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POSTED: July 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.
It is time for yet another class reunion. Although many years have passed since some students graduated, at a class reunion, it seems as if time has stood still.
Former students from the combined classes of 1953-1972 of the old Liberty County High School (LCHS) at Midway are getting ready for a big celebration. Every two years, they come from across the country to renew acquaintances and take a trip back down memory lane.
This year’s reunion will be held Friday, July 4-Sunday, July 6.  “It is a fun time to reconnect and see friends who have come back for the reunion. People really enjoy the reunions. We receive calls from people expressing their appreciation about the wonderful time they have at the reunion,” said Charles Frasier, who serves as president of the LCHS Alumni Association.
 “The purpose of the reunion is to continue to promote the spirit of Liberty County High School.  We want to especially encourage the local graduates to come out and participate,” Frasier said.
The reunion grows and becomes better each time it is held.  Former students  look forward to the reunions.  The friendships and bonds that were kindled during their days at LCHS will never be forgotten. The teachers at LCHS helped to shape the lives of so many young students, and these students have a sense of school pride and loyalty.  
An exciting line up of activities is scheduled for the three-day reunion.  On Friday night, there will be a “meet and greet” at Club Stewart at Fort Stewart. A business meeting and tour of the old school is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. On Saturday night, the annual reunion banquet will be held at the club.  
Students enjoy returning to the school grounds and campus. Memories of school debates, oratorical and drama club competitions, football and basketball games, marching bands, and parades come back so vividly.   
 “During the banquet, members of the class of 1957-1958 will be awarded golden diplomas. A play which was written by Liberty County Commissioner Donald Lovette will also be presented. Attendees will attend church services on Sunday morning at Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hinesville. The weekend activities will culminate with a farewell picnic on Sunday evening at the Jesse Stevens Pavilion on the grounds of the Historic Dorchester Academy,” noted Frasier.  
“As part of our reunion activities, we recognize our educators, administrative, support staff, and all others who have aided us in our educational process at LCHS. We welcome all who attended LCHS and encourage participation from our children and grandchildren,” Frasier said.  
The old LCHS officially was closed with the graduating class of 1972. “It is owned by the county, and part of it serves as the home of the Midway Civic Center. It is also planned to be used as the Midway public library and for other recreational activities,” noted Frasier.
 “We were granted two classrooms with office space to house the LCHS Museum. The Museum will house trophies, plaques and other memorabilia,“ said Frasier.  A mural, with names and pictures of the two LCHS principals (Samuel Smith and E. B. Cooper), and the names of all class members, educators and support staff will be a part of the Museum. The LCHS Alumni Association is soliciting funds for this endeavor.
In addition to planning and hosting a well-organized biennial class reunion, the LCHS Alumni Association has given many scholarships to graduating high school seniors. “We provide two scholarships of $500 each to two students every year (one for Bradwell and one for Liberty High),” said Frasier. The first scholarship was awarded in 1988. The Alumni Association also supports other public service events.  
 “We are anticipating a large turnout and encourage people to go ahead and register, especially those students from the class of 1957–1958. If anyone has pictures they would like to share, we ask you to please do so,” Frasier said. The committee has planned a great reunion. For additional information about the reunion, you can contact Frasier at 369-8436, or Deloris Simmons Slay (Vice President) at 884-2113.      

 

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