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As is the job of the newspaper, the Moultrie News covered many notable moments in the history of East Cooper. From town officials, to educators and public service employees, the Moultrie News was there to chronicle their careers and contributions.

On May 28, 1980, the Moultrie News bid farewell to Ted Shogry, Mount Pleasant's town administrator who left the helm after five years to take a new post in Washington as the president of Public Technology Incorporated. His parting thoughts were on how well the town was able to maintain and improve the quality of service the town provides for the expanding community. Those sentiments are much like the ones offered by today's town officials and the theme of growth is one citizens are no stranger to.

And on May 26, 1980, Larry Richter was sworn in as the judge of the Family Court, Ninth Judicial District.

He was elected to the position by the General Assembly and replaced Richard Fields.

Ann Edwards is a notable community member, and on June 4, 1980, the former governor's wife was named to the Columbia College Board. It would be just one of the many boards and commissions she went to serve on.

In August of that year, 907 voters of Mount Pleasant re-elected Mayor John J. Dodds and four incumbent council members. Council members Charlene McCants, Billy Swails, Dorothy Kearns and Charles B. Brunson were the top vote-getters in the election in which 11 people were running for eight council seats.

Ben Tatum, Kruger Smith, Timm Gipe and Aubrey Wooddy Jr. were the newly elected members.

The beauty of a community newspaper is that the stories are not just about public officials but everyday people – local citizens. For example, in July of 1980, Robby Marion emerged victorious over Clay Robertson in the Sunfish Junior class at the annual Hobcaw Regatta.

Tandy, the four-legged best friend of Doug Houghland, received quite a spread in the paper when she was named the state champion of the Cycle K9 Frisbee Disc Catch competition.

A dream came true for Wando High School student Cathy Keenan when she was called by the Backstage Theatrical Company of New York to tour in summer stock productions one year.

The stage and the limelight were nothing new to the almost 17-year-old. But she considered it a step in the right direction towards her dreams of dancing on Broadway.

Unfortunately, there have been and will be times when the Moultrie News must cover sad news. On Oct. 29, 1980, the newspaper reported that a ship by the name of Breck's Joy was reported overdue in the Atlantic Ocean. The commercial fishing boat operated out of Charleston. Osmer Bailey of Mount Pleasant was one of the four men onboard, along with the owner Edward Burch of Charleston, Johnny Comerlander and David Auton, both of Folly Beach.

In addition to military planes and the Coast Guard searching for the boat, family members chartered planes to look. Breck's Joy left Fisherman's Place in Mount Pleasant (what is now The Wreck restaurant) on a Wednesday and was sighted by another vessel approximately 80 miles southeast of Charleston that next day at 3 p.m. The boat was heading towards Charleston when sighted, but weather conditions worsened with 12-foot waves and 35-mile-per-hour winds hitting the area.

The last radio contact came in that Friday when crew reported that one radio was inoperable and their fishing gear and floats had washed overboard. The search area was expanded until probability of detection was exhausted. The boat and her crew were never found.

Capt. Wayne Magwood of Mount Pleasant was best friends with Bailey. He saw him on the boat the day before it left and asked him what he was up to. Bailey, a mechanic, had been working on the engines and decided to go out with the crew. It would be his first and last trip, Magwood said.

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