This week in history: Nov. 24-30

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Nov. 24-30, 1966
  • Seaman recruit James W. Reaves of the U.S. Navy graduated from basic training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Reaves is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Reaves of Mount Olive.
  • The town of Mount Olive was featured during the “Carolina In The Morning” segment broadcast by WNCT-TV in Greenville. The five-minute film included interviews with Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce President Carl Lewis and Mt. Olive Pickle Company President Johnny Walker.
  • Special gifts to the Mount Olive College library fund totaled more than $2,300 during a five-month period, according to college librarian Gary Barefoot. He said donations were coming in lieu of flowers at funerals. “The cost of a book with a nameplate to recognize the gift is $5. The college uses printed cards to notify the family when memorial gifts have been made to the library,” Barefoot said.
  • Stedman High School scored in the final seven seconds and defeated Southern Wayne, 21-20, in the District 2 regional championship football game. Southern Wayne quarterback Richard Brock completed nine of 16 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Nov. 24-30, 1976
  • The Mount Olive Boys Club football team went on the road and defeated Salisbury, Maryland, 6-0. Ricky Barwick scored the game’s lone touchdown. The teams played the previous year in Mount Olive.
  • Miss Christa Gay Blanton of Kenansville was named 1977 Poultry Queen. The 19-year-old University of North Carolina co-ed represented the NC Poultry Federation at city and county fairs, parades and pageants.
  • Mount Olive resident Lena M. Branche won a $200 jackpot at the IGA on Breazeale Avenue.
  • Five people received service awards for six years of dedication during the annual Founders Day ceremony at Mount Olive College. Recipients were Ken Dilda (history professor), Marie Robinson (maintenance), George Harrison (maintenance), Elaine Jones (maintenance) and Pam Wood (assistant librarian).
  • Elves made numerous trips to pick up Santa’s mail left inside his personal box at the Mount Olive Piggly Wiggly. Grocery store clerks weren’t certain how the mail got processed for the North Pole since postage stamps weren’t necessary.
Nov. 24-30, 1986
  • D.F. Odom Jr., mayor of Mount Olive, felt confident that Wayne County officials would contribute $250,000 toward a $1.1 million project to update the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Odom asked that the money be funneled from a local state sales tax increase from the previous year. Town officials hoped to bring the plant into compliance with state requirements and end an 11-year moratorium on sewer tap-ons.
  • Wendy Williams, a sixth-grader at North Duplin Elementary School, won third place in the 1986-87 Duplin Soil and Water Conservation poster contest. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams of Faison. Williams received a trophy and cash prize.
  • Darwin Carr scored the game-winning bucket as time expired and lifted Mount Olive College past Gardner-Webb, 79-77, in their NAIA men’s college basketball game. Alan Carrol led the Trojans with 24 points, followed by Carr and Martin Bellamy with 16 points each.
  • The Mount Olive Jaycees announced the 21st annual Pickle Classic had been moved to Dec. 12-13 due to NAIA scheduling conflicts in January. MOC faced Newport News Apprentice, while Coker College met Mars Hill on opening day.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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