A Stroll Down Memory Lane

News of 10 years ago

The Flovilla City Council voted to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to fund improvements to the city’s water system.

Ashley Campbell, 16, of Jenkinsburg saved the life of a 2-year-old who nearly drowned in a pool by using the CPR technique she learned in school.

Gordon Respess of Dauset Trails Nature Center presented a program June 9 to fellow Rotarians on what it’s like to be a naturalist.

Jackson Mayor Charlie Brown proclaimed the week of June 7-13 as National Garden Week in the city.

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library was seeking local submissions for its youth film festival for filmmakers in grades seven through 12.

Rodney and LaVerne Ferguson of Jackson were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 23.

Deaths during the week: Rosemond Iris Boland Martin, 82; Ermine Jeannette Washington Webb, 86; Miss Maria Elizabeth Stegall, 17; Mrs. Kimberli Rozelle Wilcox “Kim” Gaddis, 39; Mr. Charles Danny “Dan” Reid, 70; Mrs. Joanne Carroll Miller, 75; Mr. William “Bill” Danes, 45: Robert “Bob” Gene Hart Sr.

News of 20 years ago

Jackson Progress-Argus editor Larry Stanford and reporter Marshall Avett each won 1999 Georgia Association of Educators School Bell awards for their coverage of the Butts County School System.

Constructed in 1908 in what is now Indian Springs State Park, the two-story frame New South-type house known as Idlewilde was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A fire on Pratt Smith Road destroyed a two-story home under renovation.

The Butts County Retired Educators Association honored Gwendolyn B. Webb with a Certificate of Leadership.

Brent Watts, a 1999 graduate of Jackson High School, was named the winner of the Butts County 4-H Rufus Adams Scholarship. He had been one of the 4-H Club’s most active members, and planned to attend Albany State University.

Tavarus Morgan, Jackson High School’s star quarterback for the past two years, was chosen to play in the Georgia/Florida All-Star High School Football Game June 19 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Deaths during the week: Mr. Charles Milton Daniel, 75; Mr. James Edgar Green, 58; Mrs. Verdie Lee Jeffries Mitchell, 73; Mr. William Henry Peacock, 91; Mr. Robert Louis Smith, 74; Mr. John A. Spillane, 84.

News of 30 years ago

With Larry Morgan as chairman, the drive to raise $64,000 in local funds to construct the Jackson-Butts County Public Library began.

Tara Marsh won the Georgia Kiwanis District talent showcase and a $1,000 scholarship. Finals were held in Warner Robins.

Felicia Adele Mitchell was one of 14 Emory University juniors, out of a class of 2,000, to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Dickie McMullan of Atlanta joined the staff of Eye-wear Unlimited in Jackson.

Bi-Mor Foods was aiding the local drive for the National Kidney Foundation by offering a grocery grab, a five-minute shopping spree at the store on South Mulberry Street.

The Atlanta South 75 Auto/Truckstop in Jackson was recently awarded Unocal 76’s prestigious Five Star Appearance Award.

Deaths during the week: George Noah Martin Jr., 66; Henry Crawford Sr., 74; Mrs. Vadie Lee Hoard Pulliam, 79.

News of 40 years ago

The Rev. Allen Burrell of LaGrange was assigned the Jenkinsburg Charge, consisting of Methodist churches in Jenkinsburg, Flovilla and England Chapel.

Carolyn Jester was crowned Miss Black America of Butts County in competition at the Jackson High School auditorium.

An editorial entitled “The meaning of Thanksgiving” by Vincent Jones was chosen the best religious editorial in the Georgia weekly press for 1978.

Attending the State 4-H Council at Rock Eagle were Scott Thurston, Laura Thaxton, Traci Brannon, Janet English, John Hall and Eddie Trimble. The Kiwanis Club sponsored their trip.

Susan Turner of Marietta joined the Progress-Argus staff as a reporter-photographer.

The Rev. J. Hyatt Smith was named pastor of the Stark Methodist Church. He came to Stark from Attapulgus, Ga.

Deaths during the week: Mrs. Eva Key Bailey Settle; Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Hay Watkins, 80; Thomas James Schanlon; Hyrom Steele Polk, 61.

News of 50 years ago

Coleman’s Garage moved from the east side of the court square to its new building at 151 E. First St.

The Rev. Frances Ford was appointed to the Jenkinsburg charge, succeeding the Rev. Ed Galloway, who was to become a chaplain in the Air Force.

James R. Westbury was named president-elect of the Georgia Nursing Home Association at the annual convention in Savannah.

Major William Lovett Fletcher was one of four Georgia National Guardsmen to be awarded a Distinctive Service Medal by Gov. Lester Maddox during his review of 4,000 troops at Fort Stewart.

Thirty-two Butts County teachers and teacher aides were attending summer school classes, with Mrs. Edward A. Manley as instructor.

Mr. and Mrs. B.C. “Brack” Singley were to observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house July 6.

Deaths during the week: Mrs. Albert Brownlee Pettigrew, 94; Frederick P. Thurston; Mrs. Lillian Carter Duke; Howell Harris Coleman, 56.