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Mary Lott

Insurance Women’s Organization of Decatur elected Margaret Johnson, left, secretary and Carolyn Powell president. This photo appears to be from the 1960s.
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Insurance Women’s Organization of Decatur elected Margaret Johnson, left, secretary and Carolyn Powell president. This photo appears to be from the 1960s.

Long to lead new Decatur Art Club

75 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1931

Art lovers of Decatur met at Carnegie Library and formed a new organization called Decatur Art Club. Corinne Long Griffin was elected president. Others elected were Myrtle Martin, vice president; and Kaleene Day, secretary/treasurer.

Fred Durham, representing Hazlewood High School, won an oratorical contest sponsored by The Birmingham News and Age-Herald. "The Citizen Under the Constitution" was the subject of his oration. He advances to district contest.

50 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1956

Town Creek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8362 elected officers at a recent meeting. They are Jack Neal, commander; C.C. Dill, senior vice commander; Odie Kent, junior vice commander; Russell Loosier, quartermaster; Lilburn Beavers, adjutant; and Harold Brackin, chaplain. Trustees are Herman Bradford, Rubert Campbell and Ruben Harris.

Tom Leslie, attorney with Chemstrand Corp., was named to succeed Charles Minton as president of Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce. Charles Apperson of Chemstrand's research department and Jack Walden, DECATUR DAILY managing editor, were elected external and internal vice presidents, respectively. Elected to the board of directors were George Wilkinson, Frank Wiley, Bob Chaney and Charles Steinmetz.

Round Top and Fairview Home Demonstration clubs elected four new members at a recent meeting. They are Mrs. J.H. Garnett, Virginia Marsh, Mrs. David Todd and Mrs. Frank Yates.


25 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1981

Decatur High School's newspaper, its editor and a staff writer received awards in a statewide contest sponsored by the Alabama High School Journalism Press Association, said Jo Ann Harvey, Decatur High journalism teacher.

Decatur's newspaper, Raider's Digest, was rated superior and awarded third place for general excellence.

Senior Tom Counts received first place honors in the editorial writing division for his opinion on controlled access to Beltline Highway. Counts is Raider's Digest editor. Another senior, Susan Higginbotham, placed second in the "write-off" competition for sportswriting. The write-off required students to interview people and, in 30 minutes, write a story.

Decatur Mayor Bill Dukes presented plaques to two former Decatur Parks and Recreation Board chairmen, Marvin Taylor and Lawson Davidson. Taylor was chairman in 1979 and Davidson in 1980.

Carmine Piesco of the American Legion Post 15 donated a check for $500 to the 1981 Spirit of America Festival. Chairwoman Jo Ann Sharrott accepted the donation on behalf of the committee raising funds for the July event at Point Mallard.

Several Austin High School athletes were honored Friday at the school's Winter Sports Banquet. They are Donna Hull, most spirited cheerleader; Cheri Nelson, best all-around; Rebecca Beard, squad captain; Tracie Burnett, girls basketball scholastic award; Leslie Knable, girls basketball most improved; Sissy White, gymnastics most improved; Christina Faust, gymnastics scholastic award; Donna Blackwood, gymnastics best all-around; Lynne Bolden, girls basketball most valuable; Mac Abston, basketball squad captain; Vic Marshall, basketball hustle award; Mike Wade, blood drive chairman; Joyce Holt, girls basketball hustle award; Caroline Marble, senior award; Bruce Harris Hurst, basketball scholastic award; and Blake Blagburn, senior award.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration honored Charles R. Bain of Athens, Melvin A. Bryant III of Decatur and James T. Watkins of Somerville for their contributions to the space shuttle program.

Bain was one of 11 employees at Marshall Space Flight Center selected to attend the first space shuttle launch under NASA's Space Shuttle Launch Honoree Program. Bryant and Watkins were two of 49 employees who received "Snoopy" awards for contributions to the Shuttle program. A silver pin in the form of Snoopy, the popular "Peanuts" comic strip character, was the astronaut award used during the Apollo program and has been approved for use in the shuttle program.


10 Years Ago
March 20-26, 1996

Janet South has been named patient care director of the Rehab Group in
Decatur. She previously was an account executive for Complete Health in Nashville. Rehab Group manages and operates 25 outpatient rehabilitation centers in the Southeast.

Hartselle High School freshman Ashley Chandler's oil painting of a ringneck duck won best of show in the state leg of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. He is eligible to win $2,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C., as he competes against 50 other state winners.

Newcomers' Club of Decatur recently inducted five new members. They are Susan Caldwell, Bobbie Martel, Wanda Renner, Linda Samuelson and Fran Pohl.

Patrick Rylant and Heather Taylor, seniors at Danville High School, recently competed in the Alabama Distributive Education Clubs of America conference in Birmingham. Taylor was a state finalist in food marketing management.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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