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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Thirty years ago today, the July 8, 1992, edition included meeting coverage and community updates, as well as highway project updates.
At that time there was mention of an annual Rockford Reunion planned for September 19, hosted by the Rockford Civic Pride group.
There was also an update on the Goodwater beautification project, with a mural planned for the old theater building. The revitalization efforts were headed by the Goodwater Pride in Action and Garden Club groups.
At that time it was reported that the group was considering painting a mural of the former Hatchett Creek train trestle on the side of the old theater building.
In that edition 30 years ago, it was also reported that the state was planning two major highway projects for the county, slated to start in November 1993. Those projects included making the remainder of U.S. Highway 280 four lanes between Alabama Highway 9 and the Tallapoosa County line and the replacement of numerous bridges on U.S. Highway 231 north of the Elmore County line.
Also at the local level, that edition highlighted Coosa County 4-H Club members who won at the sub-district Auburn Area 4-H Club Round-up, a two-day event held in Auburn.
First place winners mentioned in the article were Angela Meyer, Heather Neighbors, Phillip Neighbors, Amanda Dark, John Meyer, and Monica Brown. Second place winners from Coosa County were James Talton and Wendy Goodson.
Others with Coosa County 4-H who placed in their activities were Terry Mitchell, Jennifer Lauderdale and April Justice. Additionally, Stephanie McEwen received the Coosa County Rookie Award for her first trip to the area roundup.
There was also a photo of construction being done for 15 apartments being built at the corner of Washington and School streets in Rockford, now known as Stonegate Apartments. It was noted that the apartments were being built under a federal program and that occupancy would be limited to residents 62 years old or older or to disabled or handicapped individuals, with the apartments initially being overseen by Ruth McDonald.
Also in that edition 30 years ago, there was a photo and mention of ladies in Goodwater shaping up and having fun with aerobic classes during “The Body Shop.” The classes were held three times each week in a vacant building across from Town Hall, with classes conducted by Donna Hornsby, a registered nurse.
There was also news from Inez Warren with the Coosa County Historical Society with information about the old Oakachoy Covered Bridge and the society’s work on restoring the bridge, with photos of the bridge in 1984 and after restoration. Originally located near the Nixburg community and crossing over Oakachoy Creek, the bridge was burned down in June 2001, destroying the last remaining covered bridge in Coosa County.
In an editorial in that edition, Carlton Jones noted that, “…However, unlike many newspapers you’re used to reading, ‘The [Coosa County] News’ exists to keep our subscribers and residents of Coosa County informed about what is going on in the county and what actions statewide and nationwide have a direct effect on the people of Coosa County. ‘The News’ is ‘your’ county newspaper.”
Three decades later, that remains true today, with “The Coosa County News” primarily focusing on community news and local coverage, being dedicated to the people of Coosa County and helping them stay informed through the only news source created specifically for Coosa County residents and coverage.
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.