Eugene Manley returned to Auburn to resume his college studies. He had been spending the holidays with his father, T.G. Manley.
Elbert Paine, Vivian Sneed, Annie Cannon, and Roy King, of near Newnan, and Harry Phinazee, of this place, all of whom were blind, went to Macon to enter school at the Academy of the Blind.
The Merchants and Planters Bank, which had a very prosperous year in spite of the general depression, declared a semi-annual dividend of five percent.
The great influx of drummers into Griffin was very noticeable. Some of the town’s merchants made for the back door when they saw them coming.
From the Annals of 1959
Medora Darden of Barnesville was named to the dean’s list at Middle Georgia College for the spring quarter.
Miss Mary Virginia Penny was accepted for the fall quarter at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newton M. Penny of Griffin.
Cadet Frank E. Blasingame, son of Mrs. Rosa W. Blasingame of Griffin, was attending the summer training unit of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. Cadet Blasingame was a student at A&T College of N.C.
Army Spc. Five Donald E. Fetcher, whose wife, Dawn, lived in Griffin, participated in a rapid bridge building exercise with the 24th Infantry Division’s 3rd Engineering Battalion in Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil H. Fletcher of Griffin.
From the Annals of 1984
Jeff Straight and David White of the Spalding County Fire Department successfully completed the National Fire Academy course on fire service management.
Todd Coates, 16, made his solo airplane flight at the Griffin-Spalding County Airport. Coates had begun taking flying lessons the prior month. He is the son of Dwight Coates and Mrs. Geraldine Martin of Griffin.
Terry Ogletree, senior counselor and assistant superintendent of the Griffin Diversion Center of the State Department of Defender Rehabilitation, Division of Probation, received a 10 year service award from the Center’s director James Fletcher.
Geologist Mark McKoy spoke to JoAnne Sowell and Naleet Ramfjord’s fifth grade science classes at East Griffin School. McKoy, a 1978 Griffin High School graduate explained his educational background and job to the students, and presented a display of Georgia Rocks and minerals. McKoy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McKoy of Vaughn.
From the Annals of 1999
Marine Lance Cpl. Harold Phinazee, son of Harold Phinazee Sr. of Griffin, completed a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard the ships of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group. He is a 1996 graduate of Griffin High School.
Marine Pfc. Joseph A. Padilla, son of Richard S. and Edith A. Thomas of Zebulon, was meritoriously promoted to his present rank after completing basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 1998 graduate of Pike County High School.
Navy Airman Marcus E. Askins, son of Raymond Askins of Griffin, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 1998 graduate of Griffin High School.
Carmen Taylor of Griffin, a senior special education major was honored as an outstanding student teacher for the 1998 fall semester at Valdosta State University’s College of Education.
From the Annals of 2004
Isaac and Valiree Blanton celebrated their 15th anniversary. They are the parents of Robert, Sha’Neisha and DeAundra. The couple planned to celebrate with renewing of vows. Mr. and Mrs. Blanton were married at Eagles Way Church.
Bobby and Barbara Brown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a banquet given by their children, Barbara’s sisters and sister-in-law. They were married by the late Rev. Wiley Virden. Many friends and relatives attended the affair.
Robin Jones and her son Curtis Jones filled out the necessary paperwork to sign Curtis up to be a Boy Scout, more specifically a Tiger Scout. The sign-up for Pack 101 was conducted at Jordan Hill Elementary School.
Peggy Hardy of Griffin and Eva Mae Hancock of Lamar County, who are both members of the Red Hat Society, participated in a “twin” activity at Spalding County Senior Citizens Center that helped the ladies become acquainted with one another. Several dozen members of the organization paid a visit to the center.