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

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

 129th Edition ~ 09/27/2017

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

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

 

... If you missed this NEW 12 page section featuring articles and pictures of the closing of  AHS Albany High Times

Just click here: http://albanyhightimes.com/ahs_closes.htm

 

*** From The BEGINNING to The END ***

 

Note from Dr. Garey Dorough, former AHS Principal: Thank you for your time and efforts to produce such a worthy edition of Albany High Times' "AHS CLOSES"! I hope my letter will move the alumni to contact Bob Fowler and hopefully he will respond to each and every one as to their plan and give us a timeline to follow until it is completed and Albany High Times can announce its opening!

To read Dorough's letter regarding a proposed AHS Museum, to be located in the band room of the closed AHS, click the following link:  http://albanyhightimes.com/farewell_walk.htm

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*** Indian Interests*** 

 

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Don't Forget Easter Seals' Commerative AHS Christmas Ornament

The 2017 Easter Seals' Ornament  ... Will Feature Albany High School!

 

End  Order Date:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017

$21 per ornament

(Price includes a mailing fee of $3.00)

 

To pre-order:

1. Via Internet:

http://es.easterseals.com/site/Calendarview=Detail&id=51836

 

2. Via Phone: (229) 439-7061.

 


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!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!

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In Tribute to Our Grand Old School

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        Our Indians Who Served!!! 

* Lee Sterne,  Class of 1942

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 Take Time to Browse the following!!!

http://albanyhightimes.com/military_service.htm  

http://albanyhightimes.com/their_stories.htm 

http://albanyhightimes.com/military_spouses.htm


*** 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 

 

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2018 Reunions

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*** Class of 1958 *** 

 60th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th 2018

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 1958

 

Dear Classmates:

Please note our  ... 

Missing Classmates from AHS Class of  1958

 

If anyone has information about the following classmates, please contact me (contact info below) as soon as possible.  These classmates are: 

 

John Blakey, Jean Padgett Clark, Buford Connell, Herman Giddens, Leon Hatcher, Ben Jackson, Rebecca Jenkins Kerr, Jan Davis King, Jeanine Phillips Law, Reginald Paige, Agatha Dollar Phillips, Mary McCrary Waddell, Quinnon Walker and Leslie Williams. 

 

Call Linda Cullom Jordan   828 389-3911 (Home)   or     828 516-8080 (Cell)       

or LJordan848@aol.com  E-mail address 

... and don't forget ....

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

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*** Tribe Notes ***

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A Special Indian Maiden!!!

 

I received a notice of the death of Ollie B. Sulgrove, Class of 1953, from her children.  It was a beautifully written testament to her life, and  I sent the obituary to her Class of 1953.  No one recognized her name, nor did her picture appear in their 1953 Thronateeska.  So, we thought, perhaps, that her children had made a mistake, so I wrote back to her son and asked if they were sure Ollie was a '53 graduate? 

 

Indeed she was!!  Her son had a copy of Ollie's graduation certificate, and offered to send a copy.  I told him that was not necessary, but if he could find a picture of his mother during her senior year, that would be wonderful!  So he sent a picture of young Ollie (remember those scarves?) and also one of she and her husband.  She married a young man from Turner AFB and, as her son said, "Theirs was a great love"!!  They were married nearly 63 years!!! 

 

       

 

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OUR AHS TEACHERS ... YES, WE WERE BLESSED!!!

