July 2017





The Albany High Times' "NEWS & CLUES"!!!

We look back....we look forward!!!

 126th Edition ~ 07/30/2017

Website: http://www.albanyhightimes.com                Email: albanyhightimes@aol.com

. . .  just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!

   Albany High Pep Rally
June 10, 2017

Held on the grounds of closed AHS

Stephen Brimberry, 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 the stands


at Hugh Mills Stadium for a group picture ..

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Oldest Known Indian Turns 102!!!



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 on 6/24/17)

*** Hi Beverly, it was great talking with you. Thank you for the link to the "Oldest Living Indians". We appreciate you!

All the best,
~ Chester & Pat



        Our Indians Who Served!!! 


*** Jack Riley Newman (D), Class of 1948

*** William Glynn Belle-Isle, Class of 1960

*** John G. Crosby (D), Class of 1956

*** James E. (Jimmy) Johnson, Class of 1956


 Take Time to Browse!!!




*** If you have served, please let me add your name! I will need: 
1. Your full name: (maiden and married names)

2. PLUS your AHS class year!

  Email to: albanyhightimes@aol.com




2018 Reunions




*** Class of 1958 *** 

 60th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th 2018



Dear Classmates:

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 5, 2018.


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 list.


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 LJordan848@aol.com or write me at 299 Old Homestead Lane, Hayesville, North Carolina 28904. I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Linda Cullom Jordan


*** Tribe Notes ***


6/25/2017 Ironically my 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. 

Chris Cartmell, Class of 1986







Indian Responses ... 

*** 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 building.


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

*** 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!

~ 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

*** 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.   Rosenbergs was the nice department store downtown. Think was near the Albany Herald office today.  Lost my '57 class ring at Chehaw  ParkHas 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 POLE ***

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)



*** Noticing the matter of the 1952 Albany High School Class Reunion recently, I made the comment that all my real friends from that era had passed on to the other side. There were, however, three folks that I admired more than anyone else in this picture and they all belonged to the '53 class.

Left to right: Warren Johnson ('53), Harold Dean Cook ('53), Marion Hay ('55), Goo Goo Heidt ('53), and David Orgel ('53)

The first, even though he is not in the picture, was my older brother Hardy Hay, of whom I had the most admiration of all. He was my true Hero. There were two others that I admired greatly. Mainly because they were both great athletes and had star power while they were in High School


The first was Robert "Goo Goo" Heidt. Next to Hershel Walker he was the greatest running back I have ever seen, in High School or College. A bad knee that wasn't operated on properly while in High School brought his football career to an end before it ever had a chance to really begin.


Harold Dean Cook and I worked together in construction each and every summer and during Christmas school breaks mixing mortar, building scaffolding and toting bricks and mortar to brick masons. It was hard and tiring work. But it built strength and stamina. Harold Dean became the starting center at the University of Georgia his freshman year, 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 roomed together at one time at UGA. He too recently passed on to the other side.


Another that I knew, but really never considered him a personal friend was Warren Johnson, who was a great athlete in his own rights.


When I was in school I always dreamed of the day when I would be as big and strong as these guys, including my big brother. But being a poor boy and having to spend my extracurricular hours working, life didn't grant me the opportunity to develop my athletic skills.  However, as you can see from looking at the above photograph, you can tell that I finally made it......... my size finally caught up with them all. Now,every one in the picture is gone, including my brother Hardy, 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, please forgive me. I will stop rambling now! I just thought you all might appreciate seeing a past picture of some of the boys from Albany.

~ Marion Hay, Class of 1955


*** I would like to add my two best friends to “Those who Served”: John G. Crosby (D) - Class of 1956 and James E. (Jimmy) Johnson – Class of 1956We three went into the Navy the same day on a Trailways Bus from downtown Albany, 12/26/1956.  Here is a picture that was taken at the bus station of us sitting on a bench. What an experience!
~ Leon Perrett, Class of 1956

Jimmy Johnson, John Crosby (D) and Leon Perrett

*** I changed my address. Please change it so I can continue to receive the AHT.  Thanks,.
~ Rusty Kaliher ('61)


 *** 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 Ed Rossman 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 Genealogic Consultant for "In Memoriam", Brenda Arnett Darbyshire, Class of 1967, makes every effort to find the information.  In 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 even referred 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 live!


