Julys past, 25 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.
Front Page News
Local July Fourth Parade Makes News ‘Around World’ — LaGrange’s “Sweet Land of Liberty” Fourth of July Parade has received international recognition, according to local merchant Chris Cleaveland, who is visiting relatives in West Germany.
Cleaveland phoned his wife Lesa in LaGrange to tell her that the unique youth parade was mentioned on German radio. While listening to the Armed Services Station he heard a report on celebrations of the Fourth of July in the United States. The report said LaGrange, Georgia, was celebrating its fifth annual “Sweet Land of Liberty” Parade. Annette Boyd’s name was mentioned as the founder of the youth parade.
Mrs. Cleaveland immediately called Mrs. Boyd to tell her. Her first comment was, “Who would ever have thought arriving down the autobahn in Germany you could hear about our ‘Sweet Land of Liberty’ Parade?”
College–Community Orchestra Forming with Kruger as Conductor, Director — LaGrange College and the LaGrange community are joining forces to organize a LaGrange College - Community Orchestra, according to an announcement by Dr. Walter Y. Murphy College president.
Mr. Harry Kruger of Columbus has agreed to serve as director/conductor, bringing great experience and exceptional training to the position.
Mrs. Richard Ingram is board chairman; Dr. David I. Naglee will be general manager and Michael Searcy will be secretary.
Kruger retired in 1987 after 22 years as conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. During that time the Columbus Orchestra has grown to be one of the finest in the Southeast with a budget of over $300,000.
Area musicians who are interested in making application to join the orchestra are asked to contact Dr. Naglee at LaGrange College.
Long Cane Teacher Joins Education ‘Tour to Japan’ — Troup County teacher Laurie Leverett leaves today for a 17-day tour of Japan designed to help American educators better understand Japanese students in their classrooms.
A Long Cane Elementary kindergarten instructor, Miss Leverett of LaGrange, is one of five Georgians participating in the program which is sponsored by Japanese businessmen.
Miss Leverett taught at Tatum Elementary for six years before moving to Long Cane when it opened last year. She was named the first Long Cane Teacher of the Year.
Shepherd Named Georgia ‘Police Chief of the Year’ — Gary Shepherd of LaGrange has been named Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
A 30-year veteran, Shepherd received the Bill Moss Award as the state’s top police chief at the Association’s annual banquet on Friday in Atlanta.
The Association represents 450 police chiefs in Georgia. Shepherd was cited for outstanding contributions to law enforcement, including the annual Citizens Police Academy and educational advances he has made at the LaGrange Police Department since becoming chief here 11 years ago.
Troup Bar Wins State Award —The Troup County Bar Association has won state recognition for its “People’s Law School.”
The State Bar of Georgia presented the local group an Award of Merit at its recent annual meeting in Savannah.
Local attorney Jack Kirby was chairman of the People’s Law School, designed to inform the public about various legal issues. About 50 people attended the school Oct. 25 to Nov. 22 at LaGrange College.
Among those participating in the school were Luke Gill of LaGrange College and speakers – Vickie Sue McWaters, Earl Seals, Joseph C. Jackson, Robert Whatley, Michael Key, Tim Minors and Randall Blackwood.
Another school is being planned for the near future.
LaGrange Golfers Finish Fourth in State Moose Golf Tourney — A team from the LaGrange Moose Lodge won fourth place in the State Moose Association Golf Tournament at Jekyll Island recently.
Members of the team are Bill Ayers, Terry Berry, Eddie Garrison and Steve Spates.
Berry and Spates also finished third and fifth respectively in the individual competition. Berry had rounds 74-72, while Spates shot 75-74.
Making Every Tree Count — The Elms and Roses Garden Club Council is sponsoring a tree inventory of LaGrange with the long-term goal of cataloguing every street tree in the city.
Members of the 4-H Forestry team kicked off the leafy service project by assessing the trees on Broad Street. The team will assist other youth groups including Boy and Girl Scouts, in continuing the inventory.
The information gathered will be made available to “Tree City USA” Committee appointed by Mayor Gardner Newman to promote and protect the city’s tree population.
Trees will be numbered, located, identified, measured and have condition assessments made.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.