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Athens Academy students on a field trip during the 1968-69 school year. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens Academy preparing book showing its 50-year history

Athens Academy will release a hardcover, coffee-table type book next year covering its 50 years of history dating to when the school began with 147 students to today’s enrollment of almost 1,000. “The book goes through the whole 50 years,” said Margaret Smith, who is working with The Storyline Group, an Atlanta publisher of family and business histories. “They have already scanned over 900 images,” said Smith, who is a longtime member of the Board of Trustees and works at the school as its archivist. While the book may contain from 200 to 300 of the images, many others will…

The Academy’s original board of trustees included, front from left, John J. Wilkins III (chairman), John E. “Buck” Griffin, Mary Erwin, Harold Beasley; middle row, Dr. Jack Payne, Merle Prunty, Mary Cooley, Thomas Tillman; back row, Dr. Harvey Cabaniss, Cecil Johnson, Elmer Schacht, Donald Terry, and Ronald Griffeth, who was the first headmaster. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens Academy celebrating 50-year anniversary

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The Lady Wolverines have a chance to win the region championship if they can win both games next week at PACS (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

Region championship hopes still alive for Prince Avenue Christian softball team

Two region games this week for Prince Avenue Christian were against teams the Lady Wolverines lost to earlier this season. With no region tournament this season for Region 8-A, the Lady Wolverines needed to beat Providence Christian on Tuesday and George Walton on Thursday to keep their hopes alive to win their fifth straight region title. The Lady Wolverines, who lost to Providence Christian 4-0 on August 30, defeated Providence Christian 7-4 on Tuesday. After a non-region loss to Social Circle on Wednesday, the Lady Wolverines were back at it on Thursday against George Walton, a team they lost to…