• Fort Mill native Jeff Helms, 32, a former Fort Mill police cadet and 12-year law enforcement veteran, was named Fort Mill’s chief of police.
• A tractor trailer driver was charged with DUI after colliding with another rig on I-77, resulting in a chemical spill.
• The three Fort Mill school board members up for re-election this year, John Carter, Trudie Heemsoth and Dr. John Little, had not decided whether they would seek another term.
• Plans for a textile museum, which would be housed in the office building of the old Fort Mill Plant on White Street, were put on hold.
• A Charlotte man ran over a big, fat rattlesnake with 20 rattles on Hwy. 21 Bypass. This was the first sighting of a rattlesnake around Fort Mill in a number of years.
• The new twin bridges on I-77 over the Catawba River were named for the late John McKee Spratt, a Fort Mill native.
• The Fort Mill school board adopted a $1.5 million budget for the coming year.
• Mike Trull and Mitch Lowder of Fort Mill won the boys’ 14 and under tennis championship in the first annual Springs Cup held in Lancaster.
• Forrest G. Witherspoon, formerly with the Belk-Brown Co. in Fort Mill, purchased a half interest in the Men’s Shop located at 217 Main St.
• Among the teachers in Fort Mill schools this year were Claire Jackson, Florence Harris, Mary Dyches, Amelia Neal, Pat Harkey, Amanda Castle and Bobby Plair.
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• The Panama Canal was opened to the commerce of the world when the SS Ancon made the passage which signaled the canal’s opening.
• Scoutmaster W.M. Carothers, with about 20 of his Boy Scouts, journeyed by wagon from Piedmont Springs after having camped for a week.
Compiled by Chip Heemsoth, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.