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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Freddie Outlaw received the A.E. Middlebrooks Award at 1976 commencement ceremonies at Athens State College.
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Freddie Outlaw received the A.E. Middlebrooks Award at 1976 commencement ceremonies at Athens State College.

Mayor H.R. Summer opens Teague Appliances

75 Years Ago

Aug. 21-27, 1931

Batting averages for the international league showed Raymond Pepper of Decatur tied for batting honors among regulars in that circuit with an average of 347. He was a member of St. Louis Cards.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 21-27, 1956

Ransom E. Crawford, Decatur and Morgan County Civil Defense administrator, became chairman of the local National Civil Defense Week Committee.

Crawford was selected by a group of representatives from Decatur clubs and organizations in preparing for the observance of Civil Defense Week.

Mayor H.R. Summer cut the ribbon to officially open Teague Appliances. Carver Teague was the owner and operator of the store. Others present at the ceremony were Don Cooper, sales manager for General Electric Appliance Co., Alabama Branch; Clyde Hayes, General Electric sales counselor for North Alabama; and Ralph Mann, WAJF announcer.

Sgt. Henry F. Smith, a native of Virginia, moved to Decatur to replace Sgt. Dupre Carter as non-commissioned officer in charge of local recruitment. Sgt. Smith worked for the recruiting station in Birmingham before coming to Decatur and was stationed in Parris Island, N.C.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 21-27, 1981

The National Conference of Christians and Jews honored former Gov. Albert P. Brewer and Judge Newton B. Powell, both of Decatur, and Ben P. Jaffe of Athens at its Brotherhood Awards Dinner in the Skycenter Hotel in Birmingham. The men were recognized for their "outstanding contributions to the cause of human relations in the state," according to Jimmy Harper, regional director of the organization.

Clyde Hendrix got help celebrating his 100th birthday from the Decatur Kiwanis Club and received a framed proclamation from Mayor Bill Dukes. Long-time friends Zeta Staten, O.M. Hutcheson and family also took part in the celebration.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 21-27, 1996

Norma McCollum, executive director of Athens/Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, was sworn in as president of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Alabama. McCollum accepted the gavel from former president Larry Waller, director of Huntsville/Madison County chamber, in ceremonies at Joe Wheeler State Park.

Jeremy Pepper and J. Scott Smith, both of Athens, Wesley Walker of Danville, Anna Bradbary and Tiffany Smith, both of Decatur, Jennifer Hose of Lacey's Springs and Jennifer Norris of Vinemont were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society at The University of Alabama.

Austin High School varsity cheerleaders attended the National Cheerleading Association camp at Auburn University and received three spirit sticks, five superior ribbons, Circle of Winners Sward and the Overall Spirit Award and received an invitation to attend the Adolphus Children's Christmas Parade in Chicago.

Squad captain Candace Kuby and Ashley Dean were named to the All-American squad. Co-captain Allison Mills, Nancy Case, Mandy Glenn and Regan Thwing were nominated for All-American. Other squad members were Brandee Haddan, Laura Kirby, Adriane Montgomery and Andrea McNalley.

A Celebration of the Arts and the Mind was at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. The event was presented by the Mental Health Association of Morgan County. Among performers were Jeanette K. Chaney as Annie Sullivan and Dani Ridgway as Helen Keller. They presented selected scenes from William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker."

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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