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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

14,000 play mini golf since May opening

75 Years Ago

Aug. 20-25, 1930

Fourteen thousand people have played the "Putter Around" miniature golf course since opening in Decatur on May 25, according to an official statement made today by the course managers. J.E. Bowers and Frank Dulaney, who manage the course, added that they plan to continue operation of the course as long as the weather permits.

Athens held on to second place in the North Alabama amateur baseball circuit, smacking Town Creek with an ending score of
3-2.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 20-25, 1955

Ernest Marshall, 18, son of Dr. and Mrs. Madison Marshall of Decatur, arrived in New York on Saturday to attend the International Boy Scout Jamboree for the next 10 days. Jamboree is to be at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side.

Marshall will represent the Tennessee Valley Council at the Jamboree with a Scout from Florence and one from Huntsville.

Members of the Volunteer team in the Decatur Little Baseball League are Buster Suttle, Larry Bridges, Jeff Donaldson, Charles Winton, Loyd Suttle, Dick Knight, Allan Suttle, John Bridges, Tommy Wallace, Joe Culver, Kenny Garvey, Tommy Nelson, Gene Wear, Bobby Bass, Larry Don Hill, Tommy Hammond, Larry Langley, Billy Mooney and George Adams. Coaches are Tracy Knight and Howard Culver and Frank Suttle is manager.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 20-25, 1980

Dr. Howard Gundy, acting president of The University of Alabama, presented the prestigious Tutwiler Award to John A. Caddell of Decatur, a life trustee and past president pro tempore of the university board of trustees.

Bertha Ann Simms, a 1980 graduate of Lawrence County High School, received a scholarship and will be attending Wallace State Community College at Hanceville this fall. Simms' high school honors include band, National Honor Society and annual staff.

Former Gov. Albert Brewer of Decatur was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual workshop of the Alabama division of the National Secretaries Association (International) Saturday at Decatur Inn. Seventeen chapters from across the state were represented at the two-day meeting. Among those who attended were Kay Owens of Decatur, co-chairman of the workshop committee; Billie Bush of Brewer, president of the Decatur chapter; Alice McMullin of Decatur, workshop coordinator; and Helen Agee of Decatur, co-chairman of the workshop committee.

Descendants of the Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and the Carolina Speakes gathered in Decatur this weekend to trace their common roots to Thomas Speake of Maryland. The Speake family reunion is more than that, it's a historical association, said Harold Speake of Moulton who was in charge of the event.

The group spent much of Saturday at Wheeler Basin Library listening to speakers like Dr. Elmer Johnson, retired Methodist minister. The talks, according to Speake, were designed to give the younger generation an idea of Speake family history.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 20-25, 1995

From outstanding leadership to achieving the highest academic standards, new officers with the Decatur Police Department are proving to be at the top of the class.

Decatur police Capt. Ed Taylor, head of the department's Uniform Division, announced Wednesday that five new officers have completed the Alabama Northeastern Police Academy at Jacksonville State University.

Three of the new officers took the top three rankings among 40 classmates in academics, one took the top rank in combat shooting and another came home with an award for outstanding leadership.

New additions to the three shifts include Tony Morgan, 24, to second shift; Stanley Elliott, 30, to first shift; Debra Burns, 31, to first shift; Rick Oliver, 41, to third shift; and Chris Delgado, 24, to third shift.

Morgan received the Academic Award for the highest grade average and earned top rank for the Combat Shooting Award.

Delgado was second in academics and Oliver was third.

Elliott received the Director's Award for displaying outstanding leadership qualities throughout the three-month academy training. He also received the highest score on his physical fitness test.

Hollie W. Lanier has been awarded the Lucile Coltharp Wilson scholarship from The University of North Alabama. The scholarship is awarded to Department of Human Environment Sciences majors. She is the daughter of Joe and Judy Renager and Larry and Melissa Lanier, all of Moulton.

The Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha has awarded its annual scholarship to Amy Rashea Turner, daughter of Jerome and Judy Turner of Decatur. She attends Samford University where she is a member of Delta Psi Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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