This week in history: Nov. 18-23


Nov. 18-23, 1968

  • Belk Tyler of Mount Olive opened its new store on the corner of West Main and Chestnut streets after spending nearly two decades at a smaller location on South Center Street. Paul Eason was manager of the store and longtime employee Lonnie Rackley was assistant manager.
  • Southern Wayne High School sent two delegates, Curtis Davis and Worth Wilson, to the 42nd annual NC Student Council Congress in Jacksonville. Davis was student council president at Southern Wayne, while Wilson was the senior class president. Advisor C.B. Price Jr., served as chaperone.
  • Dennis Pierce scored 25 points and future Campbell University men’s basketball coach Billy Lee added 21 as Mount Olive College rolled past Cape Fear Technical Institute of Wilmington, 85-65, at Henderson Gym. Pierce pulled down 24 rebounds.

Nov. 18-23, 1978

  • Approximately 8,000 people attended the annual Mount Olive Christmas parade held downtown. The Merchants Division of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event, which was moved from the first Tuesday in December to the first Saturday. “The change was made to give working parents a better chance to bring their kids to it,” said Wayne Dail, chamber director at the time.
  • Sam French’s Supermarket on South Breazeale Avenue offered all the trimmings for a fine Thanksgiving Day dinner. Fresh hens were 69 cents a pound. Three heads of collards and five sweet potatoes each rang up for $1 at the register. A 12-ounce package of Thomas Brothers bacon was $1.19. Dessert lovers could purchase a package of two Pet Ritz pie shells for 45 cents.
  • Cherokee High School forced five turnovers and eliminated North Duplin, 21-8, in semifinal-round play of the NC High School Athletic Association state 1A football playoffs. “I think we had an outstanding year, not many teams in the state can be 9-3 and beat big rivals,” said ND head coach Ken Avent. “I think the boys did excellent and did all we asked of them.”

Nov. 18-23, 1988

  • A total of 59 students were inducted to the National Honor Society at Southern Wayne High School. Criteria for NHS selection included a grade-point average of 89.5 or higher and the student was expected to show the following qualities: good character, leadership, scholastic abilities and school service.
  • Ellis Guy, a student at North Duplin High School, won the Voice of Democracy script writing contest sponsored by the Mount Olive VFW Post 9959 and its ladies’ auxillary. The theme was “Preparing for America’s Future.” Mendy Grantham placed second and Alicia Benson took third. Each player received a medal and cash prize.
  • North Duplin gave head coach Ken Avent career win No. 100 with a 27-14 triumph over Hobbton in second-round action of the NCHSAA state 1A football playoffs. Reggie Blackmore led the Rebels with 131 yards receiving and 76 yards rushing. North Duplin advanced to play Midway in the next round.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins


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