Child porn case in Tega Cay; A principal is sacked; Polio panic: 100 Years of Fort Mill History

A photo collage showing an early 20th century scene inside a Springs textile mill.

By Chip Heemsoth

1999

  • Lancaster County voters approved a $36.5 million school bond referendum by a 60% to 40% margin.
  • The Fort Mill School Board unanimously decided not to return Nancy Guzman to Gold Hill Elementary School as its principal.
  • Greg Taylor, 45, was chosen out of a pool of more than 50 candidates to replace Fort Mill High School head football coach Greg Thomas. Taylor was previously assistant head coach at Gaffney.
  • A Tega Cay man pleaded guilty of downloading and storing, on two different computers, more than 300 pornographic pictures featuring children.

1979

  • Miss Evelyn Merritt retired after 18 years as manager of the Fort Mill Credit Bureau, Inc. She was succeeded by Mrs Marlene Beaty.
  • Randy Imler was valedictorian and Lyssa Hollis was salutatorian of the eighth grade at Fort Mill Junior High School.
  • Russ Rogers of Fort Mill was honored for his skills in Gymnastics. He was the best in compulsory and optional events in Class II, the highest level of competition at the South Carolina State Boys Championship.
  • Springs Mills announced a pay raise for its 15,000 hourly paid employees.

1959

  • The Fort Mill High Class of 1959 was pictured on the rear lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D. C. during their class trip.
  • The Fort Mill Swimming Pool, located between the bowling alley and Memorial Stadium, opened for the 1959 season. Admission prices increased from 5¢ to 10¢ for children under 12 and from 10¢ to 15¢ for all others.

1939

  • The recent spread of infantile paralysis in the state caused the Fort Mill Board of Health to ban children under 14 from attending moving picture shows, Sunday school or any public gathering.
  • A large cache of liquor, valued at more than $1,000 was seized on the premises of Wade Kerrington in upper Fort Mill Township.

1919

  • A 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon memorial service was held in the Baptist Church in honor of Eli Bailes who was killed in action on a battle field in France on October 18, 1918.
  • The trustees of the Fort Mill School District decided to add an agricultural course to the high school curriculum.

Compiled by Chip Heemsoth, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.

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