. . . just a
small town in South Georgia that grew the best
kids ever raised!!
High Pep Rally
June 10, 2017
Held on the
grounds of closed AHS
though not an Indian, was one of the
organizers and commented, "Just gathering here
to have an opportunity to gather in front of the
sign before it's taken away ... and planting the
seed that we want the history of Albany High to
be preserved." (This section submitted by Bruce
Garey, Class of 1963)
Albany High Alumni
... take one last
walk through school's halls
June 24, 2017
After walking the halls, the
some of the alumni gathered in
Chester Green, Class of 1933 celebrating his
102nd birthday July 9th with two other AHS Indians ...
niece Tappie Hambrick Sauls ('62) and nephew Walt Green ('67).
(Note he is wearing an orange AHS ribbon from the AHS Farewell event
*** Hi Beverly, it was great talking with you. Thank you for the
link to the "Oldest Living Indians". We appreciate you!
Plans are now being made for our 60th class reunion in 2018. We
have booked Merry Acres Inn for Friday and Saturday nights, May 4 and
Please mark this first weekend in May 2018 on your calendars and
make your plans to attend. Please talk it up with other classmates and
encourage them to come as well.
If you would, I ask that all of you please get in touch with me so I can
get your updated information and can put together a current mailing
You may call me at my home (828 389-3911) or call/text me on my cell
phone (828 516-8080). Or you can email me at
or write me at 299 Old Homestead Lane, Hayesville, North Carolina 28904.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Linda Cullom Jordan
*** Tribe Notes ***
orange rose bush bloomed yesterday or this morning. I've been up early
thinking about yesterday. I had the opportunity to look into almost
everyone's eyes as you signed the banner. I saw innocent excitement.
Eyes sparkled! Smiles after smiles. From 18 year olds to 99 years old.
Each one of you took time out to pay homage and say goodbye to a part of
your life that when you're 99, you will remember.
I saw some people I had differences with 30 years ago. Richer than me.
More handsome than me. Stronger, skinnier, meaner, nicer and on and on.
Yet yesterday as one we laughed, hugged, cried, giggled. Time stood
still. I never realized till yesterday what an impact the school and the
people, friends or acquaintances had in my life.
Goodbye to a
legacy. Thank all of you for the loving homely feeling in the halls of
our home away from home.
*** Someone mentioned that I had it "hard"
because I had attended the North Jefferson building for 3 years and had
to leave my senior year to graduate from the brand new Residence
Well, no ... I actually never had it hard. True, those special
friends ahead of me ('54 and before) had graduated from the old
building. But in the new building would be friends from '55 to '58.
So, my allegiance was never to a building ... my allegiance was always
to the very special people ... friends, students and teachers!
The new, now 62 year old building on Residence has now been repurposed,
just like the one on N. Jefferson... but my emotional ties to those
students who walked whatever halls were available at the time ... and
the teachers who shaped and directed us ... THAT'S Albany High School in
my heart ... not the brick and mortar.
So yes! I absolutely traveled to "walk the halls" ... along with
my husband, Tom Herrington ('56), and sister, Sharon Smith Spies ('58)
... leaving from Lawrenceville GA early the morning of the 24th of
June!! I'm so glad I made myself go .... for, as sad a venture as
it was ... it was strangely uplifting!!
~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
*** The 5 girls below were among the 215 members of the first
senior class to graduate from the "new" AHS! Our graduation
ceremony was held June 6, 1955 in the auditorium.
Ironically, the Albany High School halls of
education were closed June 5, 2017,having been repurposed and named Albany High.
