Through the Years

Joe Toppe Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

It is Friday, October 4, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish our public recollection, The Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to October of 1992.

“The Progress featured a front page headline that read:

“Money approved for new Dacusville fire department.”

According to the report, the Pickens County Council approved a $400,000 loan to construct an 8,000 square foot facility to house the Dacusville Volunteer Fire Department.

Council members commended the group of Dacusville community members who were actively involved in developing and training a volunteer core of fire fighters.

The Progress also featured these front page headlines:

“Country Santa”

“The child in me has never grown up”

The accompanying article detailed the efforts of Dacusville resident John Cox also known as the “Country Santa”.

According to the report, the postal service re-routed letters intended for the North Pole to Cox’s mail box, and each year during the Christmas season, Cox gave Santa a helping hand to fill the wish-list of Upstate children.

In local sports, Easley decimated Hillcrest by a final score of 41-0 while Wren relied on its stout defense to scrape out a 6-0 win against Seneca.

Several advertisements were also featured.

The Lowe’s off of Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley sold a gas powered yard blower for $79.98 and a Kerosene heater for $114.00.

Garrett’s Warehouse off of highway 93 in Easley sold its entire stock of name brand shoes for men, women and children at 25 to 70 percent off the original price.

In other news, Tens of thousands rallied in Washington, D. C., calling on the government to dedicate more funding to combat HIV and AIDS, while Sinéad O’Connor ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, causing a huge controversy and leading the switchboards at NBC to ring off the hook.

By October of 1992, the United States men’s Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the “Dream Team”, was fresh off winning a gold medal in Barcelona while the Atlanta Braves spent the offseason signing free agent Cubs’ pitcher Greg Maddux.

The Easley Progress was in its 90th year.