Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill history: Do you remember?

By Chip Heemsoth


▪ Keith Griffin, head baseball coach at Fort Mill High School, was named the school’s athletic director. Pam Pittman, varsity girls’ basketball coach, was named assistant principal.

▪ Fort Mill School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Basham was barely clinging to his job as the school board was split 4-3 on whether he should stay.

▪ Homeowners in Foxwood asked Fort Mill Town Council to annex their 245 homes. Council asked town manager Sam Griffin to study the request further.

▪ A new restaurant, The Greens, opened in the Tega Cay Club House. The new eatery offered fine dining in a family atmosphere.


▪ Fort Mill High School cheerleaders Lynn Garrett, Beth Reeder, Belinda Haire, Vereen Barron, Shiela Dixon, Belinda Barnette, Joanie Foss, Pam Green, Susan Funderburk, and Lisa Trull won the Grand Champion Trophy at a camp at Converse College.

▪ Two Fort Mill swimmers, Chuck Little and Bill White, were part of a State Champion 200-meter relay team.

▪ Jerry Morris Darnow of Fort Mill was among the cadets who comprised the training cadre at the Citadel.


▪ A man who was angry with his wife smashed his car into a utility pole at Patterson’s Grocery on Tom Hall Street. He was sentenced to 60 days on the county chain gang.

▪ Fort Mill suffered through the hottest day of the year, possibly several years, as local thermometers hit 103 degrees.


▪ Dr. W. H. Martin and his family were preparing to move into their attractive new home on Tom Hall Street, opposite the high school grounds.

▪ A number of Fort Mill people were in Filbert attending a political rally with Gov. Johnston, Sen. Byrnes and Congressman Richards.


▪ Following completion of Southern Railways temporary bridge over the Catawba at Carhartt, Charlotte-Columbia passenger trains resumed normal service.

▪ A number of Fort Mill people went down to Styx to bid farewell to the local military company which left for El Paso Texas for border duty.