News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

Hartselle petition asks council to lift Sunday movie ban

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

March 17-23, 1930

Hartselle citizens are circulating a petition asking that the City Council rescind its action prohibiting the operation of motion picture shows on Sunday. Mayor S.M. Nelson said a decision would be made soon.

On March 22, 1930, Athens tried out a brand new set of "electric light" traffic signals. Athens' Boy Scouts directed the first day of operations, helping people to become acquainted with the stop-and-go signs and to avoid traffic tangles.

50 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1955

Decatur's first blueprint service company opened March 13 with George Sletcher as owner. Blueprint Service Co. at 816 Bank St. offers a simplified process of photo reproduction. Sletcher arrived in Decatur in 1950 and has been working in Decatur Iron & Steel's finishing department. He and his wife, the former Nell Frank Moore, have a daughter, Ann, and live on Oak Street.

Peek Oldsmobile Co. will celebrate a grand opening Friday at its new location, 109 Lee St. Milton Peek, owner, employs Travis Earwood, Jennie Phillips, H.A. Hendrix, Calvin Blizzard, T.V. Johnson, Carmon Driver, Melvin Kennedy, Lee McCulloch, Melvin Kennedy and J.E. Privett.

One of death's ablest ambassadors in this area is an innocent-appearing stretch of U.S. 31 running from the Tennessee River to a point six miles north in Limestone County. Twelve people have died and 26 have been injured over the past 26 months in accidents along the road, which has no curves or blind spots.

Officers of the Cotaco High School 4-H Clubs are Kenneth Stidger, Barbara McCutcheon, Kelly Morris, Annelle Mason, Don Maples, Fran Turney, Jean Bartlett, Ronnie Winton, Reda Belew, Ted Jennings and June Rita Murphy. Adult leaders include Josephine Shotts and G.D. Sharp.

25 Years Ago

March 15-21, 1980

Almost half the population of Triana has filed a federal court suit seeking $500 million from a chemical company for DDT pollution in nearby streams. The suite asks for $1 million for each of the 500 residents.

Decatur tennis pro Cliff Sheats and wife Kathy will leave for Mexico, where he will play on the Mexican professional tennis circuit.

Athens High School student Chuck Thornton represented Limestone County at a vocational competition at Wallace State Community College.

Central Bank offered a money market rate of 14.956 per cent interested on a minimum deposit of $10,000.

Attorney U.W. Clemon said he will try to get Tommy Lee Hines released from the state mental institution after his rape conviction was overturned Tuesday.

Bill and Margaret Petty of Oden Ridge retired and moved to Hawaii, where they are volunteer Southern Baptist missionaries.

10 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1995

About $700,000 in improvements have been completed at the recently renamed Pryor Field Regional Airport. Michael Scroggins, chairman of the Pryor Field airport board, said the improvements include a $168,000 weather station paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration, 20 new individual hangars, security fencing, a new taxiway and rampway repaving.

Decatur's chemical plants are running full steam to meet strong orders and investing in multimillion-dollar expansions. Jim Boyd, 3M administrative services manager, said business has increased "across the board."

Trico Steel Co. expects to seek environmental permits to build a possible $450 million mill in Decatur, employing about 320 people. Morgan County and Alabama are offering Trico a $110 million incentive package that includes free land, free training and tax breaks.

Jerald Reed won the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award. The chamber also honored Dr. Betty W. Vaughan and Joel McWhorter.

— Compiled by Cathy Wahl

THE DECATUR DAILY welcomes the loan of any photos depicting people, places and events from Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties for each Sunday's "Valley of Years Past" column. Photos will be returned. Contact the Living Today department at 353-4612, or Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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