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Mary Lott

The Decatur High School Class of 1963 took a trip to Washington, D.C., in March via the Southern Railway System.
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The Decatur High School Class of 1963 took a trip to Washington, D.C., in March via the Southern Railway System.

Decorating contest winners announced

75 Years Ago

Dec. 19-25, 1930

Prize winners in the Garden Club's Christmas decoration contest were best interior (residence), Mrs. Will Wyker; best exterior (residence), Mrs. George Williamson; best business houses, George Lum and Lyons hotel; and honorable mention, Kiwanis Christmas tree in Wheeler Park.

Santa Claus went to the local public school in Moulton with an empty sack. But the children were not disappointed or surprised. Lula Almon, principal, and her assistants had a different plan for the children and Santa. Each child brought a gift to put in his bag for children who would likely not have anything for Christmas.

The bowling team, representing the local YMCA will invade Huntsville for a series of contests tonight. Team members are James Morrow, Sox Sorber R.E. Harris, E.C. Powell, B.O. Sims, C.A. Carter and A.L. McCauley.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 19-25, 1955

Morgan County Cattlemen's Association named Fred S. Robinson as its new president. Other officials are James E. Peek, secretary; J.E. Bean, vice president; and John Lile, T.A. Culver, E.L. Drinkard Jr., Louie Glenn, G.M. Braswell and R.H. Fuller, directors.

Ginger Turney, 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Turney of Falkville, recently won a loving cup given by Falkville High School for the most popular baby.

Vocational agriculture students at Cotaco High School have completed their project records for the year. Most of the boys had a successful year, according to D.C. Lott, vocational agriculture teacher.

There were 37 boys who completed their records with 20 acres of cotton, 53 acres of corn, 64 head of hogs, 11 head of beef cattle, 13 head of dairy cattle, 200 head of broilers, 930 layers, one-fourth acre truck crops, one acre small grain, two acres oats and six blackberry bushes. From these projects, the boys earned $6,512.15 with the most coming from cotton, corn, poultry and swine. Cotton contributed the most with $2,437.09.

Pi Beta Sigma sorority members of Athens had their annual Christmas dance in the high school gymnasium. The theme was a "Christmas Dream Land." Members of Sub Debs of Decatur were invited.

Officers are Mamie Martin, president; Julia Grant, vice president; Nancy Jo Johnson, secretary; Kay Kennemer, treasurer; and Sarah Mac Johnson, reporter.

West Decatur Sunshine Club had its party in the private dining room of Pitts Motel on Friday. Officers present were Mrs. Gene Zahad, president; Mrs. Sam Montgomery, secretary; Mrs. Thomas Bennett, treasurer; and Mrs. Howard Goodlett, reporter.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 19-25, 1980

River City Kiwanis Club of Decatur, represented by Charles Howard, presented Thomas Thrasher and Gwen Snoddy plaques and certificates honoring their records as faculty advisers of the Austin High School math team. In the past five years, the team has finished first in the national competition twice and has not placed lower than fifth. The club will be working to help send the team to national competition at UCLA in August.

Carol Phillips' door decoration won first prize in the Dunbarton Garden Club competition for best decorated door in Dunbarton Estates. Phillips and her husband, John, decorated the door at 2105 Dundee. The three judges are Ida Waltrip, Ailene Cutchens and Carolyn Chirrey.

Volunteers worked in the living room of Paulette Parker bagging gifts for Alabama's 3,600 prisoners. Parker is president of Serving With Gladness Prison Ministries Inc., sponsor of the project. Among the helpers were Dianne Gibson, Karen Lane, Glenn Fincher and Gene Williams.

James Chasteen, president of Calhoun Community College, and Cathy Maples, director of institutional research at the school, accepted a $5,000 check from Joe McPherson, executive vice president and secretary-treasurer of Mutual Savings Life Insurance Co. The check is for the Calhoun Foundation, which pays for things for which the college cannot spend money.

Second-grader David Bazzel and third-grader Paige Burchel were winners in the Leukemia Readarama at St. Ann's School. Students in grades 2 through 8 took part in the event and raised $144 for the Leukemia Society of America.

Amy Jones was named "Miss Merry Christmas" at the annual beauty pageant at John C. Calhoun Community College.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 19-25, 1995

David Gilliam of Cedar Ridge Middle School won first place among 276 participants in the Algebra I (eighth-grade) competition at Vestavia Hills Math Tournament.

Under the direction of music teacher Judy Smith, the Leon Sheffield Elementary School chorus performed carols during a visit to Compass Bank, the school's Partner in Education. The chorus of fourth- and fifth-graders also sang at the central office.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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