HARTSVILLE, S.C. - This Looking Back column is for the week of Jan. 16.

50 years ago

Dr. George L. Timmons led the ticket for city council in the city elections held Tuesday, carrying every poll and winning his first time in elective office. Incumbent Councilmen C.D. LeHardy and Joe H. McCullough were re-elected to four-year terms and Vincent J. Cannarella was elected to a two-year seat.

G. Graham Segars became the first chairman of the Darlington County Commission when it was organized in 1960. Last week he was again elected to the position succeeding McCuen Morrell, who served as chairman in 1967-68. Both are Hartsville area men.

S.B. Norwood Jr., owner of Economy Drug Store, was elected Friday to head the Merchant’s Division of the Chamber for the 1969 year He succeeds J.B. Allen as head of the organization.

Prices at a local grocer were: hens, $.39/lb; round steak, $.89/lb; sandwich bread four loaves for $1; tomatoes, $.19/lb.

25 years ago

Community members attending a meeting of the Darlington County School District suit last Wednesday night were left wondering who they can turn to to get accurate information regarding the 30-year-old lawsuit against the Darlington County School District.

More than 400 Hartsville area parents and citizens concerned about the fate of some schools and changes at others, told the Darlington County School Board Tuesday to keep Southside Elementary open. The meeting last Tuesday night at Hartsville High School was the second of two public meetings that board of education held to hear from citizens about options the board is considering about potential desegregations plan.

A five-car accident in downtown Hartsville called for the attention of Hartsville policemen Monday Traffic flow continued as officers cleared the area of wreck debris.

Roderick Blakney broke the South Carolina high school career scoring record for the Red Foxes surpassing Rickey Jones. Blakney scored 2,246 points in his career at Hartsville, while Jones ended with his career in 1986 with 2,245 points.

Tax-free municipal bonds were earning 5.15 percent.

A four-bedroom, three-bath home with 2,330 square feet was listed for $85,000.

Prices at a local grocer were: whole fryers for $.49/lb; canned vegetables for 4/$1; four-pound bag of oranges for $.88; Washington state apple, $.89/lb.

10 years ago

Lt. Col. William Zemp said his most recent duty in Iraq was his most gratifying. He recently returned from service in Iraq and has been awarded two of the nation’s top medals by the United States Army.

In December of 2008, Zemp, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service as a battalion commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Darlington County Board of Education approved a plan Monday to absorb the loss of $5.5 million in state education funding this budget year. The plan comes in response to the latest round of mid-year state budget cuts.

The Hartsville varsity boys’ basketball team played good team basketball Friday night and brought home its second straight victory of the week with a 58-52 win over top ten ranked Myrtle Beach.

Red Fox athletes were honored Thursday night at the annual fall sports banquet