A new roller coaster at Carowinds, redeveloping an old school site and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History


  • The South Carolina Department of Foreign Wars issued Fort Mill Post 9138 a citation naming it as an All-State Post.
  • Fort Mill High School assistant principal Keith Griffin was named principal at Gold Hill Elementary School replacing Nancy Guzman.
  • Paula Tucker, a Lancaster School District administrator, was name as the new vice-principal at Indian Land High School.
  • Tony Tarulli won a Tega Cay runoff election defeating Ron Kirby by a 492-384 vote.


  • Carothers Elementary School, vacant since 1975, was being eyed by both the Fort Mill Planning and Zoning Commission and the Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce for use as a community center.
  • Charlene Marie Currence, 17, would compete as a state finalist in the 1979 Miss United Teenager Pageant in Columbia on September 1.
  • Donald Raymond Grant, 32, Fort Mill High School Class of 1964, was selected as an Outstanding Young Man for 1979.
  • A roller coaster that would turn rider’s upsde down four times was being built at Carowinds.


  • Central School’s new cafeteria was nearing completion. The cafeteria, along with four new classrooms and the renovation of the old cafeteria, located in the basement, into classrooms, was expected to be ready for the opening day of school.
  • Recent movies at the Center included: “The Blob”, “Forbidden Island”, “Warlock”, ” Teenager From Outer Space”, ” Apache Territory”, and “Gigi”, winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture.


  • A new home was under construction on Leroy Street for Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Munn. Mr. Munn was manager of the Mconnell-Munn store on Main Street.
  • A game of donkey baseball was played at the baseball park in Whiteville Park. Admission was 15¢ and 25¢.


  • The Merry Makers Book Club was organized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Kimbrell. Miss Isabell Grier was president.
  • C. S. Link, broker, had a ten-room residence on the corner of Confederate and Forrest Streets, the J. A. Boyd property, for sale.

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


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