This week in print: 50 years – a testimony to success

  • Friday, August 29, 2014

Julia Kelly, with the crown on, waving her hand, loves the Moultrie News. PROVIDED

We asked our readers and advertisers what the Moultrie News meant to them. Everyone's answer was different. And here are just a few:


Lori Giles

“Thank you, Moultrie News, for introducing me to Burtons Grill of Mount Pleasant, LLC. My children have severe allergies and Burtons takes allergies seriously. The food and service were awesome too.”


Julia Kelly

“I grew up in Virginia and lived in New York for 30 years as an actress. I knew had to move to the South and I checked out Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. I saw Charleston, and there was no question this was where I wanted to be. I started out in Mount Pleasant only knowing my realtor, but through the Moultrie News, I found out about churches and organizations and things to do. And now here I am in a picture at a huge party at Midtown recently.

Thanks to the listings in the Moultrie News, I visited over 12 different churches. I found out about oyster roasts and I would go by myself. Then, as I met people, I had friends to go with. My congratulations to the Moultrie News and Vickey Boyd and the entire team.”


Schools, civic clubs and volunteers utilize the Moultrie News for their activities too. Dating back as far as the paper itself, they advertised fundraisers and promoted their activities that supported the East Cooper community.

In 1980, Whitesides Elementary School raised $16,500 from a two-week holiday wrapping paper sale.

The Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club used the paper to announce their annual Christmas tree sale, with prices for trees ranging from $10 to $30. In 1980, it was the club's 10th year hosting the sale in which they averaged a total of $6,000 to be used for charity.

Play ball

If an extension of the half-cent sales tax passes in November, a new football stadium for Wando High School is prioritized to be built. Thirty-four years ago, officials at the school were asking for the same thing.

Wando athletic director Wayne Sweeney told the school board that the primary reason for needing a new one was that Jasper Green, located at what was the old Moultrie High School on Coleman Boulevard had a capacity of 1,500. He noted, “Wando is and always will be a AAAA school, and therefore needs a stadium with a capacity of four times the school's population.”

In Wando's case at the time, that would be about 7,500-8,000 seats.

In 1980, the student body could not even fit in the stadium. In addition, the stadium had no restrooms and very little parking.

Sweeney told the school board that the football team and the band had to get dressed at the school and then travel by bus to the game.

Today, Wando has a stadium, but it is located at the old school on Mathis Ferry Road. Ironically, all these years later, the situation is oddly similar to that of 1980.

Read more archives from the Moultrie News online at www.moultrienews.com

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