Feb. 9, 1945 — The Hartwell Sun provided an update on World War II. It read:
“Eastern Front — Red army storms across Oder River on 50-mile front in Silesia and advances 12 1/2 miles past west bank, Stalin announces; Germans report other river crossings within 30 miles of Berlin; Nazi radio warns panic-stricken fall of Berlin imminent.
“Eastern Front — Yanks launch two-direction attack against last German positions holding Roer River dams; U.S. Thirds thrusts one and a half miles deeper on eight-mile front; American First Army pushes to half a mile of Siegfried Line permanent forts; 4,000 London based war planes pound smoking Reich communication center and railroads.”
Germany surrendered in May of 1945.
Feb. 13, 1975 — More than 12.4 million people visited Hartwell and Clark Hill lakes in the 1974 calendar year, setting an all-time attendance record according to the District Army Corps of Engineers.
Lake Hartwell was third in popularity among the Corps 350 water resources projects. The 7,107,000 visitors was about half-a-million over the previous record set in 1973.
Lake Hartwell had been in the top ten most-visited Corps project in the past 10 years.
Feb. 10, 1993 — The Hart County High School debate team won a regional debate tournament at Gainesville College.
The team was going to Carrollton in the state AAA championship. The team of Sammy Grizzle, Nick Alexander, David Yu and Becky Grizzle and is led by first-year head coach Medgar Roberts.
The topic of the debate was, “It is resolved that the U.S. government should reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or policies.” Yu and Sammy grizzle were arguing the affirmative side and Becky Grizzle and Alexander\r were debating the negative.
“Debate is an extremely time intensive activity,” Roberts told the Sun at the time. The team spent at least six hours a week practicing and had between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of notes for evidence.