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11/22/10 05:04 PM #1    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

I would just like to say a great big THANK YOU!  to Anne Spillers, Margie Rowe, Marteal Manry, and Linda Rada for all their efforts over the last few years to keep us all connected! 

Thanks, Girls!!!

12/06/10 11:25 PM #2    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

The ONLY class I ever "skipped" in high school was Ms. Blair's PE class.  Linda Tuggle and I left school one day and walked to the square in Covington - I think to Evans Drugstore for coke or something.  I was scared to death that someone was going to see me and tell my Mama! Walking back to school, I remember thinking, "If I can just get back to that school without anyone knowing, I WON'T EVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS AGAIN!"  And I didn't! Ms Blair never said anything - but I always knew that she knew! Loved Ms. Blair!!  Remember those awful blue 'gym suits' with the elastic legs!!

Ilene Slaughter

12/09/10 09:53 AM #3    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)


-- Class Day 1966 aka Newton's Great Day.
Only Joe Croom of the NCHS faculty was aware
of what we planned. Junior Odum roared up
outside of the auditorium with our custodian,
John Harper, dressed as LBJ and he had more
than a passing resemblance. Buzzy Spears
discharging blanks from his 357 or 44 magnum
probably took 10 years from Mr Sharp's life.
Those were tough transitional times in the
South and everyone needed to laugh. I'm very
glad we were able to provide some laughter.
-- The "Ram Squeeks"
-- Helping to fill up Mr Burke's room with paper,
then being called to Mr Sharp's office while in
Mrs Burke's class. That was interesting
-- Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
Try to envision Eddie Najjar wiggling thru the
tight passages in the sleeper cars.
-- Leaving school to sell yearbook ads, then
forgetting to return.
-- Death Valley on Tuesday, Friday, and even
Saturday nights. Most people cannot believe
the level of fan support that turned out for
the Rams.
-- Steve Smith drawing the charge against
Troup County that got us to the final in 1966
-- Teen can sock hops - how did we all fit into
that small building ? Then, cruising from the
Cow Palace to the Dairy Queen. We had a lot
of fun for $ 5.00 and of course, never spent
any of the money on toilet paper, Babo, and
other household items !!

05/16/11 12:44 PM #4    


Hugh McDonald

Mike, if I remember correctly I believe I was involved in several of those events. I especially remember the filling of Mr Burkes office with paper. Then having to go to Mr. Sharps office. Burke was jumping up and down, saying what a disgrace this was and Sharp was trying to keep a straight face. 

06/18/11 10:07 PM #5    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

We learned that Marilyn (Lord) Schneiter was recently diagnosed with "invasive lobular carcinoma" and is undergoing chemo. Her daughter has set up a blog to keep everyone updated on her progress and at the 'blog site' you can also send messages to Marilyn by selecting "Guestbook" at the top of the page. Please add her to your prayer lists!

07/22/11 08:23 AM #6    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

It's not too late to make your reservations to join us at the NCHS Class of 1966 45th Class Reunion. If you have misplaced your info, just email ( or call 770-786-9706. You can still make it happen if you hurry!!

07/22/11 08:26 AM #7    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

If you have mailed your check and info, but have not received a confirmation by email or 'snail'mail, please let us know by calling 770-786-9706 or emailing Looking forward to seeing everyone AUGUST 27TH!!!!

08/04/11 11:25 AM #8    


Brenda Bonner (Fouts)

  OK...I had to ask....who was responsible for this AMAZING website???? Everyone told!

Now I know!  THANK YOU ILENE (Miss, "I don't want any recognition"!!  You SO richly deserve it!

It will be great to catch up as Realtor to Realtor at our reunion.  Thanks again for all you and the committee did.....lots of work.........!!!    xxxxxoooooxxxx

08/17/11 12:34 AM #9    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

Oh Thank you, Brenda! - you are so sweet. We have had such a great team working on this reunion. It has been my honor to be a part of the planning. Looking forward to seeing you too and yes, it will be fun to talk shop with a real pro. I still have my license, but have not been actively selling for about five years now. So looking forward to seeing you. It's gonna be a fun, fun night!!!!

