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The 1969 graduates of Campbell High School and Wills High School together celebrated their 50 Year Reunion.

High school reunions are not unusual, but the circumstances sometimes can make the celebrations themselves unique. This past weekend, the 1969 graduates of Campbell High School and Wills High School together celebrated their 50 year reunion, having long ago overcome the natural rivalry which arose from having two high schools in a single town.

In 1965, students from five elementary schools combined for ninth grade at Nash Junior High School in Smyrna. Over the course of that year (including a time when Nash had been burned by vandals and joint sessions were held at Wills High School), friendships were made. Those friendships endured, even when the ninth grade class at Nash was divided into two high schools — Campbell and Wills.

Time passed, but the ties remained. For almost 20 years, an annual softball game was played on Labor Day between the 1969 graduates of Wills and the 1969 graduates of Campbell. Because of the strong relationships that had been developed and maintained over the years, it was decided to combine their high school reunions. On June 8, the two 50-year reunions were jointly held at the Marietta Conference Center. The 90 graduates in attendance renewed old ties, reminisced about old times, and cemented bonds developed for all of them 54 years ago at Nash Junior High.

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The Kennworth Kiwanis Club always enjoys an interesting program at its meetings. On May 30, Meredith Reece Bass, assistant vice president for finance of WellStar Health System, spoke and, on June 12, Steve Taylor, Bartow County Commission Chairman, spoke.

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On June 22 at 3 p.m., the Big Chicken Chorus will present “Celebrating the Gentlemen,” a tribute show to honor Gentlemen’s Agreement, the iconic winners of the 1971 International Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medal and, specifically, its lead, Drayton Justus.

The show will be at the newly-opened Byers Theatre at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs 30328), a venue with more than 1,000 seats. To purchase tickets, visit citysprings.com/events.

The box office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reach the box office, call 770-206-2022 or email boxoffice@citysprings.com.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 404-713-7318.

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