A View From The PastEvents of past years as chronicled through the county newspapers

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

100 Years Ago

The fishing smack Morning Star came in a few days ago loaded with blackfish. She is a small boat and carries a crew of only five. When the work of the five days was cashed in, each fisherman had fifty “iron boys” in his pocket. . .

Clerk of Court Herbert L. Smith has received the State Confederate pension list for Georgetown County for 1914, and with it the pay vouchers for the pensioners. They have only to come or send to Mr. Smith’s office to get their money. . .

As one result of a shooting and cutting affray on Emanuel Street, in New Town on Saturday, two men and two women were landed in the county jail. None of the fighters are hurt seriously.

75 Years Ago

The regular meeting of the Arthur Manigault Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be held at the home of Mrs. C.P. Foxworth Jr. on Friday afternoon, April 14, at four o’clock. . .

The spring term of court of General Sessions will convene here Monday morning. Five persons charged with murder head the list of cases to be tried at this term. Liquor violations are charged to seven persons. Other cases include criminal assault, and assault and battery.

50 Years Ago

The books and papers of the late Roscoe Snipes, Latin American manager for United Press International, are being presented to the Georgetown Memorial Library. The large collection compiled by the noted American journalist is being donated to the library by his mother, Mrs. Cornelia C. Snipes, of Georgetown. Roscoe Snipes enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest capacity. Much travelled, Mr. Snipes considered himself a Georgetonian. While a reporter in New York, his roommate was Buddy Ebsen, the Jed of current Beverly Hillbilly fame. John Barrymore and his wife occupied the apartment across from the Snipes flat, which provided Mr. Snipes with a ringside seat at many of their famous battles. He was once assigned to interview the Duchess of Windsor. She asked him to stay for lunch. After he became ill, Mr. Snipes remained at his desk and carried out his duties until the day before his death in 1958. His desk remains at the Bureau just as he left it.

25 Years Ago

Sandy Vermont of Capt. Sandy’s Tours is taking steps during the winter to add a few more attractions for visitors to consider. Vermont has purchased a mule and carriage to begin conducting Southern Belle Carriage Tours. Vermont also purchased a 14-passenger van to provide year-round tours of the Historic District. Also, Vermont operates one of two tour boats in Georgetown. He conducts plantation, nature, and specialty tours from the floating dock at Francis Marion Park at the foot of Broad Street.

10 Years Ago

Combative suspects in Georgetown County may be shocked to learn of the newest weapon in the arsenal of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Thirty Georgetown County deputies are now armed with the new X26 Taser guns, a weapon that fires fish hook-like probes and administers an electric shock to incapacitate, but not kill, an individual.

5 Years Ago

Environmental groups are asking a court to yank state permits that would allow Santee Cooper to build a coal-fired plant upriver from Georgetown. The proposed plant would be about 10 miles from the Georgetown County line on the Great Pee Dee River. The environmental groups say it would be a major source of air and water pollutants like mercury and carbon dioxide. And, they say, money spent to build the plant could be used to develop cleaner sources of energy like solar, wind and biomass (using natural materials such as trees, grasses, and methane gas from landfills) while making houses more efficient.

1 Year Ago

Kenny Johnson has been Georgetown County’s coroner since 1997, but is now the pastor at Ringel Heights Baptist Church. Johnson joined the Georgetown Police Department in 1982. He later went to work with the Sheriff’s Office, which is where he worked until being elected coroner.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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