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Copeland, residents tour McDonough’s past

 

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent
 

  McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland sported a glint in his eye as he told tales of the city he calls home. Among the places he “visited” from McDonough’s past was the classroom of schoolteacher Nell Newman.

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland shared local history at the McDonough Library this past Sunday.                         Photo by Jason A. Smith

  “She said, ‘You do not chew gum in my class!” insisted the mayor, adding that students who were caught disobeying her command would have to go outside, dig a hole in the ground and put their gum in it. “She got the respect of the kids in her class.”

  Newman was one of many colorful figures from McDon-ough’s past who Copeland discussed during a History of McDonough Storytelling event Sunday at the McDonough Public Library.

  Residents in attendance listened as the mayor told of the city’s beginnings in the early 1820s, the early days of railroad operations in the city, two world wars and periods of expansion for the area.

  Copeland, a lifelong resident of the city, said the impetus for the occasion grew from a wellness program in which he walks with residents through historic parts of the city. The next walk, he said, is scheduled for late June.

 

 

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