This day in history: Haire, tobacco and health care

2017-08-13 | The Sanford Herald

Aug. 13--Every once in a while, we go back through our archives and see what the big stories were in the past.

6 Years Ago -- Haire Announces City Council Campaign

On this day in 2011, The Herald reported that Jimmy Haire, a former Herald photographer and a Sanford historian, had filed for a seat on the Sanford City Council. Haire would campaign against former Lee County Board of Education member Bobby Powell for an at-large seat on the council.

Haire told The Herald that he had been mulling a political run for a long time and that he wanted to focus on attracting businesses to the area.

"Anything you can do to attract industry, you need to keep the pedal to the metal," he said. "I've been in this town a long time. I know a lot about it. And it's just kind of a way of giving back."

Haire defeated Powell by 384 votes that November and won re-election unopposed, registered as a Democrat, in 2015. He remains on the council today.

8 Years Ago -- Health Care Town Hall 'Civil, Serious'

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican, held a town hall in Sanford where he faced harsh criticism for his support of health-care reform. In 2009, then-U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge faced similar pushback for his support of health-care reform in a similar arena.

Etheridge, a Democrat, participated in a forum held by the State Employees Association of North Carolina in Lillington, The Herald reported on this day eight years ago. The legislation on the table at this forum ended up as what is referred to as "Obamacare."

Most of the forum was filled with opponents of the policy, but unlike many such town halls across the country at the time, The Herald reported, this one did not feature fisticuffs or violent disruptions.

Of course, "Obamacare" later passed in the form of the Affordable Care Act, a bill Congress is currently searching for ways to repeal and replace.

19 Years Ago -- Tiger's Record Round at the PGA

On this day in 1998, Tiger Woods shot a 66 at Sahalee County Club in Redmond, Washington, to take a first-round, two-stroke lead in the 80th edition of the PGA Championship. He sank six putts of 15 feet or longer and only took 27 putts the whole day on reportedly slick greens. This came 16 months after his maiden major win, a dominating performance at the 1997 Masters.

He told the media after his course-record opening round that he wasn't going to get ahead of himself, even with the good round.

"I'm not going to put any more pressure on myself because I am near the lead right now," Woods said, according to the Associated Press. "With three days to go, it's an eternity. You just have to go out there and hold your own for three more days."

Unforunately for Woods, he failed to do so. After an opening 70, Vijay Singh shot three rounds in the 60s to go 9-under for the tournament, edging out Steve Stricker by two shots for his first major championship. Woods finished at 1-under, tied for 10th with Kenny Perry and Skip Kendall.

36 Years Ago -- Tobacco Prices Jumping on Sanford Market

Average prices for tobacco jumped on the Sanford Tobacco Market on this day in 1981, news that made the front page of The Herald. The local market sold a total of 338,873 pounds of leaf for a return of $554,580, an average of $160.70 per 100 pounds. That was a jump of $1.75 per 100 pounds from Aug. 12, 1981.

Fred Gordon, the market's sales supervisor, said "almost all of the tobacco that brought $180 to $182 per hundredweight on Thursday was graded lugs," a type of tobacco, The Herald reported. Gordon added that the demand for "orange lugs" was "extra high," while the demand for lemon lugs "weakened."

If we're reading the prices right, things have changed significantly since then. You can buy one pound of American Virginia Flue Cured 2013 leaves from for $16.99, which would be $1,699 for 100 pounds.

Safe to say, things were a little different back then.

43 Years Ago -- School Board Awards Bids for Milk, Ice Cream and Bread

Another indicator of how times have changed comes from the Aug. 13, 1974, edition of The Herald. The Sanford-Lee County Board of Education awarded bids for milk, ice cream and bread for Lee County's schools, The Herald reported. Prices were "substantially unchanged" from the year before. Three milk companies presented identical bids, and the contract was split among the three of them. A half-pint of milk would be seven cents for children and 11 cents for adults.

The board also approved, by a 4-3 vote, to spend $42,995 for lighting at Paul B. Gay Stadium at Sanford Central High School. This number was voted for over a $14,445 proposal that had been in place. Board member Robert Dalrymple said that he "could not in good conscience ... spend that kind of money for lighting that is only used eight or nine times a year, when schools like Bragg Street are in desperate need of repairs." Board Chairman Mary Alice Holmes cast the deciding vote in support of the costlier proposal.

Interestingly enough, the current school board set aside money in the 2017-2018 budget for upgrades to the track at Paul B. Gay Stadium and new lighting at Lee County High School's baseball field.

Reach Staff Writer Zachary Horner at 919-718-1217 and on Twitter at @Zachary_Horner.

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