News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006

Mary Lott

Long’s Beauty Shop basketball team and coaches with some young fans. Long’s was at 111 E. Moulton St. in Decatur. If anyone can identify the people in the photo or knows when it was taken, contact Mary Lott at
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Long’s Beauty Shop basketball team and coaches with some young fans. Long’s was at 111 E. Moulton St. in Decatur. If anyone can identify the people in the photo or knows when it was taken, contact Mary Lott at

Locklayer is top orator

75 Years Ago

May 7-14, 1931

Lottie M. Locklayer, a member of the graduating class of Decatur Negro High School, won finals in the district elimination of the Elk's oratorical contest at A&M Institute. Six schools participated, including A&M, Oakwood Junior College, Trinity High School, Burrell Normal High School and Sheffield High School.

Locklayer won first in the state final in Gadsden, where five schools were represented.

Riverside High School awarded honors to Marion Bingham, Meredith Woodall and Gertha Claburn, students in the senior class with the highest averages.

50 Years Ago

May 7-14, 1956

Anne Carrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reneau Carrell, was winner of an essay contest sponsored by Stephens Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was presented a medal.

Mrs. Robert G. McNelly, president of Junior Service League, announced new members of the executive board. They are Mrs. John A. Reynolds, vice president; Mrs. M.E. Edwards, second vice president; Mrs. John H. Giles, recording secretary; Mrs. Walter M. Penney, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Claude Carter, treasurer.

Evelyn Etheridge of Decatur plays the role of a psychoanalyst's secretary in Huntsville Little Theater's production of "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!" Etheridge works for Thiokol Chemical Corp. in Huntsville and has been with Little Theater for Group for 14 months.

25 Years Ago

May 7-14, 1981

Winners of the creative writing contest conducted by American Association of University Women were honored with a tea in the Community Room at Wheeler Basin Regional Library.

First-place winners were Beth Langford of Decatur High School for poetry, Leslie Bolin of Austin High School for short story and Rhoda Klopfenstein of Grace Baptist High School for essay.

Second-place winners were Patrick McRight of Austin High for poetry, Keith Green of Decatur High and Maureen Spain of Austin High, for essay and Mark Goosby of Decatur High and Ann Shafer of Austin High for short story.

Third-place winners were Steve Rowden of Decatur High for poetry, Robin Riffe of Grace Baptist for essay and Kimberly Thomas and Ricky Tyler, both of Austin High, for short story.

Angela Hill was first-place winner in Moulton Elementary School's multiplication contest. Christy Oliver placed second and Lisa Heidt was third. More than 20 third-graders in Ann Johnson's class completed 100 problems in 5 minutes or less.

Saginaw Steering Gear Division employee Clenton Johnson received a $10,000 check for a suggestion which saved the company time and money. His idea improved efficiency and reduced material costs at the plant. The award is part of $92,051 being paid to eligible employees for 697 adopted ideas this month.

Charles P. Butler of Charles P. Butler Insurance Agency in Athens, was honored as a 1981 Master Underwriter at Cotton States Insurance's annual salves convention in Savannah, Ga. It is the highest award a Cotton States agent can receive in property and casualty underwriting.

Butler, a master underwriter, will participate during 1981 in special corporate activities, including policy and planning meetings at Cotton States' home office in Atlanta.

Amy Waters and Jeff Dutton of Lawrence County High School were winners at the senior level in the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Lisa Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Robinson of Decatur, was presented the Best Performance by an Actress award as a part of the annual Spotlight Awards given by the communication department at Freed-Hardeman College for her work in theater.

10 Years Ago

May 7-14, 1996

Laura Rice, Austin High School drum major, won the second annual Kevin Gardner Memorial Scholarship. She was presented $2,000.

Gardner was a drummer in the Austin band when he was killed at age 16.

Morgan County Department of Human Resources had its foster parent recognition dinner, honoring those from the county's 35 foster parent homes. Rodney and Johnna Breland received the Foster Family of the Year award.

Charles D. Holbrook of Decatur, Alabama manager for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, qualified for membership in the President's Club. The membership recognizes sales production and professionalism within the organization.

Three Decatur law enforcement officers were recognized as top graduates at Northeast Alabama Police Academy's 105th Basic Session at Jacksonville State University.

Jeremey H. Hayes received the physical fitness award, John D. Morrow received the most improved physical fitness award, and David L. Williams received the firearms award.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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