This Week in History: 2003

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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This week’s look back at The Greenville Advocate headlines from 2003, revisits notable stories that shaped the community. From creative initiatives at the local library to unexpected natural events, the articles provide a glimpse into the lives and experiences of Greenville residents.

‘Under the Sea’ at the Library: The Greenville-Butler County Public Library’s summer reading program, “Books Ahoy,” continued to captivate children with weekly storytelling sessions and engaging activities. Jean Bauer, the children’s librarian, brought tales of sea creatures and pirates to life, with the library transformed into an underwater adventure zone. During a nautical themed craft session, children were able to create their own octopus headgear before joining in a scavenger hunt. 

Local Youths Create Safe Harbor Park: The youth group from First Baptist Church completed a project to build a mini-park for Safe Harbor. The initiative included a picnic table and a garden, with contributions from local businesses and community members, enhancing the area for children at the center. Other items for the park include a birdbath

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and wall plaques that were purchased at a discount from Betty’s Past and Present.

Tornado Touches Down in Honoraville Area: A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Bill struck the Honoraville area, causing significant damage to several homes. One brick house was completely destroyed, while others sustained severe damage. Residents, including Johnny Reese and his father, shared harrowing accounts of the storm’s impact.

Retailers React to Sales Tax Increase: Following a one-cent sales tax increase approved by the Greenville City Council, local retailers expressed mixed feelings. While some viewed it as a necessary measure to support city projects, others noted that the increase would affect their pricing. Despite differing opinions, most believed it was a trade-off for economic growth. The proceeds from the increase are slated to fund several city obligations, not the least of which is a bond issue for an access road for the new Super Walmart, scheduled to be built on property near Cahaba Road.