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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2006
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Mary Lott

Employees of First Federal Savings and Loan in Decatur in this photo from the early 1960s are seated, from left, Sandra Collins, Lois Norman,  Barbara Black, Reba Densmore, Shirleen Billings, Nita Suggs, Mary Glynn  Elliott and Barbara Parker. Standing, from left, are Doris French, Geraldine Pierson, Ledonia Kullman, Ethel Norris, Gerry Kraft, Gena Woods, Virginia Calvin, Nan Tumlinson, Verna McConnell, Mary Gardiner Hardy, Mary Keenum, Lois Steenson and Karen Clem.
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Employees of First Federal Savings and Loan in Decatur in this photo from the early 1960s are seated, from left, Sandra Collins, Lois Norman, Barbara Black, Reba Densmore, Shirleen Billings, Nita Suggs, Mary Glynn Elliott and Barbara Parker. Standing, from left, are Doris French, Geraldine Pierson, Ledonia Kullman, Ethel Norris, Gerry Kraft, Gena Woods, Virginia Calvin, Nan Tumlinson, Verna McConnell, Mary Gardiner Hardy, Mary Keenum, Lois Steenson and Karen Clem.

Athens to get new post office

75 Years Ago

Feb. 13-19, 1931

Athens citizens are elated by the announcement that the government will soon spend $90,000 for a new post office building. Congressman Edward B. Almon has been urging the appropriation for this project and he was able to announce the successful culmination of his efforts Monday.

T. Jervis Jones of Decatur Ice and Coal Co. has been elected president of Alabama Ice Manufacturers Association for the 1931 term.

Judge David Davis of Birmingham, Grand Chancellor Commander of Alabama Knights of Pythias, was guest speaker at the Tennessee Valley Pythian Association meeting with Pythagoras Lodge No. 199 at Hartselle. The subject of his address was "The Needs of Pythianism in Alabama." Elected officers were William Milliken of Florence, president; J. Bert Johnson Sr. of Florence, secretary-treasurer; S.B. Lackey of Hartselle, E.D. Bailey Jr. of Decatur and Judge W.H. Key of Russellville, vice presidents.

Postal Telegraph Cable Co., her employer, has honored M.E. Spence, manager. C.B. Allsopp, vice president at New York headquarters, announced her election to the Lookout Club. Out of 20,000 employees, there are about 465 club members. Those elected are judged on general efficiency, sales ability and service to the community. The slogan of the club is "Keen Eyes, Keen Minds, Always on the Lookout for New Business."

Spence has been in Decatur 11 years and has been with the company 13 years. Before coming to Decatur, she was manager of the local office in Greenwood, Miss., for two years.


50 Years Ago

Feb. 13-19, 1956

Leo L. Fabisinski Jr. has been appointed assistant Acrilan plant training supervisor for the personnel relations department of The Chemstrand Corp. F. William Koster, vice president and Acrilan acrylic fiber plant manager, made the announcement. Fabisinski will assist in the development and execution of training programs for plant employees.

Dixie Grimes and Joe Black were crowned queen and king at a Sweetheart Banquet at Central Baptist Church.

Her classmates and faculty have elected Elizabeth Sivley, senior at Decatur High School, student of the month. She is president of the Student Council, an officer the Thespian Society, a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of Tri-Hi-Y, director of the Sports Queen Carnival, chairwoman of Senior Scrambles and a member of the band and annual staff.

Alabama Future Farmers of America state officers and 67 county FFA presidents will be guests of the agriculture committee of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16-17. Dwight Martin of Mount Hope chapter will represent Lawrence County during the festivities. J.R. Hawkins is his adviser.


25 Years Ago

Feb. 13-19, 1981

Decatur Concert Association had its kickoff meeting Monday night with a dinner and performance by baritone Sam Timberlake. The organization starts selling season memberships to the 1981-82 concert season today.

President Preston Brogdon announced that the organization is now affiliated with Alabama Symphony Association, a newly formed branch of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, which will book attractions for DCA.

The local Home Demonstration Club welcomed two new members, Mrs. Joe Maner and Mrs. E.C. Sivley, at a recent meeting.

Brookhaven Middle School students Carol Johnson and Melissa Rogers were authors of winning entries for an essay contest sponsored by Stephens Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Bingham Edwards rewarded the girls with medals and certificates. The contest required students to write an essay on a military leader of the Battle of Yorktown, and was held as part of DAR's American History Month.

Bill Dennington has joined the staff of Westmeade Baptist Church as minister of youth and recreation.

The December graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was recently summer activities director at Southside Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., and has served other churches in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia. He is a 1977 graduate of The University of West Florida with a degree in physical education and recreation.

Dennington also taught and coached at New Orleans.

Bryant Moss, a West Limestone High School student, won the district competition of the American Legion's High School Oratorical Contest. Moss beat representatives from four other counties to move into division competition in Albertville.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 13-19, 1996

Donnie Williams, a logger who sells timber to Champion International Corp. in Courtland, recently was named the 1995 Region 3 winner of the timber harvesting excellence award.

The award is presented by American Interstate for safety excellence. Williams has been logging in Alabama since starting with his father in 1972.

THE DECATUR DAILY High School Students of the Week are Meagon Owens, Clements High School; Alison Ray, Austin High School; Brent Breedlove, Danville High School; Shelby Allen, Hazlewood High School; Meredith Jackson, Athens High School; and Louis Mavroff, Hartselle High School.

The Black Student Alliance at Calhoun Community College will sponsor an African-American Reading on Feb. 14 as part of the college's Black History Month celebration. The program will feature readings from works by black authors and poets and will be in the Green Room in the campus library.

Sandra Coots was recently promoted senior financial consultant at First American Bank in Decatur.

The Eva native has worked at First American for five years and has 12 years of banking experience.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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