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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2006
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Mary Lott

Eva Future Homemakers of America members in this photo from the 1950s are, front row, from left, Betty Woodruff, Geraldene Turner, Monte Ryan, Reva Lewis and Margie Norris. Back row, from left, are Audrey Murphy, Faye Walker, Evon Nelson, Carnice Woodard, Elaine Holmes and Annie Jo Holmes. They attended a State FHA Convention in Montevallo.
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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.

Terry’s 34 points top in tourney

75 Years Ago
Feb. 20-26, 1931

M. Terry of Mount Moriah scored the most points of any player in the Lawrence County junior high school tournament. Terry scored 34 points in three games.

Grant Street Church of Christ had four special night services with guest speaker J. Pettey Ezell, former minister of the local congregation. Ezell is now minister at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and spoke on the subject "No Creed but the Bible."

The Thursday Afternoon Club sponsored the showing of the film "Forest or Waste Lands" this week. The picture deals with conservation of timber.

50 Years Ago
Feb. 20-26, 1956

Master Sgt. Joseph H. Lorenza, a Decatur native, received his appointment to first sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from Capt. R.F. Young Jr., officer in charge of the recruiting station in Birmingham. The appointment is coveted and identifies the Marine as one who is fully qualified to succeed to command a company-sized unit in combat in the absence of a commissioner or warrant officer.

The Right Rev. C.C.J. Carpenter, bishop of the Diocese of Alabama, announced that the Rev. Lester McManis had been selected unanimously as director of Christian dducation for the Diocese of Alabama. The announcement was made at the Sunday St. John's Episcopal Church service.

The Piano Ensemble of Decatur Music Club presented a concert Feb. 23 at West Decatur School. The ensemble members are Margaret Ann Frederick, Bee Carrell, Ursula Stehman, Ann-Clare Berry, Imogene Hendrix, Frances Hall, Virginia Van Sant, Mary Faye Hunter and Marsha Le Grande.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 20-26, 1981

Members of Decatur's 1971 state championship football team presented retiring coach Earl Webb with an autographed ball. Team members are Terry Mizell, Curtis Rooker, Rick Chenault, Lane Potter, Jim Rankin, David Breland, Randy Bradford, Barry Brown, Eddie Mitchell, Scott Wagner, Edwin Breland, Mike Burnthall and Ray Ashwander.

Webb came to Decatur in 1967 and inherited the remains of an 0-10 team. His first two teams produced 4-5-1 and 2-7-1 records, but then he began an era that brought back memories of the glory days of Coach H.L. "Shorty" Ogle, who is now in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

The Red Raiders were 9-1 the next two years and then won the state 4A championship in 1971.

Gene Johnson of Marianna, Fla., has been named administrator of Tri-County Bible School at Beltline Church of Christ.

Johnson is a native of Valdosta, Ga., and has had church volunteer experience as a youth director, education director, song leader, teacher, elder and deacon.

He has a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from The University of Georgia and a master of education degree from Florida A&M University.

Decatur High School fans found plenty to celebrate Thursday night as the Red Raiders roll to a 70-55 victory over Bradshaw in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Region 11 tournament at Calhoun Community College. The victory leaves the Raiders one step away from the state tournament.

Phillip Crabtree, 10-year-old student at Julian Newman Elementary School in Athens, was recently honored for his entry in a Visual Education Consultants presidential essay contest. More than 20,000 students nationwide wrote letters to then-President-elect Reagan telling him the three most important things he should do while in office. Crabtree's letter made it to the finals in the competition and, although he did not win an award, the managing editor for VEC wrote to say "his letter was exceptionally good," said Marjorie Walker, the boy's fourth-grade teacher. Crabtree's letter asked the president to lower taxes and to "do something about the Ku Klux Klan."

VEC is sponsored locally by THE DAILY.

The 76'ers took the 10-and-under championship in Decatur Youth Basketball League this season with an 18-0 record. It was the second year in a row for the 76'ers to go unbeaten. They defeated the Sonics 33-13 in the championship game at T.C. Almon Community Center.

Team members are Chris Martin, Ashley Hill, Jason Hill, Brian Henson, Russ Ford, Scott Wallace, Jason Clanton, John Lovelace, Jamie Eggleston and coaches Hugh Hinson and Tom Eggleston.

Outstanding Alabama high school students, designated Sesquicentennial Scholars, were recent guests of The University of Alabama. They are Patrick McRight, John Landers and Rebecca Stover, all of Decatur, Derek Terry and William Chitwood, both of Moulton.

Winners of the public speaking contest at the Lawrence County Future Farmers of America competition Wednesday at Hazlewood Elementary School were Grey Smith of Speake High School, Kim Norwood of Hazlewood High School, Eddie Christy of Lawrence County High School and Carlos Sibley of Mount Hope High School.

10 Years Ago
Feb. 20-26, 1996
Five local residents have been chosen to try to lead Point Mallard Park into a more prosperous future.

Decatur City Council has named Eldred Sims, Bob Koenig, Gloria Smith, Joe Hargrove and Larry Sturges to a new board created to try to improve services and profits at the park. The volunteers will serve terms from one to five years.

Each of the board members selected Monday has background in business and uses the park's campgrounds, golf course, aquatic center or ice rink in some capacity, said Councilman Carter Tutwiler.

Ismail Akbay of Athens, president of Akbay Associates, recently was appointed interim executive director of the National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit College in Wheeling, W.Va. Akbay spent nearly 20 years managing the technology transfer office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville before opening his own technology transfer firm. Akbay is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Chris Pepper, a social studies teacher at Austin High School, and Rhonda Reece, a Title I/Reading Recovery teacher at West Decatur Elementary School, were named secondary and elementary teachers of the year, respectively, during a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at the Professional Training Center.

At least three local church youth groups will join teens from across the United States to go without food for 30 hours this weekend. The idea of the "30 Hour Famine" is to identify with the world's hungry, organizers said.

Sixty teens from Trinity Baptist, Southside Baptist and Sixth Avenue Church of God are taking pledges from friends and family members for every hour they go without food.

The money will go to hunger relief efforts in countries like Guatemala and India, said Lee Dymond, youth director at Trinity. They will spend part of the hours they fast as volunteers at Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville, he said.

Five local residents will take their place in history in June as bearers of a flame that has burned 100 years.

United Way of Athens-Limestone County honored five Community Hero Torchbearers at a reception Wednesday in Founders Hall at Athens State College. The honorees will carry the Olympic torch as it passes through Limestone County on June 29.

Chosen by a committee chaired by Pat Lewis of Athens were Ausie Clement, Curtis Grissom, Angeline Nazaretian, Skye Taylor and Bethany Wales.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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