Some changes, additions from recent columns

December 12, 2012 

This week, I have a little housekeeping to take care of, a little additional information regarding recent columns.

The first concerns the column I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a local group’s effort to change the Houston County Board of Education’s mind about tearing down what is now most commonly known as Rumble but was built as Warner Robins High School.

In that column I quoted a book that stated that “28 seniors made up the first graduating class at Warner Robins High School, May 22, 1946.”

I have always said that we are in a fortunate position here in Warner Robins, since there are people alive that remember our founding and our early days. Whether the author of the book I quoted meant the first class that graduated from the new building or just made a mistake, we will never know. But reader Debbie Hawkins Jackson e-mailed me that there was indeed a class of 1945.

Her mother, Faye Fowler Hawkins, was a graduate of the class of 1945, and her diploma is on display at the Board of Education office in Perry. Debbie sent me a copy of the diploma, and on the backside of the document it has a list of the 19 graduates of 1945. The diploma bears the signature of Bert Rumble, the superintendent of schools for whom the building would be named eventually.

Along with actually saving the building, the organizers of Save Rumble are trying to save the history as well. You will want to mark your calendars for the Save Rumble rally on Jan. 24, especially if you have some memorabilia that helps tell the building’s history, such as Faye Hawkins’ diploma.

Another bit of housekeeping I need to mention is the annual Christmas lights contest. There is still time to get your submission in to me before I announce the winners next week. Remember, the winners get tickets to Callaway Gardens’ annual Fantasy in Lights.

But I didn’t want to wait to tell you about a great yard I found on Kimberly Road.

It has more than just good lights. The house at 501 Kimberly Road has Santa Claus outside every evening. I give out awards for the best lights, but if I was giving out awards for Best Christmas Spirit, the award would go to Zach Ivester, 13. Zach is dressing up as Santa every night, and those who need to check where they are on the naughty and nice list or have a request for Santa are welcome to stop by and meet him. Since Kimberly is a busy road, the family suggests either parking on Todd Circle, which runs right by the home, or in the vacant lot next door.

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