Decembers past, 25 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1988.
Front Page News
Transportation Authority Seeks $63,000 for Long-Range Study — The Troup County Transportation Authority has asked the municipal governments of Hogansville, Troup County, LaGrange and West Point to fund a transportation study for the county.
The plan’s approval is contingent upon the four governing bodies including the funds in the 1989 fiscal year the major transportation needs and traffic problems in the area for the next 10 years.
A low bid of $63,000 was submitted by RBA Engineers and Planners of Atlanta.
The cost of the study will be split among the three municipalities and Troup County, with Hogansville paying $4,221; LaGrange $30,492; West Point $4,158 and Troup County $24,129.
Airport to get $134,370 Grant — The Troup County Airport Authority has received a $134,370 grant to install lights and a taxiway.
Tommy Sheffield, authority chairman, said the funds were approved by the Federal Aviation Administration under the Airport Improvement Program.
Bids for the lighting will be awarded in the near future and work will begin as soon as weather permits.
Christmas Tour of Churches Slated Sunday — The beautiful sanctuaries of three downtown LaGrange churches are garnished with garlands of fresh holly, banks of red poinsettias, striking Williamsburg fresh fruit arrangements and Christmas trees bearing symbols of the Christian faith. LaGrange’s First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church will be open to the public Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. during the second annual Christmas Walking Tour of the three churches.
Christmas music will be provided during the tour. Admission is one item for the local food closet, which may be deposited in containers provided at each church.
Christmas is for the Birds — Christmas is truly “for the birds” in the Sturbridge neighborhood of LaGrange, located off the Mooty Bridge Road, where children have decorated a 9-foot tall Christmas tree with their feathered friends in mind.
Birds are attracted to the birdseed-coated pine cones and popcorn and cranberries strung on the tree.
Young Sturbridge residents who worked on the project are: Brannon Purvis, Brina Campbell, Leslie Alsobrook, Kari Ann Foster, Collins Reams, Meredith Price, Jim Turk and Amber Fikes.
Local Artist’s Yule Ornament Hanging on Smithsonian Tree — LaGrange artist Pat Herring had a hand in decorating the Smithsonian Institute’s Christmas tree in Washington D.C.
A porcelain tree ornament painted by Mrs. Herring is on display in the 12th annual “Trees of Christmas” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. The artist is a member of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, whose members have had the privilege of creating ornaments for the Smithsonian displays three times in the past five years.
This is the second showing of Mrs. Herring’s ornament, which was created in 1983 for the society’s first display. It depicts a child beside a decorated mailbox brimming with gifts, with a tiny bird perched on top. This ornament is now a part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, along with those created in other years.
Mrs. Herring is one of 361 society members chosen for the exhibit. She paints on wood, tin and other surfaces and is a frequent exhibitor at craft shows.
Lanier Named ‘Man of Year’ — Joe Lanier Jr. of West Point, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of West Point Pepperell, was named “Textile Man of the Year” for 1988 by the New York Board of Trade.
Lanier addressed the board of in New York recently, and called 1988 “quite a year” for West Point Pepperell.
Local DAR Recognizes High School ‘Good Citizens’ — The LaGrange Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented its 1988 “Good Citizens” awards Tuesday. Students selected are high school seniors chosen for their qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.
Mrs. Alec Evans, DAR Good Citizenship Committee Chairman, presented awards to Carson Averett of LaGrange Academy; Holley Cousins of LaGrange High School and Shannon Wright of Troup County Comprehensive High School.
Nurse of the Year Honored — Betty Stillwell, R.N., was recognized Wednesday as West Georgia Medical Center’s Nurse of the Year during a reception given in her honor.
A clinical coordinator at the Florence Hand Home, Mrs. Stillwell has been employed at the local hospital for four years. Grace Daniel, R.N., 1987 Nurse of the Year, presented the award.