Annette Butler Mitchell, Janice Hayes McLendon, Frances Wright Simpson,
Beverly Smith Herrington,
Joyce Fitzgerald Callahan and Myra Spivey King
*** It is so special that you and other class mates were able to be there and share pictures with all of us who could not be there. Thanks for the memories. ~ Claire Wooddy Jones ('55)
*** Thanks a million for the pictures and the information. I would certainly wished to attend but I can no longer travel nor walk. Again thanks for bringing back many wonderful memories as well as sad ones, such as the day that I passed out in the cafeteria line and the doctors told me I had diabetes. ~ Chuck McCorvey ('55)
*** I read with dismay the fact that the School District is likely to close AHS, but I guess I am becoming used to having things which meant so much to me in my youth being destroyed, in my Sunset Years. Though I was only at AHS for my senior year of high school, I have always claimed it as my high school of record, largely because of the incredible education I received in that year from Mr. William Bragg and Miss Mary Hudson. It will be a sad day for me when the school fades into the past. ~Henry Barker ('61)
*** Why are they closing AHS and where do they relocate the students? SAD times! ~ Thad Joiner ('64) NOTE: Indians to be divided between the other three high schools Dougherty, Westover and Monroe.
*** I helped Mabel Hogue, AHS Librarian, move the library from the old school on Jefferson St to the new building. I was excited with that new building. I did my first year of teaching 1960-1961 in the English department there.
It's sad to see the school close. It was always a big part of the community. Celebrate well. It has lots of fond memories. ~ James Johnston, Class of '56
*** Yes we are all heartbroken and confused as to how this decision was made when the school is still under a federal junction. On the bright side of things, I will keep in touch with you and our fellow INDIANS! Please stay in touch as well, although Albany High is closed. I will not be attending a high school in Dougherty County. I will be going to Lee County High School for my senior year. Hate it Had to End Indian! ~ Kei'Aunna Chavis, Class of 2018
*** AHS prepared me for what has been a great life. I will finally be retiring sometime in July, 2017, and my bride of 49 years, Rafaela, and I will be moving to a new home in Prescott Valley, AZ, when the construction is complete in October, 2017. We can no longer afford to live in Southern California, but the Prescott area is beautiful.
Thank you for all that you do. ~Henry Barker - AHS, 1961
*** I'm sick about Albany High being closed. So sad! I guess there were not enough high school kids in the geographic area? ~ Ruth Chambers Honick ('58)
*** Just wish I could hop on a quick flight to say goodbye since this is a very large, special farewell party for all of us who grew up in our wonderful little southern city. Have a wonderful time together down memory lane. ~ Claire Randall Rice ('53)
*** All I can tell you that my heart is so very sad that they are closing my high school. My memories will have to keep me from crying, but I wish something else could have been done instead of closing AHS. ~JoAnne Johnston O'Quinn ('52)
*** I would like nothing better than to be there for this event. However I won't be able to make it because of the distance etc. I wish all that attend the best and my thoughts will be with you. ~ Anne West Green ('60)
** Devastating! No one wants to let us age and exit gracefully. ~ Tommy Tarpley ('52)
*** From the great hymn, "Time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away."¯ We are disappointed in their decision, but the spirit that is Albany High School lives in our memories and our stories. ~ Tom Robinson ('61)
*** Thanks for confirming what I had recently heard. Truly the end of an era! If my memory serves me right my freshman class entered Albany High in 1954, as the first class in the new facility. What memories I have of teachers who formed and transformed me. Peace, ~ Joe Bowden, Class of 1958 NOTE: Yes, 1958 was the first Freshmen Class!
