Memoried Glances: LaGrange in 1990 — Gardner Newman honored with school

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Novembers past, 25 years ago.

From the LaGrange Daily News, 1990.

Front Page News

School Dedication Sunday — The LaGrange School System will formally dedicate the Gardner Newman Middle School in ceremonies sunday at 3 p.m. at the new campus on South Shannon Drive.

The new school, which houses over 1,200 students in grades six, seven and eight, is named in honor of J. Gardner Newman, LaGrange’s longtime Mayor, who will be special guest at the dedication.

Keynote speaker will be State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Werner Rogers.

Foundation Donates Land For Senior Citizen Center — The Callaway Foundation has given 3 acres of land on ragland street for a new senior citizens center, the Troup County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday.

The present senior center will be moving to the Ragland Street site. A preliminary design calls for a 12,744 square foot building, costing about $749,067. Commissioners hope to receive a $400,000 federal grant. The grant application will be submitted by Dec. 31.

The commission has donated a building in West Depot Street as a daycare center for about 15 Alzheimer’s disease patients beginning in January. This will be operated by Chatt-Flint Area Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and will employ one full-time and two part-time staff persons, according to area director Mark Trail.

Auburn Set to Dedicate Holland Ware Imaging Center — Holland M. Ware of Hogansville will be honored Sunday, Nov. 18, when Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine dedicates its new Holland M. Ware Imaging Center.

The unique facility, already in operation, will advance the diagnosis treatment and research of cancer and other diseases in animals. It is said to be the only facility in North America — probably in the world — with all of this under one roof and available exclusively to veterinary clinics and researchers.

Ware, the president of an investment firm in Atlanta, pledge $10 million in support of the College of Veterinary Medicine during the Auburn Generations Fund Campaign.

Construction of the center was made possible earlier by a $500,000 grant from ware, who attended Auburn in 1956. His gift was matched by the Auburn Board of Trustees.

Scout Gets Eagle, “Makes History” — A LaGrange Boy Scout has had the rare honor of receiving his Eagle Scout Award from the man who “wrote the book” on Scouting. Bartley nathaniel “Bart” Gorman, 15, received the Eagle Scout Award Sunday in a National Court of Honor held at Camp Mckenzie near Columbus with William Hillcourt, Scouting’s legendary “Green Bar Bill,” delivering the Eagle charge.

Bart is a member of Troop 10, sponsored by Loyd Presbyterian Church. Some 75 to 100 Scouts and leaders from LaGrange participated in the Boy Scout Rendezvous with History Weekend.

Hillcourt, 90, has been a Scout since 1911 and is the oldest active Scout in the world. He wrote the first nine editions of the Boy Scout handbook, patrol leader’s handbook, scoutmaster’s handbook and a field guide.

Pat Briggs is Troop 10 Scoutmaster.

Lane To Sing With Chorus — LaGrange native Dan Lane will make his performing debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Nov. 8, 9 and 10 in a concert dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein.

Lane is a 1985 graduate of LaGrange High School and graduated from Auburn University in 1989. He won his place in the chorus competing against 600 other hopefuls in September for a place in the 200-voice choir.

Couple In The Gulf — LaGrange High School graduate, Sgt. Ricky Harris and his wife, Desery, are both serving in the Persian Gulf.

Sgt. Harris operating room technician assigned to the fifth Mobile Army Surgical Hospital — MASH — and his wife is a practical nurse with the 28th Combat Support Hospital.

Major To Be Inducted Into Lipscomb Hall Of Fame — Dr. Cecil Major of LaGrange will be honored during Homecoming at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday when he will be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Major attended Lipscomb between 1950 and 1952 where he was an outstanding guard on the basketball team and catcher on the Bison baseball team.

After graduation from Lipscomb, Dr. Major earned his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from the University of Louisville.

Since 1958 he has been in general medical practice in LaGrange at the Clark-Holder Clinic.

Who Said it? — “Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”

The Answer: Robert Louis Stevenson.

Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.