Januaries past, 25 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.
Front Page News
LaGrange May Become ‘Tree City’ — The LaGrange City Council’s community development committee voted Thursday to recommend that the city participate in the Tree City USA program.
The committee will ask council to draft an ordinance creating a board to pursue recognition of LaGrange as a “Tree City.” The proposed board would consist of members of the council’s Building and Grounds Committee, a representative from the local Garden Club Council and the Georgia Department of Forestry.
The Tree City USA program is designed to recognize communities that are effectively managing their tree resources and to encourage the implementation of a local tree management program based on Tree City USA standards.
Communities that meet the standards receive national recognition by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with many other national groups.
LaGrange will need only to participate in an Arbor Day celebration to complete the four steps required for membership.
Officials Approve Plans for Downtown Park, Flag — City officials Tuesday approved plans for a small park on the site of the former Buy-Wise building at the corner of Main Street and Lafayette Parkway.
The LaGrange City Council approved the plans and agree to enter a contract for $2,800 with Reece, Hoopes & Fincher Inc. of Atlanta for detailed plans and specifications. The council’s action was recommended by the Downtown Development Authority.
Plans call for four parking places adjacent to an existing parking lot behind the building, a flag and pole, a shade tree, spring and summer flowering trees, hedges, shrubbery and benches. The flag will be unusually large – up to 30 by 50 feet – and the pole as high as 143 feet.
The City Council, Downtown Development Authority and Callaway Foundation each committed up to $100,000 for the park.
Recreation Department to Hold Public Meetings to Hear Ideas — The Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission has scheduled a series of four meetings in which citizens can make recommendations on various needs they perceive in the field of local recreation. This action was requested by the Troup County Board of Commissioners.
Director George Harris said that the purpose of the public meetings will be to gather input from citizens living in Troup County on the effectiveness and efficiency of the current recreational services and facilities.
Troup County Historical Society Presents Awards — The Troup County Historical Society honored two local couples for their preservation efforts at the group’s annual meeting Friday.
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Long were honored for their restoration of the 1875 Favor house on Broad Street, while Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Brown were recognized for their adaptive restoration of the Lewis-Cary house on South Lewis Street. This house now houses their business, Comprehensive Marketing and other offices.
Chris Spradlin Crowned Miss Troup 1989 — Corrie Christian Spradlin, a LaGrange native and a Jacksonville State University student, was crowned Miss Troup County for 1989 on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old, blue-eyed brunette sang “One Moment In Time” in the talent competition to the delight of her audience.
Two LaGrange College students captured first and second runner-up places in the 14th annual Miss Troup Pageant. First runner-up is Lynda Gale Doss, a sophomore from Marietta. Second runner-up is Leah Cain Coleman of Fairburn, who was also voted Miss Congeniality.
Smith Plays In Sugar Bowl Tennis Tourney — Alan Smith, a Junior at LaGrange High School, finished sixth in the U.S.F.&G. Boys’ Singles Tennis Tournament held recently in New Orleans.
Alan played in the 16-year-old division which had 64 competitors from all over the United States and several foreign. He played eight matches during the tournament, winning six and losing two.
Troup’s ‘Double Eagles’ — Two members of Boy Scout Troop 3 received Eagle Scout Awards in recent ceremonies at the Rosemont Baptist Church. Brian Daniel and Andy Huff are both sophomores at Troup High School.
Daniel earned 39 merit badges and the Arrow of Light. He moved a fence to re-mark the property line at Rosemont Church as his project.
Huff earned 53 merit badges, assisted in the construction of a ramp improving handicapped access at West Georgia Tech.
Both students worked toward their Eagle awards under Scoutmasters Claud Thompson and Charlie Huff.