Fort Mill Times

This week in Fort Mill history, in 1998: Kizzie Kirkpatrick wins essay contest


▪ Both Fort Mill and Indian Land school officials were considering proposals for staggered start times.

▪ Ernest Dixon, former Fort Mill and University of South Carolina football star, signed with the Carolina Panthers. Dixon was a four-year veteran of the National Football League.

▪ The Indian Land Lady Warriors trounced the Buford Yellow Jackets 87-43 to finish 10-0 in region play. Amanda Henderson led the victors with 31 points.

▪ Kizzie Kirkpatrick of Bozeman Drive and a sophomore at Fort Mill High School, won the Optimist Club’s essay contest. Her essay was titled “My Opinion of Freedom.”


▪ A new firm was set to open in the Crenshaw Motor Company building on Spratt Street. Hill-Yarborough Construction Company planned to open an Ace Hardware store there.

▪ The Rexawl Saloon on Main Street, Fort Mill, had changed management. Frank Carter and Lewis Graham welcomed their friends to stop by and visit them.

▪ Ginger Rhinehardt and Lori Heemsoth, local Girl Scouts, were pictured with Girl Scout cookies for sale on Main Street. Their troop’s efforts resulted in sales of $9,775.

▪ “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was held over at the Mini Cinema in the Woolco Shopping Center on Cherry Road, Rock Hill.


▪ Two Fort Mill men, Billy Lytle and Frank Young, were on the Dean’s List for the first semester at Wofford College.

▪ The Fort Mill girls lost the district tournament championship, 24-26, to Mt. Zion High School of Winnsboro. Shirley Hucks led the Jackettes with 15 points while Lavinia McCall was the tournament’s outstanding player.


▪ The Fort Mill Chapter of the Winthrop Daughters was pleased with the reception given a minstrel show in the graded school auditorium.

▪ S. H. Kirkpatrick applied for a license for yet another retail liquor store in Fort Mill. The business would be on White Street.


▪ Walter Patton, who the police for sometime had been on the lookout for, was arrested in Charlotte and returned to Fort Mill. Patton failed to show up for examination for war service.

▪ The local fire department was called to the house of E. W. Russell on Forrest Street for the purpose of extinguishing a blaze in a building at the rear of the lot.

Chip Heemsoth is a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.