Chattanooga Valley Middle School is asking readers to help us with a project depicting the visual history of the school. This is being planned in anticipation of the new school building. A historical display will be placed somewhere on the new premises.
Old photographs of the school are being requested for this project. Of special interest are photos of the school and its subsequent additions being erected, and photos of the land as it looked before the school.
Photographs may be mailed to CVMS, Susan Clark, 847 Allgood Road, Flintstone, Ga., 30725.
Photographs will be scanned and returned to you. Pictures that are bent or cracked can be used. Be sure your name and address is clear and legible on the envelope and on the picture back, if possible. Photos already in digital form can be e-mailed to email@example.com. Also, please check to make sure there is a date (year) somewhere on the photo. If not, please label it with your best guess of the correct year.
Thank you for your help.
Susan Clark, Chattanooga Valley Middle School, Flintstone
Thanks for support
The staff of the Chickamauga Public Library and the Chickamauga Library board of trustees congratulate all the children who participated in our 2004 vacation reading program, Step to the Beat … READ!
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We would also like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and friends who contributed to our vacation reading program: The Bank of Chickamauga, Sticky Fingers, Pizza Hut of Chickamauga, Kevin Martin, Marla Sundean, Taco Bell of Chickamauga, the Tennessee Aquarium, Zaxby’s, Dollar General Store, Wal-Mart, Krystal, Sonic Drive-In, Little Debbie/McKee Baking, the Jewell Foundation, the Judy O’Neal Show, Shop Rite of Chickamauga, Southern Belle, Ruby Falls, the Creative Discovery Museum, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Rock City, Lake Winnepesaukah, Coca-Cola, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Friends of the Chickamauga Library, Mayfield Ice Cream, the Walker County Messenger, the city of Chickamauga, Richard Jackson, Ryan’s Steak House, Gail Bell, Little Caesar’s of Fort Oglethorpe, Rene Best and the Chickamauga Recreation Association, Astro-Jump of Chattanooga, P&S School Supply, and Luther-WDEF.
Literacy programs such as this benefit the entire community. These children will build and direct the future of this great community. We hope each child had a positive experience at our library and will continue to love reading.
Without donations we wouldn’t be able to have such great summer programs. Thank you so much for supporting our library, our children and this community.
Darla Pierce Chambliss, Chickamauga Public Library
Defending Walker Democrats
In a recent letter to the editor, it seems Myron Banther, chairman of the Walker County GOP, could not defend the GOP on its own merits.
Therefore, he has to cry don’t look at the Republicans, look at the Democrats. I believe in the last election longtime Republican and party leader Judy Grammer was treated in much the same manner as Randy Bryant. A favorite saying of the Democrats is “they eat their own.”
As for following blindly, Georgia Democrats and especially Walker County Democrats have always been conservative. Why else would there have been a $600 million budget surplus left for Gov. Sonny Perdue — all without laying off teachers, closing teen centers and health departments or putting elderly out of nursing homes?
As for Sen. Zell Miller, it is he who has lost touch with the common man. He voted with Republicans for a bill that cost thousands of textile workers their jobs. When a group of concerned Georgia textile industry representatives questioned his actions, he replied, “I didn’t realize the effect it would have.” Miller has been out of touch with working Georgians since leaving for Washington.
We are all feeling the effects of local, state and federal Republican leadership. It is time for government by the people, of the people, and for the people.
Julia Faye Sexton, Walker County Democrat Party Chair
Kerry is dishonest
Watching John Kerry’s speech on television, I came to the conclusion that it was the most fundamentally dishonest act that I have ever witnessed.
The basic assumption of his speech was the majority of the American people would not know about his actions after returning early from Vietnam or the fact that he had voted against every defense measure and weapons system we now depend on in our war against terrorism.
However, the most sickening factor to me was that he cloaked himself in a false mantle of patriotism and love for our flag. This is the same flag that his protestors burned on numerous occasions, and that he has voted every time not to protect by an amendment.
I served in a recon platoon and three infantry rifle companies during three tours in Vietnam. We neither committed nor observed any of the atrocities that Kerry testified under oath before Congress were the norm among American troops. In 1971, I was wounded for a seventh time.
In 1971, Kerry was working with Jane Fonda aiding the enemy that we were fighting. The protestors whom they led were burning American flags and carrying pictures of Ho Chi Minh and communist flags. The next year, propaganda posters could be found all over Vietnam’s jungles of Fonda wearing an enemy uniform, manning an anti-aircraft weapon in Hanoi, and of Kerry leading a demonstration in Washington and at Valley Forge.
What kind of leader politics to go home early with three scratches, leaving his men behind, and joins Hanoi Jane?
In 1971, Kerry published a book that was pro-Hanoi and whose cover, with the American flag being raised upside down by seven hippies, mocked the flag raising at Iwo Jima. His book and speeches trashed an entire generation of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in Vietnam.
These activities make John Kerry, Jane Fonda and all others like them, traitors in my book. The blood of thousands of America’s finest is on their hands. The North Vietnamese were encouraged to continue a war they couldn’t win on the battlefield, but on our homefront. A war that was fought according to President Reagan for a noble cause to stop communism and to save South Vietnam was defamed, smeared and ultimately lost. Lost by the Kerry-types, left-wing liberal politicians, most of the media, and hordes of college protestors, and draft dodgers. The draft dodgers were later given legitimacy and called real heroes by Jimmy Carter.
Now, it breaks my heart to see the same thing starting to happen to our troops in Iraq. The attack against them is being led by many in the media, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, Max Cleland, Wesley Clark, the sewer that most of Hollywood has become with its Michael Moore-types, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and others who have politicized our national security.
These extreme liberals are greatly damaging the war against terrorism. They would also have us get permission from a corrupt and predominately anti-American U.N. before defending our country. To their type, America is always wrong.
One last fact is that real heroes don’t beat their chests proclaiming their service and calling themselves heroes. Yet, the most liberal of our 100 senators by voting record, Hanoi John Kerry, does this daily. Did you ever hear Bob Dole or John McCain, who both went through far more than most, do such a thing when they were running for president?
Retired Col. Robert Powell, U.S. Army Infantry, Carrollto