The last 50 years of East Cooper chronicled by the Moultrie News

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014



First edition printed May 28, 1964


February 18, 1968 – Country Western Show Coming Sunday

(Tim McCoy featured in Western Show at Moultrie High Gymnasium)

No specific date, 1968 – Mrs. Way Named “Young Woman of the Year”

April 4, 1968 – Islanders Give of Brain, Brawn for Playground

(City asks for volunteers for new recreational playground on S.I.)

April 18, 1968 – The Drug Syndrome in our Affluent Society

(Youth and drugs)

June 20, 1968 – Col. Harland Sanders visits Mount P.

(Kentucky Fried Chicken founder comes to East Cooper)

September 9, 1968 – Town Council Assures Consideration of All Views

(Proposed marina at southern end of Pitt Street meets opposition from residents)

September 13, 1968 – East Cooper Republican Women Open Campaign Headquarter

(Rep. candidate Marshall Parker opened East Cooper-area Republican headquarters)

November 8, 1968 - Ray Charles to Appear at Baptist College

(Ray Charles, his band and female trio brought show to then Baptist College, present-day Charleston Southern University)

December 5, 1968 – Claim Rest Home Residents as Dependents

December 5, 1968 – School Consolidation opinion

(PIC) December 19, 1968 – Miss Nancy Moore to Wed Senator Strom Thurmond


January 1969 - Shrimp Stuffed Green Peppers

(Shrimp stuffed green peppers were a popular entree for luncheons and family dinners in 1969)

January 1969 – Thurmond selected as “South Carolinian of the Year”

February 6, 1969 – Cynthia Carey “Miss Senior of Porter-Gaud”

February 6, 1969 – Boy Scout Troop 34 East Cooper Boys Win District Award

February 6, 1969 – East Cooper Camellia Show to Be Held at Sand-Dunes Club

February 1969 – “Pleasant Things” Gift Shop Mt. Pleasant Housewives Find Ideal Hobby

March 10, 1969 – Mrs. Donna Poulnot Chosen Woman of the Year

April 3, 1969 – Denny Hartley accepted by South Carolina Medical College School of Dentistry

September 11, 1969 – National Association of Insurance Women; Miss Sarah C. West Dr. of Region III

September 11, 1969 – Michael Rumph - Member of Record Breaking Team

(Crew paddled down Savannah River from Clarkshill Dam to Atlantic Ocean at Savannah Beach in 9 days, beating 1064 record of 11 days)

September 11, 1969 – Mrs. Sara R. Lewis Crowned

October 9 ,1969 – Architects Plan New High School

(Mount Pleasant High School on Mathis Ferry Road)

December 6, 1969 – EC Area Kicks Off Holiday Season with Christmas Parade

December 1969 – Irate citizens protest at Council Meeting

(IOP dog problem)

December 18, 1969 – Nearly 17,000 line streets to view East Cooper parade

December 18, 1969 – Civitans hear address on the Dead Sea Scrolls

December 18, 1969 – Mt. Pleasant Sgt. aids Vietnamese education through “Dollars for Scholars”

December 18, 1969 – Hungryneck Harry poem on Mayor Joseph P. Hamer re-election

1970 January 8, 1970 – Social Security increase effective April 3

January 8, 1970 – Public ill-informed about education - well-informed about school activities

January 8, 1970 - Boy Scouts recognized

(Boypower '76 Goals; announced by VP of Nat'l Council Mr. Reneker)

January 1, 1970 – USC introduces Master of Arts in Teaching degree

January 1, 1970 – Public apathetic toward threat of German measles epidemic

January 22, 1970 – Hungryneck Harry talks bars, strip clubs, gambling facilities

February 5, 1970 – “New Future” for Handicapped Outlined at Civitan Meeting

February 1970 – Floor Plans

(Floor care tips)

February 1970 – Sen. Strom Thurmond recounts decade

February 1970 – Another Fable for South Carolinians

(Rabbit McHare: symbolic for government)

March 16, 1970 – Comm. Lipman Proposes New Sewer Cost Plan

June 4, 1970 – Movie Schedule

June 23, 1970 – Whiteside Field is Dedicated

June 23, 1970 – Academy Studio classes

August 6, 1970 – Miss Mount Pleasant: Marianne MacNeal Plans Dancing Career

August 20, 1970 – Civitans Prepare For Football Season

No specific date, 1970 – Local House Candidate Speaks on Schools

No specific date, 1970 – Local Firefighters Help Defend Northwest forest

September 17, 1970 – Have a Place to Go! A Place to Skate

(Sullivan's Island Skating Rink)

