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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The May 6, 1993, edition of “The Coosa County News” included highlights of various community happenings, such as the Marble Valley annual Fun Festival held by the volunteer fire department, community barbecues held to benefit emergency services, vocational students being recognized for their achievements, award-winning steers, and more
That edition three decades ago reported that the Marble Valley Volunteer Fire Department had recently held its annual Fun Festival featuring an auction, horseshoe contests, horse and wagon rides, good food, and socializing. The event also featured live musical entertainment by “Paul Wallace and his band, Colby Newman, Lisa Hay, and the Coosa Valley Cloggers.”
It also reported that Goodwater and Weogufka were both holding barbecues the same day to raise funds for their volunteer fire and emergency services.
Other community happenings included members of the Federated Woman’s Club of Rockford holding a bake sale and the West Coosa 4-H Club learning how to manage money. The latter included teaching young people how they can work and earn their own money; the importance of long-term saving; how to write checks, make bank deposits, balance a checkbook, and keep good records; demonstrating how a budget is used; and more.
That edition 30 years ago also highlighted 12 vocational students who were recognized for their achievements. The students were recognized at the Coosa County Vocational Center’s annual wards dinner held at Quincy’s in Sylacauga.
Then Center Principal Steve Dyess stated, “These individuals have done an outstanding job and should be commended.”
Those recognized included Jamie Steverson and Scotty Jones in the field of agriculture construction and maintenance, Jon Bailey and Sean McKinney in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration, Freddie Gaddis and Carey Wright in the field of automotive technology, Jayna McDaniel and Misty Morris in the field of business education, Tammy Rye and Kelley Ivey in the field of health occupations education, and Diana Hodnett and Harelyn Kelly in the field of clothing and housing services.
Other youth highlights from the May 6, 1993, edition included 5-year-old Whitney Bullard, daughter of Keith and Lori Bullard, winning a pre-school coloring contest held at Belk’s in Alexander City and a $20 gift card prize for her picture of Barney the Dinosaur.
Additionally, Jody Holman and Johnathan Samuels were pictured displaying two steers that placed in the lightweight class at the Tri-County Steer Show sponsored by the Coosa County Cattlemen’s Association. Jody had steers that placed in first and third while Johnathan had steers that placed second and fourth.
That edition three decades ago also highlighted Teacher Appreciation Day with teachers at Central High School being treated to a special breakfast. Principals David Touart and Steve Dyess and Assistant Principal Calvin McKinney, assisted by lunchroom staff members Gail Ezekiel and Pat Williams, prepared breakfast for the teachers.
That week’s edition also featured two Central High School seniors who received full scholarships to Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College in Andalusia, Faceethia “C.C.” Thomas and Alexis McKinney.
It was also noted that State Sen. Del Hill of Alpine talked with students at Kellyton Elementary School. After speaking at a special assembly recognizing teachers, he fielded questions from an eighth grade class.
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, honoring “The Coosa County News” first being published May 20, 1992.