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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2006
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Mary Lott

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Representing the Decatur Chapter Children of the Confederacy at the 1965 state convention in Birmingham are, kneeling, from left, Glenn Anderson and Bucky Richerson, and standing, from left, Toni Troup, Judy Whisenant, Gail Richerson, Foster Bailey Jr. and Ellis Chenault.

Bee Line highway paving completed

75 Years Ago

Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 1931

Decatur leaders complimented Mrs. Thomas Hodson and Mrs. Oliver J. Shepard for their work for Decatur Charities Council.

Hodson is in charge of the distribution of groceries and Shepard handles the distribution of clothing at Charity Store on Lee Street.

Bee Line highway paving recently completed between Athens and Decatur was formally opened to general traffic Saturday. The road gives a paved highway direct from Chicago to Montgomery.

Couch Construction Co. constructed the local seven-mile stretch.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 1956

J.R. Watson Jr. has accepted the art instructor position on the faculty of The University of Chattanooga. The 1946 graduate of Decatur High School received a Master of Arts degree from The University of Alabama on Jan. 28.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Key West and Jacksonville, Fla. He served in the Atlantic aboard the USS Roosevelt.

Watson is currently showing his paintings at the Forum Gallery in New York City and has a painting traveling with the Alabama Watercolor Society.

J.B. Hewitt was announced as Decatur's Young Man of the Year at an annual Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award and Bosses Night dinner Jan. 31. Quince Eddens, Decatur Electric Department manager, presented Hewitt an engraved plaque.

Jaycees also presented him a miniature gold key following his recognition as "Key Man of the Year" in the local organization.

Chemstrand team has entered the girls invitational basketball tournament, which opens Tuesday at Moulton Heights. Team members are Rose Hagood, Mabel Moore, Margaret Kimbrell, Bettye Agee, Jean Preston, Carolyn Harris, Tressie Burgess, Elaine Greer and Betty Sutton.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 1981

The undefeated Decatur High Red Raider freshmen are just one step away from the junior high state tournament after a 74-68 regional win Saturday night.

The junior Raiders now own a perfect 21-0 record and will go into sub-state play next week, seeking a spot in the state tournament.

Derrek Davis led Decatur against Huntsville with 25 points, while Felix Hampton had 20 and Jeff Chambers had 10.

It was the second time Decatur has beaten Huntsville this year.

Pay more attention to marketing. That was the advice cattleman Roger McWhorter of Courtland gave his fellow producers at a meeting in Auburn on Wednesday.

McWhorter and Kermit Tucker of T.L. Feedlot of Decatur were among those speaking at a "Shaping the Future" beef conference. More than 200 of the state's leading cattlemen were on hand for the meeting.

Beta sorority, whose members attend Austin High School, helped Parents and Children Together by stuffing envelopes with information for new mothers. Among those who participated were Susan Reardon, Lisa Burney, Vicki Thublin and Tara Andrew.

Episcopal Church Women of St. John's will be the hostesses for the 92nd annual fall conference of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Alabama. Planning for the event began this week. Among those helping are Cathy Tubb, Kappie Dunn, Joyce McGhee, Bunny Edwards and Mandy Dolly.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 1996

The public is invited to a ceremony Sunday naming the Decatur federal building for Decatur native U.S. District Judge Seybourn H. Lynne, the longest serving federal judge in the nation.

Lynne was appointed to the bench in 1946 by President Truman and is a former Morgan County circuit judge.

Scheduled speakers include U.S. Sens. Howell Heflin, D-Tuscumbia, and Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville.

Rolling hills, green valleys, mountains, waterfalls and castles combine to make Scotland a colorful land. Tour the country Tuesday as part of the Princess Theater's travelogue series.

Filmmaker Fran Reidelberger will narrate the film in person. The graduate of Merrimack College traveled coast-to-coast in the United States and the Far East while enlisted in the U. S. Navy.

Tuesday's presentation features tours of Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford castle, Robert Burns' country in Ayr and Alloway and castles and shops along Princes Street in Edinburgh.

Also enjoy music of the lonely piper at Glen Coe and take a boat ride on Loch Katrine, the setting for Scott's "Lady of the Lake."

J.D. Sumner and The Stamps and Jake Hess, both longtime popular gospel performers, will sing at Hartselle First United Methodist Church tonight. Both Hess and Summer are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Chris Sabatini of Decatur has been named to the dean's list at Belmont College in Belmont, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leopoldo Edward Sabatini and is a 1994 graduate of Austin High School.

Leigh Ann Yarbrough, daughter of Charles and Cheryl Yarbrough, has been named one of approximately 2,600 candidates in the 1996 Presidential Scholars Program. She is a senior at Hartselle High School.

Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, character, and involvement in community and school activities.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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