Capt. Homer A. Brown of the U.S. Army was assigned as advisor to the 117th Surgical Mobile Hospital Unit of National Guard with headquarters in Griffin.
Edward A. Cushman, a visiting science teacher, spent a week at Griffin High School. Cushman is one of five science teachers trained at Oak Ridge and employed by the State Department of Education to visit in the high schools of Georgia.
Chairman Otis Weaver, Sr., of the Spalding County Kiwanis Fair Association estimated that more than 30,000 people attended the fair this year. Saturday night’s attendance was estimated at 7,000 and set a new record in attendance for one night Chairman Weaver said.
The first class to complete a year’s training at the Griffin-Spalding for Practical Nursing received diplomas at graduation exercises.
Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Hilley of Hampton celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Relatives gathered to honor Mr. and Mrs. Hilley with a family reunion and picnic at the Hampton Park.
From the Annals of 1986
Christopher Todd Cook of Griffin received his bachelor of business administration in accounting at North Georgia College.
Patricia Kathleen Hardcastle of Griffin graduated from Georgia College with a bachelor of science in middle grade education.
Dudley W. Reynolds of Griffin received a bachelor of arts in English at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Angela Henderson of Griffin received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Kelly Lanier Wise of Griffin received a bachelor of business administration degree from Valdosta State College.
From the Annals of 1998
Dale Lynn Shaw of Griffin was awarded the First Union National Bank Scholarship by the Gordon College Foundation to attend Gordon College.
Visiting college students on Spring Break from Towson State University in Maryland helped build a Habitat for Humanity home in Griffin.
Navy Seaman Brian Merritt, son of Ralph Merritt of Barnesville and Bernell Merritt of Barnesville, participated in a training exercise with the French navy, while on a six month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, while serving aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS South Carolina.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Horace D. Hightower deployed on a temporary duty assignment to Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras, as a member of Joint Task Force Bravo, Hightower is the son of Horace A and Gwendolyn Hightower of Barnesville. He is a 1985 graduate of Lamar County High School.
St. George’s Episcopal School announced the addition of a new full-day kindergarten program for the fall of 1998.
From the Annals of 2003
A team of 18 senior adult athletes from Spalding County competed in the annual District Golden Olympics in Forest Park and brought home 52 medals. Athletes competed in their age-appropriate categories.
Arthur W. and Margaret Grant Sauley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They are members of Crestview Baptist Church.
Cheryl Hutchinson claimed the prize donated by Sharps Jewelry for the Annual Iris City Arts and Crafts Fair drawing.
Rita Cavanaugh, chairwoman of the Special Projects Committee of the Griffin Kiwanis Club, presented a check for $150 to Spalding High School represented by Major Dexter Brewer, and Griffin High School, represented by Ltc. Nicholas Burke for the JROTC programs for the Iron Man Award and Patriotism Medals for their cadets.
Thomas Hoffman won the 11-16 Division and Nolan Warmack won the 10-and-under Division in the Zebco Casting Contest at the Super Wal-Mart. The Spalding County Park and Recreation Department organized and sponsored the event locally.
From the Annals of 2007
Children’s book author Michael Kinklea visited Jackson Road Elementary School and talked to the students about writing, revising, and not giving up when faced with rejection. He shared parts of his books and students were able to purchase personally autographed books.
Rodney Christopher, communications specialist for the Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp., presented the local Salvation Army with a check for $3,200 to purchase a new ice machine.
The Griffin-Spalding County Schools Pre-K Program hosted “Mr. Al” for a concert that was attended by all Pre-K classes from 11 elementary schools along with Special Needs Pre-K and MacIntosh Trail Head Start.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spalding Regional Medical Center’s Breast Awareness Team educated more than 800 women in the community about breast cancer.
Jordan Hill Elementary School teacher Joanna Johnson and Beaverbrook Elementary School teacher Jackie Patterson each received a Bright Ideas grant of $1,000 from Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc.