Do you remember? This week in Fort Mill History


  • The Tega Cay Area Chamber of Commerce chose Durran Coley as Business person of the Year and Lynn Bates as Volunteer of the Year.
  • In the seventh robbery of a Fort Mill Township video poker parlor, a security guard fatally shot the perpetrator.
  • Spratt White of Fort Mill was elected to the South Carolina Board of Education. White was a former Fort Mill School Board member and chairman of the board.
  • Candace Phifer, former Fort Mill High School basketball standout, passed the 1,000 point mark at Pheiffer University. She ranked in the all-time top ten in five categories at the school.


  • Cody W. Smith, York County Treasurer since 1954, told the Times that he would retire on June 30, 1979.
  • Jimmy Whitmire, president of the Fort Mill School Student Council, requested that the school board allow the student council to hold dances in the school gym.
  • The opening of Food Town and Gipson Girl Fashions brought the number of businesses in the new Fort Mill Square Shopping Center to four.
  • The Fort Mill School Board reelected J.H. Nesbitt as school superintendent for the 1979-1980 school year.


  • An open house was held at Fort Mill Elementary School on Confederate Street to showcase the extensive renovations and enlarging of the building.
  • Jimmy Epps, sophomore, and Karen Baker, senior, were crowned King and Queen of Hearts at the annual Fort Mill High School Valentine Dance.


  • Several rural police officers came to Fort Mill Township and destroyed three liquor stills in the upper section of the township.
  • The Fort Mill branch of the Rock Hill Lumber Company was awarded the contract for a six-room brick bungalow on Banks Street for Dr. A. D. Rogers.


  • A train wreck near Grattan Village caused the delay of the North and South bound passenger trains for four hours.
  • The Majestic Theatre began screening the Paramount pictures that it had contracted for earlier. The first movie was “Man From Mexico.” with John Barrymore in the Lead role.