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Mary Lott

Hartselle Band in a photo from the 1950s.
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Hartselle Band in a photo from the 1950s.

Clem named prohibition officer

75 Years Ago

March 6-12, 1931

J.E. Clem Jr., former sheriff of Morgan County whose term expired in January, left this week for Birmingham where he will assume duties as a federal prohibition officer. He was one of 26 applicants to pass examinations.

Clem, who is less than 30 years old, was the youngest sheriff in Alabama at the time of his election five years ago.

His father, J.E. Clem Sr., is judge of the interior court in Athens.

John W. Blackburn announced that a new non-denominational, non-sectarian "investigative" Bible class will be conducted at his Decatur residence Sunday. A cordial invitation was extended to the public to attend.

In explaining plans for the class, Blackburn said, "We have no other motive than to search out God's great purpose ourselves and those with whom we come in contact, in line and in harmony with the same, and to try to get closer to God."

Mrs. Emmett Himes entertained Canal Street Rook Club on Friday. Mrs. J.P. Brock and Mrs. R.R. Banks were the lucky contestants who received club prizes.

Gov. B.M. Miller has appointed Morgan County's new jury board. They are John W. Tomlinson, Danville, term to expire in 1934; J.A. Tidwell, Decatur, term to expire in 1933; and W.J. Briscoe, Joppa, term to expire in 1932.

The Limestone County board is Henderson Legg, Athens, term to expire in 1934; G.R. Smith, Elkmont, term to expire in 1933; and John C. Batts Jr., Coxey, term to expire in 1932.

50 Years Ago

March 6-12, 1956

New officers for Decatur Cotillion Club are Mrs. Fred Trimble, president; Mrs. Lindsey Hume, vice president; Mrs. Ben Lee, treasurer; Mrs. Frank J. McLaughlin Jr., corresponding secretary; Mrs. Robert T. McWhorter, recording secretary; and Mrs. Rex Rankin, parliamentarian.

Wally Dunnavent of Decatur was named the "most studious boy" in a student opinion poll conducted by "The Bison" yearbook staff at Southern Union College.

Al Shelton, president of Shelton's Office Outfitters, was selected as Decatur Rotary Club member who most nearly lives the Rotary ideal of vocational service. He will be honored at the district conference of Rotary International in Birmingham.

Marlynn Norwood, a senior at Lawrence County High School, won a $500 scholarship as second-place winner in the State Homemaker of Tomorrow Contest sponsored by Betty Crocker and General Mills.

Norwood is the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. June Norwood. She is a member of the FHA Club and has received her state degree. A member of the Beta Club and the band, she was recently chosen as Sweetheart of Lawrence County High School Band.

Dwight Eddins and Jim Marshall, members of the Decatur High School Band, will be presented in solo numbers at the band's annual spring concert Friday.

Eddins has been a member of the band for five years and will render a trombone solo, "Adagio," from Hayden's Cello Sonata. Marshall will perform "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" on the bass horn, He has been in the band for 2 years and has previously played sousaphone.

25 Years Ago

March 6-12, 1981

Austin High students dropped pennies into trash cans to raise money for their annual blood drive. More than $1,600 was raised in the competition, which pitted students against faculty. The seniors' trash can had the most pennies and the fewest silver coins to win the competition.

Carla Reardon and two seniors, Mike Wade and Carla Jenkins, are drive chairmen.

The 20-book work "Encyclopaedia Judaica" has been donated to Wheeler Basin Regional Library by the Jewish community of Decatur. The project was initiated by Decatur businessman Morley Denbo. Others who gave the books include Mr. and Mrs. Paul Oppenheim, Dr. Arthur Stamler and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Iser.

Decatur Boys Club Midget League Pacers won the league and tournament championship for 1980-81. The Pacers are Robert Williams, Neal Porter, Brian Dawes, Scott Durham, Steven Slayton, Todd Etheridge, Donald Williams, David Hollingsworth, Mark Blaxton, Andy Mote, Austin Alldredge, assistant coach Wayne Hollingsworth and coach Ray Durham.

Brewer High School's Charlotte Flack signed a basketball grant-in-aid with Snead State Junior College. Flack, a 5-foot-9 forward, was a three-year starter for Brewer. She averaged 17.3 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Patriots in her senior year and was elected team captain and most valuable player.

She also made the All-Morgan County Tournament team three straight years.

Hartselle High School choral student Greg James was chosen Outstanding Male Choral Student in Alabama during competition at Jacksonville State University, said Hartselle High School choral director Wanda Jackson.

James had previously won the district competition. He received a trophy, a plaque for the school and a $150 scholarship, Jackson said.

The Decatur Art Guild spring art show produced three winners. Kay Clement took Best of Show with her batik. Ruth Brown won first place in the art category with a watercolor, and Linda Moss won first place in the craft class with a macrame piece.

Instructor Andy Latham will be taking the Brewer High School's district winners of the Distributive Education Clubs of America to the state competition at Montgomery. District winners are Connie Lambert, food service; Dennis Ballentine, petroleum supervisory; Lesa Suggs, general marketing; Gina Whilhite, food service; Vickie Posey, general marketing; and Lenita Greene, food service.

10 Years Ago

March 6-12, 1996

G. Ralph Jones, agent with Equitable Financial Services in Decatur, was recently named a Knight of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation.

The foundation has donated more than $5.8 million to 600 charities around the world since its formation in 1959.

Freida K. Perry of Decatur, sales associate with Ben Porter Real Estate, was awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Realtors National Marketing Institute.

Qualifying Realtors must complete specified courses and demonstrate expertise in residential real estate marketing. Fewer than 4 percent of Realtors have the designation.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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