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July, August & Sept 2024 Waycross Sesquicentennial & Ware County Bicentennial C.C. McCray City Auditorium The Waycross City Auditorium was dedicated on May 9, 1937. More than 1,000 folks attended the dedication ceremonies, to inspect and “enjoy the beautiful new building which offers decidedly the largest auditorium in Southern Georgia,” reported the Waycross-Journal Herald. Civic dances, the Lure of the Wilderness, and Swamp Water “Swamp Balls” were held there, graduating seniors from throughout the town and county made that march across her stage, symbolizing that last long journey from student to adult. The auditorium also served as a gymnasium with many area high schools holding their region and basketball tournaments there. It was a mighty time with Nichols, Douglas, Pearson High, Nahunta, Blackshear, and Hoboken gathered in Waycross for their basketball tournaments. The auditorium, now named for Waycross’ first African American mayor, C.C. McCray, originally cost $65,000.00 and was built with assistance from the Waycross Lions Club and money from the Works Progress Administration. During its lifetime, the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, and many more, have performed on its stage. Waycross’ native son, Gram Parsons, also played there. Parsons’ impacts on rock and roll history have been well documented after he is said to have heavily influenced the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Eagles. (continued)

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July, August & Sept 2024 Waycross Sesquicentennial & Ware County Bicentennial C.C. McCray City Auditorium The Waycross City Auditorium was dedicated on May 9, 1937. More than 1,000 folks attended the dedication ceremonies, to inspect and “enjoy the beautiful new building which offers decidedly the largest auditorium in Southern Georgia,” reported the Waycross-Journal Herald.

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April May & June 2024
Waycross Sesquicentennial & Ware County Bicentennial
Remembering Dear Old Waresboro

Everyone comes from somewhere. We came from Waresboro.
Whether you hail from Manor, Bickley, Millwood, Telemore or even that place where the ways cross, Waresboro is your ancestral home.

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Jan, Feb & March 2024
Waycross Sesquicentennial & Ware County Bicentennial
When Waycross Was Tebeauville

Those who believe wiregrass history began with Waycross would do well to return to those days of yesteryear.
Older than all the rest of course is Waresboro, a farming community that, save for a desire not to have the railroads disturbing their livestock, might have become the center of South Georgia.

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October – November
& December 2023
DID YOU KNOW?
When The “Waycross Victory” Ruled The High Seas

Waycross and Ware County men and women did more than their share to aid the effort in World War II. A little-known chapter in that effort was the building of the “Waycross Liberty.” Many Ware Countians drove daily to Brunswick to work in the Brunswick Shipyards, but the city’s namesake wasn’t built in Brunswick, but in Baltimore.

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October – July, August & September 2023
In Memory of Susan Lott Clark
Susan Lott Clark, 98, passed away peacefully at her home on May 2, following a long and productive life. She was preceded in death over 20 years ago by her husband, Dr. S. William Clark, Jr., a prominent ophthalmologist in Waycross.

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April, May & June 2023
Jewish American History in Waycross, GA
Despite the extreme level of population turnover, the Jewish community of Waycross began to organize in the 1920s. In 1920, Jews in the area first gathered to pray together. Four years later, 13 men officially organized a congregation, with Alex Gilmore as its first president.