Memoried Glances: Mays past
From the LaGrange Daily News, 1987.
Front Page News:
$1 Million Grant to Restore LC’s Smith Hall — LaGrange College has received a challenge grant of $1 million from the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation for the project to renovate Smith Hall, according to an announcement by Dr. Walter Y. Murphy, college president, at the spring meeting of the college’s board of trustees.
One of the oldest private college buildings in Georgia, Smith hall will be fully renovated in a $2,185,308 project to begin soon.
This $1 million challenge grant from the local foundation assures the restoration of this historic structure which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In acknowledging this generous gift, Dr. Murphy also expressed appreciation for the “broad-based support the restoration project has received from college alumni, other trustees, employees, businesses, other foundations and from many individual friends of the college.”
Kids’ Doctor Easley Named Kids’ Parade Grand Marshall — Dr. Curran S. Easley, LaGrange pediatrician for 37 years, will be the grand marshall for the July 4th Sweet Land of Liberty Parade in LaGrange.
Dr. Easley was selected for the honor by the committee planning the annual parade. Mayor Gardner Newman has issued a proclamation declaring July 4 as “Curran S. Easley Jr. Day.”
Dr. Easley and his wife, Mrs. Hollis Rawson Easley, will ride on a “specially constructed” float at the end of the parade and will be honored in a ceremony to be held on Lafayette Square.
LHS Student State President of National Honor Society — Ellen Cleaveland has been elected State President of the Georgia National Honor Society.
The LaGrange High School Junior won the honor in an election by delegates attending the Georgia NHS state convention at Jekyll Island.
LHS sent a delegation of 24 juniors and seniors to the event. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. David Guy. Mrs. Rogers is adviser for the LHS organization and she and Mr. Guy are faculty members at the local high school.
Ellen is the second LHS student to hold the office of state president of the group. Kim Alise was president in 1983.
State History Contest Winners — Six students form Westside Girls Junior High School were state winners in the History Day competition. The six winners will compete in the National History Day competition June 7-11 at the University of Maryland.
The event was sponsored locally by the Troup County Historical Society, which will honor the winners May 21 at their spring meeting at Hollis Hand School.
Winners are Melissa and Karen Albornoz, twin sisters; Katie Merrill, Mandy Barbee, and Nell and Allison Ma’Loof, twin sisters.
Their teachers are Dottie Schuyler, Gail Jackson, Curmilla Furgeson and LC student teacher Allen Stewart.
National Merit Scholarship — Donald P. Hudson of LaGrange High School is the recipient of a 1987 National Merit Scholarship. He is one of the 2,800 High School seniors in the United States to receive a college-sponsored merit scholarship.
Donald plans to attend the University of Georgia.
Graduation To Break Up Hudson Twins ‘Dynamic Duo’ — Graduation will be the “end of an era” at LaGrange High School where twins Dan and Don Hudson have racked up impressive honors (and pulled off their share of pranks) for four years.
The scholarship-winning twins will go separate ways for the first time this fall – Dan will attend Notre Dame and Don has chosen the University of Georgia.
This summer they will be lifeguards at the Highland Country Club. Don plans to major in pre-med at UGA and Dan will attend Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC Scholarship.
Latin Award Winners — Troup High School students Elaine Irwin and Amy Jacoby have won cum laude awards for their outstanding performances on the 10th National Latin Exam, a standardized test administered to Latin students throughout the nation. This spring more than 61,000 students competed for the awards.
Deputy Receives Purple Heart — Deputy Joy Burnham was presented a Purple Heart Award from Troup County Sheriff Gene Jones on behalf of the National Sheriffs’ Association on May 28 at the LaGrange Kiwanis Club meeting.
Joy was shot in the arm on March 1, by an Atlanta man she had stopped for speeding on Interstate 185. The man was sentenced to 23 years in prison last week.
Local Red Cross Chapter to Mark 70 Anniversary — The Troup County Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrated its 70th anniversary this week (week of May 25th) recognizing service to the area since May 30, 1917.
In honor of this event, the chapter will feature a display of old scrapbooks and Red Cross memorabilia at the Troup County Archives from Tuesday through Saturday. A reception will be held at the archives on Thursday, May 28, and Red Cross volunteers, past and present, are urged to attend. Barbara Hudson is local chapter director.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.