October 29, 1970 – “Peace” Symbol Not So Says Exchangite

No specific date, 1970 – The Citadel Ring Hop

No specific date, 1970 – Astronaut Cooper to Present Awards to East Cooper Scouts

No specific date, 1970 – Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 29th Anniversary


No specific date, 1971 – Moultrie Moonbeams; Harry blasts News and Courier for Consolidation issue

January 21, 1971 – Master Sgt. Puckhaber Member of Outstanding Vietnam Unit

February 11, 1971 – Democratic and Republican Primary contenders

No specific date, 1971 – Isle of Palms Man Helps in Moon Shot

(A part of civilian corps that helped put Apollo 14 in space)

No specific date, 1971 – Hip Organizer Discusses Drugs

March 25, 1971 – Jim Edwards Visits Washington Meets with Defense Officials

March 25, 1971 – Mount Pleasant Law Student Has Property Law Report Published at USC

March 25, 1971 – Recreation Department Ends Court Season

No specific date, 1971 – Snee Farm Construction Reaches Final Phase

(Operation is planned to begin June 1971)

March 25, 1971 – New Sport Field to Open in Time for Baseball Season

(Mount Pleasant Recreation Department)

No specific date, 1971 – Speaking Out

(Jim Edwards likely to win race)

May 1971 – Busy B's Floral

1971 – Chef's Corner by Jon Pierre

No specific date, 1971 – Mount Pleasant's New Sports Complex Opens

(Recreation Facility Dedicated)

May 27, 1971 – Grandmother of Ten to Graduate from USC

June 10, 1971 – Moultrie High Students Honored

June 1971 – Former Moultrie Basketball Star Competes for Pan-Am Team

July 1, 1971 – 4th of July

July 1, 1971 – The Spirit of '76 tested at Sullivan's Island

July, 1971 – Rocky Wurthmann Competes for National Yankee Doodle Title

No specific date, 1971 – Mike Makes Mighty Catch

(Eleven-year-old Mike Murrell catches 200-pound bass)

September 9, 1971 – Taxpayers Union Elects Officers, Protests Reassessment Program

September 9, 1971 – Marcia Kearns Wins in Singer Contest

No specific date, 1971 – Alhambra Garden Club Invites You to “Spend a Day the Old Way”

(Tour where the first settlers of July 6, 1680 lived in Mount Pleasant)

No specific date, 1971 – Redskins Win Pee Wee Championship


May 11, 1972 – Superior rated Moultrie High School Band to perform at Disney world

May 11, 1972 – Historic post office converted to museum

(Patjens Post Office spruced up by Alhambra Garden Club)


July 3, 1975 – The Fighting Lady - USS Yorktown arrives in Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point

(Dedication was October 13, 1975)

July 3, 1975 – Auxiliary of Shrimpers and Seafood Association formed

July 30, 1975 – Alhambra Hall opening successful

($80,000 renovation in restoring old building to modern community center)

August 13, 1975 – Island needs new seal

(Sullivan's Island, the state's newest town needs a seal)

September 18, 1975 – All Saints Lutheran Church becomes a congregation

(100 members worshiping in the chorus room of Wando High School)

September 24, 1975 – Lipman; Bridge chances small

(Sullivan's Island Mayor Wilfred Lipman said chances of getting a bridge between Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant are “very small”)

October 8, 1975 – Navy celebrates 200th birthday

October 15, 1975 – East Cooper site approved

(The site was to be the future Palmetto Island County Park)

October 22, 1975 – Mt. Pleasant annexations approved

(Annexations into the town included The Groves, Cooper Estates, Snee Farm, Wakendaw Lakes, Creekside Park, Harborgate, Shores, Hickory Shadows and Sea Island Shopping Center)

No specific date, 1975 – Two Recreation Complexes Proposed for East Cooper

No specific date, 1975 – Shrimpers Have Best Dollar Year

(5.8 million pounds of shrimp had been harvested)

November 12, 1975 – Mount Pleasant Begins Annexation

November 12, 1975 – New Island Seal Stirs Controversy

November 19, 1975 – Local Man Battles Zoning Board Over 1971 Zoning Law

November 19, 1975 – Free Microwave Cooking Demonstration

No specific date, 1975 – B.J. Assumes Duties; Moultrie News Editor Named

No specific date, 1975 – SPA Predicts Record Year

December, 1975 – Christmas Wishes


September 21, 1977 – SPA contends bridge will hold

(Increased truck traffic from port won't compromise stability of Grace Memorial Bridge)

