Griffin was well represented at the inauguration of Hon. Joseph M. Brown as governor of Georgia, quite a number of citizens going up to Atlanta to attend the ceremonies.
Mrs. Tillman Patterson, of Brooks, returned home after a visit of several days here to J.G. Rhea and family and C.T. Digby and family.
Houston Harlan, son of Division Superintendent Harlan of the Central of Georgia Railroad, returned to Griffin and accepted a position as yard clerk for the Central Railroad. He was a clever young man and was welcomed back by his many friends here.
Col. David J. Bailey and Hon. Seaton Grantland went to Atlanta to attend the Khorrassan ceremonial, and the latter to cross the hot sands and become a member of the order.
From the Annals of 1959
Winners in the 1959 Spalding County Home Demonstration Dress Revue were Mrs. Howard Davis, Elaine Gross, Ginnie Tidwell, Mary Ann Glass and Mrs. George Clark.
Miss Carol Evelyn Penny was accepted for entrance to Gulf Park College, Gulfport, Miss. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newton M. Penny of Griffin.
Dr. Floyd Patterson, a past minister of music of the First Baptist Church in Griffin, won a post-doctoral scholarship from Harvard University. Dr. Patterson, who was writing a book on the history of Baptist music, used the scholarship for further research and writing.
The Emmanuel Trio, a gospel singing and recording group of Griffin, made their first record album, recorded by Connor B. Hall, at the Superior Recording Company in Decatur. It was called “The Harvest Time Album.”
From the Annals of 1984
Elizabeth Colvin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Colvin of Griffin, returned to Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. where the 213th academic session had started.
Eight students from Spalding County completed graduation requirements at the University of Georgia at the end of summer session. They were Susan Ellen Baird, Rebecca Diane Gibson, Danny Ray Kelley, Laura P. Larson, Leanne Morrow, Jennie Cynthia Smith, Susan Lycy Payne Smith and James Douglas Sutton.
Sean McClure, 11, a sixth grader at Orrs Elementary School, won first in the one-mile foot race at Buggy Days in Barnesville. Sean posted a time of 6 minutes, 36 seconds. He is the son of John and Monaree McClure of Griffin.
The following four Griffin High football players attended football camp at Clemson University during the summer: Randy Baldwin, Alton Montgomery, Wayne Harps and Dave Roberts.
From the Annals of 1999
Jesse Bradley, superintendent of Griffin-Spalding County Schools, and Debbie Hudson, chair of the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education, along with representatives from the city of Griffin, Spalding County, and the Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce, participated in the Washington, D.C. Fly-In sponsored by Sen. Paul Coverdell.
Charlesette Biggins from Spalding County was named to the president’s list at Flint River Technical Institute for the 1999 summer quarter.
Three area students received degrees during spring commencement at Auburn University. Jennifer J. Dillon and Jennie L. Mullins of Griffin received bachelor’s degrees. Autumn J. Britt of Molena also received a bachelor’s degree.
Griffin’s 84 Lumber contributed $4,769 to an ongoing Southern Contractors Association project—construction of cabins at Camp Cecil Jackson, the Girl Scout camp facility located outside of Griffin. The donation covered the cost of materials to construct two cabins.
From the Annals of 2004
Air Force Airman Kerwin Whitfield graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Whitfield is the son of Freta Caldwell of Jonesboro and Michael Whitfield of Griffin. He is a 2002 graduate of Pike County High School, Zebulon.
Three Crescent Elementary School students were chosen as system-level winners in the “Keep Griffin-Spalding Beautiful Art Contest.” They were fourth-grader Alex Reaves, first-grader Chandler McBroom, and third-grader Tanner Gaff.
Flint River Academy seniors hosted a “Moving Up Luncheon” at Woodbury Baptist Church for eighth-grade students moving from Middle School into High School. The senior skit was a comedy about the consequences of neglecting one’s studies. Seniors imparted wisdom to the eighth graders about what they learned during their four years at Flint River Academy.
Rodney and McQuanta McCord celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. The couple were married at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The couple celebrated with a nice dinner with Mrs. McCord’s fourth grade students.