*** 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

*** Preston Stokes, husband of Linda Leeger Stokes, Class of 1957

*** Lewis Whitman, Class of 1958

*** 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)


FYI: 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 following month to the Albany High Times' "In Memoriam" webpage: http://albanyhightimes.com/in_memoriam.htm

Please send any corrections or additions to albanyhightimes@aol.com



*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond


John Paul Jones (Albany High School, Class of 1947) married Laura Nan Parrish July 31, l955, at First United Methodist Church Albany.  They celebrate sixty-two years July 31, 2017.

NOTE:  Please send with your anniversary information, your full name (first, last and maiden name) to albanyhightimes@aol.com




*** CLUES ***


*** Go to "Throwing the Herald", http://albanyhightimes.com/throwing_the_herald.htm ,and read my story about cute blonde paperboys!  It was Esther MacDonald's 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 cool! :)

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

*** Friends ... check out these interesting clues and how you can help!!!


1.  There are nearly 2,000 Indians in the Albany High Times AOL Address Book!   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 ...

1.  Include your first and last name  (also maiden name)

2.  Include your class year 

It will look like this: Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)!!


One more big favor ... please email all Albany High Times news to albanyhightimes@aol.com  which is located on my laptop computer This is where I do all things Albany High Times and "News & Clues".  And please do not send personal emails ... like political articles, etc. 



Just so you know ... my personal email account bmabz@aol.com 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.


*** Indian Interests*** 



Remember former Albany High School Indians ...

Especially Seniors

from the

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

as their

 2017-2018 School year

Begins on August 1st in an unfamiliar school




Article below posted by Mike Cumbie, Class of 1973

found on

Facebook:  AHS ALUMNI ... Together as one

DHS Staff Prepare for Students, Plan Unity Event

Amanda Hoskins
Posted: 07/25/2017

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 week.


School faculty said they are ready. 


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 Lakeisha Hudson.

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 Tuesday.


He is one of the many teachers and administrators are making the transition from Albany High School too. 

"The people over here are very friendly," explained Simmons. "They're great people. They make you feel like a family."


Simmons said his move has been smooth. He's now working side-by-side with those who have been loyal to Dougherty High all their lives. 


"This is home to me," explained Hudson. "Dougherty High is basically where I was born and raised."

Hudson has been working at the school for the past 17 years. She's also an alumnus of the school. 


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 process.

"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 Thursday.


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.



https://www.facebook.com/lisa.h.hood.5 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!!



People can RENT Albany High for events, meetings
~ submitted by Bruce Garey ('64)



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.

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To the Editor and Publisher of The Albany Herald:

Martha LeSueur Nicholson

Albany High School, Class of 1956

Albany, GA


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

NOTE: Martha (aka Brenda Starr) has since made the decision to pay for a subscriptionSo, 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. 



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?~  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.

I'm Jason Warren 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 of 1959?



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*** I couldn't find Jane Dempsey Hill ('63) in the email list so I have forwarded this News and Clues to her. She is the sister of Dianne Dempsey Holman ('61) and wanted to be included. Not sure but I think Jane's class would have been 64 or 65. Her email address is:
Thanks so much.

~ 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.

~ Doris Dupree Crowder - Class of 1957


***  Please add me to the list.

~ Mari Jo Joiner, AHS Class of 1962

*** Hello.  Could I get on the monthly email?   I'm Class of 74.  My name is Steve Simpson. Thanks. 

*** Please add my brother, Steve Simpson, Class of 1974, to the email distribution list of the AHS News and Clues.  Thanks.
~ Eleanor Simpson Banks, Class of 1962

*** I have an address change for you and one to add.
~ Danny Blaylock ('81) has new e-address.
His mother is Nell Blaylock, who is not an Indian, but has 3 children (Danny, Bonnie Blaylock Ussery ('73) and Beth Blaylock Rouse ('83).  She, too, would like to get News & Clues.
~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

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