The Hall of Fame in Town Hall is supposed to showcase people who played significant roles in shaping Fort Mill.
But there's a problem.
There are scant nominations for the Hall of Fame and organizers want residents to help by submitting names for the honor.
"The biggest problem is we need to get the word out to the public that we want nominations for people who have had an impact on Fort Mill," said Tom Spratt, a Hall of Fame nominating committee member.
"Applications are wanted from every area of Fort Mill," Spratt added. "There are hundreds of people who would qualify, but we want their circle of influence to nominate them."
The effort to annually honor people past and present for their contributions to Fort Mill kicked off a little more than a year ago. To date, organizers have received just one nomination.
"It's been very frustrating," Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk said about the lack of nominations. "There are scores of candidates for the Hall of Fame. We all should take an interest in submitting some qualified applicants for the nomination process."
That hasn't happened. Yet, town leaders contend those who shaped Fort Mill, as well as those who currently are leaving their positive mark on the town, deserve recognition.
"Fort Mill is a special place, and there have been a lot of people who contributed to making it a special place," Funderburk said. "They should be recognized. I wanted a vehicle to recognize them for prosperity."
Nomination qualification isn't difficult, town leaders contend.
"The nomination is open to anyone who has shaped Fort Mill's history," Funderburk said. "Applicants must have a strong connection to Fort Mill."
Nominees can be living or dead. Current and former residents will be considered. Residents of Tega Cay before it was incorporated as a city are also eligible, according to the committee's bylaws.
So far, the only nomination is that of Thomas "Kanawha" Spratt for whom a local street is named, Tom Spratt said.
"He was the first settler here, and he made friends with the Indians," Spratt said of his great-great-great-great-great-greatgrandfather.
That friendship led to the Catawbas - who gave Thomas Spratt the name "Kanawha" (it's unclear what it means) - endowing the European with about 5,000 acres of local land, Tom Spratt said.
"The legend was that they would give him all the land that he could ride around in one day between sun up and sun down on a horse," Spratt said.
Decades later, that land became known as Fort Mill, Tom Spratt said. Yet, he said, they are many others who contributed to developing Fort Mill and to its subsequent progress.
The application deadline is May 1. Applications are available at Town Hall and, effective today, according to town officials, online at fortmillsc.org. Tom Spratt and eight other committee members will review all applications into the summer before submitting their selections to the Fort Mill Town Council for approval.
Organizers' preliminary recognition plans call for an October banquet, Spratt said.
"A whole range of people made Fort Mill what it is," he said. "So many people had great influence on Fort Mill."
For nomination details, call Town Manager David Hudspeth at 547-2034.