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Mary Lott

Decatur High School student Bob Clark placed 10th among 800 Alabama students in a mathematics test at Samford University in Birmingham. The tests were composed of 40 questions and problems. The Birmingham News and Post-Herald sponsored the competition. Clark was invited to attend a series of computer programming and mathematics seminars at Samford. The photo appears to be from the late 1950s.
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Decatur High School student Bob Clark placed 10th among 800 Alabama students in a mathematics test at Samford University in Birmingham. The tests were composed of 40 questions and problems. The Birmingham News and Post-Herald sponsored the competition. Clark was invited to attend a series of computer programming and mathematics seminars at Samford. The photo appears to be from the late 1950s.

Varnell elected council commander of the Athens Camp of Woodmen of the World

75 Years Ago

Jan. 8-14, 1931

E.W. Varnell, assistant postmaster of Athens, was elected council commander of the Athens Camp of Woodmen of the World at a meeting Friday. Other officers are Jessie M. Ingrum, lieutenant advisor; W.T. Barnett, escort; Logan Broadway, watchman; and Alvie Davis, sentry.

J.W. Clopton has been appointed to serve on the national committee of the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers. Clopton is a member of the sanitary control committee. Only three members are being designated in the United States.

Elizabeth Allen of Montgomery, representative of the Child Welfare Department of Alabama, was guest speaker Monday at the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs' meetings at the Y.M.C.A.

Gene Davis, 16, of Greensboro, has been awarded a gold watch and a gold medal for outstanding work in the 4-H club's endeavor with beef calves.

A welcome service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Athens on Sunday to welcome new pastor, the Rev. Vergile Gardner of Opp. Representatives from other churches will participate in the service.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 8-14, 1956

Hazel Neal was elected president of the local Home Demonstration Club on Thursday. Other officers are Gladys Roberts, vice president; Jane Knouff, secretary; Eloise Houston, song leader; and Blanche Weems, reporter.

Reba Miller was recently elected by the senior class and faculty of Austinville High School to represent the school in the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship contest. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Miller of Austinville.

The Austinville-Bowline team in the Girls Basketball League was the champions of the Moulton Heights Invitational tournament. Team members are Peggy Wallace, Patsy Harris, Juanita Miller, Mathyleen, Farish, Pauleen Brinkly, Carlton Mann, sponsor; Paul Woodall, manager; Bernice Patterson, Matilda Dollar, Gay Nell Woodall, Dean Jones, Hazel Martin, Doris Terry and Elba Terry, manager.

J.V. "Red" Bennett was named president for the Limestone County Sportsman's Club at a meeting Friday at Athens Café.

Other officers are Ed Shelton, first vice president; Curtis Campbell, second vice president; Jack Nelson, secretary; Jimmy Hargrove, treasurer;
and Frank Crouch, M.S. Kennemer, Jack Gilbert, Henry Allen, Emory Shelton, G.M. Patterson and T.V. Barksdale, directors.

James Smith has been elected Star Future Farmer of the Falkville Future Farmers of America chapter. The honor makes him eligible to compete for the Future Farmer of America award for the state.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 8-14, 1981

Former three-term Decatur commissioner H. Wilson Morgan was elected chairman of the board of Central Bank of Alabama's 39 offices Tuesday, the board of directors announced in Huntsville.

W. Dan Puckett, originally of Hartselle, the bank's president, was elected chief executive officer.

Morgan is founder and chairman of the board of the Decatur-based Security Mutual Finance Corp., a finance company with offices in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

He is chairman of the Decatur Municipal Utilities Board.

Puckett was elected president and chief operating officer in July 1980. He joined Central Bank in Decatur, formerly State National Bank, in 1970, after working for a bank in Nashville.

He is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in economics. He completed the graduate school of banking at Louisiana State.

Decatur Elks Lodge honored and awarded trophies to the winners of its annual Morgan County Hoop Shoot contest at a recent banquet. The winners will go to Cullman on Saturday for divisional competition. Winners there will travel to Auburn University for state competition.

Morgan County winners are Vickie Brothers (8-9 girls), Kirk Conaway (8-9 boys), Carla Hayes (10-11 girls), Stacy George (10-11 boys), Tammy Maze (12-13 girls), and Ray Hunkeapillar (12-13 boys).

Keith Shoulders says he can't remember how long he's wanted to play college football, "but it's been a long, long time."

Shoulders will get that opportunity next fall when he reports to The University of North Alabama as a new signee.

Shoulders, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, signed his grant with Wayne Grubb's Lions on Tuesday after turning in an outstanding senior year for Brad Bradford's Tanner Rattlers.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 8-14, 1996

Decatur Charity League installed 14 new members recently. The group's purpose is to raise money for charities, primarily Parents and Children Together.

The new members are Jan Alverson, Wendi Dowling, Amy Golden, Debbie Graham, Sonya Hodge, Karon Howard, Sue Lawton, Renee Lothspeich, Jennifer McBride, Janice Mazzuca, Debbie Mitchell, Cookie Register, Deana Tanner and Betty Ann Teal.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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