 

by Skip Porterfield, Class of 1963

Thinking back ...
In 1963 I had Mrs. Lowe as my senior English teacher and she was awesome. 
One of our assignments was to memorize and recite one scene from MacBeth and mine was MacBeth and MacDuff's dueling scene, act 5. 
I will never in my life forget it.
I was standing in front of the class and not being what you would call a "confident public speaker" my brain locked down and my mouth betrayed me.
The quote I was supposed to recite was "Lay on MacDuff, and damned be he, who first cries, hold enough".
Mrs. Lowe told me later after she regained her composure that what I actually said was "Lay off MacDuff, dammit I've had enough"…… at which point she left the room.
She was an absolute class act, not laughing at a timid south Georgia redneck and she taught me things that have influenced me to this day. 
To her credit, she did not laugh out loud, but Lester Whatley did. 
I had no idea he even knew who MacBeth was.
I tell this story to illustrate what wonderful and dedicated teachers we had back then. 
Bill Entrekin, T.R. Williams, Mrs. Celeste Smith, Mr. Bragg, Coach Lowe, Ms. Hogg and oh God, I could go on. 
Thank every one of you who influenced my life. You will never be forgotten.
 

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*** RE: AHS CLOSES: Great Article!  Thanks for all the time spent on gathering this information..  God Bless you for keeping us "Together".

~ Peggy Jo Irwin Davis '54

 

*** Time does move on and things change -- it's inevitable, however I still find the choice to close AHS and the savings and reasons suspect, particularly since it's enrollment percent was not the lowest and the recent major "State of the Art" Cafeteria expenditure of 5.5 million dollars (even if it was SPLOST).

First, there should always be an AHS named for the city -- perhaps that can be phased in over time at one of the remaining high schools. (That proposal should be interesting!!).

While I read about the savings recognized by closing AHS and through other consolidation efforts, I did not see an increased expense estimate that will occur at the other high schools that receive/absorb the Students from AHS which will partially offset any saving.

Having seen many of these consolidations in my lifetime, that supposedly save money and improve efficiency, I can almost guarantee, that while perhaps short term there may be some savings, eventually the costs will return to previous levels or more than likely, higher levels. Taxpayers of Albany beware ... your millage will be raised due to schools sooner than later.

Lastly, while budgets are important to us personally and school budgets are extremely important because the bulk of local taxes are for schools, I saw very little discussion as to what is best for the Students. What about extra travel time to the newly assigned school -- and the increase in busing expenditures. If there are fewer counselors, admin positions etc., will the Students needs be as well taken care of as they are now?

Things do change, hopefully for the better. The savings promised need to be revisited each year to see if what was promised is actually happening (accountability). Since the comment was made that, "we won't see all of this (savings) the first year" ..., forgive me if I remain skeptical the total promised savings will be realized.

 

MOST IMPORTANTLY ... did all of this not only serve the educational needs, but also improve them for all of our Students ... because the bottom line is ... that's what it's all about.
Sincerely

~ Paul Lockard, AHS '62

 

*** Hey, thanx for ALWAYS keeping us informed ... two things.....
     a.  First, I have an email change to report, please make the change.
     b.  My sister, Armine Bolton Russell, Class of 1952, lost her husband, G.E. (Gail) Russell of Tifton.
Thanks.....
~ Embree H. Bolton ('58)

*** Ordinarily, I do not recommend anything to others simply because our tastes are so diverse. However, I have been a subscriber to the magazine listed below for many years, have thoroughly enjoyed it, and have no reluctance in recommending it to others who are not familiar with it. I find it is always full of interesting information and stories about our State and, it will occasionally include an article that is "close to home". When this occurs it becomes an extra special read for me as I am able to reflect on my early years in Southwest Georgia. This is the case with the most recent issue (Autumn 2017). Among its many interesting features is one about Mr. Chase S. Osborn, for whom Boy Scout Camp Osborn was named. Osborn was an extraordinary individual and had an amazing life. Many of your readers who spent any time in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts while growing up in Albany will likely have fond memories of Camp Osborn. Check out the magazine at newsstands, libraries, or at the following website:

Georgia Backroads Magazine - Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles. http://www.georgiabackroads.com/index.htm

 

Thanks for all you do in making Albany High Life available to us.
~ Randy Sammons (Class of '60)

Thanks so much for the Easter Seals' number.  I called today and got right through. Talked to the nicest lady named Sandra.  Ornament ordered and my check for it is in the mail.  We had a great phone visit. Thanks again.

