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New ‘Clear Water’ Group to Fight Lake Pollution — A newly formed advocacy group called “Georgians for Clean Water” today announced its dead-set intentions to clean up the pollution problems that threaten West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River.

“Years of abuse and neglect of the river has brought the brink of complete destruction of our most precious natural resource – West Point Lake,” the group’s executive director, Allen Henderson, said at a news conference this morning at the Troup County Administration Building.

Henderson, a Sandy Springs political consultant, was born and reared in West Point and formerly worked in LaGrange.

Jack Baytos and Charles Hudson serve as directors of the group of area leaders and lake property owners.

Historical Society Sets King Bridge Dedication — The Troup County Historical Society invites everyone to dedication ceremonies for the Horace King Bridge and Historical Marker this Sunday at 3 p.m..

The historical marker, which notes important aspects of King’s life, will be placed on the Greenville Street side of the bridge. The old King family home is a block east of the intersection.

A reception and open house will follow the dedication at the Troup County Archives at 136 Main St.

King, who built several covered bridges and buildings, was born a slave in South Carolina on Sept. 8, 1807. He spent his last 12 years in LaGrange and died here on May 28, 1885.

Construction of the five-lane King Bridge is expected to be completed within about two weeks. The city will close the Dawson and Render streets railroad crossings and traffic in that area will use the King Bridge for access to the Parkway and Greenville Street.

Miss Troup a ‘Superstar’ — Miss Troup County, Chris Spradlin, was selected a Miss Georgia Superstar following the Miss Georgia Pageant.

Ten Miss Georgia contestants were chosen on the basis of talent and recommendations by pageant personnel who worked with the girls all week.

The Miss Georgia Superstars perform group and solo acts at malls, fairs, pageants and business openings beginning in August.

Colonial Building to Open — After years of delay and setbacks, the renovated Colonial Building on Ridley Avenue is set to reopen as an office building geared toward professionals.

The building has been brought up to code and will reopen Aug. 1. The former Colonial Hotel was once a showplace in downtown LaGrange. Today it offers over 12,000 square feet of rentable space across from the Troup County Courthouse.

Sue Morgan of LaGrange Realty is the leasing agent for the building’s owners, Salar Corporation.

Callaway MBA Award — Mrs. Judy Merrill, 1989 Master of Business Administration graduate at LaGrange College, was the recipient of the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Management’s Master of Business Administration Award, presented for the first time this year. The award is based on academic performance including the candidate’s Master’s comprehensive papers.

New Tech Research Center Named for Fuller Callaway — The Georgia Institute of Technology has named its new Manufacturing Research Center for Fuller E. Callaway Jr. of LaGrange, a Tech alumnus and former owner of Callaway Mills Company.

Naming the Center for Callaway recognizes his many contributions to Tech, which included both personal service and financial gifts, said Georgia Tech president John P. Crecine.

The Center will focus on developing methodologies and engineering breakthroughs that will make the American electronics industry more competitive in the world market.

Mrs. Teaver Receives LC Award — Mrs. Jane Goolsby Teaver of LaGrange received a Distinguished Service Alumni Award at the 158th Graduation Convocation at LaGrange College.

An alumna of the classes of 1948 and 1974, she was honored for her support of the college through the years. As president of the local Alumnae Club she was a leader in the restoration and placement of the gateposts and arch at the Park Avenue entrance to the campus. She was also a leader in organizing the Wisteria Garden Club, a garden club for LaGrange College alumnae and spouses of alumni.

LaGrange Students to Attend Governor’s Honors Program — Two LaGrange High School and one Troup High School students are preparing to spend their summer in class as participants in the Governor’s Honors Program.

Both LHS students - Matthew Bishop and Jim Thornton - will study mathematics. Karyn Livingston of Troup High was selected for summer study in science.

Instruction will be offered in a six-week program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.

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

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