From our Files
Drought conditions intensified
10 YEARS AGO
May 8, 2002
THE ALBANY Chapter of the American Red Cross has named Ms. Kathy Fraley Humanitarian of the Week.
THE EARLY County High School baseball team, with a record of 22-4, and 43-7 over two seasons, is headed to the first round of state playoff play in Brooklet, Ga., this Thursday.
JUSTIN Cox, Stacey Driver, Amy Enfinger and Leah Hall, all of Blakely, and Kendrick Eve Ellington of Edison were named to the president’s list at Georgia Southwestern State University for fall semester 2001.
25 YEARS AGO
May 21, 1987
STUDENTS of the month for the month of April are Shirley Williams and Todd Hunter.
LOCAL school superintendents have been notified by the Georgia Department of Education of their systems’ shares of $78 million in educational grants appropriated by the 1987 legislature. The Early County Schools will receive $204.454 of the $78 million.
OUTDOOR writer/ photographer Bob Kornegay was recently presented two excellence in craft awards by the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association. Both awards came in recognition of Kornegay’s work in outdoor magazines for the year 1986-87.
50 YEARS AGO
May 23, 1962
LYNDA Lindsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lindsey, of the New Hope community, has been selected as valedictorian of the 1962 graduating class of Damascus High School, this honor coming because of the outstanding record she has compiled during her high school career.
MARY Elizabeth Sammons, daughter of Mrs. Pauline Sammons and the late G.C. Sammons Jr,. of Damascus, Ga., has been chosen salutatorian of the 1962 graduating class of Damascus High School. She was selected because of the excellent school record she has attained.
THE WINNER of the Championship A Division established a new course record at the Town and Country Club Golf Tournament on Wednesday afternoon of the past week. Mrs. Libby Huffaker shot a 41-39-80 to break the old course record of 83 held by Nell Houston.
THE temperature rose to 100 degrees in Blakely last Sunday to intensify the drought conditions in parts of this area. Local weather bureau records reveal a maximum reading of 101 degrees on May 30, 1937, and a record of 102 degrees on May 12, 1916.
WADE Woodward, who was principal of the Blakely school in the late thirties, and who is now better known as the father of Joanne Woodward, the famous motion picture star and television actress, was a visitor in our town during the past week.
75 YEARS AGO
May 20, 1937
W.T. BODENHAMER, former principle and athletic director of Blakely high school, has been elected superintendent of the Tift County schools by the Tift County Board of Education.
MRS. J.B. Grimsley, of Blakely announces the engagement of her daughter, Mary Alice, to John Irwin Saunders, of Coleman.
MISS Margaret Sparks and Mr. Raymond Cook Singletary Jr. were united in marriage at the Blakely Methodist Church on Friday evening, May 14, at 8 o’clock, the Rev. E.M. Overby performing the ceremony.
100 YEARS AGO
May 23, 1912
MR. J.H. Butler is now with the Blakely Artesian Ice Co.
MR. GRADY Holman, of Blakely, and Miss Mae Fulton, of Hartford, Ala., were united in marriage last Sunday.
THE DEATH of Mr. Daniel Biggs is chronicled in The News this week. He was 74 years old.
MR. MARCELLUS Davis and Miss Floreid Hattaway, both of Bluffton, were married Sunday.
125 YEARS AGO
May 19, 1887
ROASTING ears are on the table now.
MISS HOPE Ewell returned from Arlington last Thursday. She was accompanied by Miss Nettie Dozier.
THE METHODIST Sunday School held their picnic at Walker Springs last Friday.
DR. B.R. Dostor, Prof. Z.I. Fitzgerald and Messrs. J.J. Smith and E.L. Fryer went on a business trip to Albany last Friday.