08/29/11 01:11 AM #10    


Linda McCart (Rada)


If just one, of the above, describes what any classmate might say about the "45th--1966 Class Reunion", August 27th, 2011, then it could be said..."A good time was had by ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to all the classmates that attended, and for the ones that came out of state to share in our 45th Reunion.

A great big "THANK YOU" to.... Anne Spillers, Margie Rowe, Ilene Slaughter, Gwen Gibbs, Becky Harris, Babs Beyer, Toni Reese, Mac Hayes, Gary and Ginger Bloodworth, Freddie Christian, Terry Moore,Barbara Morgan, Bill Norton and Sarah Standard...for all their hard work and ideas that went into the planning of the "45th--1966 Class Reunion."

It was a pleasure and honor to have been a part of the Planning Committee.

With much love and gratitude,

Linda McCart Rada

04/14/12 06:50 PM #11    

Louise Savage (Mathis)

Lanier (Punk) Edge's mother Ruth Edge passed away last night.  The arrangements are visitation on Sunday afternoon April 15th, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home By-Pass Road and funeral service on Monday April 16th, 2012 at 2:00 at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan on the by-pass road.

12/30/12 10:17 PM #12    

Linda Dalton (Hays)

Hello Classmates,

I just heard that Larry McMichael passed away from a stroke... I don't know any details .. A friend of mine from Washington, Ga had worked for him at the drug store and read it in the paper... so sad.... If I get any details I will post later.... So sad to start out a new year losing Larry....

Linda D Hays

05/20/13 08:10 PM #13    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)


Jack Lawrence McMichael
(May 24, 1948 - December 29, 2012)

Jack Lawrence “Larry” McMichael, age 64, of Greensboro, Ga., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He was born in Porterdale, on May 24, 1948, to the late William Robert “Bill” McMichael and Lucille Kitchens McMichael. Larry grew up in Covington, graduating from Newton County High School in 1966. He was the first member of his family to graduate college, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from The University of Georgia. The November after graduation, he was drafted and served his country honorably in the United States Army for two years.

On June 25, 1977, Larry married the former Melanie Ann Carey of Oglethorpe County at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Athens. They moved to Washington, Ga., where Larry owned and operated McMichael Drug Company for 29 years and raised two sons. He was twice elected to serve on the Washington City Council. He also served as president of the Washington Wilkes Jaycees and Washington Wilkes Country Club, where he was a long-standing member and where he taught his sons the great game they all shared. He was also a former board member of First Union Bank in Washington.

Larry was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Washington. After moving to Lake Oconee eight years ago, he joined Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church. When not working, he enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, boating on Lake Oconee, and spoiling his dog, Mackie.

He is survived by his wife, Melanie McMichael, of Greensboro; oldest son Joseph Alexander McMichael and wife Lilia of Eatonton; youngest son William Pate McMichael and wife Marlene Roldán of Eatonton; grandson Jack Serge McMichael; sisters Kitty Hudalla of Alpharetta and Cheryl Robinson and husband Doug of Cumming; brother, Willie McMichael; beloved dog, Mackie McMichael; a multitude of other devoted relatives and dear friends in Covington, Washington, and across the state.

A Mass will be held Wed., Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Ga., 30642, with Very Reverend G. Philip Ryan, V.F. and Father Jimmy Adams officiating. After the service, the family will receive friends at a reception at their home, 1220 Armor Point, Reynolds Landing, Greensboro. The family requests that any memorials be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1015 North By-Pass West, Washington, Ga., 30673, or Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Ga., 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, Ga., (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

09/18/14 04:43 PM #14    


Ilene Stowe (Slaughter)

We had 37 Classmates attend the September 15, 2014 Luncheon.  Check "Class Reunions Pics" at the left to see pictures of the day!

09/20/14 08:26 AM #15    

Fred Christian

Ilene - Thanks for your help with the luncheon.  As always I sure did enjoy it and hope to make many more!!

Fred Christian

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