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The “celebrity jail” was a popular part of the Rockford Reunion event 30 years ago. Larry Carden, pictured at right, visited the “Rockford Callaboose” twice thanks to the contributions of his wife, Dot. Public Safety Director Allen Rambo, in the left picture, was escorted to the jail by the “official” reunion law enforcement officers Meg Lehman and Nachole Ogle while jailer Donna Peppers holds open the door.
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A big news item in “The Coosa County News” 30 years ago today was the great success of the Annual Rockford Reunion Trade and Entertainment Day, based on reports from the Civic Pride Committee.
Some of the day’s particularly successful events were the celebrity jail and street dance, as well as a dunking booth. That day began with a flag ceremony by the Rockford Boy Scouts, followed by Jerry McEwen providing entertainment to kick off the day’s festivities.
The dunking booth had some popular “volunteer dunkees” at the time, including Public Safety Director Col. Allen Rambo and then Mayor-elect Wayne Windsor.
The “celebrity jail” for the event became a gathering spot for locals, including many local fathers and mothers whose children enjoyed seeing them “behind bars.” Other jail “inmates” included then Superintendent of Education Larry Hardman, Darlene Touart and Col. Rambo.
In addition to more than 20 vendors setting up booth spaces for the day, there were also numerous acts providing entertainment throughout the day. Those included Jerry McEwen, the Kowaliga Cloggers, The Body Shop, the Fuller Family, Wes and Julie Ann Haley, the Sweet Sweet Spirits, and Andy Goswick.
Other community events were reported as reminders of what was to come in that edition three decades ago today. Those upcoming events included Goodwater’s Fall Festival, West Coosa’s September Fest and CPR classes to be held.
In highlighting a bit of entrepreneurship and success, it was also noted that Mary Kay independent beauty consultants Rebie Woodfin and her daughter, Carla Pressley, had qualified as team managers and earned the free use of a red Pontiac Grand Am.
Coverage in that edition 30 years ago today also featured four members of the Coosa County 4-H program who had attended the state 4-H Environmental Stewardship Conference at the state’s 4-H Center. The participants included County Agent Melinda Luker, Daphine Justice, Jessica Kelley, Heather Neighbors, and Jamie Steverson.
The September 23, 1992, edition of the newspaper also highlighted two birth announcements.
Those were for Charles “Chuck” Selman Bradley, born at 2:03 a.m. September 12 to Susan and Al Bradley of Rockford; and Andrew Stephen Tucker, born September 9 to Kim and Steve Tucker of Millbrook and the grandson of Joe and Mary Jo Gibbs of Rockford.
Sports coverage in that week’s edition included the Central Cougars winning their first football game of the season against the Jemison Panthers, 18-7. Some of Central Coosa’s players mentioned in that article included Adalius Thomas, Cedric Mitchell, Jerry Crocker, Cornelius Cunningham, James Kendrick, and Raymond Jones.
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.