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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Part of the big news in Coosa County 30 years ago today was that a joint operation yielded a record marijuana find.
The August 19, 1992, edition of “The Coosa County News” recorded that the Sheriff’s Office worked with members of the Alabama Marijuana Eradication Program to pull more than 3,000 plants in Coosa County.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office and representatives with the State Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Division, the Air Force National Guard and the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board destroyed the largest marijuana find ever in the county, according to then Sheriff Bill Evans.
A total of 3,031 plants with an estimated value of more than $6 million at that time were removed from a clear-cut area off of County Road 56 near Sehoya. The plants reportedly ranged in size from 8 to 10 feet in height, and at the time the estimated value was $2,000 yield per plant, based on full growth of the plants and the value of the finished product from each plant.
Other highlights from the local news three decades ago included ongoing planning for establishment of a branch of First Bank in Rockford, students returning to school the following week, municipal elections being held the next week, and cheerleaders and football players preparing for the new season.
That edition also highlighted fall fashion trends, with members of the Coosa County 4-H also presenting selections from their “back to school” wardrobe.
Participating in a fashion show for a conference held in Alexander City, five members made their selections known at Belk Hudson’s in Alexander City, where they also learned some important rules about makeup. Those 4-H members who participated were Amanda Dark, Wendy Goodson, Daphine Justice, Nichole Robinson, and Angela Meyer.
The August 19, 1992, edition also highlighted that James Talton of Goodwater had received a certificate for completing the 4-H Textile and Furniture Symposium from Dr. Wilma S. Hammett, extension housing and interior design specialist at North Carolina State University.
Talton attended the week-long symposium in North Carolina, with him choosing to focus on the furniture industry for the week.
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.