Augusts past, 50 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News:
Road Asked Across Top of New Dam — The Troup County Planning Commission has adopted a resolution calling for a roadway across the top of the proposed West Point Dam, with access from both sides of the Chattahoochee River.
The resolution is a request to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, which is formulating construction plans for the dam.
The planners represent LaGrange, West Point, Hogansville and rural Troup countians who feel that such a roadway would save many miles of travel for residents of some communities in the county and would lighten the traffic load on the two-lane bridge at West Point, “a bridge which is inadequate to handle present traffic.”
They also call the roadway a “stimulus for the economic growth of the area around the dam and reservoir, making the area more accessible for industrial development, as well as for recreation and residential purposes.”
Troup County Health Center Nears Completion — Troup County’s new health center, located on Vernon Road adjacent to City-County Hospital, is nearing completion.
Architect E. Oren Smith of Columbus told the Troup County Commissioners recently that construction on the building is right on schedule and that cost is running well within the budgeted amount of $142,615. The building will be paid for by federal, state and local funds.
Daniel Lumber Company is building the health center.
Final Approval Given for Vocational School — Troup County’s proposed technical-vocational school neared reality Tuesday when the Board of Commissioners gave final approval to conditions set forth by the state Department of Education.
The action was taken after the Hogansville School Board adopted an agreement earlier adopted by West Point and LaGrange.
Commissioners agreed to provide $250,000 toward the school’s estimated construction cost of $500,000 and to provide an additional $18,000 a year for maintenance.
The issue still rests with Troup County voters. A bond issue to finance the county’s share of construction costs must be approved in a referendum in order to obtain the vocational school.
Commissioners on Tuesday set the November general election as a tentative date for holding the referendum. All four school systems in the county have approved the Troup County Board of Education as the supervising board of the vocational school.
If voters approve the bond issue, the county board of education would be responsible for selecting a site for the school and for general administration of the school.
6,000 In Troup Draw Social Security Checks — Six thousand Troup County people receive Social Security checks each month, according to Dewey. R. McKenzie, manager of the LaGrange District Office of the Social Security Administration.
He revealed this figure on Thursday at a meeting of the LaGrange Kiwanis Club as he spoke on the subject, “Will There Be Enough Money In the Pot When I Get Old Enough to Draw?”
McKenzie said the 6,000 people who receive social security checks each month represent 13 out of every 100 Troup County citizens and the total amount paid to these 6,000 people is $333,000 per month, or about $4 million per year.
Local Youth Named State Winner in 4-H Project — Troup County youth Kenneth Gordon on Wednesday was named state winner in the 4-H Club’s improvement project at the Georgia 4-H Club Congress being held in Atlanta.
Gordon competed with other district winners all over the state.
He has now earned the right to attend the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago and will compete with other state winners in the crop improvement project category.
Two other Troup County youths represented this district in the state meet. They were Johnny Callaway, livestock conservation, and Billy Wheeler, veterinary science.
Just Thinking — The magnitude of his great heart, the vastness of his interests; his love and loyalty to his family, his friends, his patients, his church, his God; the simplicity of his tastes, the extent of his knowledge; expose anyone who undertakes to write a paragraph of appreciation for the person of William A. Fackler to many perils.
He makes me feel like a blind man who cannot climb, trying to form and to express, a general idea of the view from Pike’s Peak!
Fortunate indeed is the community that can claim William Fackler and his family among its citizenry.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.