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Mary Lott

Morgan supports Storrs for commissioner of agriculture
75 Years Ago
Aug. 14-19, 1930

Seth P. Storrs is the choice of Morgan countians for commissioner of agriculture and industry. Storr polled a vote of 1836 in Morgan County.

Friends of Russell Lynne and Leonard Lanier enjoyed watching the payment of their election bet yesterday. Lynne gave Lanier a ride in a wheelbarrow from the Decatur Drug Co. corner to the YMCA as a result of their friendly wagers on the outcome of the election race between Seybourn Lynne and Julian Harris.

B.H. Brown of Flint brought a 2-gallon jug containing a fully ripe watermelon to the THE DAILY office this morning. He grew the melon inside the vessel and planned to seal the jug airtight, to preserve it indefinitely.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 14-19, 1955

One of the most modern drive-in theaters in the state is scheduled to open Wednesday south of Decatur on U.S. 31 at Alabama 67. A playground with a Shetland pony and a clown named Koko is one of the great features of Bowline Drive-in. The playground also features a motor-driven Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, swings, slides, see-saws, climbing bars and sand boxes. The new curved screen tower is the only one of its type and is curved to give viewers the correct ratio for CinemaScope pictures. The all-steel tower is 110 feet wide and 55 feet high and was designed by Cail, Yates and James architects of Marietta, Ga. Carlton Mann, manager of the Bowline Drive-In theatre, is a native of Decatur and has been in show business for 9 years.

Crusselle B. Jackson of Hartselle recently received his copies of his first book of poems published by Dorrance and Co. of Philadelphia. The book of poems entitled "Random Rhymes" contains approximately 175 poems.

25 Years Ago
Aug. 14-19, 1980

Ty Herndon, 18, a Decatur native, is one of the cast of six singers at Opryland Park who perform five and six shows a day. Visits from country and western stars are not unusual in his summer job. Herndon's show has had visits from Roy Acuff, Bobby Bare and Barbara Mandrell.

Among the top winners in the 1980 Lovely Lady beauty pageant in Huntsville were Tracie Suzanne Thomas, Jackie Tapscott and Vanessa Naylor. Respectively, they are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thomas of Decatur, Mrs. Charles Anders of Hartselle and Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Naylor of Decatur.

The board of directors of First State Bank of Decatur elected Paul M. Vinson as assistant cashier at its meeting, said President Dalton M. Guthrie. Vinson joined the bank in June 1979 and has served as loan officer and supervisor in the operations division. He worked as an adviser in last year's Junior Achievement program and is a former councilman of Flint City.

The music faculty of Calhoun Community College announced winners of performing arts scholarships for 1980-81. Awards were made after completion of individual auditions recently. Winners are Guy McAllister of Huntsville, Alan Watson of Decatur, Jill Fletcher of Huntsville, Patti Powers of Ardmore, Jackie McCreary of Tanner, Lisa Graham of Moulton and Laeticia Malone of Athens.

10 Years Ago
Aug. 14-19, 1995

Four staff members of the North Alabama Regional Hospital in Decatur were
among those presented the RESPECT Award by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Illness for their hard work and commitment to people with serious mental illness.

Rachel Bryd of Athens, Craig Brooks of Florence, Bonnit Tillman of Falkville
and James Nicholas Jr. of Decatur received the awards at the Alabama Primary
Consumer Conference in Montevallo from Commissioner Emmett Poundstone III.
Joel Slack, director of the Department of MH/NR office of Consumer Relations, presented the awards.

Tina Bice, Jacquelyn Hovis and Sandy Barrett had a grand opening for the new
business, Signature Hair in Decatur on Wednesday.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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