Aprils past, 25 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.
Front Page Stories:
Study Backs $12 Million State Park on Local Lake — A proposed state park on the southeastern shore of West Point Lake would cost an estimated $12 million, but would create about 90 jobs and an estimated $125,480 in annual sales tax revenue, according to a study prepared for the state Department of Natural Resources.
The just-released study recommends a 75-room lodge with meeting facilities for an estimated $5.5 million, an 18-hole golf course for $4 million, plus four tennis courts, a swimming pool and other facilities for $2.3 million.
It would be on 1,199 acres in the Maple Creek/Potts Road area in Troup County.
A proposed phase 2 of the resort project, for which cost figures have not been proposed, would include 58 camp sites for recreational vehicles, two boat launch ramps, 37 rental cabins, an amphitheater and a marina/restaurant complex.
Representative Crawford Ware of Hogansville, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, on Friday said there is a “good possibility” the General Assembly will be spending $780,000 in 1990 on detailed plans and specifications for the park. Construction money, he said, may be available in 1991.
University of Georgia Researcher to Study School Merger Feasibility — The LaGrange School Board is going ahead with plans to conduct a merger feasibility study at a cost of $7,000.
Troup and Hogansville school boards have elected not to participate in the study. The LaGrange system in February had asked Troup and Hogansville to help commission a study of whether the three systems should be abolished and a new county-wide system be created.
Superintendent Cal Adamson told members of the school board Thursday that Dr. Carrin Brown, director of Bureau Field Services at the University of Georgia, has agreed to undertake the study and will deliver a final report on Nov. 1.
The city of LaGrange supports a study and has agreed to pay the cost.
Tucker Receives Award, Creates Scholarship Fund — John C. Tucker of LaGrange, a consultant with Atlanta Gas Light Company, has received the James E. Stewart Award for Meritorious Service, the highest honor presented by the American Association of Blacks in Energy.
Tucker accepted the award at the association’s 12th annual conference in Atlanta. At the conference Tucker and his wife, Jean, announced the establishment of the John and Jean Tucker Scholarship Fund with personal and corporate pledges totalling $400,000 to be used to send minority students majoring in energy-related fields to college.
The American Association of Blacks in Energy is an association that promotes the education of minorities in math and science, offers college scholarships, holds policy seminars, sponsors educational events and operates a job bank. It addresses administrative policies on energy and the environment.
Milam Honored — Representative Wade Milam of LaGrange has been named Legislator of the Year by the board of directors of the Chattahoochee and Flint Area Planning and Development Commission.
Milam was cited for introducing a bill to reduce the amount of phosphorous at West Point Lake. The legislature approved a watered-down version of the bill.
STAR Students Achieve More Academic Honors — “STAR students” representing Troup High School and LaGrange High School continue to receive honors for their academic achievements.
Lori Michelle Moore of Troup County Comprehensive High School has been named a semi-finalist in the 1989 Presidential Scholars Program and Kaz Holley, LHS senior, has been selected a recipient of a 1989 Jostens Foundation Scholarship.
Miss Moore is one of 10 Georgia students named semi-finalists in the program. In May, 141 of them will be named Presidential Scholars. Final selection will be made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Holley is one of 300 recipients of the Jostens Scholarship, a $1,000 award. More than 33,800 seniors competed for this award.
Secretary of the Year — Freida Hart, current president of the West Georgia Chapter of Professional Secretaries International, was named Secretary of the Year at this year’s 10th annual Secretary/Manager Luncheon Friday. Mrs. Hart accepted the award from Betty Pike, the 1988 Secretary of the Year.
The honoree’s boss is Mark Trail, Area Director of Chatt-Flint Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
Local Girl May Be Youngest “Trekker” — Nine-year-old Angela Boggess is gearing up for the 1989 American Lung Association Bike Trek as she raises the required $250 in pledges.
She is expected to be the youngest participant in the 150-mile, three-day trek through coastal Georgia. Angela will be accompanied by her father, Hank Boggess.