By PATRICK CASEY
In August 1976, 32 years ago…
Thriftway Supermarket sold bacon for 89 cents a pound, Twin Lakes Supermarket had 5 pounds of flour for 49 cents and Piggly Wiggly sold ground beef at 89 cents a pound.
An east-bound train derailed in Mossy Head forcing an evacuation within a mile of the accident. A ruptured propane tanker forced 50-75 people in that area to evacuate.
Walton County teachers received a pay raise to $8,200 a year for those that held a bachelor’s degree, up from $7,400 a year in 1975.
A 1941 Walton graduate, Mack Anderson, opened fall practice as head coach of the Walton football team.
A subscription to the DeFuniak Herald cost $6 a year for Walton County residents and $7.50 for those outside the area. The paper was printing over 4,000 copies a week.
The new Maude Saunders Elementary School first opened for the 1976-77 school year at a price tag of $1.6 million. Don Hagler was named the principal.