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Mary Lott

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The 1946 Decatur Red Raiders football team.

Rotary honors Goidel for 127 consecutive meetings

75 Years Ago

Aug. 14-20, 1931

H.O. Goidel, member of Decatur Rotary Club, was awarded a "century" button by the club. The button recognized his attendance at 127 consecutive meetings.

A.W. Sharpley grew a peach weighing a little more than three-quarters of a pound in his backyard. The peach was displayed at THE DAILY and attracted much attention.

L.G. Cleverdon of Judson College spoke at Hartselle First Baptist Church. Cleverton, the college's new president, was said to be "a speaker of unusual ability and a faithful preacher of the gospel of grace."

F.D. "Shine" Peebles claimed the Harry Carpenter Trophy at Valley Country Club golf tournament. He defeated Thomas Hodson.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 14-20, 1956

Twelve Morgan County students at Florence State College received special recognition for outstanding scholastic achievement.

Shirley Jean Hicks had all A's for the summer semester. Those making the honor roll with Hicks were Janie Kell Royer, Ruby Ellen Vest, Charles Whitten and Louise Hampton.

On the dean's list were Autice Culbreath, LaFonda Fleming, Margaret Suzanne McKee, Billy Oakes, Alice Owen, Catherine Puckett and Linda Wylodine Sharp.

Arvon L. Davies, Chemstrand Limited managing director, and family sailed from New York to Northern Ireland where he was to manage the Acrilan plant at Coleraine. Mr. and Mrs. Davies and children, Philip, Cynthia, Peter and Stephen, were formerly of Decatur.

George M. Speed joined the Athens College faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.

Speed, a native of Dora, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree. He taught mathematics at Talladega High School for two years before coming to Athens.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 14-20, 1981

Members of Decatur's Silent Fury Karate Club won or placed at a U.S. Karate Championship Tournament in Cookeville, Tenn. Winning awards were Jody Robinson, second place in his division; Mary Ann Prater, second place in her division; Obie Overstreet, first place in his division; Blair Temple, first place in his division; and Sheree Deffenbaugh, first place in her division. Other team members were Bobby Robinson, Jeff Spivey, Marilyn Robinson, Dawn Pemburton, Mike Watkins and Linda Mahathy.

Michael Allison, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., became minister of music at First Baptist Church of Decatur. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979 with a master's degree in church music.

Becky Johnson, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hershal E. Johnson of Decatur, won a "Tell Me Why" book for submitting a letter to THE DECATUR DAILY column. Her letter was titled "My Favorite Piece of Music." She was a student at Austin High School.

Greg Countryman, a graduate of Decatur High School, was selected drum major of the 260-member Tiger Marching Band at Louisiana State University.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 14-20, 1996

Ken Retherford, DAILY weekend editor and health writer, was recipient of the Alabama Heart Association Media Award.

Nick Ramsey of Decatur received the Hot Shot Champion Award for ages 15-17 at the Freed-Hardeman University basketball camp. He is the son of Charlie Ramsey and a student at Tri-County Bible School.

Deborah A. Hankins of Hartselle was awarded the Florence Nightingale Award from Wallace State College. The award is the highest given in the college's nursing program. Program Director Denise Elliott, RN, MSN, presented the award.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THE DAILYwelcomes the loan of vintage photographs of people, places and events in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties. Contact Mary Lott at mlott@decatur daily.com or call her at 340-2452 for information. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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