Windsor's column - Top 5 Stories of 1985: Jail Renovation, Darby Harris indicted for murder of his parents, Chamber honored 6 Citizens of the Year (none in 2011), Vikings basketball team went all the way to the final state game, Arson suspected in the burning of Soperton Guano Company and Fowler Warehouse.
It was a slow news week, with time for surveying the Soperton business people. They generally reported a bad year for 1985 and dismal hopes for 86 because of age-old reasons: Low credit, high unemployment, and people going out of town.
Chamber President John Smith emphasized positive features of the community: Winning sports teams, great school bands, the Festival, I-16, industrial park and new or improved businesses such as Sammie's Bumper to Bumper, Soperton Flower Shop, Charles Johnson's car wash, Lowell Wilkes's liquor store, Corbin's Quik Serve, and the 221 C Store.
Ricks's column was derived from the economic survey, as he quoted tips for maintaining a successful business.
The survey story ended with a merchant's comment: "If things don't change, it's going to be just like Tarrytown."
William A. Ricks
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