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Mary Lott

Willie Thornhill to lead Rebekah Lodge No. 61

75 Years Ago

June 24-29, 1930

New officers were installed at a recent meeting of the Bessie Rebekah Lodge No. 61 for the ensuing year. Officers are Willie Thornhill, noble grand; Mary E. Hatchett, vice grand; and Carrie L. Philips, representative to the state assembly.

Dr. A.J. Perolio and Archie Hill are in Florence today for the purpose of arranging the approaching inter-city meeting of the Tuscumbia, Florence, Sheffield and Decatur Kiwanis Clubs.

It is expected that many Decatur Kiwanians will contribute to the success of the meeting, which promises to be one of the most largely attended in recent months.

A great crowd is expected to assemble at Danville School auditorium for an all- day community sing, which promises to bring singers from thoughout the county. A recordbreaking attendance is anticipated.

John C. White, president of the Decatur Kiwanis club, and treasurer E.J. Polhill leave today for Atlantic City, N.J., where they will represent the local club at the annual sessions of Kiwanis International.

The annual business meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Morgan County Unit 15 was held this week and the following were elected to serve as officers for the ensuing year: Mrs. O.J. Shepard, president; Ruby Jones, first vice president; Mrs. R.E. Wardlow, second vice president; Mrs. Erin Walker, chaplain; Mrs. Joseph A. Woods, historian; Mrs. W.R. Rogers, sergeant at arms; and Ruby Jones, secretary and treasurer.

50 Years Ago

June 25-30, 1955

New officers of Decatur Life Underwriters Association are J.J. Putnam, president; J.H. Morris, first vice president; Reneau Carrell, second vice president and program chairman; and Sam McClure, secretary and treasurer. Robert T. Spiers is outgoing president and will serve as national committeeman this year.

The Wolverine team is tied with Rotary for the Decatur Little League baseball lead, both teams having 5-0 records. Team members are Claude McMurtrie, manager, Don Miller, Bobby Draper, Woody Wheeler, Wayne Baugher, Tommy Smith, Waylon Free, Charles Vaughan, Joe Baugher, Jerome Montgomery, John Vaughan, Hugh Edwards, Bobby Mize, Marlin Cagle, Jimmy Shull, Sonny McCann, Jimmy Holt, Bob Gilchrist and George Hubbard.

Edna Jackson was crowned Morgan County's Maid of Cotton by Bobbie Mooney in ceremonies at WMSL-TV. Jackson, 21, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jackson. She is a speech and Spanish major at Alabama College in Montevallo, where she will serve as president of the Student Government Association.

Directors of the Athens Country Club met in the office of the retiring president, Harry Taft, and chose officers for the ensuing year. Those elected are Baylis Hightower, secretary-treasurer; David A. Smith, president; Harold Lovvorn, vice president. Directors are Eddie Ashford, Robert Gish, W. Van Gilbert, W.W. Malone Jr., Dr. A.D. Dunnavant, Harry Taft, W.S. Garth Jr., Dr. W.S. Pennington, J.W. Chambers, William B. Young and Hershal Littrell.

25 Years Ago

June 22-27, 1980

Rhonda Steadmon, a Lawrence County High School senior, will compete in the Miss Alabama Teen Pageant this week at the Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham.

Several Decatur High School students and two teachers are part of the local group touring England until June 29.

The group, which left Saturday, will stay in London, Birmingham, Bath and Brighton. Among the tour stops planned are Stratford-on-Avon, the traditional home of William Shakespeare, where they will attend a Shakespearean Theater production of Hamlet.

George Tapscott, chairman of the Eva Steers Boys Club, received a check for $125 from Floyd Jackson Sr., vice president of the Eagle Club. The Eagle Club also donated a television set to the Boys Club.

Kiwanis Club Pancake Day proceeds were donated recently to the Boys Ranch. Kiwanis president Arzie Grimes presented the donation to Boys Ranch director Bobby Smith. The money will go towards an all-purpose building.

Sam Gibbons, Con-Agra, Decatur, was recently honored at the Alabama Poultry & Egg Convention in Birmingham and presented with the Presidential Award by Wayne McElrath, Alabama Poultry & Egg Association President, for his service to the association.

Mark and Laura Sellers just returned for their second tapping session in Hollywood and are optimistic about their chances of winning Dick Clark's National Dance Contest.

They have already appeared in six televised "American Bandstand" shows.

Mark, 19, is a photography student at Calhoun Community College. His sister, 15, will be a sophomore at Austin High School next year.

Faye Hovey of Decatur, who is helping with costumes for the Decatur Civic Chorus' summer musical production, is making several outfits for the show.

Margaret Wonzy received a $800 grant from Rhonda Thomas, chairman of the education committee of the Decatur chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Wonzy is the local chapter's first national winner. She will attend the University of Montevallo where she will study social work.

American Legion Post 15 Commander Carmine Piesco presents Fruehaul Corp. Plant Manager W.K. Galloway with a national Legion appreciation award to Fruehaul for being chosen the "outstanding employer in the hiring of war veterans."

James L. Hill Jr. has been promoted to operations manager at the Tennessee Valley Press.

10 Years Ago

June 25-30, 1995

Beth Codding of Decatur was recently named section leader for the Auburn University marching band for the 1995 football season. She is a graduate of Austin High School and is a member of the University Honors Program, Honors Congress and Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band sorority.

Brandi Leigh Borden of Mount Hope has been awarded an academic scholarship to Northwest-Shoals Community College.

After a recent state convention in Huntsville for the American Legion of Alabama, Morgan County's Post No. 15 has new faces in command and new reasons to be proud.

Two members of Post No. 15 are now serving at the highest state level. O.J. Hyde of Decatur was elected state commander of Alabama's American Legion.

Hyde is retired with more than 30 years of service with the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Steve McCurry of Hillsboro was elected state detachment commander of Sons of American Legion. He was elected squadron commander of the Post No. 15 sons organization. McCurry served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years.

Others elected Monday to lead the local post included: R.H. "Buddy" Barbee, post commander, and Brenda Tinger, auxiliary president.

A little extra spice was stirred into a Mexican Fiesta dinner organized by Alpha Alpha chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

The fiesta took place at the home of Donna and Darrell Haley. The men were honored with a ceremony making them Envoy members of Beta Sigma Phi. Inducted were Dean Stark, Wayne Cobby, Mike Davis, Shad Alexander, Jay Jones and Darrell Haley.

Four area teachers recently attended a Space Orientation for Professional Educators program offered by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, in conjunction with the Marshall Space Flight Center.

The instructors are Richard Verchot, fifth grade, Union Hill Elementary School; Dorothy King, Brewer High School; Kim Jared, third grade, F.E. Burleson School, Hartselle; and Paula Jennings, Danville-Neel Elementary School.

The teachers received three semester hours of graduate-level college credit for attending the five-day program.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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