Tuesday, April 22, 2014
As we walk down memory lane, sifting through the archives of the Moultrie News, first published 50 years ago, there are many chuckles to be had. But what’s unique about looking through past issues is how a newspaper can truly document the timeline of a community.
For example, we remember that Nancy Moore wed Strom Thurmond. And a year later the senator was named South Carolinian of the Year.
And March 20, 1969, local resident Donna Poulnot was chosen as Woman of the Year.
In October of that year, architects were planning the new Wando High School.
In December of 1970, the Civil Air Patrol celebrated their 29th anniversary.
By March of 1971, the Snee Farm development was reaching final build-out plans and a new sporting field had been added to the town’s facilities.
The Town of Mount Pleasant must have been seeing increased growth because by November 1975, two more “recreation campuses” were proposed.
That same year, the shrimp fleet had the “best dollar year.”
And who would have thought, but in 1975, the microwave oven was considered the “new range in cooking” according to a Nov. 19, 1975 Moultrie News headline.
On the islands, officials were examining public beach access via a study released in 1976.
A Feb. 17, 1977 headline said, “Proposed 703 Shemwood Route gains support of the CHATS Committee.” In 1962, Congress passed a bill requiring all urban areas containing more than 50,000 people to begin conducting “continuing, comprehensive, cooperative” transportation planning processes. A detailed study of the region’s transportation needs was conducted between 1965 and 1968 and a plan was developed. It is this plan on which the Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) is based.
That same year in March, the Isle of Palms Waterfront Airport was revamped and “saved from closing.”
Also in 1977, it was reported that sex ed was no longer a “hushed” subject in South Carolina health classrooms.
Many moons ago, the Isle of Palms Connector was proposed and to the dismay of very vocal citizens, it was built. It’s hard to believe that an April 1977 headline said, “Bridge in works for Isle of Palms.”
There was also a “Mall in store for Mount Pleasant,” that year.
This is what we now know as Moultrie Plaza, which was built by the fall of 1978.
Patriots Point was said to be readying themselves for a hotel convention center and inmates were ordered to clean the beach.
A lot was going on at the beach that year, including construction of the first oceanfront condos.
Also important to note is that VD cases were down in South Carolina in 1977 and a headline read that “Wives aren’t limited to husband’s charge accounts.”
Stay tuned each week for “This Week in Print” to read about the stories we covered in the Moultrie News and so much more.
And don’t forget to join us at Awendaw Green, April 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. This is the first of three events the Moultrie News is hosting to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
It is a free event featuring music, food, frisbee golf and fun.