*** NO WORDS ~ Dale Dingler ('65)
*** SAD, SAD DAY!! Hard to believe it is happening! ~ Bobbie Jean Young Wade ('62)
*** That really stinks. There are plenty of high school students who live nearby. And, selfishly, I'm thinking not of just having graduated from Albany High myself, but how many in my family have graduated from Albany High -- for many decades - over a century now. ~ Becky Gammage Dupree ('55)
*** " ... Just accept the fact that apathy has existed in Albany for a long long time and the old Albany High School is now history!!! Just mark in your family Bibles someplace that on: "June 5th., 2017 , is the day Old Albany High School, age 63, died a cruel and unusual death but will live in infamy through those who really knew and loved her in what is now known as Albany's good old days". ~ Marion Hay ('55)
*** Sooo sad. . . ~ Myrtis Adams Foley ('49)
*** Why? Why? ~ Marie Fowler Howe ('56)
*** I continue to visit Albany, the town where I was raised and love so much, but it is so disheartening to see our beautiful downtown, Radium Springs and historic buildings destroyed. I am more saddened with each visit! ~ Pat Johnston Matthews ('58)
*** I'll be with you in spirit. My last year with THE CLASS of '57 was on North Jefferson. But, I enjoyed Residence vicariously thru my seven cousins who did attend. I've always been an "Albany-ian;" ergo, an "Indian." So glad there is a goodbye gathering...and sad to miss it! ~ Johnny Boesch ('57)
** My daughter sent me a copy of the news yesterday of the closing of ole AHS and I had mixed feelings for sure. I was melancholy in one sense with the thoughts, reflections and memories of great fun filled adventures in the times of our youth, and on the other a sense of moving on and adapting to change as Albany as we knew it no longer exists, and the school system this past year was grossly deficient and there were simply not enough students to justify the means of keeping it open. It like many other treasures in our beloved city where I still live and work (like Radium Springs ) as do my children and grandchildren, is simply gone with the wind. On the one hand this is sad as it is a reminder of the onward passage of time and the thoughts of wonderful times gone by, and on the other hand its a reminder of all the wonderful things we have in this great country even now. We must be positive and look for the good in all of this, and be thankful of the God given privilege of having been allowed to grow, learn and enjoy ole AHS during the greatest time in America. God bless. ~ Robert Margeson ('64)
*** Since I was the last graduating class from "old"¯ Albany High School, this does not mean as much to me as probably most of you. Sorry for all of you that attended from 1955-2017! ~ Peggy Jo Irwin Davis ('54)
*** Things I remember. Being able to safely ride the city buses as a child. Going to Tift Park, taking younger sister and young neighbor I sometimes babysat. While pumping, said child in a Tift Park swing, jumped out backwards, severely spraining ankle, so unable to wear my beautiful pink pearl high heeled Easter shoes my sr. year! The wonderful fried pork chops at the restaurant, near Albany Theatre. Riding the bus to the "Y" to swim in cold weather. Having swimming at Tift Park while in 9th gr. at Jefferson St. School. Looking forward to seeing Miss Carolyn Dunning (our sponsor ), in her pretty dresses, clicking her pretty high heels on the wooden floors each morning before halls were full, as I arrived early. The planes from "Turner" coming over so low, one had to stop talking on the 'phone (still, when I hear Turner Field, I immediately think of TAFB, does anyone else?). Seeing all the nice looking GI's all over the place! All the movie theatres, all in walking distance, downtown. Rosenbergswas the nice department store downtown. Think was near the Albany Herald office today. Lost my '57 class ring at Chehaw Park. Has it been found?Our "Kid's Day" dress day at the end of Sr. year. Anyone daring enough to dress as a young kid on Saturday? I would probably be goofy enough to do so if I were going to be there.And, of course, Radium, with many fond memories. Hope it us a fun day for all able to attend. ~ Caroline Vaughn Holimon, Class of 1957
***The AHS TOTEM
Sent by Robert Bartley ('60) and taken by Merril Jones ('?)
*** Before the LAST EVENT for AHS, I talked to J.D. Sumner, Dougherty County School System, about handicapped parking places for challenged Indian seniors attending the gathering Saturday the 24th. During our conversation, he mentioned DCSS was looking for special AHS "memorabilia" to remember the old days, and asked if I knew anything about a Totem Pole at the North Jefferson Building ... which he thought was taken to the new Residence Building when it opened in the fall of 1954. He said they were thinking about putting the Totem Pole in the new MUSEUM area to be located in the Band Room. I attended 9th, 10th, and 11th grades at N. Jefferson, 12th grade at the Residence Building, but did not remember a totem pole at either property. But told him I would contact some Indians in those particular classes ...
So I emailed Indians hoping to get info on that Totem Pole ... you can count on Indians .... and here are their responses ... first to respond was from Madelyn Bowles, an AHS teacher:
*** I taught typing and shorthand to AHS juniors and seniors almost 2 years. Willis (Bowles/deceased) and I moved to Alabama on December 1965. AHS teacher, Peggy Braun and her students worked on the totem pole and placed it in front of the high school while I was there. I don't know anything about Big Chief. I didn't make it to many games at that time. Was something found in a warehouse several years ago? I vaguely remember something was, but don't remember much about it. I'm sure you have already talked to him, but Coach Graham Lowe was there then--he may remember something.
