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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
September was an especially busy time of year in Coosa County 30 years ago, based on reports from “The Coosa County News” September 9, 1992.
Work on the building that would eventually house the Rockford branch of First Bank was underway, with the bank anticipated to open in early October of that year.
Additionally, the Coosa County Lake Home and Boat Owners Association Inc., or HOBOs, held its first official bi-annual meeting that month in Equality. The organization was formed in August and held its first bi-annual meeting the following month.
At that time the first order of business was electing officers. Those elected to serve for the first terms with the HOBO Association were Les Sellers as president, George Smith as vice president, Bobby Spitler as secretary, and Harry Brown Jr. as treasurer.
Additionally, during that time employees with Kimberly-Clark in Alabama were preparing and sending a truckload of lumber to assist south Florida victims of Hurricane Andrew.
The lumber, which was reported to be enough to frame two houses, was manufactured at the Kimberly-Clark forest products facilities in Goodwater and Westover.
Adding to the busy time for the month of September, communities in Coosa County were holding various events, as well.
Thirty years ago today it was reported that the Kellyton Trade Day and Car Show would be held September 12, the annual Rockford Reunion Trade and Entertainment Day would be held September 19, and the Goodwater Fall Festival would be held September 26.
The Kellyton event, which was the eleventh annual, was being organized by the Kellyton Ladies-in-Action, Men’s Club and the Kellyton Volunteer Fire Department.
The Rockford reunion event was planned and organized by the Rockford Civic Pride Committee, and Goodwater’s twelfth annual Fall Festival was organized by the Goodwater Pride and Action Committee.
That week’s edition also reported on a memorial contribution of a “substantial sum” being donated to the Rockford Public Library by Bessie Carpenter of Lincoln in memory of her sister, Alene LeCroy. LeCroy had lived in Rockford and worked at the probate office for many years before moving to live with her sister in Lincoln.
Mable Austin was requested to assist the Library Board with making selections of books for the library using the donation. Members of the Library Board at that time were librarian Glenda Cardwell, Hilda Tuck, Margie Lee, Sara Baldwin, Carlton Jones, and Nancy Goodson.
The newspaper 30 years ago also celebrated local news and happenings of a more personal nature, recording the birth of Lindsey Macray Rudd. She was born August 27, 1992, weighing 7 pounds and 8 ounces.
Her proud parents were Mike and Amy Rudd of Stewartville, and she had a sister, Morgan, and brother, Logan, to welcome her, as well. Her grandparents were noted to be Vic and Janice Rudd of Stewartville and Doug and Carolyn Bryant of Sylacauga.
That edition also mentioned a family tradition of Nachole Ogle, V.O. Abrams and Terry and Shirley Ogle all celebrating their birthdays August 30 at Abrams’ house. It was noted that Nachole, who turned 7 years old on August 27, had always celebrated her birthday with her “pappy.”
Other local news that week included high school sports, with the football season getting underway.
It was reported that the Rockford School team was preparing for its game against West Coosa on September 24. Meanwhile, the Central High School Cougars kicked off the 1992 football season at Randolph County High School, losing the game 21-0 but showing “great improvements over previous years, including several superb performances by the defense and offense.”
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.