Augusts past, 25 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.
Front Page News
City to Host Guests from the New Sister City — LaGrange will take another step today toward cementing a sister-city relationship with a city in Soviet Georgia, as three Georgians visit LaGrange for the first time, bringing with them a resolution from their city government officially authorizing the gesture of international friendship.
Earlier this week, LaGrange City Council had voted tentatively to adopt Batumi, in Soviet Georgia, as a Sister-City. But when the Soviet Georgians delivered similar action from their city today, it turned out that the Sister-City would be Poty in Soviet Georgia, an industrial port city of 75,000 which is located near Batumi.
LaGrange City Council will now have to adopt a new resolution, naming Poty as the Sister-City.
(A later edition of the Daily News in the month confirmed that this was done and Poty is now the Sister-City in Soviet Georgia.)
City’s Hollis Hand School Wins State ‘School Bell’ Award — Hollis Hand School has been named a recipient of the 1989 “School Bell Award,” the prestigious recognition for schools which show exemplary progress in the area of curriculum and organizational leadership.
The award was presented by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals at the summer conference of the Georgia Association of Education Leaders at Jekyll Island. Only five elementary schools across the state received the honor this year.
This award is the second in two years for the LaGrange School System. Unity Kindergarten Center received the School Bell Award in 1988.
Janet Bohannon is school principal at Hollis Hand. Current and immediate past president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association are Dale Mallory and Woody Woodyard, respectively.
Rifle Team Wins State Title (Again) — The Troup 4-H Rifle Team, trained by Col. James Boddie with assistance from Linda Scott, recently brought home the state championship title in .22 rifle shooting. Team members are Nathan Boddie, Sarah Ashmore, Robert Scott and Patrick White.
Col. Boddie has been a 4-H leader for 26 years. His local rifle teams have been frequent winners in state competition.
Tanguay, Simonton Win State Singles’ Titles — Troup County brought home two state championships and one second-place from the recently completed GRPS Adult State Tennis Tournament in Cartersville.
Pierre Tanguay finished first in the Men’s 19 Singles Division and Cliff Simonton won in Men’s 45 Singles.
Myrtice Carpenter finished second in the Women’s 45 Singles competition.
Among other Troup County participants were Joey Keeth, Bill Lowe and Buddy Loyd.
Seven Awarded Lovejoy Law Grants — The Hatton Lovejoy Law School Scholarship Committee of Fuller E. Callaway Foundation today announced the award of scholarships totaling $125,000 to seven outstanding law school students.
Funds for the scholarships were produced by a bequest in the will of Fuller E. Callaway III, who died in 1971. Awards are based on ability, motivation, character and need.
Students and the law schools they will attend include: Ian Calcutt and Timothy P. Ward of LaGrange, and Robyn I. Sosebee of Atlanta - all at Georgia State University College of Law; Christopher G. Conley of Buford and Melody P. Flowers of Conyers - Emory University Law School; Linda Osborne Smith of LaGrange - Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University; and Grovette E. Washington of Meriwether County - Duke University College of Law.
City Schools Honor Allen as ‘Teacher of the Year’ — The 1990 “Teacher of the Year” for the LaGrange School System is Dale Poston Allen. A third grade teacher at Hollis Hand Elementary School, Mrs. Allen will represent LaGrange in the 1990 Georgia “Teacher of the Year” competition.
She is a 1977 graduate of Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She earned her Master’s degree in learning disabilities at LaGrange College and has done graduate work in learning disabilities at the University of South Carolina.
In 1985 she was saluted as East Side Primary’s “Teacher of the Year.”
Doyle-less Walker Cup Team Falls to Great Britain-Ireland — Allen Doyle of LaGrange could only sit and watch as the United State Walker Cup Team lost for the first time on American soil.
Doyle, who was named to the team for the first time, couldn’t play because of a ruptured disc that also kept him from defending his state amateur crown. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.
“I was very, very disappointed,” said Doyle, who watched the Walker Cup matches from a golf cart (“that was better than nothing.”)
The Americans lost the matches after it had seemed for a while that they might overcome an insurmountable lead.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.