~ Madelyn Bowles (AHS Teacher)
*** Coach Lowe or Coach Gordon Dixon may know about a totem pole if there was one. I asked Gordon about a basement in AHS a few weeks ago, and he told me exactly where it is. He has a Country Financial Insurance Company in Albany on the Gillionville Road.
~ Shirley Thompson Rogers ('60)
*** Call my sister Marney Dyess Talbert ('60) and let her know you're calling via me, Bill, her brother. She may have some intel on that Totem pole. She graduated in 1959 or 1960.
*** Seems to me there was a totem pole at the pavilion at the park. Could it have been moved to N. Jefferson when they tore down the pavilion?
~ Johnny Bosch ('57)
*** I don't recall ever seeing a Totem Pole at AHS on Residence Avenue.
~ Jim Richter ('57)
*** I do not remember a totem pole @ N Jefferson nor do I have any memorabilia, except my annuals, which I will keep, and a 1954 reunion cap.
~ Peggy Jo Irwin Davis ('54)
I don't remember a totem pole at the high school (maybe at Tift Park at the wigwam) but I do remember Harry Helton (D) Class of 1952 of our '52 class riding on horseback (onto the football field) dressed as an lndian chief!
~ Don Bravaldo ('52)
*** I don't remember such a pole. I was there 1947 -1950. Albany seems to tear down rather than repair. We could have been like Thomasville today but instead we allowed James Grey to tear down our town and he died before he could re-build better as promised.
I will be at the beach but will be there in spirit. They might close the AHS but they can't take away our memories.
~ Wynelle Davis Greenway ('50)
*** Sorry I do not know about any totem poles! I wish I could help. I am still in mourning about our beloved AHS! What else is Albany going to decide to do?
~ Linda Cullom Jordan ('58)
SO ... THEY
CAN'T TAKE AWAY
matter of the
the comment that
all my real
from that era
passed on to the
folks that I
than anyone else
in this picture
and they all
belonged to the
Left to right:
Harold Dean Cook
Goo Goo Heidt
David Orgel ('53)
though he is not
in the picture,
was my older
of whom I had
all. He was my
true Hero. There
were two others
that I admired
were both great
athletes and had
star power while
they were in
"Goo Goo" Heidt. Next to
he was the
back I have ever
seen, in High
College. A bad
knee that wasn't
in High School
to an end before
it ever had a
chance to really
Dean Cook and I
each and every
and mortar to
brick masons. It
was hard and
tiring work. But
stamina. Harold Dean became the
having beat out
an All American
for the job.
There was a
Jewish kid in
that class that
was the same as
my other brother
to me. His Name
was David Orgel
and we grew up
together as best
friends and even
at one time at
UGA. He too
on to the other
that I knew, but really never
considered him a
Johnson, who was
a great athlete
in his own
was in school I
of the day when
I would be as
big and strong
as these guys,
including my big
being a poor boy
and having to
grant me the
However, as you
can see from
looking at the
above photograph, you
can tell that I
caught up with
them all. Now,every one in the
picture is gone,
except for me,
and I am
expecting that I
will be the next
one to go. So if
I go before I
can say goodbye,
me.I will stop
rambling now! I
just thought you
seeing a past
picture of some
of the boys from
~ Marion Hay,
Class of 1955
like to add my
two best friends
Crosby (D) -
Class of 1956
James E. (Jimmy)
Johnson – Class
went into the
Navy the same
day on a
Here is a
picture that was
taken at the bus
station of us
sitting on a
~ Leon Perrett,
Class of 1956
Crosby (D) and
*** I changed my address. Please change it so I can continue to receive the AHT. Thanks,. ~ Rusty Kaliher ('61)
*** JUST LOOKING AT AN OLD POST, THE 11TH AVENUE SCHOOL WAS AT THE NW CORNER OF 11TH AVE AND MADISON. THE SCHOOL ONLY HAD 3 ROOMS AND ONLY TAUGHT GRADES 1 THRU 3. BEASLEYS GROCERY STORE WAS ACROSS THE STREET ON THE NE CORNER OF 11TH AND MADISON. ~ JONNIE HOLLEY DOUGLAS, CLASS OF 1962.
