Ari wins ‘best of show’ at Fest-i-Fun, a Girl Scout troop begins and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • George Ackerman, Fort Mill business and religious leader for almost half a century, died at the age of 82.
  • The Fort Mill Rescue Squad announced it would be adding another ambulance in July.
  • Becky Brown’s three-year-old golden retriever, Ari, won best of show at the Fest-i-Fun dog show.
  • Citizens for Fort Mill Schools spent three times more money promoting the latest school bond than it spent on the failed September bond.


  • Lynn Lowder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Lowder, was crowned Miss Fort Mill 1980. First runner up was Mary Margaret Mendenhall.
  • Clarence Huntington was valedictorian and Ron Lordo was salutatorian for the Fort Mill High School class of 1979. At Indian Land High School, Mark Carnes was valedictorian and Lori Couchenhour was salutatorian
  • A six-year-old girl was in fair condition in York General Hospital in Rock Hill after being hit by a school bus on U. S. 21 Business.
  • Capt. Eugene W. Ervin of the York County Sheriff Department’s Detective Division, was named Officer of the Year by the Fort Mill Optimist Club.


  • L. F. Abernathy of the Bank of Fort Mill announced that the bank would close on June 3 in honor of that great Southerner, Jefferson Davis.
  • The top two scholars in the eighth grade at Central School were Frances McCallum and Carol Privette.


  • A Girl Scout troop was organized in Fort Mill by Miss Helen Glenn and Mrs. Mary Delleny. Forty-two girls had joined the troop.
  • Movies at the new Majestic Theatre included “Rough Riders’ Roundup” with Roy Rogers, “The Night Riders” with John Wayne, “Boy Trouble,” “Girls’ School” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”


  • The closing exercises of the Fort Mill Graded school were held with five graduates from the high school receiving diplomas. The address was given by the Rev. J. B. Black of the Fort Mill Presbyterian Church.
  • Showing at the Majestic Theatre was “Rose of the Rancho,” a western thriller in five parts with an all-star Paramount cast.

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