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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The August 5, 1993, edition of “The Coosa County News” included information for changes in the school’s dress code and other changes, heat taking a toll on state and county agriculture, the electric cooperative holding its annual meeting, and the Goodwater Post Office changing from an hour-and-a-half lunch break to a half-hour lunch break to better serve its customers.
Other local news from 30 years ago included planning being underway for the Annual Rockford Reunion, a trade day event held by the Civic Pride Committee. The event was set for September and was to have a dunking booth, “celebrity jail,” vendor booths, and a “car smashing event.”
Coverage from three decades ago also included the County Commission holding a public hearing to gain input from residents regarding a proposed bill that would allow county crews in an area doing roadwork to scrape driveways, as well as lay dirt and gravel on driveways leading to private residences up to a quarter mile from the road.
The bill was proposed by then Commissioner Bruce Graham, who said he envisioned the bill allowing a motor grader operator to scrape a driveway while out working on a road.
Of those present at the public hearing, the newspaper reported that 16 were in favor of the proposed bill and that eight were against it.
Other local coverage that week 30 years ago included a mention of numerous wrecks, Equality Volunteer Fire Department receiving a new firetruck and members of the Marijuana Eradication Program removing more than 1,600 marijuana plants in numerous locations in Coosa County and proceeding to destroy the plants, which were reported to have an eventual street value of approximately $3 million.
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.