*** James Eugene "Gene" Williams (Class of '53) is my step-dad. He is 82 yrs old and lives with me in Conyers, Ga. He's been enjoying reading the website and going down memory lane; but also sad to see so many classmates on the deceased list as he had lost touch with many Albany HS friends over the years. ~ Michelle
*** My heart is broken ... when I needed a lift ... Joe Ed Rossman was always there. Thanks to Marion Hay ('55) for passing on the sad news of his death. ~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
*** I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the loss of Joe Ed Rossman ('55)!! I know he wasn't well, but never thought about this sad thing!
~Harriet Ort Cornelius, Class of 1955
*** Joe EdRossman was a very good person- helped others in a very positive way- sad that he's gone. ~ Karl Heinzman ('55)
*** Thanks for publishing Corinne Beverly’s ('61) daughter’s remarks. They were very special. ~ Paul Henry ‘61
*** One of the hardest things to accomplish is finding the class year and maiden name for our deceased Indians. When an email arrives regarding any deceased Indian, every effort is made to send an obituary to their class. That is not always easy. Often the maiden name and/or class year are not a part of the obituary so our
Consultant for "In Memoriam",Brenda
Arnett Darbyshire, Class of 1967,
makes every effort to find the information.I
n an attempt to make a guess at their class, we use their birth year.
If we still cannot find the obituary, I send an email to a couple of classes in that birth year range and ask for help. In their responses, some have evenreferred to their annuals!!! Without help like this, I would not be able to notify classes as often! Here is a response to one of my requests. She even found the obituary, and even though she thought she had not been much help ... OH YES SHE WAS!!
... "... I looked up the obituary for "the deceased" and her husband who died in 2015. Her maiden name doesn't appear in either one. However, her sister's maiden name (I'm assuming) was listed. I'm sorry I'm not much help. Take care." ~ Ada Davis Hall ('64)
So, thanks to ALL who take the time to send information regarding our deceased classmates! ~ Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)
*** So sorry to hear about the death of Lewis Whitman, Class of 1958. I was fond of Lewis and respected his intelligence. ~ Joanne Roark Arneson ('62)
*** The only Kay (not Kaye as listed in the 1963 Thronateeska) Jones who would have been of comparable age was a sophomore. Her picture is on page 244. This is your girl. Jennifer Jones, her sister, was a classmate and personal friend of mine. I hated to find out what happened to her this way, but it says in the obit that she (Jennifer) preceded Kay in death. Kay(e) would have been Class of '65. I hate getting old. ~ Thomas (Skip) Porterfield, Class of 1963
Although I am in Sicily right now, I wanted to let you know that Joe Ed Rossman's sister Janette, was in the Class of 1957, not 1958. Knowing how good you are at letting the classes know, I am sure you will want to inform her classmates. As always, love u for all u do. ~ Eleanor Hagins Bradwell, Class of '58.
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but where I loved ... I
*** Denese Flowers Uebelacker, Class of 1960
*** Kelly Lynn Hancock, Class of 1986
*** Susan Heard Stephens, Class of 1937
*** Jeannette Jones Balling, Class of 1961
*** Alden B. Lanier, Class of 1976
*** Donald Douglass Middlebrooks, Class of 1979
*** Gladys Barnett Dowdell, Class of 1941
husband of Linda Leeger Stokes, Class of 1957
*** Lewis Whitman, Class
Donald Douglas Middlebrooks, Class of 1979
*** Terry Yvonne Fountain
Moreau, Class of 1964 , sister of Barbara Fountain Heafner
*** Esther MacDonald Webb, Class of 1956
*** Robert Raymond Miller, Class of 1978
*** Linda Kaye Jones Rossignol, Class of 1962/63
*** Floyd Wilburn Nicholson, Class of 1953;
husband of Martha LeSueur ('56); father of
Kathy Nicholson ('83); and brother of James
"Don" Nicholson ('56/'57)
Class email notices and/or obituaries are first
sent to the deceased's class, and if relatives
are Indians, to the classes of the spouse,
child, or parent(s), as soon as possible. Each
is then listed, in the Albany High Times'
"News & Clues", and then added the
month to the
Albany High Times' "In Memoriam" webpage:
Paul Jones (Albany High
School, Class of
Parrish July 31,
l955, at First
sixty-two years July 31,
Please send with
your full name
(first, last and
maiden name) email@example.com
Go to "Throwing the
,and read my story about cute
blonde paperboys! It was Esther
house on Residence (where the
high school is now) where I
watched Wilburn (Nicholson
('53)) flip those Albany Herald
newspapers so that they walked
up the steps like a slinky. So
~ Martha LeSueur
*** Friends ... check
out these interesting clues and
how you can help!!!
