Southwest Georgia Briefs - Aug. 31, 2014

Norman College alumni group seeks to reconnect with former students

Family play day at Tift Park scheduled for Sept. 13

ALBANY — When was the last time you played “Simon Says,” tossed a Frisbee, or took part in a potato sack race?

The Albany Recreation and Parks Department and Youth Becoming Healthy want area residents to come out to Tift Park and play like a kid again! Albany Family Play Day is a day dedicated to the celebration of healthy and active play. It’s a family-friendly event that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Tift Park. The event is free and open to the public. participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day outside with the entire family. There will be art and craft activities as well as bouncy rides, relay races and other games with prizes.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Albany Family Play Day will be held in Tift Park at the corner of Fifth Avenue and the 1300 block of N. Monroe St. For additional information, call Kristin Caso at the Albany Recreation and Parks Department at 229-430-5222.

Ashburn to host Traveling Vietnam Wall Sept. 4-7

ASHBURN — The Traveling Wall, a three-fifths scale of the Vietnam Wall, will be in Ashburn Sept. 4-7 giving Southwest Georgians an opportunity to see the attraction free.

The opening ceremonies are planned at 10 a.m. Friday featuring Vietnam war hero Tommy Clack as guest speaker. The exhibit will be on display off Exit 82 along Interstate 75 in a greenspace between Shoney’s and Carroll’s.

Veterans fro Turner, Tift, Worth, Crisp, Ben Hill and Wilcox counties will be honored during the ceremony. The wall will be open 24 hours each date. Also on display will be Vietnam-era helicopters and war artifacts. Visitors will also be able to view a combat photography exhibit.

Turner officials are seeking motorcyclists to escort the wall exhibit. The cyclists will gather in Ashburn at 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at Exit 84 and travel to intercept the wall exhibit at Exit 121 at 2 p.m. in Unadilla.

For additional information, call Ben Baker at (229) 445-0923.

Alumni group seeking to locate former students of Norman College

NORMAN PARK _ Norman College was once a thriving two-year college based in this small Colquitt County town and supported by the Georgia Baptist Association.

While alumnus of the school, which closed in 1972, continue to gather for a reunion each year, former students of the college are making a major effort to reconnect with former students who have not been attending the reunions and have lost touch with the institution.

Albany businessman Julian Granthan said this year’s reunion will be conducted Oct. 3 and 4 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Norman Park, which is located on the former college campus.

Registration and refreshments will be conducted from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Brand Hall. A banquet will follow at 6 p.m. with Danny Hood, Class of 1964, serving at heritage speaker. Special recognition will be given to members of the Classes of 1934, 1944, 1954 and 1964. Entertainment will be provided by Donald Kent, Class of 1959, and the Georgia Boys Quartet.

Granthan is encouraging all former students of the school to participate in this year’s activities.

For more information, contact Annette Carter Harrell, Class of 1961, at acharrell@windstream.net or call (229) 377-4177 or (229) 378-4489 by Sept. 19.

Donalsonville highway opens with drainage improvements to relieve flooding

DONALSONVILLE — State Route 39 will open Thursday afternoon with drainage improvements that should alleviate frequent flooding that has long been an issue on a half-mile stretch of the highway south of Donalsonville.

The opening is good news for travelers this Labor Day weekend visiting Seminole State Park because SR 39 is a direct route from Donalsonville to the recreational area. The roadway from north of Sportsman Road to south of Drake Farm Road has been closed since construction on the Georgia Department of Transportation project began in February.

Flooding caused by the grade of the road and undersized drainage pipes frequently resulted in detours, including a six-day closure in March 2003.

“Down here when you get a pretty good rain, water is going to run off the fields. The water has to go somewhere and that being the low area, that’s where a lot of it went,” Seminole County Commissioner Darius Culverson said. His district includes the project area.

The road was raised approximately 5 feet and larger drainage pipes were installed. The grade change and the new drainage system will prevent water from topping the roadway in a 100-year storm event. Guardrails were added on each side of the road within the project area and the shoulders were widened.

The revised completion date for the $1,136,876.25 project was Aug. 31. Contractor Oxford Construction Co. was granted a 30-day extension because an unusually rainy spring hampered construction.