This feature mines our archives for what was going on this week in local history.
Forty-four years ago this week, the McDowell County Fair Association and the McDowell Saddle and Bridle Club entered into a joint lease on the showgrounds and facilities on N.C. 226 South. Members of both organizations are pictured in front of a barn that was under construction. The cost of the barn and other construction would be shared by both organizations equally. In the picture were (from left) Roger Hollifield, president of the Saddle and Bridle Club; David DuBose, president of the McDowell County Fair Association; David Ricketts, fair committee chairman; and Neil Poteat, chairman of the Saddle and Bridle Club building committee.
Forty-four years ago this week, folks out in the Pleasant Gardens community were all talking about a “dinosaur” that appeared ready to pounce on motorists passing on U.S. 70 West. It was actually mostly honeysuckle growing on a telephone line. It was seen on U.S. 70 east of Mackey Creek.
Forty-four years ago, fifth-grade students of teacher Lynn Metcalf at Nebo Elementary School were in a little better physical shape as a result of their “A Race to Run” project, which involved class competition in eight sports events ranging from one-on-one basketball to cross country.
Forty-four years ago this week, the Pilot Club of Marion installed its officers. They were (from left to right, seated) Edith Howell, president; Virginia Burnette, vice president; and Jo Comerford, secretary and (from left to right, standing) Peggy Cranford, recording secretary; Joyce Cagle, corresponding secretary; and Elaine Laney, installing officer.
Forty-four years ago this week, Marianne Kellog was named Cadet of the Year during the McDowell High School’s NJROTC annual awards ceremony. Kellog was presented the award by Cmdr. Dave Farnham, commanding officer for the Navy recruiting district. Cmdr. William Gideon of the McDowell High unit looked on.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the House Theatre in Marion was showing this hit comedy movie starring Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh and Richard Pryor.
During the week of May 30, 1977, seven young ladies won trophies for their performances in the Little Miss Ebony pageant held at East McDowell Junior High School. Shenia Lytle (center) was selected Little Miss Ebony 1977. Pictured are (left to right) Tonya Smith, second runner-up; Cynthia Goode, most talented; Kim Kincaid, first runner-up; Miss Lytle; Valorie Avery, third runner-up; Francellia Jenkins, fourth runner-up; and Arnetta Edmunds, Miss Congeniality. Pageant coordinator Johnny Lindsey expressed appreciation to the sponsors of the pageant and to the young ladies who participated.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the Student Council officers at East McDowell Junior High School were selected for the coming academic year. They were (left to right) Shawn Setzer, president; Chris Buchanan, first vice president; Craig Hartis, second vice president; Debi Buchanan, secretary; and Madalyn Smith, treasurer.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the erection of steel for the multi-million dollar expansion of the Collins & Aikman plant in Old Fort was nearing completion. John McKinney, project manager, said the expansion was on schedule and barring complications should be operating by mid-summer.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the students of Mary Catherine Buckner, sixth-grade teacher at Marion Elementary School, honored her one morning with a plaque, a bouquet of red roses and a handmade poster “because the class thinks she is a wonderful teacher and a beautiful person.” She had been teaching at Marion Elementary for the past 11 years.
During the week of May 30, 1977, McDowell High representatives to Boys State were pictured with their counselors. They were (front row, left to right) Howard Haney, guidance counselor; Darrell Wayne Ayers; Max Bowden; Mark Brooks; Tim Carpenter; Norman Cox; Jack Collins; Alan English; Robert Hess, NJROTC instructor; William Gideon; Harold Ingram; Keith Laney; William McHone; Steven Parks; Billy Pyatt; Duane Ray; and Joel Swofford.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the McDowell High School students were honored by the Rotary Club of Marion. They were (left to right) Jeff Elliott, son of Nancy Elliott of Marion and Interact Club representative; Brenda Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Turner and vocational education Student of the Week; and Russell Neighbors, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Neighbors of Marion and Student of the Month.
During the week of May 30, 1977, Margaret Atwell (far left), chair of the Marion Unit 56 American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State Committee, presented New Testaments and expense money to the three McDowell High School delegates to the Girls State Convention at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The representatives were (left to right) Yvette Jimeson, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; Terry Cate, sponsored by the Women of the Moose; and Lesa Nelson, sponsored by the Marion Pilot Club.
During the week of May 30, 1977, the north end of the new Ingles Shopping Center, which at the time was under construction on West Henderson Street in Marion, was heavily damaged during a severe thunderstorm. The roof and the back wall of the building collapsed but no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
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