are nearly 2,000 Indians
in the Albany High Times AOL
I recognize only a
handful of email addresses
without a name, not to speak of
the class year of Indians.
It would lessen the time it
takes to put the newsletter
together if I didn't have to
look up this information.
Indians love to see NAMES ...
people they know ...so names and
classes are important. Sometimes
it is overwhelming, so please
always sign off with your full
name and class year!
2.This month I received
close to 500 emails to
go through for this month's
"News & Clues". And there
were 23 new emails waiting for
me this morning. That's
wonderful! But you can
understand that also equals a
lot of extra time looking up
Indian information if that
information is not included.
So, please, help save a lot of time for me by making
sure, that you include the following ...
Include your first and last name
(also maiden name)
Include your class year
will look like this: Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)!!
more big favor ... please
email all Albany
High Times news
located on my laptop computer.
where I do all things Albany
High Times and "News & Clues".
And please do not send personal
emails ... like political
you know ... my personal email
is on my desktop computer,
is in another room and is not
connected to Albany High Times.
This is the email address to use
for emails other than AHS.
Remember former Albany High School Indians
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
2017-2018 School year
Begins on August 1st in an unfamiliar school
Article below posted by Mike Cumbie, Class of 1973
Facebook: AHS ALUMNI ... Together as
DHS Staff Prepare for Students, Plan Unity Event
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A few
hundred more students and
teachers than ever before will
walk through the doors of
Dougherty High School in one
School faculty said they are
From head to toe, faculty and
staff at Dougherty High School
are gearing up for the school
year. Many of them have
coordinating shoes and polos
with the school's colors.
"This is going to be a
monumental year for Dougherty
High," said assistant principal
She expects it to be monumental
in success and in numbers.
Roughly 400 students who used to
be Albany High Indians will now
wear Trojan colors.
"I'm not from Dougherty but I'm
going to love Dougherty," said
assistant principal Andre
Simmons, as he spoke to a group
of teachers during a training on
He is one of the many teachers
and administrators are making
the transition from Albany High
"The people over here are very
Simmons. "They're great people.
They make you feel like a
Simmons said his move has been
smooth. He's now working
side-by-side with those who have
been loyal to Dougherty High all
"This is home to me," explained
Hudson. "Dougherty High is
basically where I was born and
Hudson has been working at the
school for the past 17 years.
She's also an alumnus of the
Assistant Principals Hudson and
Simmons believe they make a
strong team. They hope everyone
else will too.
"One of the main things we asked
is how can we make sure the kids
and the faculty, everybody feel
comfortable with coming over
here," explained Simmons when
asked about the transition.
Teachers attended training
sessions on Tuesday.
During some of those sessions,
administrators discussed unity.
The administration has also
organized a back-to-school
celebration to help ease
students and teachers into the
"We want the community, the
students, the parents, teachers,
everyone to know we are one
unit. We aren't divided and we
want the community to be a part
of it," said Hudson.
The celebration will kick off at
Dougherty High School on
Students, parents and even other
members of the community are
invited to come from 3 p.m.
until 7 p.m.
There will be meet-and-greets,
prizes, food and entertainment.
"It's going to be a lot of fun,
it's going to give parents and
kids a chance to ask questions
and give them a chance to just
see what's going on around
Dougherty," said Simmons.
