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Bill Warthern discusses Vidalia Then Audio and being a POW during WWII Audio

Remembering 1993- Lyons Mite Boys and Girls win state titles 

 

1993 Mite Boys got hot in tourney

The 1993 Lyons Mite Boys got hot in the state tournament and won four straight games to take the state title. In the championship celebration head coach Bobby George (pictured left) took a Gatorade bath.  Y-101 story   Picture Gallery

 1993 Lyons Mite Girls won it all

These eight, nine and 10 year old girls (pictured to the left) came together and had a big summer back in 1993. Lyons beat Vidalia 22-7 to take the state championship. Listen to some of the girls reminisce in this Y-101 story.  Picture Gallery

 

The Vidalia emblems from 1948 through 1956 

 

Toombs Now and Then- Did you know that there was once pro baseball in Toombs County?

From 1948 to 1956 Toombs County had a franchise in the Class D Georgia State League. In 1952 and 1954 The Vidalia Indians won the GSL championship. Toombs Now is researching this subject and putting together an audio and visual  collection of memories. Check out authentic Vidalia baseball memorabilia and listen to former Vidalia players and others talk about a time when you didn't have to drive to Savannah or Atlanta to watch professional baseball, because it was right here in our own backyard. Pictures and audio memories   Vidalia-Lyons history  Audio Story on Don Dillard, who played with Vidalia and in the Major Leagues  Vidalia-Lyons Pictures

Pictures of Vidalia the way it used to look

Martha Thompson takes you on a tour of Old Vidalia  Audio

The Train Station

Martha Thompson says this picture, of the old Vidalia Train station, was taken during World War II. The windows were blacked out so the lights would not be visible at night. Vidalia was an important train stop back then because as you can see the tracks run north and south and east and west. Martha says the building was sold for $5,000 dollars and it was eventually torn down around 1960. 

The Hospital

This hospital in Vidalia burned down in the early 30's. It was located on the land that is next to what is now Larry's Giant Subs. It was replaced by the old Threlkeld Ford building. Martha says the only part of the hospital that remains is the white building that can be seen from Highway 280. Martha says she was born in that white building.  

The School 

This was the only public school in Vidalia and students of all ages attended. It was located where Harvey's is now. Martha says it was torn down in 1933 and she just missed, by one year, going to school in this building. Martha says, that one day, when she was outside at recess, she remembers a man on a scaffold knocking down the building with a big sledge hammer.   

This building is still standing and currently is being refurbished. It was owned by the Estroff's and housed a cafe, a barber shop, a beauty parlor and several other stores, including a children's store. Notice the name of the street was called R. R. Avenue. Of course now it is called simply, Main Street. Check out below the 2007 view of the same building.     

 
   
The year is 1913 and these Vidalia men are getting ready to make a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The celebration took place on November 19th. Martha says several of these men returned for the 75th anniversary and that the man who is third from the right, on the back row, lived to be 104 years old.