Two saltwater anglers try their luck with rods and reels on the shore as a shrimp boat passes by in the distance in 1993.

25 Years

(July 8-13, 1993)

The call came for local dog Jekyll McDermott, who secured the role of Horrid in the Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival’s production of “Camelot.”

According to the report, “She won the honor over several other hopefuls who auditioned at the island’s amphitheater stage. Her owner and companion is March McDermott of Jekyll Island. Reportedly, the closest rival for the role was Hallie Neilson, companion of Marion Neilson. ‘Camelot’s’ director, Jacque Wheeler, said Jekyll edged Hallie out because the canine was a little ‘too striking’ for the role.

“Wagga Gibbs, a St. Simons hopeful, is being considered for the role of understudy. Wagga resides in Sea Palms with Sherrye and Bill Gibbs.”

Up in Atlanta, the Falcons made news with their new acquisition of running back Eric Dickerson from the L.A. Raiders.

“The NFL’s No. 2 career rusher has produced everywhere he’s been, but he’s also been unhappy everywhere he’s been,” the Associated Press reported. “That leaves his new team, the Falcons, wondering if someone in their cast of characters — Deion Sanders, Jerry Glanville, maybe even Hammer — can make him smile.”

The Raiders received a conditional 1994 sixth round draft pick, but that would move to a fifth-round pick if Dickerson produced 1,000 yards or more in the 1993 season. For his part, Dickerson said he was physically up for the effort.

“I don’t feel 32, and when people see me on the field, they won’t believe I am,” Dickerson said. “I know what the calendar says, but I think under the right conditions, I could still gain 1,000 yards or more.

“If they’re looking for a horse there, I’m ready to have them ride me.”

50 Years

(July 8-9, 1968)

State Rep. Reid Harris of Brunswick let it be known he would not support mining of Georgia’s coastal marshland, which was under consideration by the state government — in particular, an Oklahoma firm’s work to acquire access to 27 square miles in Chatham County.

“I believe that I must oppose any lease which would mean wholesale destruction of marshlands or the polluting of our streams,” Harris said to a meeting of the Brunswick Exchange Club. He added that there should be zoning legislation for all state marshlands and river bottoms, along with a provision for an already-established state agency to manage that zoning.

According to the report, “Harris quoted Dr. Eugene Odum, of the University of Georgia, as saying that the physical destruction or poisoning by pollution ‘of the inshore nursery grounds’ would completely destroy a multimillion dollar shrimp industry.”

Also, plans were going forward for Georgia football head coach Vince Dooley to speak to the annual banquet of the Glynn County Bulldog Club at Bennie’s Red Barn on St. Simons Island on July 18.

The News’ Sports Editor Murray Poole wrote, “Maybe Vince will clear the air somewhat on the Tennessee-Georgia dispute over the synthetic turf, which the Vols want to use for the opening Southeastern Conference game Sept. 14 in Knoxville.

“It’s our guess that Georgia will go ahead and play the game as scheduled since it is booked for national television. You can’t blame the Bulldogs for not wanting to be a ‘guinea pig’ in their first outing of the fall, but, on the other hand, if the contest was moved to a neutral site, and the Volunteers still pounded Georgia, it would be sorta embarrassing for the men from Athens.”

75 Years

(July 9, 1943)

The U.S. Department of the Navy gave the heads-up to Brunswick Mayor J. Hunter Hopkins that a frigate nearing the end of its construction would be named after the city.

The News reported, “The letter came from James Forrestal, acting secretary of the Navy, in which he stated that, ‘It is my great pleasure to inform you, by direction of the president, that a frigate, to be launched about Aug. 15, at the plant of the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., has been named for your city and therefore Brunswick will have the honor of naming the vessel’s sponsor.’”

Hopkins told The News “he would take the matter under advisement and look into the possibility of the city of Brunswick naming a sponsor to go to the Wisconsin plant, accompanied by a local committee, to christen the vessel.

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