given the green light for a new $600,000 Community Development grant application. The proposed project targeted a three-block area off South Center Street where water and sewer lines, streets and houses were in poor shape. The town contributed $25,000. Town Clerk Arlene Talton said $20,000 were to be paid out of the town’s general fund.
William Luther Thompson, son of Mrs. Jerry Thompson of Mount Olive, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship at Mount Olive College. The scholarship is payable $1,250 annually. Thompson served on Southern Wayne’s Student Council, was a National Honor Society member, an Eagle Scout and recognized by the Society of Distinguished Students. During the 1985-86 year, MOC awarded approximately $1.5 million in scholarships and grants.
Southern Wayne’s softball team remained unbeaten with a doubleheader sweep, 13-0 and 27-9, against Mideastern 4A foe New Bern. The Saints improved to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in the Mideastern with crucial contests remaining against Wilmington’s E.A. Laney and Wilmington’s J.T. Hoggard. Pam Culbreth was the winning pitcher in both games.
Mount Olive Junior High had a 2-1 week on the softball diamond. The Chargers defeated Greenwood (15-4) and Brogden (14-11), but fell to Grantham (13-11).
“Haunted Honeymoon” was the featured movie during weekly sale by U-Rent Movie Club in Goldsboro. The store boasted it had over 35,000 movies to choose from and new releases each week.