Fort Mill Times

This week in Fort Mill history, in 1978: Ray advances in A. Atlantic Golf Tournament


▪ Murray White, vice-president of the Fort Mill Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Fort Mill and Tega Cay Chambers were considering a merge.

▪ Two businesses on Main Street, Thrifts and Gifts and Pets Unlimited, were leaving downtown Fort Mill.

▪ Seventh grader Sean Hou won the Fort Mill Middle School Spelling Bee. Runner-up was sixth grader Sarah Medearis.

▪ The Fort Mill High School wrestling team finished its regular season undefeated. The team also won the region tournament, finishing 40 points ahead of second place Chester.


▪ The South Carolina National Guard was no longer interested in acquiring the old Riverview School property as an armory site.

▪ Lucile Ray of Fort Mill made the championship consolation flight of the 1978 Women’s South Atlantic Golf Tournament in Ormond Beach, Fla.

▪ Fort Mill took a basketball triple header from Indian Land. The jayvees won 38-26, the Jackettes won 59-42 and the Jackets wrapped up the sweep with a 51-50 win.

▪ Billy Caston Alexander, William “Rusty” Major and Charles Michael Short were named Outstanding Young Men in America by the U. S. Jaycees.


▪ Efforts to secure a $25 per month pay increase for Fort Mill Police Officers were defeated by a 4-2 vote of Fort Mill’s City Council.

▪ Leading scorers in the Fort Mill midget basketball league included Jimmy Honeycutt, Donnie Sain, Billy Sweatt, Jake Couch, Toby Smith and leading scorer Larry Brown.


▪ A new and modern switchboard was to be installed in the Fort Mill telephone exchange which would necessitate the change of many numbers.

▪ Representative E. K. Hardin of Rock Hill planned to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives providing for a York County hospital.


▪ The Rev. E. Z. Zimmerman, a Christian Jew of Brooklyn, New York, preached in the Fort Mill Presbyterian Church. His subject was “Why the Jews Do Not Accept Christ.”

▪ The Carolina Bargain House moved from the Meacham building to the Belk building on the opposite side of Main Street.

Chip Heemsoth is a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.