50 Years Ago

Revolutionary leader Col. Lemuel Benton, one of the founders of Darlington County, has been honored with the erection of a roadside marker by the Darlington County Historical Society. The marker is located on Highway 34 one mile east of Mechanicsville near Godbold’s store. He lived at Stoney Hill, was a man of considerable influence and wealth. He was elected first member of Congress from the Pee Dee District.

Some 51 patients were moved from the old to the new Byerly Hospital on Tuesday after they had eaten breakfast and received their morning medications.

John C. Walker was doubly honored during the annual awards banquet of the Hartsville Jaycees held at Johnson’s Restaurant. Mr. Walker, an industrial engineer at Sonoco Products Company, was honored as Jaycee of the Year and later was installed as president of the organization.

Food Stamps may be obtained in Hartsville starting next Monday, July 1. The stamps will be handled by The Peoples Bank by arrangement with Thorton W. Crouch, vice president of the bank.

25 Years Ago

The Hartsville Messenger celebrates 100 years of service to the Hartsville community with an open house in conjunction with the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on June 24.

Katherine Thomas, area manager of CP&L, was the first woman to join the Hartsville Rotary Club and was installed June 29 as the first woman president of the civic organization by outgoing Hartsville Rotary Club president Jack Holt.

After months of intense meetings, Hartsville City Council passed the third and final reading of the 1993-94 budget. The budget will include a tax increase of eight mills (worth about $132,000), up from last year’s total millage of 86.5 to this year’s 94.5 mills. This is the first time in 13 years the city has had a tax increase.

Darlington County Council approved a one mill tax increase and more user fees for next year as part of the county’s $15.3 million budget. Residents will be paying about $2.40 more next year in property taxes on a $60,000 home and about $2.10 on a $20,000 car. The mill increase puts the millage rate at 41.7.

10 Years Ago

Darlington Police Capt. Wayne Byrd will change offices in November. After the general election, he will take over as the new Darlington County Sheriff. With voter turnout higher than expected, Byrd defeated Chief Deputy Tom Gainey handily in Tuesday’s runoff for the Democratic nomination for Darlington County Sheriff. He garnered 4,642 votes to Gainey’s 1,799. Byrd also won 31 of 34 precincts in Darlington County.

The Selling Hartsville Task Force, an initiative begun by the Byerly Foundation, is preparing to launch its slogan to market Hartsville. Hartsville, the Art of Good Living is tentatively set to launch the weekend of Oct. 2-4.

Glenn Mondrae “Monty” Bell, 27, a Hartsville native, is a new judge-magistrate for Darlington County.

The South Carolina Employment Security Commission released the state’s unemployment numbers for the month of May and unemployment rose sharply. The state’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.5 percent in May up .6 tenths from the April figure of 5.9 percent. The month of May also notched the highest jobless rate in the state since January 2006.