1977 – First oceanfront condos underway on East Cooper Beach

(Centercourte condos being built on old Sanddollar Campground site)


March 8, 1978 – Stadium plans get underway as residents volunteer to help

(5,000-seat stadium at Wando to be built)

April 26, 1978 – Another freeway route announced

(Route completes I-526 East Cooper leg to Mount Pleasant)

June 7, 1978 – Moultrie News begins 15th year

June 18, 1978 – Sweeny takes Wando coaching position

(Wayne Sweeny named athletic director and head football coach)

July 5, 1978 – Fort Moultrie receives patriot

(Remains of Maj. Gen. William Moultrie reburied at Fort Moultrie)

August 26, 1978 – Women's Equality Day name Aug. 26

August 30, 1978 – Mary Theresa Novak crowned Miss Fire Prevention

September 13, 1978 – Land-Use Plan presented

(Mount Pleasant presents first Land-Use Plan)

September 27, 1978 – Carter wants Thurmond out of office

November 22, 1978 – Mount Pleasant receives Jaws of Life

December 6, 1978 – Laffey joins Yorktown

December 20, 1978 – Mount Pleasant adopts affirmative action


January 3, 1979 – Construction and lawsuits

(Highway 17 bypass a major growth area – K-Mart opened in Nov. 1978 followed by Miller Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Winn Dixie, Skateland and Crickentree Village which were under construction).

January 24, 1979 – James B. Edwards Week proclaimed (Jan. 28-Feb. 2)

February 21, 1979 – Ice Storm Freezes Mount Pleasant

April 18, 1979 – Shrimp boats a' comin'

(More than 400 shrimp trawlers invited to participate in annual Blessing of the Fleet)

May 16, 1979 – Land-Use Plan adopted

(A plan for future growth and development of Mount Pleasant)

July 5, 1979 – Hartnett will challenge Pug

(Ravenel vs. Hartnett for U.S. Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Medal Davis)

August 22, 1979 – Trucks and buses detoured

(Eight tons or more vehicles diverted from Grace Bridge to Pearman Bridge)

October 10, 1979 – Cable TV to debut east of the Cooper

October 24, 1979 – Multi-million park to open

(Palmetto Park opens)


February 20, 1980 – Isle of Palms to have doctor this summer

(Dr. Jack Emmel to open family practice)

March 5, 1980 – Storm blankets area with snow and leaves traffic stalled

March 19, 1980 – New phone numbers set for Mount Pleasant

(881 prefix added)

May, 1980 – Sea Cabin Resort about complete

December 1980 – Wando asks for new football stadium

(Jasper Green at former Moultrie High School too small)


May 6, 1981 – Camp Wando begins inaugural summer camp

1981 – Photos can now be printed in one hour

November 25, 1981 – First vessel uses terminal

(The Dart Atlantic is first vessel to use Wando Port)

December 10. 1981 – Drum Island condemned

(Owners of land, Holston Land Company, leased to SPA as a spoil site but announced plans to lease to Merritt Dredging Company instead)

December 1981 – Local woman releases album

(The Shealy Sisters release “Unforgettable”)


January 1982 – Patriots Plaza to open in late spring

August 4, 1982 – Too much sun on skin may cause permanent damage according to councils

September 8, 1982 – IOP residents asked to use street numbers

September, 1982 – Hale named Moultrie Editor

(Christopher L. “BJ” Hale replaces editor David Scott)

September 22, 1982 – Wando assistant principal dismissed

(Lawrence Haywood relieved of duties – charged with changing answers on an assessment of performance teaching exam)

September 22, 1982 – Bridge dead issue

(A fixed-span bridge between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island defeated)

November 3, 1982 – Dangerfield claims victory at polls

(Clyde Dangerfield defeated candidate Jeanette Mullin by a narrow margin for House Seat 112)


1983 – Live satellite broadcasts come to Mount Pleasant

March 30, 1983 – 3,100 runners compete in Cooper River Bridge Run

June 29, 1983 – Sandpiper Convalescent Center approved


November 20, 1991 – Mayor Jones announces resignation

(Citing personal reasons for the decision, “It is imperative to my family that I devote myself full time to my personal business in an effort to solve my personal financial problems.”)

