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Mary Lott

Limestone organizes ‘Miller Club’

75 Years Ago

July 12-17, 1930

A "Miller Club" has been organized by Limestone County supporters of the gubernatorial candidacy of Judge B.M. Miller of Camden. At an informal meeting, Henry Malone served as temporary chairman and James Rankin as temporary secretary. Thirty-three members enlisted at the initial gathering.

John Patterson, Dennis Tidwell and Melvin Hudson bring campaign issues to the people of Decatur on Tuesday evening at 8. Patterson and Tidwell are candidates for the Alabama House of Representatives and Hudson is the candidate for the Alabama Senate from Morgan and Lawrence counties.

50 Years Ago

July 13-18, 1955

The Rev. George T. Hubbard signed a Scout Troop charter application joining Westminster Presbyterian Church with the scouting family. Scout Troop officers for this new unit are Henry Richter, Lloyd Mount, Dr. James C. Nash, troop committeemen; Bob MacGregor, scoutmaster; Norman Stiles, chairman of the troop committee; and John Cook, institutional representative. Six scouts will constitute the charter membership. They are Phil Davies, Dennis Mount, David Mount, Gerry Taylor, Sammy Frazier and George T. Hubbard Jr.

Hard work paid off in the Limestone County Cattleman's Sale when 444 head of cattle were sold for nearly $44,000. Marvin Littrell, president, Limestone Group; Winston Garth Jr., chairman of the Sale Committee and C.T. Bailey, vice chairman; were among the committee members who promoted the sale.

B.G. Hall, manager of the Morgan County Exchange, is shown presenting a $25 savings bond to John Hardin, 4-H club member from Falkville High School. Hardin entered the 4-H Cooperative Essay Contest at his local school and was first-place winner. The cooperative contest is sponsored each year in all junior and senior high school 4-H Clubs. It offers training in writing and speaking. School winners receive $2.50, county winners a $25 savings bond, district winners a week's all-expense paid trip to Purdue University and state-winners two $100 defense bonds.

Mayor H.H. Summer cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Sterchi's remodeled store in Decatur. An outstanding list of out-of-town visitors were present, helping celebrate the opening of the new store.

Two Decatur riders placed first and third in the Gypsy tour motorcycle event at Courtland Air Base. Of 34 contestants, James Tunstill took third place in the five-event contest. Tommy Grubbs was awarded the first-place trophy. Each contestant had to enter the five.

25 Years Ago

July 10-15, 1980

Decatur Police Sgt. Randall Smith accepted a plaque from Mel Nipe for "Police Officer of the Year" by the Exchange Club of Decatur. Smith, who joined the department in 1966, was cited for his efforts in reviving a heart attack victim and keeping another stroke victim alive until they could be hospitalized. He is a member of Westmeade Baptist Church and Austin Booster Club.

Duggle Johnson, a Decatur businessman and former member of the Morgan County School Board, has qualified on the Republican Party ticket as candidate for chairman of the Morgan County Commission.

American Legion Post 15 Ladies Auxiliary officers for 1980, installed during ceremonies recently, are, Lola Pirkle, president; Phyllis Snider, vice president; Sarah Bryant, second vice president; Betty Piesco, secretary; Laura Blevins, treasurer; Grace Payne, historian; Mary Kellam, chaplain; and Sue Skinner, sergeant at arms.

Dana Collins, 11, won the Our Little Miss division of the state pageant in Huntsville. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Collins of Priceville. Collins also was the overall pro-am modeling sweepstakes and television commercial award winner.

"Ideal Miss" for Morgan County, Karen Harris, was awarded the "mini crown" in her division. Harris, 18, is the daughter of Ann Harris of Decatur.

Decatur Lions Club officers installed for the 1980-81 year are Jack Ozier, president; Lou Snider, first vice president; Don Pettus, third vice president; Johnny Hinkle, secretary; Ken Dryer, assistant secretary; George Douthit, tailtwister; Harry Raley, assistant lion tamer; and Jerry C. Smith, Bill Miller, Jack L. Jones, John Felkins and Sam Patton, directors.

10 Years Ago

July 13-18, 1995

Heather Flannagin of Moulton has been selected as a finalist in the 1995 Pre-Teen Alabama Scholarship and Recognition Program.

Seven seventh-graders from Cedar Ridge Middle School qualified for the grand recognition ceremony at Duke University by scoring in the top 3 percent on the ACT or SAT. Duke's Talent Identification Program also sponsors 22 state ceremonies in its 16-state talent search region. The students are Sarah Broom, David Gilliam, Joel Hart, Ketan Patel, Audrey Raines, David Shea and Jack Shepard.

Forty-two children for the Third Street Boys and Girls Club in Decatur were to leave for a tour of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, thanks to several business and private donations.

Organizer Dorothy Gordon said she is thankful for the support from the community. "I received donations from three churches, Barrett Shelton Jr. sponsored five children, Jimmy Smith sponsored four and I sponsored four. Barbecue ribs were donated by Sonny Boy's and Nash's barbecue stands, Hardee's on the Beltline will furnish breakfast, Chick-Fil-A donated chicken finger platters and Pepsi also sponsored drinks for the trip."

Briana Hardiman has been named a United States National Award winner in mathematics. She is a student at Austin High School and is the daughter of Dale and Sarah Hardiman.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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