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Mary Lott

The Decatur Transit team in this photo from 1946 were the city softball champions.
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The Decatur Transit team in this photo from 1946 were the city softball champions.

Rankin broadcasts message over Radio Free Europe

75 Years Ago

Oct. 22-30, 1930

Congressman Edward B. Almon, democratic nominee for re-election, addressed a large crowd at Elkmont on Saturday.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 22-30, 1955

James L. Rankin, Decatur resident, was one of the 64 American leaders recently to broadcast a message of encouragement over Radio Free Europe to millions behind the Iron Curtain. Rankin, who is Alabama chairman of Crusade for Freedom, made the broadcast from Munich, Germany.

Mrs. Wallace Sims, president of the Hopewell Home Demonstration Club, received the 1955 loving cup for the outstanding club of the year in Morgan County.

25 Years Ago

Oct. 22-30, 1980

Hartselle High School's Senior Ensemble, a show group that performs music from jazz to sacred, show themes to madrigals, and choreographs its own routines, is receiving compliments from across the state. The group includes 19 senior singers and a four-member rhythm section. Montgomery city school officials invited the group to sing and dance for all the Montgomery choral classes after the officials saw the group perform at the Alabama Choral Directors Workshop in Birmingham.

Ensemble members are Alan Dobbs, Rob Atkins, Chris Karr, Ron Puckett, Umeki Jackson, Allison Kelley, William Aaron, Susan Lanier, Cindy Maze, Gregg Montgomery, Anita Howell, David Grove, Amy Murphy, Regina Howell, Brian Johnson, Kelly Hill, Eddie Pike, Mark Hopper, Stephanie Atkins, Greg James, Melanie Hill, Leigh Quinn, Steve Averitt and Wanda Jackson, director.

At the suggestion of Carlton Smith, Hartselle's superintendent of education, the group will sing for the Alabama School Board at its next meeting.

Charis Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Patterson of Leighton, was crowned homecoming queen recently at halftime of the Leighton High School football game. Miss Patterson was escorted by Byron Nichols. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Patterson of Town Creek and Mr. and Mrs. L.U. Parker of Courtland.

Earl Reed, operations manager of ConAgra Inc., presented service awards to 25-year employees and immediate supervisors. The awards were 25 shares of stock in the company. They are Ron Boucher, Tony Gillespie, Marvin Loney, Jim Soppe supervisors; L.B. Alexander, Robert Humphrey, Obsie Light Jr., Loyd A. Young, and Hermon Borden, 25-years. ConAgra boasts 18 percent of its employment force with 25 years of service.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 22-30, 1995

Decatur Chamber of Commerce kicked off its annual membership drive Tuesday with a luncheon and "Battle of the Banks" event. Area banks that have formed teams to work in the membership drive are AmSouth, First Alabama, First American, BankFirst, Colonial, Heritage and SouthTrust.

Wendy Walker of Danville and Tiffinnie Wales of Elkmont are among five women in the homecoming court at The University of North Alabama.

A recycling box decorating contest at Somerville Road Elementary School brought the importance of recycling to students there. Carol Mueller's first-grade class won the Most Original category. Overall winners were Donna Rauls' first-grade class, second place; Rosellen Walker's kindergarten class, first place; and Brenda Taylor's kindergarten class, third place.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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