September 9, 2010 Issue


History of Louisville Academy to be featured at reunion

Dear Editor:

An article appeared in the News & Farmer in 1970, which heralded the history of the Louisville Academy and address its closing that year. The author was C. H. Cofer, who was a man of eminent stature, physically and as an educator. He was connected with the school as a student, teacher, coach and administrator, serving as principal from 1946 until 1968.

Mr. Cofer noted the school had been chartered in 1784 by the King of England but did not become an active institution until 1796 because of trouble with the Indians and lack of funds. During the time Louisville was the state capital, LA was the recipient of one of ten land grants for schools across the state. (One grant became the University of Georgia.) The Georgia General Assembly set aside 196 acres in 1786, and LA was opened in 1796.



Mr. Cofer’s article referenced an article by the guidance counselor at the time, Billie Brown, who said, “Louisville Academy was graduating students while George Washington was yet alive, and through the years the school has rendered great service to the state. Its scholars were contemporary with the French Revolution and some were middle-aged men and women when Napoleon was banished to St. Helena. A long and honorable line of statesmen, patriots and scholars have gone out?from the school.”

Mr. Cofer pointed out that LA put emphasis on preparation for college by encouraging good study habits and maintaining high standards of conduct and achievement. Louisville Academy served the community for 174 years.

In his 1996 book Those Glorious Days (A history of Louisville as Georgia’s Capital, 1796 to 1807), Yulssus Lynn Holmes wrote that, “Although Louisville was not to be the home of the University of Georgia; it was in Louisville that many of the decisions about the early days of the university took place. Louisville played a very important role in the location and the beginning of the University of Georgia...Even though Louisville was not to have the university; it was to have one of the first academies in Georgia.”

It has been 40 years since our school closed; It is time to reconnect, remember, and reminisce. There will be a gathering of former Louisville Academy students, staff and teachers from 10/8/10 through 10/10/10. There will be music, dance, food, memorabilia and more. Anyone that wishes to help or attend should contact us right away; we are in the final stages of planning. Celebrate Louisville Academy history, join the Raider reunion, be a part of The Gathering.

For more information, contact Larry Veatch at larryv8@cox.net, (352) 359-0071 or P.O. Box Newberry, FL 32669.

To register, it is $20 per student and guest, staff and teachers have no charge. Send money to Louisville Academy Raiders Reunion, C/O Barbara Bowles, 5045 Autumn Trail, Grovetown, GA 30813-4418.

See our FaceBook site at Louisville Academy Raiders Gathering

We hope you will sign up and join the Louisville Academy Gathering,

Larry Veatch

Gordy points D’Antignac to scriptures in King James Bible

Dear Editor:

Some weeks back, we wrote a letter to the editor saying King James Version of the Bible says, “Whoever blesses Israel, God will bless, and whoever curses Israel, God will curse.”

Well, Mr. D’Antignac took exception, saying he doubted this quote could be found in the bible and called ministers “idiots.” We refer him to the KJV to Genesis 12:3. It says, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curse thee and in thee shall all families of the Earth be blessed.”

God was speaking of the Patriarch Abraham, whom God promised would be the father of many nations, but especially Israel.

We also refer the future resident of Wadley, Mr. D’Antignac, to Psalm 122:6, which says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee.”


Bob Gordy


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