Junes past, 50 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News
$500,000 Approved for West Point Dam — The House Committee on Appropriations Thursday approved the sum of $500,000 for completion of planning on the $55 million West Point Dam project.
Congressman John J. Flynt Jr. announced the appropriation approval and the Corps of Engineers in Savannah says progress on the dam is running to schedule.
Work on the giant West Point Dam project has been underway for several years, but only now is work at the point where tangible progress can be seen.
The dam will be approximately one mile long and is designed to last 100 years. The backwater will form a large lake in Troup County stretching into Heard County and will cover approximately 35,000 acres. The next step is relocation of roads and facilities.
Engineers are currently preparing detailed surveys of which roads will be located due to the backwater. Some rail and electrical facilities will also face relocation.
County OKs Revised Contract on Airport — Troup County Commissioners Tuesday voted to contract with four men who propose to buy the LaGrange Air Service, Inc., and to handle aviation at Callaway Airport.
The four men are: D.Z. Cauble Jr., H.E. Steel Jr. and J. Smith Lanier, all of West Point; and F. Colville Harrell of LaGrange. The five-year contract now includes a 90-day termination clause.
The city and county agreed to pay for utilities necessary to the operation of aircraft, including hangar, runway, beacon, exterior hangar and parking lights. The county will require no rent for the five-year life of the basic contract, but the corporation agrees to a specific rent at the end of five years.
Western Heights Baptist Church Breaks Ground for New Addition — Mrs. Mattie Tidwell, oldest active member of Western Heights Baptist Church, lifted the first shovel of dirt for the new addition to the church in ceremonies on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. J. Thornton Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church, was the speaker for the groundbreaking service.
The addition will be 34 by 80 feet, and will provide educational space, a kitchen, church office and study and will also enlarge the present sanctuary.
Troup EMC Receives Safety Award — The National Safety Council in Chicago, Ill., has announced that the Troup County Electric Membership Corporation has been presented the Council’s “Certificate of Commendation” for its excellent safety record.
The award is presented only where an establishment’s record satisfied rigid requirements laid down in the Council’s Award Plan for Recognizing Good Industrial Safety Records. The local corporation qualified for the award because of its injury-free period of 941,952 man-hours from Nov. 28, 1950, to Dec. 31, 1963.
Lloyd Brinks is manager of the Troup County Electric Membership Corporation. Kenneth Burson is office manager and E.J. Hicks Jr. is assistant manager.
Hillcrest to Sponsor Male Fashion Show — The Hillcrest Methodist Church Men’s Club will present a mock Fashion Show on Saturday night at the Hillcrest Elementary School. Proceeds will go to the church for the drilling of a well.
Among those modeling female attire in “Fads and Fashions” are Rodney Allen, Tommy Barnes, Earl Brooks, Bobby Brookshire, Ed Brookshire, Tilly Clark, Gary Parris, Grady Richardson, Jimmy Thompson and Mike Thompson.
Linda Purcell Is Tops In Congeniality — Lovely Miss Troup County, 20-year-old Linda Purcell, Sunday morning was named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants in the Miss Georgia Pageant.
The announcement was made at an awards brunch, which officially ended the 1964 Pageant in Columbus. The pageant was climaxed on Saturday night with the crowning of Miss Augusta, Vivian Elizabeth Davis, 18, as Miss Georgia of 1964.
As Miss Congeniality, Linda received a scholarship for $100 from the Pepsi-Cola bottling company.
Nancy Newman Receives Top State Press Award — Nancy Newman, LaGrange High School graduate and editor of the 1963-64 Clarion, Monday night was presented the 1964 State Award for best coverage of the YMCA Youth Assembly.
Nancy competed with high school journalists all over Georgia at the annual student government event at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, serving as special correspondent for the LaGrange Daily News during the Youth Assembly. Her coverage included advance stories, a three-day highlight report and an editorial. Judging was based on a scrapbook of clips submitted to the state YMCA of Georgia. She had also added some pictorial coverage to the event.
The state award is a large trophy, engraved with her name. She may keep this for one year. She also received the Central West District award, a small trophy which becomes hers.
Local Scout Presented Eagle Award — Boy Scout Clark Johnson received his Eagle Award on Monday night at the Court of Honor held at the Troup County Courthouse.
Hugh Camp is his scoutmaster.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.