From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 29, 1980

Auditorium dedicated

Oneonta City School auditorium was dedicated to the memory of Eris H. Horton after the baccalaureate sermon May 25. Attending the dedicatory services with Mrs. Horton were his two daughters, Sara Self and Kathryn Powell.

The board of education’s vice president L.D. Bentley referred to Horton as the project supervisor repressing the school administration in the construction of the entire school plant. Bentley’s remarks included this tribute to Horton:

“In appreciation of the contribution made by Eris Horton in the design, construction, and utilization of the facilities of Oneonta Public School System, the school auditorium will henceforth be knows as the Eris H. Horton Auditorium. His professional knowledge and skill, insistence on excellence, attention to both detail and broad perspective, tenacity in solving architectural and design problems, dogged determination that no corners be cut, and quiet pride in a truly superior facility were dominant factors in developing a total education environment that is enormously attractive, highly functional, and very conducive to both teaching and learning.

“Students of today and those of generations to follow will be more responsible citizens and better people as a result. Recognizing that this reflects a time in history when the need and the man clearly coincided, we, acting on behalf of the entire Oneonta community, express our deep gratitude.”

‘We-all’ organization certified

“What are you all going to do about the garbage dump?” the lady asked Project Pride chairman Ira Patton, Sr. “Ma’am,” replied Patton, “this isn’t a ‘you-all’ organization, it’s a ‘we-all’ organization.”

Blount County Project Pride was certified here May 20 as a statewide pilot program of the Alabama Environmental Quality Association (AEQA) sponsored Alabama Project Pride program. […] has already begun an anti-littering campaign in county schools and regularly reports, through The Southern Democrat, on improvements around the county.

AEQA executive vice president Martha McInnis presented Blount County Project Pride with certification papers May 20 and brought for display a roadside sign reading “Blount County Has Pride.”