A Stroll Down Memory Lane: May 23

2002: Rock quarry, boys home voted down

News of 10 years ago

A rock quarry and a group home for boys were recommended for denial by the Butts County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Griffin businessman Lee Howell, the former chairman of the Spalding County Democratic Party, is seeking the newly drawn District 29 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Daniel Lee announced his candidacy for re-election to a third term as a member of the Georgia State Senate, District 29.

The Jackson High School commencement for the Class of 2002 was held on Red Devil Hill on Friday, May 17. Brittany Moss is valedictorian and Rhea Lindsey is salutatorian.

Ray Lowery passed away at his home on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 18. This was a fitting day for a man who served his country for 35 years in the Army.

Deaths during the week: Laverne Atkinson, 67; Mattie L. Clark, 61; Haywood Hodges, 82; Ray Lowery, 71; Martha Payne, 80; Terry Watkins, 48.

News of 20 years ago

Butts County Commissioners have placed options on land near the recreation center for future expansion. One option was for 13 acres at $4,760 an acre and the other for 65 acres at $3,700 an acre

A new contract to service Dumpsters in the county will cost less in the future. The present $7,000-per-month contract with Browning Ferris Industries has been reduced to $6,100 a month.

Julie Smith and Servin Taylor have been awarded Good Citizenship Medals by the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter.

Three Butts County teachers, with long records of service in Butts County, are retiring this year: Lena Benton with 28 years, Ruby Solomon with 26 years and Ben Paget with 25 years.

Coswell Sims has signed a scholarship to play football with Georgia Military College in Milledgeville this fall.

The Jackson City Council has raised the price of cemetery lots to $300 for city residents and $500 for non-city residents.

Deaths during the week: Ms. Laquitta Allen; Mrs. Lorene Surry Askin, 63; the Rev. J.J. Bell, Jr., 90; Reginald Fernandez Fears, 18; Lucy Ann Goff, 35; Mrs. Rhonda Elaine Jones, 36; Mrs. Lucy Mae Slaton Spann.

News of 30 years ago

The Exchange Club of Jackson rededicated Friday one of the five Freedom Shrines presented to the county at Jackson High School.

Melinda Portis has been awarded the French Club scholarship, the French medal and the Jackson High School band medal.

Retired Col. Joe Hickok warned Kiwanians Tuesday night of the overwhelming might of Russia’s armed forces.

Benjamin Franklin Parrish has graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University with top honors in his class.

Local students receiving scholarships to Gordon College include Rickey A. Cannon, Yvonne Deraney, Susan P. Dickens, Gina Dooley, Jeffery T. Dominey, Sharon J. Dowdy, Joyce A. Lewis, Thomas E. Powell, Geoffrey B. Miller, Julie Morris, and Tracy R. Williams.

Retiring from Butts County Schools this year are Mrs. Fannie Jones, Mrs. Velma Maddox, Bill Moore, Mrs. Doris Ridgeway, Mrs. Lucile Ross, and Booker T. Stokes.

Deaths during the week: Charlie Barber, 61; Betty Elizabeth Brown, 8; Charles H. Kilgore; Col. Wendell Brown McCoy, Sr., 85; Edgar Levi Raven, Jr.; Robert Aldean Smith, 72; Thomas Slaton Thornton, 68.

News of 40 years ago

Butts County 4-H’ers claimed eight winners in the District Project Achievement competition at Rock Eagle.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Trimble won two first places with their two great Danes at a Dayton, Fla., Kennel Club dog show.

Julian H. Wells graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Tech on June 3.

Mrs. Miriam S. Butler has retired after 46 years with the Schwob Manufacturing Company in Columbus.

On Thursday, June 1, the thermometer at Indian Springs dropped to 41 degrees.

Mrs. Gladys Wilson has been named president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Deaths during the week: Mrs. Ed Martin; Robert Lee Shannon, Jr., 21.

News of 50 years ago

Edgar A. Jackson graduated June 6 from the Air Force Academy

Annette Knight has won a scholarship from the Clayton County Education Association, which she will use at Tift College.

The air tragedy at Orly Fields, Paris, which took the lives of 113 Georgians, touched Butts County. Mrs. Fred Brine, daughter of the late A.L. Vickers, perished in the crash.

Cheryl Pope, a student at Piedmont Hospital’s School of Nursing, has won the 1962 Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Achievement Award.

Cadet Joseph Murry Moncrief, of North Georgia College, has won his varsity letters as a member of the baseball team.

Gilbert Furniture and Appliance Company has moved from 125 East Third Street to 128 West Third Street.

Deaths during the week: Mrs. Lula Vardaman Fincher, 81.