This week in history: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

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Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 1965
  • The Mount Olive Merchants Association voted unanimously to not have a Christmas parade, but planned to make a concerted effort to decorate the downtown shopping area. President Freeman Page asked for the merchants’ input, which led to the event’s cancellation.
  • Mount Olive resident Lynn Odom was elected president of the student government association at Mount Olive College. Bill Farmer, also of Mount Olive, was elected treasurer. Both attended Mount Olive High School.
  • “Once a Thief” starring Ann-Margret and Van Heflin was the marquee film at Center Theater.
  • Louise C. Bullock of Mount Olive toured the dental hygienist training facilities at the University of Pittsburgh and Broome Technical Community College in Binghamton, New York. Bullock was chairman of the Health Occupations department at Wayne Technical Institute.
  • Halfback Gene Hughes rushed for touchdowns as Mount Olive Junior High avenged its lone loss of the season, 35-0 against Rose Hill. Hughes scored on runs of 18, 3, 23 and 13 yards. Halfback David Byrd added a 27-yard touchdown run.
Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 1986
  • School officials, parents and community supporters attended the dedication ceremony for a new field house at Southern Wayne High School. The block and brick veneer building was built next to the football field and still stands today. Carpentry, masonry, drafting and electricity classes at Southern Wayne assisted in construction.
  • Belk Tyler offered Texas Instruments microelectronic digital watches for $19.95. The company’s sales pitch was “a combination of space-age styling and precision timekeeping at a price you can afford.”
  • The Wayne County Commissioners and Wayne County Animal Control reviewed the $2 fee for vaccinating dogs. The shot was good for three years. Pete Gurley, superintendent of Wayne County Schools, met with commissioners to discuss a new trash disposal program at the county schools.
Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 1997
  • The Mount Olive Rescue Service’s First Aid team claimed the first-place trophy during the N.C. Association of Rescue Squads and Emergency Services convention held in Winston-Salem. Members of the team were Donald Kelley (co-captain), Sue Price (co-captain), Ann Kelly and alternate Ronald Kelley. Mount Olive won a tiebreaker against the Walstonburg Rescue Squad from Greene County.
  • Calypso residents viewed a proposed facility update plan for North Duplin Junior-Senior High School during the Duplin County School Board meeting. The board asked for input on the $1.2 million plan that included semi-permanent and permanent construction.
  • The Carver Alumni Association reversed its original course and decided it wanted to lease the Smith Street community center. Al King, Carver Alumni president, asked Mount Olive Mayor D.F. Odom Jr., to have town attorney Branson Vickery draw up a lease agreement. The agreement was presented Nov. 9 at the town’s board of commissioners meeting.
  • James Earl Harper scored the game-deciding touchdown in the second overtime and lifted North Duplin past Richlands, 26-20. Quarterback Ken Avent Jr. connected with Harper on a touchdown pass to tie the game at 20-20 in the first overtime.
  • The Mount Olive Junior High Chargers football team had a season-ending photo placed in the Tribune. Members of the team were Victor Artis, Chad McCullen, Demarco Southerland, Cal Bennett, Ransom Royal, Vincent Best, Sean Royal, Chip Mayo, Terrance McNair, Clifford Best, Issac Anderson, Michael Parks, Arian Jackson, Derrick Faison, Ced Lofton, Michael King, Daryl Merritt, Kevin Robinson, Loreno McKinney, Terry Oates, Kevin Dilda, Demetrius Elliott, Brad Gross, Gill Knox, Michael Miller, Alveno Stanford, Alex Sasser, Greg Nicholson, Tracy Hall, Nathan Lassiter, Doug Mitchell and Perrell Britton.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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