1989: Bicentennial marked with tree planting

Memoried Glances Julia Dyar

February 23, 2014

Februaries past, 25 years ago.

From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.

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Bicentennial Tree Planting — To celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution, the Redbud District of the Garden Club of Georgia presented each county in the district a Darlington oak. The local Elms and Roses Garden Club Council, which has an ongoing goal of promoting school grounds beautification, chose the Constitution Courtyard at Unity Kindergarten Center as the site for the Troup County tree.

Among the participants in the local tree planting were Mary Ellen Westbrook and Jane Teaver, Pine Needle Garden Club; Marjorie Beard, Council president; Bob Layfield, Unity principal and David Hunt, landscaping department, City of LaGrange.

LaGrange Middle School Taking Shape — Construction workers celerbrated Friday, Feb. 3, as the main support beam was hoisted into place at the LaGrange Middle School.

The huge piece, which dwarfs construction trailers at the site, spans the gymnasium area and is the largest piece of structural steel in the facility.

Torrance Construction Company is the contractor for the $5 million school building, which will house sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the LaGrange System.

Construction is currently running ahead of schedule and school officials expect the building to be completed in time for the 1990-91 school year.

Warm Springs Patients Attend West Georgia Tech — A new agreement between West Georgia Technical Institute and the Roosevelt Institute is enabling students with disabilities to receive career training at West Georgia Tech and housing support at the Institute in Warm Springs.

Four students from Warm Springs enrolled at West Georgia Tech last October and four others are expected to enroll this spring.

The pilot program with West Georgia Tech has been so successful that the formal agreement has been signed between the two institutions to continue the arrangement. New provisions enable the facility to offer many more vocational options to the students.

Richard Shiver, vice president of Student Services at the vocational school, said the students, whose ages range from 21 through 35, are taking courses in electronics, drafting and cosmetology and are eager to learn new careers.

“Although they have various disabilities, we fell that we can help in their career training and they are excellent students,” he said.

Troup Wrestlers Claim State Title Again — It’s not monotonous, it’s marvelous, say Troup High School wrestling fans, celebrating the school’s seventh state championship, its third in the last four years.

Coach Dariel Daniel’s squad captured three individual titles and placed in six other weight divisions in claiming the State AAA title Saturday night in Dalton. Trophies were won in 1978, 79, 80, 86, 87 and 89.

Team members are Brian Plunkett, Rob Bailey, Tommy Guerrero, Craig Garner, Derrick Todd, Demetrius Russell, James McCord, Monte Maddox, Tommy Williams, Anthony Tinsley, Trent Huzzie and George Brewer. Daniel’s assistant coaches are Beasey Hendrix and Bubba Jeter.

Rotary Club To Honor STAR Students, Teacher — The LaGrange Rotary Club, local sponsors of the STAR Student recognition program, will honor this year’s STAR students and their teachers at a luncheon on March 1, at the Highland Country Club. The students will present the program for the meeting.

STAR Students for 1989 are Joon Ahn of LaGrange Academy; Kaz Holley of LaGrange High School and Michelle Moore of Troup County Comprehensive High School. Their respective STAR teachers are Ernest Brantley, headmaster of LaGrange Academy; Gene Hayes, math teacher at LHS and JoAnn Stephens, English teacher at Troup High.

DAR Honors Essay Contest Winners — The LaGrange chapter of the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution observed American History Month in February by sponsoring its annual essay contest.

The project drew 148 entries this year from grades 5 to 8 at LaGrange, Troup, Hogansville and LaGrange Academy. The goal of the project is to stimulate a deeper understanding of American liberty and to encourage youth to become more aware of their heritage. The them for this year’s essays was “My Favority Patriot of the American Revolution (1775-1783).”

Contest winners are, eighth grade, Karrie Wyche, West Side School; fifth grade, Amanda Middleton, Rosemont School; sixth grader, Paul Wetherington, Lee’s Crossing Middle School and seventh grader, Sayoko Kawabata, LaGrange Academy.

Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.