March 27, 2014
To the Editor:
I just wanted to send a note saying how proud I am to see Thomaston back in the spotlight as a contender in the sport of precision rifle shooting. It makes my heart glad to see young ladies leading the way also. It is a true statement that women make better shooters because of their physiology, also they tend to respond to instruction better than us males and have fewer bad habits to break. As a member of the R.E. Lee team from 1970 to 1974, I have to say thank you for the recognition of the 11 state titles, but I must point out that Thomaston has had 13 national titles. Keep these girls in the spotlight, it a great accomplishment to them and their coach.
R. E. Lee High School
Rifle Team Captain, 1974
Olive Branch, Miss.
This month marks the 190th anniversary of two local Primitive Baptist churches. Bethlehem (Triune Mill Road) was chartered three weeks before New Hope (Yatesville Highway). Both were established in March 1824, the same year that Upson County was constituted.
Last year, New Hope PBC hired me to survey their cemetery and later this year, books will be published containing the comprehensive data collected in that survey. Reading the book will be like taking a prosaic tour of the property. Among the graves are those of Andrew Jackson Yates, Confederate Veteran and founder of Yatesville, Douglas Corley, a soldier killed in action during WWII, Zack Corley, builder of Yatesville’s lighthouse, and Jacqueline Benfield, beloved Thomaston Times columnist. Seven foot high marble obelisk monuments rise from the Lyon family lot like gladioli shoots popping out of a warm spring flower bed. A seven foot high marble angel statue keeps sentry over the grave of Tammy Jo Tidwell Giovingo near the east end of the 6.6 acre cemetery. Profound epitaphs are scattered throughout the landscape etched on ancient and new stones; one confirms the resting place of an avid Braves fan.
The first cemetery book will be donated to the Thomaston-Upson Archives, where the public can inspect it and learn how to purchase their own copy. Proceeds will help finance the work and support the cemetery. Church membership has dwindled to less than a dozen faithful members keeping the doors open for Sunday services twice a month.
The sentiment of the old hymn “Faith of Our Fathers” is never more precious than through the reality that two of God’s Houses of Worship in Upson County has endured nearly two centuries of service. God has and will continue to bless them.
Dwain W. Penn
(Editor’s note: The following letter is from a 5th grade student in California. It is written as she wrote it, with misspellings and grammar errors.)
To the Editor:
Hello, my name is Mya Pequeño. I am a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, California.
The reson I am writeing to you is my class is doing state reports and I have chosen your magnificent state Gorgia. I would really like it if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I can get all the help I need for my report. What I need from you or your readers are pamthlets, postcards, souvenirs or anything that would be useful.
I will be writing about your state’s agriculture, history, economy, famous people, events, historical figures, and natinal parks. I will also be doing an oral report, poster, and Microsoft power point presentation.
Thankyou for all your support and help making me a great researcher of your astroonding state.
Napa Valley Language Academy
C/o Mr. Moreno
2700 Kilburn Ave
Napa California 94558