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Posted: May 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

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Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday’s event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia sports halls of fame. Jaynes thanked her former coach B.C. Crowell for inspiring her to great heights. (From Left to Right) Front Row: Kathryn House, Kathryn Piper Head, Emma Jean Autry Sword. Second Row: Daniel Middlebrooks, Louise Robert Simmons, Gloria C. Parnell, Clara Sue J. Ridling, Sarah Pratt Moore, Peggy Rowland Chancey, Loy Spears Summers. Third Row: Sonny Prince, Polly Veal Harvey, Louise McGiboney, Ann Ramsey Cook, Cleo Allen Fuller. Fourth Row: Benson Plunkett, Peggy Jaynes Moss, Joann Hammonds Ogletree. Imogene Harrison Henderson, Jane Greer Anderson, Yvonne Bagby Atkinds, Margaret Vaughn Ozburn, Lois O’Kelley Watts. Fifth Row: Ralph Beard, Leon Savage, Nathan Pulliam, Fred Palmer, Earle Wilson, Ray Hambrick, Walter W. Mitchell, Russell Holder, Al Hix, Otis E. Ellington, Teddy Brown, Glenn Patterson.

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