This week in history: Jan. 17-21

Posted 1/21/22

A look back at the news that made headlines in The Daily Record this week, 60, 50 and 40 years ago.

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This week in history: Jan. 17-21


For the week of Jan. 17-21

60 years ago
  • The Stewart Theater in Dunn featured the science fiction movie “The Head.” The slogan for the film was “It just won’t lay down and stay dead.” The movie was shown four times for three days beginning Jan. 18.
  • The Lillington Jaycees honored the community’s Young Man of The Year A.J. Stephenson of Lillington and Young Farmer of the Year Bobby Wicker of Lillington. The featured speaker was U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin.
  • Prominent Dunn business leader Earl Westbrook threw his hat into the state political ring. He sought to take over the Harnett County seat in the State House of Representatives held at the time by Carson Gregory of Angier. Westbrook was the first person to file for a political office in the county.
50 years ago
  • Haywood Hale Broun, the noted CBS News essayist, gave a presentation at Turner Hall on the campus of Campbell College. Broun began his career with CBS in 1966. At the time of his presentation, which was open to the public, Broun was seen on the weekend news with essays from the sports world and comments on games and athletes.
  • Four area servicemen completed basic training at The U.S. Air Force Training Command’s Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Airmen Leslie O. Thompson and Stephen D. Klass, both of Dunn, and Larry M. Walker and Kenneth Matthews, both of Lillington, were reassigned for further training.
  • The Hollerin’ Men attended a ‘possum dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh. Erman Godwin Jr., chairman of the National Hollerin’ Contest, and John G. Thomas, its originator, were invited to attend the annual highlight of the Winter season at the Executive Manison. A North Carolina Possum Fest is part of the Hollerin’ event that was held annually at Spivey’s Corner. The Possum Dinner was an annual event since Gov. Bob Scott took office.
40 years ago
  • In the Dunn Recreation basketball league tournaments were happening in both the Pee Wee and Midget leagues. In the Pee Wee tournament, Carolina defeated Clemson 31-29. Leading scorers for Carolina were Tony Crabtree with 14 points and James Pressley with 11. Leading scorers for Clemson were Derron McNeil with 18 points and Shannon Best with 7. In the Midget championship game, the Celtics defeated the Hawks 34-15. Leading scorers for the Celtics were Tyrone Davis with 24 points while Jr. Wynn and Carlton McAllister finished with 4 points each. The Hawks were led by Al Clark and Kary Pennington with 8 points each and Ted Purdie with 6.
  • The Lillington Chamber of Commerce presented Rodney Tart and Mrs. Becky Allen with the Man and Woman of the Year Awards. The honors were handed out during the annual banquet held at Harnett Central High School with 150 persons attending, including a number of city, county and state officials and other dignitaries.
  • Lee’s IGA Foodliner in Dunn advertised milk for $1.83 a gallon, four pound canned hams for $8.88 and saltine crackers for 69 cents. In the fresh meat department the store was offering baking hens for 39 cents a pound and chuck boneless steak for $1.78 a pound.

— Compiled by Rick Curl


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