Marches past, 50 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News
Troup County Gets Vocational School — Gov. Carl E. Sanders announced plans today for construction of a Vocational-Technical School at LaGrange.
Construction of the school was announced in conjunction with a vast new spending program for common schools in Georgia.
A delegation from Troup County attended the news conference, having appeared earlier in the morning before the board to present the request for the school. All four school systems in Troup County were represented in Atlanta to present a united request.
The Troup County school will serve the population of Troup and Heard counties, 50 percent of the population of Meriwether County, and 25 percent of Harris and Coweta counties. This means it will serve the population within a radius of 30 miles from the school’s location.
Troup County will provide a site of not less than 10 acres of land at local expense. It will also provide 50 percent of costs of architectural fees, construction and equipment costs and local funds for maintenance and operation costs.
Land Purchase for Dam to Start Late in 1965 — Tentative plans call for the federal government to begin acquiring land for construction of the $53,000,000 West Point dam project by the latter part of calendar year 1965.
This was revealed here Thursday by Col. Paul W. Ramee, district engineer of the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Savannah, which is directing the area project.
At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Col. Ramee said that an overall land map of the dam area may be available by the latter part of April.
When asked about a timetable for completion of the dam, Col. Ramee said that the Hartwell dam was approved in 1950; the first construction contract was not awarded until 1955 and the dam was completed in 1962, 12 years later.
The West Point dam was approved in 1962.
Church Events Slated for Easter Sunday — The most important day in all Christendom, Easter, will be observed in LaGrange and throughout Troup County with special services in honor of the Risen Lord and Savior.
Sunrise services are planned in various communities and some churches have scheduled revivals to coincide with Easter Sunday.
Easter Is ‘Christening’ of First Methodist Church — Members of the First Methodist Church of LaGrange, who have made the dream of this new sanctuary a reality, will see it inside for the first time on Easter Sunday.
The sanctuary faces Broad Street. Special dedication services will be held on Sunday afternoon.
Retail Sales in Troup County Drop $1 Million in 1963 — Retail sales in Troup County in 1963 dropped almost $1 million under sales totals in 1962 during a record high year for the state of Georgia when 138 of 159 counties reported an increase in sales.
The 1963 business volume for Troup County of $62,720,804 compares with a 1962 volume of $63,697,004 - a difference of $976,200.
This decrease in Troup County came during a year when retail sales in Georgia topped the six billion dollar mark for the first time. These figures were released today by the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber officials warned today that the figures may not reflect an entirely accurate economic picture of a particular county because of collections of delinquent taxes, lump sum tax payments on larger purchases of building equipment, industrial machinery, equipment etc. But it is agreed that the business volume of a county reveals a true economic picture of that county.
Troup County is located in the middle of an area, which substantially increased its retail sales in 1963. Sales in Coweta, Harris, Heard and Meriwether counties all showed increases.
Troup Graduate Named Woodrow Wilson Fellow — A graduate of Troup High School, and a senior at the University of Georgia, has been named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and appointed for first-year graduate study next fall.
She is Carole Watterson, one of 1,507 college seniors in the United States and Canada to receive this appointment.
At the University of Georgia, Carole has completed work in the Honor Program of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She has been named to the Dean’s List every quarter.
Wells, Allen to Receive Eagle Awards — Tom Wells and Douglas Allen will receive their Eagle awards at the Tri-County Boy Scout Court of Honor tonight at the Troup County Courthouse at 7:30.
Wells is a member of Troop 8, sponsored by St. Marks Episcopal Church. Dr. A.C. Meyers is the Scoutmaster.
Allen is a member of Troop 220, Dixie Division of the West Point Manufacturing Company. Roger Jones is Scoutmaster.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.