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1957 graduate of
Coxton has made it
his mission to
history of the old
dissolved into the
in 2001. He is
pictured here with
installment of the
GHS history '
High Grad Preserves School History
by JoBeth Wampler
50 years after Bill Coxton graduated from Garden High
School, the 1957 graduate has made it his goal to preserve
the old school's lost and seemingly forgotten keepsakes.
who retired with his wife, Harriet, to Gold Canyon, Ariz.,
was in the area visiting friends when his interest in
preserving GHS's history reached its peak. It was while
speaking with former classmate and 1970 GHS graduate Mickey
McGlothlin that the subject of yearbooks came up. At the
time, it was regarding the Appalachian School of Law's
yearbooks. But, the thought triggered Coxton's concern for
his old school's memories.
began asking what would happen to Garden's yearbooks,"
he says. "Because, once our 1940s graduates pass away,
our history will go with them."
traveled that he was collecting GHS yearbooks and before he
knew it, he was consumed with the project of compiling the
information into a book on the history of the Garden school.
started giving me their yearbooks to scan," says Coxton.
does the book base many of its admissions on the school's
annuals, but it also utilizes newspaper clippings,
photographs provided by GHS and TMI alumni and the memories
of teachers and students alike.
is dedicated to his mother Emily "Cutie" Johnson
Coxton, who died in 1974.
to Coxton, she was always determined to educate he and his
brother, Ben, in order to prevent them from being forced to
work in the coal mines.
emphasized the three Es to me and my brother Ben," the
book reads. "Education, Education and more
that her pet, "Cuddles," was the mascot for the
1959 undefeated football team in Garden.
High School: History ... to 1967" spans from the
school's roots in the 1920s when Triangular Mountain
Institute (TMI) was established through its transformation
into Garden High School.
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Sheriff's Department On the Look-Out for the Grinch Stealing
may not be the Grinch stealing Christmas this time, but the Buchanan
County Sheriff's Department is on the look-out for the person or
persons responsible for the theft of Christmas decorations from
Buchanan County yards in the past week.
Foster said a rash of thefts have been reported and have included
three to four in the Big Rock and Conaway areas, two at Harman and
one at Hurley.
The primary item
being stolen are the large blow-up decorations depicting Santa,
Frosty, the Grinch and other animated characters.
Foster asked that
anyone with information contact the sheriff's department at either
276-935-2567 or 276-935-2313.
Business Development Seminar Readies
for Area Entrepreneurs
business development seminar, Entrepreneur Express: Moving
Your Business Forward, will be held December 5 from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Food City Community Center at Vansant.
is hosted by the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce through
the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and is open to
members of the public interested in starting or growing their
own small businesses.
economic transformation underway in Buchanan County, it is a
great time for individuals who are thinking of starting a
business or for existing business to take advantage of this
opportunity,” said VDBA Business Services Manager Sandy
Ratliff. “With the growth of two universities in the county,
there is a need for various business to support these
Ratliff noted tourism is another area in the county which is
growing with plans now underway to extend the Coal Heritage
Trail into Buchanan County.
Entrepreneur Express workshop is designed to help individuals
who have a dream to start their own business and to be their
own boss, to learn the steps to live the dream,” Ratliff
said. “It is also a a great opportunity for existing
businesses to learn methods to grow and identify new markets.
It would also benefit individuals who have a home-based
business and need consultation with business professionals on
basic business management.”
provided by TruPoint Bank, will follow the seminar.
additional information about the seminar, or to register,
interested persons may call Ratliff at 276-676-3768 or the
chamber at 276-935-4147.
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