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

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

100 Years Ago

There died yesterday on Miss Pauline Weston’s Hasty Point Plantation, Pee Dee, John Swinton, colored. Swinton was noted for his fidelity, his honesty and his sympathy. He was ever a true friend and comforter, and he lived not only respected but admired by the whole community. ...

Blind Tiger Caught - Lizzie Butler is in jail charged with violating the dispensary law. She was arrested last week by Deputy Sheriff Prevatt.

75 Years Ago

Jasper Mears of Laurenburg, N.C. likes riding so much that he rode himself right into one of the jail cells at the county jail Wednesday morning, sided by a little persuasion by Sheriff H.B. Bruorton. Mears rode the “rods” of a freight train

into Andrews Tuesday night, stole a bicycle, owned by an Andrewsite, and rode out again, All went well until he rode onto Sheriff Bruorton at the Black River bridge on the Conway road. ...

The borrowers of the Georgetown Library now number over 3,000 and the March circulation was likewise over 3,000, this in spite of the fact that with the opening of spring many readers have turned to outdoor interests.

50 Years Ago

In its heyday as a maritime center about the turn of the century, Georgetown was a booming city with its waterfront as the hub of its economic life. Roads were few, superhighways were non-existent, and Georgetown served as the seaport for the entire Pee Dee-Waccamaw River complex. Georgetown was thriving. Its waterfront was jammed with ships. Waterfront demands have changed drastically. The Port of Georgetown last year had over 260,000 tons of cargo passing over its docks. That fact alone is of great importance to 1964 Georgetown, for it provides a justification for dredging an accessible waterfront that could open many doors for future generations.

25 Years Ago

Georgetown is moving forward with its plan to reshape the look of its Front Street business district. ...

Dioxin in the Sampit River is a problem that will not be washed away by a falling tide. The Georgetown County League of Women Voters and the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research will co-sponsor a public forum at the Kimbel Center at Hobcaw Barony just north of Georgetown on the toxic effects of dioxin.

10 Years Ago

Donald Nance, 15, caught a nine-pound albino catfish in the Black River behind his home on Big Dam Drive in Andrews. He measured the fish at approximately 27.5 inches. He is investigating whether this is a record for this type of rare fish. . . Lowcountry shrimpers are soliciting the public’s assistance in the fight against imported shrimp. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is fighting back against imports by campaigning for tariffs on foreign shrimp. It alleges that Brazil, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Ecuador and India have illegally flooded the American market with cheap shrimp. Those who plan to attend the 28th annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet in McClellanville will likely hear a message from Lowcountry shrimpers.

5 Years Ago

The possibility of a wind farm off the Grand Strand is being studied. Santee Cooper – along with Coastal Carolina University – is in the initial stages of studying the possibility of placing wind farm turbines somewhere off the coast of the Grand Strand. It will require four or five of the large turbines to power an area with the population of the City of Georgetown. One turbine would be able to supply electricity to about 2,500 households. Wind farms are one of the cleanest ways to generate electricity.

1 Year Ago

The South Carolina Maritime Museum Youth Sailing Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for youth sailing camp. Six sessions will be available for campers to choose from this summer. Space is very limited due to the small class sizes that allow a 4:1 student/instructor ratio. Without the support of all the boat building volunteers and generous supporters, this program would not be possible.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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