2019-01-09 / Editorials

Students get look at new school

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10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 7, 2009

WITH GAS prices at a four-year low, the state gas tax dropped from 18.5 cents to 14.6 cents January 1.

A SWEARING in ceremony was held Dec. 30 in the courtroom of the Early County courthouse for candidates elected to office. Newcomers sworn in included coroner Todd Hunter and school board members Cynthia Levatte and Denise Williams.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 1994

APPROXIMATELY 1,200 students got a look at their new school for the first time Wednesday when they returned to Early County Elementary School classes from the Christmas holiday break.

BOB MANN, who played football at Auburn in the 1970s, plans to make the crowd laugh and also make them think a little about what they can do to be more successful when he speaks Jan. 20 at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

THE NEW Jakin mayor, Thomas Rogers, and city councilmen Kenneth Holt, Joe Womble, Christine Gaulden, Tom Bryant and Wayne Stebbins had a busy agenda at their first meeting.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 9, 1969

W.H. “Hal” Haddock Jr., of Damascus, one of Early County’s outstanding young men, has been named a director of the First State Bank of Blakely.

MARION C. Mock, long time employee of the First State Bank, has been elevated to the post of assistant vicepresident.

MARTIN & Son Chevrolet has moved into a grand new building on Highway 27 about 2 miles from the square on South Main Street.

ON WEEKENDS, Billy Glass may be seen making solo flights on his Cessna Skyplane. He has over 40 hours and hopes to have his private license soon.

DANNY Westbrook of ECHS has been cited as one of the outstanding high school students of English in the country. The National Council of Teachers of English has named him a 1968 national winner in its annual Achievement Awards competition.

A FIRE in Cedar Springs on Dec. 3, at the old schoolhouse, destroyed all of the furniture and equipment which was formerly used in the courthouse and community house.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 1944

MRS. GEORGIA Chipstead Barksdale, wife of Dr. C.R. Barksdale, died at her home in this city Sunday morning. She was born in Blakely on Feb. 25, 1882.

THOUSANDS of Early County farmers flocked here to see Major V.W. Hampton present the Agricultural Achievement Award for producing an estimated $10,000,000 crop. The “A” banner was presented to Shelly Simmons on behalf of all county farm families. Mayor S.G. Maddox declared a half-holiday Monday. Scores of U.S. flags flying, colorful floats bedecked with Early County products making up a mile-long parade.

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 2 , 1919

MR. FRANK Coleman of Fort Gaines is now connected with the Balkcom Drug Store as prescriptionist.

BLAKELY schools reopened on Monday, after having been closed several weeks on account of the influenza epidemic.

BLAKELY’S rainfall totaled 62.4 inches for 1918, nearly six inches more than normal.

MR. OSCAR Whitchard was host at a bird supper last Friday night at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Whitchard.

MR. C.E. Martin will leave Sunday for Athens to attend the annual conference for County Agents of Georgia.

125 YEARS AGO

Jan. 4, 1894

MR. J.W. McLendon and family have moved from the lower edge of the county to the Deal place two miles north of Blakely.

MR. WYATT H. Alexander has returned to Atlanta to resume the study of medicine.

MR. THOMAS E. Speight, of Fowlstown, was a visitor to Blakely this week.

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