1983 – Ronald McDonald House nears completion - opening Sept. 10

1983 – Teen discotheque, “Weekends” opens


May 11, 1988 – Election '88: Cheryll Woods will seek top spot in local race

(Eventually elected as first female mayor of Mount Pleasant)

1988 – Town announces First Seafood Festival - co-sponsored by the S.C. Shrimpers Association

June 8, 1988 – Big year-end news at Wando High

(Band earns first-ever outstanding rating at marching band festival – director Basil Kerr)

June 29, 1988 – New school complements sports complex

(Belle Hall Elementary to be built next door to town's recreation center on Egypt Road now called the Jones Center)

1988 – East Cooper Hospital among smoke free in S.C.

August 17, 1988 – Reverse osmosis gets green light

1988 – New school coming to Sullivan's Island

(The Children's Garden School owned by Sid Jordan to open)

September 8, 1988 – Town leans toward own water system

(Bull's Bay Water District and East Cooper Water Authority outlive usefulness. Mount Pleasant Waterworks and Sewer Commission get on with mandate to provide water system for the town and unincorporated areas of East Cooper.)

October 26, 1988 – Newspaper marks 25th anniversary


February 8, 1989 – M.P. gets new water manager

(Clay Duffie named to position, still serves today)

1989 – 21-year-old Trawler restaurant burns down

1989 – Mean TV weather gal opens M.P. business

(Mean Betsi Green opens Wrap and Post. She was a 10-year broadcast veteran known for her “mean” weather predictions.)

April 12, 1989 – Sexton appointed M.P. Police Chief)

(Chief Tommy Sexton implemented problem-oriented policing)

May 17, 1989 – Mount Pleasant Mount Patrol put to pasture

May 31 – Proposed annexation would put major new areas in town's sights

(Wampencheone Plantation, now known as Brickyard Plantation, was the area in question)

August 23, 1989 – 2,000 birth is milestone for East Cooper Hospital

August 30, 1989 – Reversing lanes may be answer to bridge traffic

August 30, 1989 – Ritchie is month's top cop in M.P.

(Carl Ritchie is now Mount Pleasant's police chief)

September 20, 1989 – IOP Connector approved by slim margin

September 20, 1989 – Paper printed and delivered despite looming Hurricane Hugo (This is not a headline just a date in history.)

September 20, 1989 – Hugo may disrupt bridge experiment

(Experiment would have been to reverse the lanes during rush-hour traffic. Hugo hit the next evening.)

October 5, 1989 – Town admin. moving

(Hugo blew the roof off town hall. Offices moved to East Cooper School where town hall is now.)

December 1989 – Herbie's Famous Fireworks the largest operation in the U.S.


January 3, 1990 – Moultrie Editor Beverly J. Hales dies at age 59

(Succumbed to rare blood disease he battled for 15 years)

April 18, 1990 – Beer banned on Sullivan's Island

May 9, 1990 – Sullivan's Island Elementary School reopens anew

(Underwent more than $1 million in repairs from Hugo)

May 23, 1990 – PRC to buy IOP Motel site

(IOP Mayor Carmen Bunch says city should condemn land.)

May 30, 1990 – Form of Government on August ballot

(M.P. residents to decide if they want to keep council form of government)

July 4, 1990 – Snee Farm included in recycle plan

September 5, 1990 – Highway gets palms from Jimmy Buffet

September 5, 1990 – Mount Pleasant annexes Dunes West into township


September 23, 1991 – Connector project billed as model of environmental sensitivity

January 15, 1992 – Census reveals East Cooper's traits

(Population 30,108)

January 22, 1992 – Library opens doors in Mount Pleasant

February 19, 1992 – Woods wins election by 500-vote margin

1992 – Wando wins state soccer title again

September 16, 1992 – Museum set to open on Hugo anniversary

(“Hurricane Revised” was an exhibit borrowed from the State Museum and located on The Common owned by Lou Edens)


March 3, 1993 – Town seeks legislative action to permit bikes on new IOP Connector

July 21, 1993 – 10K road race to highlight opening of IOP Connector

September 8, 1993 – Restaurant grand opening christens Chik-fil-A

October 6, 1993 – For better or for worse Isle of Palms Connector now open

1993 – Medal of Honor Museum opens aboard Yorktown


December 23, 1994 – VFW Post 3137 begins work on new post hall

(Still located on IOP next to the Windjammer)

1994 – M.P. Fire Department establishes department's honor guard

August 3, 1994 – Study results show East Cooper will survive base closure

1994 – Hallman and Campsen battle it out for House Seat 112

1994 – Local divers claim to have found lost sub Hunley

(Clive Cussler)

August 24, 1994 – Local skier national ski champ


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