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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Thirty years ago today, the fifteenth edition of “The Coosa County News” reported that the newspaper’s office building in Rockford was finally occupied as of that week.
There were delays in the process of constructing the building, so it opened a little later than originally scheduled. However, after starting the newspaper in May, the office was complete and ready for occupation by the end of August.
That edition also announced that Darlene Touart would be running for superintendent of education for the county as an independent. Also regarding election news, the August 26, 1992, edition also reported the municipal election results.
Those results reflected Lonnie Caldwell winning as mayor of Goodwater and Wayne Windsor winning the race for Rockford mayor.
Those who won seats on the Rockford Town Council were Fay McClenny, Bill Ellison, Doris Culver, and Fred Sneed.
That week’s edition also reported on the successful town meeting held to discuss First Bank opening a branch in Rockford, with a great show of community support as individuals overflowed the church building.
First Bank had already bought the former Southtrust bank building on Main Street in Rockford at the time of the town meeting. During that meeting, in addition to hearing from the community and gauging support, representatives with First Bank provided information on the bank and what services the Rockford branch would provide citizens.
Thirty years later, First Bank remains at its location along U.S. Highway 231 in downtown Rockford, and a second branch has been opened in the county in Goodwater.
In an update regarding the fire that destroyed Davis Grocery in Rockford, a photograph showed work underway to remove the former grocery store building. At that time it was reported that plans were to replace the structure with a parking lot.
That edition 30 years ago also highlighted the engagement of Stephanie Davis, daughter of Bobby Davis of Rockford and Ann Glenn of Equality, to Tim Kelley, son of Bud Kelley of Richville and the late Lucille Kelley.
Other highlights from the August 26, 1992, edition included students enjoying a carnival sponsored by the City of Goodwater before school started, final touches being put on the Rockford School playground that previous Sunday for students to begin enjoying Monday, county 4-H members receiving various awards, and Peggy Justice receiving the 4-H leadership award from Melinda Luker and Roger Vines of the Coosa County Extension Office.
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.