~ Helen Blanchard Barnhart ('44)

 

*** Jack Ivey ('56) called to tell me that Bobby Summerford ('56), his wife and their son died in a house fire two day ago.  Jack said Bobby’s daughter called him and said the son went to bed and was smoking.  It was reported they all died of smoke inhalation.

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson ('56)

 

*** Bobby Summerford and I were friends and classmates.

~ Jim Richter ('57)

*** So sorry to hear about Annelle Stem Griffin ('52). She was a sport model!!!

~ Martha LeSueur Nicholson, Class of 1956

 

*** Annelle Stem Griffin ('52) was an art teacher at AHS!http://albanyhightimes.com/annelle_stem.htm.

 

*** She was as popular as any girl who graduated from AHS. She was something else! She emailed me quite often and was so supportive of the Albany High Times. I was so disappointed that she did not attend the 1952 65th Reunion.  She always had that smile and her special poem to her class ready!!! 

And the    picture her family used in the obituary just drew me in because I loved her, and that picture was her very essence.  I will miss her cheery emails!!!

~ Beverly Smith Herrington, a 1955 AHS Freshman who looked up to a very special 1952 Senior!!!

 

*** Annelle (Stem Griffin) ('52) was in my wedding. Her death is a loss to the whole planet. But all those who knew her best know where she is! Love to you all,
~ Ducky Jones, Class of 1953


*** You may already know this, but just in case you do not, I wanted to let you know that the obituary of Anna Pollack Bliss, Class of ’56, is in the Athens Banner Herald today (9/14).  She had sisters  ... Della Pollack Parrish (’58), deceased, and Jamie Farmer (class unknown) of Albany.  If I can provide any other information-please let me know.    

~  Eleanor Hagins Bradwell (’58)

 

NOTE:  If anyone knows the class for Jamie Pollack, please let me know so I can send an obituary to her class.  Thanks! (BSH)

 

*** Many thanks to Eleanor Hagins Bradwell ('58), Bruce Garey ('63) and Leon Perrett ('56) who are not on the Albany High Times' Staff; but regularly send notifications of losses of Indians. 

 

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In Memoriam ...

Not where I breathe, but where I loved ... I live!

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*** Merrilyn Gregors Hall, Class of 1951
*** Franklin D. (Lynn) Mitchell, Class of 1952
*** Ralph Strong Howard III, Class of 1949; brother of Daisy ('50), Jack ('55) & Hoke Howard
*** Judson Chester 'Chet' Banks, Jr., Class of 1961; husband of Eleanor Simpson ('62)
*** Franklin D. 'Lynn' Mitchell, Class of 1952
*** Annelle Stem Griffin, Class of 1952; AHS Art Teacher
*** Emmett Carlton Israel, Class of 1957

*** Michael Angus Alberson, Class of 1968

*** Karen Elaine Harper, Class of 1963

***  Robert Milton Edwards, AHS Class of 1963
***  Anna Pollock Bliss, Class of 1956; wife of Dwight L."Bucky" Blis,  and sister of Jamie Pollock, Class of 19

 
*** Frances Sterne, Class of 1945; sister of Lee ('42), George ('49), Pauline ('57), and Carla ('61)

 

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

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*50th Wedding Anniversaries* and Beyond

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  Sandra Wilson Ellis, Class of 65, and Jim S. Ellis celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 20, 2017, with children and grandchildren.

Eugene (Gene), Class of 1959, and Joy Hobby (Worth County) Summerford celebrate 55 years of marriage on October 25th

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

 

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*** CLUES *** 

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This Month's Albany High Times' Reading Suggestion!

*** RADIUM SPRINGS & CASINO***

Take time to go through all the section pages for Radium Springs.  We have a lot of history and memories just waiting for you!!!!