School begins on August 1.
Lisa Holt Hood and Daphne Smith Myers and other classmates from the Class of 1983 created a FaceBook page and called it Albany High Pride and Proud! Their purpose was to keep Indians advised about the "open doors walk-thru" at Albany High School on June 24, 2017 ... so sign in FaceBook: Albany-High-Pride-and-Proud-Day
The Albany Herald was there for a photo shoot which was published on June 25th. Southwest Living Magazine was there to do a story and picture. A minister was there to pray for the City of Albany.
There are many posts and pictures.
The Indians who manned the tables where we signed in, and those who sat at the table with the banner where Indians could sign their name and class year deserve a BIG SHOUT OUT!!!
It was smooth as a feather ...
Congratulations to all those who made the "Walk Thru" possible!!! Especially the nice driver who ran untold shuttles for seniors with a happy face!!
*** ALBANY INTERESTS ***
People can RENT Albany
High for events, meetings ~ submitted
by Bruce Garey ('64)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -
Rumblings of bitterness remain on social media, following the realignment of Dougherty County Schools. Most specifically, regarding the closure of Albany High School for classes.
But, school leaders want people to know Albany High will continue to serve many purposes, even inviting the public to take advantage of the historic facility.
Albany High will now be home to all school support services, centralizing offices that were before spread out across the county. It's a change that school leaders hope will only improve customer service for families.
$5.5 million was spent renovating the building just a few years ago, a majority on the cafeteria.
A system spokesperson says the cafeteria will be used frequently. On Thursday, the building will host new teacher orientation, and next week middle and high school registration.
Alumni groups, family reunions, and non-profit groups have also inquired about using the facility.
"Yes, we are encouraging people, if you want to use it, if you need to use it, if you envision your organization having a need for the cafeteria or the auditorium or meeting space, reach out to us to see how we can maybe meet those needs," said J. D. Sumner, DCSS spokesperson.
There will be a rental fee, but Sumner said the plan is to keep fees flexible so as not to be cost-prohibitive for anyone.
Further renovations at Albany High are planned.
The auditorium will be revived and available for use by the community.
******* To the Editor and Publisher of The Albany Herald:
Martha LeSueur Nicholson
Albany High School, Class of 1956
You have done yourself and the City of Albany a disservice by charging to read the Albany Herald online. Many people want to read various articles of interest to them from time to time, but because they live out of town do not subscribe to the print copy and don't expect to have to pay to read something online. None of the large cities in Georgia charge for online reading. They want the world to be able to see what's happening there without the deterrent of having to pay for it.
Personally, for me you have ruined my efforts to keep Albany High alumni current on what's happening in their home town and send them news about their classmates. I have referenced many Albany Herald articles over the years in writing for the Albany High Times, http://www.albanyhightimes.com, and monthly newsletter, which goes to over 2,000 email subscribers FREE! Now all those links are unusable, and because it would be difficult for me to pay $100 a year to read your work, my work is dead in the water. I daresay that all those 2,000+ subscribers are not going to pay to follow those links even if I paid to be able to send them.
I hope you will reconsider this method of raising revenue and spend more time and effort on selling advertising and producing such a high quality product that every business wants to advertise with you
Martha (aka Brenda Starr)has
the decision to
pay for a subscription.
So, it won't be the end of
her contributions to "News & Clues"; however, links
to the Herald can no longer be included
since Indians who do not have an Albany Herald subscription will be unable to open them.
*** YOU ASKED
Hello, my grandfather
Green Null brought
bowling into Albany back in the
day. So I was wondering if you
have any pictures of Midtown
Lanes when it was that.
and I'm very interested in them
if y'all have any. Thank
you very much.
(Jason ... if I get a response/responses
... will certainly let you know.
Hope you'll have some!
?~ Does anyone have
information on Ann Rainey, Class
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sister of Dianne Dempsey Holman('61) and wanted to be
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~ Eloise King Newton '61
*** Please put me back on your mailing list. You
do a wonderful job keeping us informed about
people and events. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks. ~ Eleanor
Class of 1962
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