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Mary Lott

Members of Union Grove Home Demonstration Club toured the campus of Tennessee Valley State Vocational Technical School. They are, first row, from left, Lisa McCulloch, Lona Folette, Mrs. Roy Jeffreys, Mrs. W.E. Brooks, Mrs. John Kitchens, Mrs. C.M. Whiten and Mrs. O.M. Wade; and second row, from left, Mrs. Alva Wade, Mrs. A.B. Clark, Mrs. S.M. Kitchens, Mrs. Orval Roberts, Mrs. L. Pill, Mrs. Alvin Armor and Mrs. Bill Palmer. This photo appeared in THE DECATUR DAILY on Oct. 20, 1963.
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Members of Union Grove Home Demonstration Club toured the campus of Tennessee Valley State Vocational Technical School. They are, first row, from left, Lisa McCulloch, Lona Folette, Mrs. Roy Jeffreys, Mrs. W.E. Brooks, Mrs. John Kitchens, Mrs. C.M. Whiten and Mrs. O.M. Wade; and second row, from left, Mrs. Alva Wade, Mrs. A.B. Clark, Mrs. S.M. Kitchens, Mrs. Orval Roberts, Mrs. L. Pill, Mrs. Alvin Armor and Mrs. Bill Palmer. This photo appeared in THE DECATUR DAILY on Oct. 20, 1963.

Gurnie White is Danville’s best all-around

75 Years Ago

April 3-9, 1931

Danville School began elections for "Who Is Who." After two weeks of campaigning, speeches and "political rivalry" the following were elected: Gurnie White, best all-around student; Caro Wright, most beautiful girl; Walton Johnson, most handsome boy; Mildred Morris, most popular student; George Hardwick, best boy athlete; Mary Sue Thompson, best girl athlete; Arthur Owen, friendliest boy; Pauline Johnson, friendliest girl; Bernice Sams, best behaved student; and Ewlyn Edwards, best personality.

Business and Professional Women's Club of Decatur will give a silver tea and cotton fashion show at the Booth building Friday.

The event is being put on in connection with the "Wear Cotton" movement that each club is sponsoring. Models will display garments made from various cotton materials. Hartselle girls will make the costumes.

Local merchants, in cooperation with this movement, will be asked to display cotton pieces.

50 Years Ago

April 3-9, 1956

Buddy Montgomery was named valedictorian of Hazlewood High School's senior class. Salutatorians are Don Brackin and Sara Jane Bracken.

Alexander Nunn, executive editor and vice president of The Progressive Farmer, will be guest speaker for the annual meeting of Decatur District Conference at Ninth Street United Methodist Church.

Nunn choose the subject "A Gentleman's Agreement with the Soil." His address is to be broadcast over stations in Athens, Cullman and Decatur.

Nunn attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He joined The Progressive Farmer staff after he graduated in 1924, and became associate editor in 1928. He became executive editor and vice president in 1954.

The 4-H Club boys and girls of Morgan County completed a contest on safety and Jimmy Howard was first-place winner in the boys elementary level.

He is a member of the Priceville Elementary 4-H Club and is in the fifth grade.

Decatur High School Band received its 10th superior rating in State Band competition at the annual State Band and Choral Festival at The University of Alabama.

Decatur band plays in Class AA competition and was judged first in concert work and second in sight reading.

Athens High School Band and Lawrence County High School Band both received superior ratings in Class B competition.

Jane Veazey, a Decatur High School student, won first place in senior girls' division at the North Alabama Science Fair with her exhibit "Chemistry in Cooking." Veazey and her faculty sponsor, John Teague, will take the project to the national Science Fair in Oklahoma City.

25 Years Ago

April 3-9, 1981

Members of the Col. John Robins Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented Champ Thomaskutty with the certificate he won for writing an essay about George Washington. It won second-place in the state DAR History Month contest.

Loretta Carter, a medical assistant for Dr. Charles Burton, was presented the Medical Assistant of the Year award by the Morgan County chapter of the American Medical Assistant Association. The award is given to the medical assistant considered outstanding by others in the association.

Calhoun Community College's Ricky Oates signed a grant-in-aid with The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

New officers for Decatur Country Club women's golf association are Fran Bell, president; Gladys Hargrove, vice president; Rosemary Hennessy, secretary; Mickie Rath, corresponding secretary; Marj Tucker, treasurer; and Evelyn Loyd and Billye Kantola, board members.

Daisee Turner, district chairwoman and co-director of Decatur Business and Professional Women, presented Elise Moss the Young Careerist award. Her recognition by the local chapter places her in competition for the state award in May. Moss is an attorney with Legal Services of North-Central Alabama.

Donna Jones of Hartselle was a Teen Model of the Month semifinalist in Teen magazine. She is in competition for Teen Model of the Year. The magazine contest runs through October.

10 Years Ago

April 3-9, 1996

AmSouth Bank of Decatur promoted Jim Turner to vice president. Turner graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1981. He earned a master's in business administration from The University of Alabama in 1988. He began his banking career in 1983, and joined AmSouth in 1993.

Army Pvt. Loyd W. Stewart II graduated from the cannon fire direction specialist school at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Loyd Stewart of Decatur and Lynda Carr of Trinity and is a 1995 graduate of Bethel Baptist High School.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Awards Committee Chairman Bill Briscoe presented Hulond Ryan the Humanitarian Award for his service to those needing food, shelter, clothing or medicine.

The chamber recognized Ryan for his work with the Committee on Church Cooperation, a local charity that aids the poor.

Betty Sims, owner of Johnston Street Café, received the Athena Award.

Thaddeus L. Martin of Decatur received a University of North Alabama "Pride of Dixie" Marching Band scholarship for the 1996-97 marching season. He is a senior at Austin High School and also a member of the Austin marching, symphonic, pep and jazz bands. He is the son of Marion Martin.

Phyllis Maloney, 13, daughter of Mark and Gay Maloney and an eighth-grader at St. Ann School won second place in a statewide geography bee sponsored by National Geographic Society.

She earned the distinction of being the only female ever to compete in the bee's championship round at the state level.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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