Click here: http://radiumsprings.albanyhightimes.com/index.htm

 

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*** YOU ASKED ***

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?~    A request ... I've been following the AHS Times for several years and don't recall ever seeing any mention of a short "movie" that was filmed in Albany in the early 1950's and starring our local youths.

 

I vaguely recall it, but I do remember it being screened in one of local theaters.  I believe that it was produced during a Tift Park summer event and, perhaps stretching my memory beyond its limits, I think it was a mystery about a kidnapping.

 

The only "actor" I recall is Jerry Gerst, and that may be a false memory. If this is something that has not been discussed in the Times, I would like for your crack team of investigative reporters to see if anything can be dug up about this.  Maybe Jerry could be of some help.  Wouldn't it be great if the film could be located?

 

I'm fairly certain the title was "Kidnapped".  Thanks!

~ Paul Webb, '61


A~ Well sir ... hopefully our crack investigators will come out and make themselves known (smile)!!! 

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?~ Hello, my grandfather Glenn Null brought bowling into Albany back in the day. I was wondering if any of 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.

A~   I saw the notice in the newsletter requesting photos of Midtown Lanes. I worked there for several years but I don't have any photos. I will be glad to correspond with the person requesting information, as I know several people who might have some photos if you will pass my info on to him. I knew he and his wife Erica well. They lived not far from my family. Glenn lived, I believe, to be 103 years old. I remember his funeral and he is buried at Crown Hill. His wife was many years younger. Erica was German. I had her come and speak to my history class at AHS my Junior Year. She and her family fled Germany during WWII and came to the US. Thanks for all you do! ~ Sam Lee c/o '78

A~ Hope y'all have gotten together! ~ BSH


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A special video made by Betty Rehberg ...with a trip through Albany as it was ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWR7oTxjSgA 

 

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A H S Class Websites

 

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http://www.1955.albanyhightimes.com  http://albanyhightimes.com/1960.htm 

http://www.ahs1963.us

http://www.ahs76.webs.com  

 

*** If your class has a website or has been replaced by a new website, please email your link to: albanyhightimes@aol.com  

 

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Check out FaceBook for AHS FaceBook Links

 

* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook 
* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive
 
* Ahs ClassofSixty
 
* Albany High Class of 1961 (4)
 
* (1) Albany High School Classes of 1964-65 Reunion
 
* (1) AHS-1965
 
* (1) Class of 64 and 65
 
* AHS Class of 1969
 
* Albany High School Class of 1970
 
* Albany GA. Kids' of the 70's....
 
* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA
 
* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983
 
* AHS/WHS Class of 1978

FB address for Class of '71 below

ahsclass71.40th@groups.facebook.com   

* AHS CLASS OF 1980 
* AHS Class of 1983
 
* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS
 
* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park

  ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?

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Messages from FaceBook!!

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   Our Indians Who Served!!! 

 

* Lee Sterne Class of 1942

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 Take Time to Browse the following!!!

http://albanyhightimes.com/military_service.htm  

http://albanyhightimes.com/their_stories.htm 

http://albanyhightimes.com/military_spouses.htm


*** 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

 

 

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2018 Reunions

 

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*** Class of 1958 *** 

 60th Class Reunion

May 4th & 5th 2018

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 1958

 

Dear Classmates:

Please note our  ... 

Missing Classmates from AHS Class of  1958

 

If anyone has information about the following classmates, please contact me (contact info below) as soon as possible.  These classmates are: 

 

John Blakey, Jean Padgett Clark, Buford Connell, Herman Giddens, Leon Hatcher, Ben Jackson, Rebecca Jenkins Kerr, Jan Davis King, Jeanine Phillips Law, Reginald Paige, Agatha Dollar Phillips, Mary McCrary Waddell, Quinnon Walker and Leslie Williams. 

 

Call Linda Cullom Jordan   828 389-3911 (Home)   or     828 516-8080 (Cell)       

or LJordan848@aol.com  E-mail address 

... and don't forget ....

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

 

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