A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Sept. 12, 2012

2002: Popham out as county manager

News of 10 years ago

Greg Popham’s tenure as county manager of Butts County came to an end Sept. 5. By unanimous vote, the Board of Commissioners decided not to renew his contract and placed him on administrative leave.

Butts County Schools Superintendent Alan White told school board members that in the past two years, student enrollment in the system has grown by 330.

Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope said his officers arrested a home invasion suspect Wednesday, Sept. 4, after an elderly woman on Henderson Street reported being awoken around 5 a.m., and attacked by an intruder who covered her head with a sheet.

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall picnic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Pavilion at Dauset Trails Nature Center.

Jackson High School’s Red Devils downed Forsyth rival Mary Persons High 27-20 before a record at-home crowd Sept. 6.

Deaths during the week: Faye Boynton, 67; Elsie Burkett, 64; Ralph Campbell; Cecil Coe Jr., 37.

News of 20 years ago

The Neighborhood Service Center has moved from its location on Alabama Boulevard to its new home on Third Street.

The Butts County Courthouse was packed Tuesday night for the second public hearing on the matter of the county landfill.

For the third year, the Chamber of Commerce is offering Christmas decorations that depict local landmarks. First was the Butts County Courthouse, then the Indian Spring Hotel. And this year, the Carmichael House.

Hank Hilderbrand has been named branch manager of the NationsBank office in Jackson.

Charles and Irene Barber of Jackson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 26.

The 1992 Butts County Fair, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jackson, will open Oct. 6 and run through Oct. 10.

Deaths during the week: Lewis Dukes, 90; Mrs. Coreine Goodman Lawrence, 100; Otis L. Newby, Sr., 72; John Franklin Thaxton, 66.

News of 30 years ago

David L. Burford was named as the Jackson Kiwanis Club’s Man of the Year for 1982.

Jackson Mayor C.B. Brown reports the city’s mausoleum, containing 80 crypts, will be opened in December.

Sammy C. Smith has been named district winner in this year’s Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer contest.

Pete Malone has been named president of the Jackson Kiwanis Club; Keith Fortson, Jerry McLaurin and Julian Marsh, vice presidents; Sandy Sanvidge, secretary; and A.L. Cook, treasurer.

Carolyn Preston won top honors at the Fancy Frosters Cake Show at Shannon Mall recently.

New officers of the Jackson High Co-Ed-Y Club include Missy Rutledge, president; Susie Barnes, vice president; Kim Lowery, secretary; and Julie Dennard, treasurer.

Deaths during the week: Andrew Jackson Goodrum, 86; Mrs. Georgia Ann King, 81; Mrs. Winnie Cole Moore; Charles Hendrick Swint, 85; Charlie Frank Watkins.

News of 40 years ago

The Rev. Jimmy Landrum is the new president of the Butts County Ministerial Association; the Rev. Donald Folsom, vice president; and the Rev. Billy Floyd, secretary-treasurer.

Duane Davis will head the fight on drugs at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center.

Harry Reeves has been named president of the Jackson High VICA Club; Mike Letson, vice president; Vickey Colwell, secretary; and Peggy Crowder, treasurer.

Deidra Tabb was named Employee of the Year by Westbury Homes in Jenkinsburg.

Named by the D.A.R. to the Jackson Clubhouse Board of Directors were Mrs. Gladys Wilson, chairman; Mrs. Kathleen Pinckney, secretary; and Miss Eloise Beauchamp, treasurer.

Deaths during the week: Miss Eleanor Moncrief; Mrs. Maudie Bohannon Mangham, 75; Mrs. Bessie Elberta Priest O’Brien, 62; John Franklin Moore, 20; Georgia Watkins Dickerson, 68.

News of 50 years ago

Judy Ann Atkins of Jasper County was crowned Miss Industry 1963 at the beauty contest held in conjunction with Industrial Day.

Walter Rozelle, a five-year employee at Avondale Mills, has been named Quality Control Officer at the Pepperton Cotton Mills plant.

In an address to Kiwanians, Mayor W.M. Redman reported that an Atlanta tax firm is doing a reevaluation of all Butts County property for tax purposes.

Joe Brown, local Civil Defense director, reports a campaign under way to fill or cover up all abandoned wells in the county.

J. Avon Gaston displayed this week a Cuban squash that weighed 23 pounds, four ounces.

Tommy Carmichael has been named president of the Jackson High School Junior Class; Anne Adams, vice president; Nancy Goff, secretary; and Billy Cawthon, treasurer.

Deaths during the week: James Wright Maddox, 78; John George Brooks, 58; Albert Henry Woodruff, 65; Randy Wilks, 7.