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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The newspaper 30 years ago today featured quite a bit of local community-specific news, fall event coverage and athletics, among other local news coverage.
The September 30, 1992, edition highlighted that Fire Prevention Week would begin that Sunday, the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature was seeking Coosa County residents to represent the county in the 1993 legislative session, the Coosa County Emergency Medical Services board having a meeting scheduled, the Rockford Parent Teachers Association sponsoring a Harvest King and Queen contest in conjunction with the annual OctoberFest, and more.
It was also noted that John Gilliland of Alexander City was the winner of the “Hundred Dollar Hat,” a hat featuring 100 $1 bills, at the Goodwater Fall Festival. The Goodwater Pride in Action Committee raised more than $2,500 during the 1993 Fall Festival, with the money being used to continue work on the old Goodwater Train Depot that was being restored at the time.
Other community event highlights included the West Coosa Parent Teachers Organization holding the annual SeptemberFest, members of the Central High School Science Club walking to raise money for the Science Olympiad and Sara and Lamar Diggs hosting their annual Funday for members of the Cerebral Palsey Center in Anniston.
Regarding the Science Club walk, it was noted that the three top walkers for the event were Jerie Browning, Jacintha Perry and Charlene Ward. The Diggs’ annual Funday events included horseback riding, four-wheeling, fishing, and a cookout for guests to enjoy.
In school athletics, 30 years ago it was reported that the Central Cougars were on a two-game winning streak after beating Beauregard 35-6, the Sylacauga Aggies defeated the Cougars junior varsity team 14-0, the Lady Cougars volleyball team being 6-1 for the season, and the West Coosa Junior Raiders defeating Rockford Junior Tigers 16-12.
The September 30, 1992, edition also included a handful of community columns to share news throughout the county. Those included “What’s up in Weogufka” by Kelley McGalliard, “Kellyton News” by Linda Bearden, “Richville…Did you Know?” by Anony Mous, “Goodwater Happenings” by Donna Hornsby, “Equality News” by Jean Baker, and “Ray News” by Edith Spivey.
People in the news in that week’s edition were Inez Warren of Rockford, who was recognized for recently receiving a Silver Anniversary Award from the Alabama Historical Commission for 25 years of historical work in Coosa County, and Airman Alicia G. Chappell for completing the services specialist course at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. A 1987 graduate of Sylacauga High School, Chappell was noted to be the daughter of Bettie A. Smith and stepdaughter of Delton Smith of Weogufka and the daughter of Charles W. Chappell of Sylacauga.
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.