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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The June 17, 1992, edition of “The Coosa County News” contained the first obituaries for Coosa County residents, both residing in Goodwater.
One was for 82-year-old Eunice Merl Young, who passed away on June 10, 1992, at Goodwater Nursing Home. The other was for 69-year-old Lawrence Ogletree Thomas Jr. of Goodwater, who died at Russell Medical Center on June 11, 1992.
In addition to the first Coosa County obituaries, that week’s edition also included a photo update of progress being made on “The Coosa County News” office, with construction continuing as work was done on the roof.
In other projects, that edition showed a photo of ongoing work being done for the U.S. Highway 231 bridge at the Elmore County line. It was reported that despite weather delays, state officials were optimistic the bridge would be open before Independence Day.
Regarding “people in the news,” that edition 30 years ago included a military highlight in recognition of Private Patrick R. McGrady, son of Mike and Alice McGrady of Rockford, having completed the basic field artillery cannoneer course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Other highlights of that edition included municipal election information, the county schools’ performance, 4-H forestry teams taking honors for District 2, Bama Wood planning a mill in Coosa County, and local events such as a potluck dinner and gospel singing to raise money for the Weogufka Beautification Project, as well as Father’s Day wishes from some of the newspaper readers.
Those recognized as the Coosa County 4-H Senior Forestry Team in that week’s edition were Phillip Neighbors, Jamie Steverson, Bryan Wood, and Angela Meyer. Members of the Coosa County 4-H Junior Forestry Team were Paul Robinson, Jessica Kelley, Heather Neighbors, and John Goff.
The June 17, 1992, edition also featured news from the Coosa County Historical Society with updates on its fundraising efforts and progress made on various projects.
Additionally, it highlighted that Kellyton volunteer firefighters were working on a birthday and anniversary calendar, called a “community birthday calendar.”
Individuals could purchase calendars for $5 each, which would include five listings in the calendar, and additional listings could be purchased for 50 cents each. At the time it was reported that the calendar would be a yearly fundraiser for the fire department.
See other highlights of 30 years of “The Coosa County News” periodically in future editions throughout the year as we continue to celebrate three decades of dedicated local news coverage.