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February 26, 2013

Former General basketball standout Bryant to get key to city of Burnside

Burnside —  

Burnside officials have never given out the key to their fair city — but there’s a first time for everything.
Today — February 27 — marks the annual occasion of George Conley Bryant Day in the City of Burnside. It’s been that way since 1971, when former mayor Oscar Fitzgerald first designated the date to honor his former sports star Bryant.
The occasion got forgotten as years went by; however, last year, Burnside Mayor Ron Jones decided it was time to recognize Bryant for his accomplishments on the hardwood once more.
This year, the city will do Bryant one better.  At 6 p.m. Monday, before the March Burnside City Council meeting, there will be a special “meet-and-greet” ceremony in honor of Bryant, who starred at the old Burnside High School during the mid- to late sixties before moving on to Eastern Kentucky University, where he was twice named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team.
As part of Monday’s function, Jones plans to prevent Bryant with the ceremonial “key to the city” for Burnside. Jones noted that such an honor hasn’t been bestowed on anyone else previously.
“The key is bigger than the city,” laughed Jones when asked about the size of the key. “It’s a little bitty town.”
Jones called Bryant “one of the most outstanding basketball players ever to come out of the community,” and acknowledged that events like Monday’s help instill a sense of community pride in Burnside citizens.
There will be refreshments served.
After averaging 30 points a game his senior year with the Burnside Generals, Bryant enjoyed an even greater collegiate career. He finished as EKU’s 13 all-time leading scorer with 1,385 points. 
As a junior, he averaged 24.7 points per game, good for second in the league, and was runner-up as the OVC’s Most Valuable Player. Again as a senior he put up 21.2 points a game, won the OVC championship, and cemented his berth in EKU’s All-Century Team, one of 15 Colonels to receive that honor. (He’s also in the 12th Region Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame for his Burnside heroics.)

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