Looking back

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By Greg Summers

Here is what was happening around the county about the time HOPE in Lancaster opened its doors in February 1983:

– The price of leaded self-serve gasoline was 99.9 cents a gallon and unleaded self-serve gasoline was $1.09.9 cents a gallon.

– Charles Bundy was named chairman of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT), following a nomination by Gov. Richard Riley.

– The county’s unemployment rate was 13.6 percent, but there was a bit of good news on the jobs front. Lehigh Lancaster (now Thomas & Betts) was calling 60 employees back to work after the company was awarded the largest contract in its history, $20 million to construct 20,000 tons of steel power transmission towers for the Interstate Power Agency in Utah.

– Surrounded by family and friends, Anna Truesdale celebrated her 100th birthday at the Senior Citizens Center on West Gay Street.

– Construction had begun on a new Hardee’s at 1005 W. Meeting St.

– Lancaster City Council bought seven acres of property adjacent to Lancaster Fire Department on Arch Street for $87,000 to build a new police station. 

 u The Andrew Jackson High School Lady Volunteers basketball team, coached by Marti Tiller, was denied its bid for a conference title with a triple overtime loss to the Great Falls High School Lady Red Devils. However, their season didn’t end on a sour note. Led by the play of Millette Drakeford, Karla Horton and Monica Williams, the Lady Vols won the state title by defeating Barnwell High School, 64-44, on Friday, March 11.