Fort Mill Times

This week, in 1978: The Grandstand Restaurant opened on Main Street in Fort Mill


▪ A new library for Fort Mill suffered another setback as the low bid, $1.9 million, was $250,000 more than expected.

▪ The Peach Stand was expanding. The store was adding space to its front facade which would house cashiers and give them a view of the gas pumps.

▪ Jenny Randazzo, owner of Village Pizza, was named Business Person of the year by the Tega Cay Chamber of Commerce.

▪ Laura Key, senior at Fort Mill High School, was chosen by students and faculty to receive the DAR Good Citizenship award.


▪ The citizens of Fort Mill finally had toll free telephone service to the York County Courthouse in York.

▪ Jack Busbin, veteran police officer with the York County Sheriff’s Department and formerly with the Fort Mill Police Department, returned to the Fort Mill Police Department.

▪ The Grandstand Restaurant, 120 Main Street, Fort Mill, held its grand opening. Owners of the new eatery were Mr. and Mrs. James D. Jones.

▪ For the second time in a week, Fort Mill swept a triple header from Indian Land. The jayvees won 66-36, the girls won 43-38 and the boys completed the sweep with an 82-64 win.


▪ Fort Mill was in the midst of one of the coldest weeks of the century. The extreme cold caused Superintendent A.O. Jones to cancel classes for one day.

▪ William W. (Bill) Ward, 33, of Fort Mill, died in an accident at the Fort Mill bowling alley. Ward was working with a crew tearing down a shed when it fell on him.


▪ W.B. Meacham, Sr., 74, owner of the Fort Mill Electric Co., former mayor, and for years a member of the Fort Mill School Board, died suddenly at his home.

▪ Work was moving slowly on the WPA addition to the auditorium at Fort Mill High School on Tom Hall Street. The addition would lessen the size of the school’s athletic field.


▪ The local Red Cross chapter gave an oyster supper in the Meacham building with the benefits to be used in soldier work.

▪ The Majestic presented the popular pair, Jack Pickford and Louise Huff in their greatest success, “Freckles.” Also, the celebrated Alice Brady appeared in a most dramatic drama, “Darkest Russia.”

Chip Heemsoth is a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.