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Bowline Drive-In Theatre was at the southeast corner of U.S. 31 and Alabama 67. It was built in 1953 and had a circus-themed playground with pony rides. This photo is from 1962.

Beauchamp, Jones star in Central PTA musical comedy

75 Years Ago

Nov. 20-26, 1931

Central Parent-Teacher Association performed “Rosetime,” a three-act musical comedy, at Riverside High School. The play was produced by Wayne B. Sewell Co. of Atlanta.

Mrs. Donald Beauchamp was leading lady and Eldon Jones was leading man.

R.H. Richardson Jr., an Athens insurance agent, was elected chairman of the board of stewards of First Methodist Church of Athens.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 20-26, 1956

Valhermoso Home Demonstration Club elected officers at its annual Thanksgiving dinner at Valhermoso Christian Church. They were Mrs. L.C. Murphy, president; Mrs. James Jackson, vice president; Mrs. W.W. Murphy, secretary, reporter; and Mrs. Fred Chunn, treasurer.

Mayor Homer Boggs tested a fire hydrant at the base of the new 100-foot 75,000 gallon capacity water tank at Ardmore. The tank was part of the new $100,000 system that provided public water supply to 225 water customers in the border-straddling municipality.

Two new pumps shoved 120 gallons of water per minute into the lines of Ardmore’s new system.

Meredith Woodall, assistant manager of Alabama State Employment Service, accepted the 1956 Morgan County Tuberculosis Association Seal Sale chairmanship. Woodall was past president of Decatur Civitan Club and Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Lt. Melvin Oliver Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Oliver Sr. of Austinville, won first place in the Fall Handicap Golf Tournament among service personnel at Fort Still, Okla.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 20-26, 1981

The chairman of the Athens-Limestone Hospital Board of Directors was honored and cited for his outstanding community service.

Local karate talent Jamie Hooper brought home three trophies in tournaments. He finished second to John Chung, the nation’s best, in forms competition in an Atlanta event.

At a national finals tournament in Oklahoma City, he finished second in weapons competition and tied for third in forms.

Binford Turner, who was director of Athens Industrial Development Association, a member of the Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee and other groups, received a plaque for outstanding service to the county.

Roger Shabel of Decatur was elected president of Alabama Mountain Lakes Association.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 20-26, 1996

The Raiders finished the regular season undefeated to win the flag division of the Decatur River City Youth Football League. The team went 9-0 and made the post-season tournament finals.

Team members included Brent Lea, Trent Standridge, Jonathan Smith, Carson Minton, Brandon Keel, Jacob Morgan, Eric Parks, Matthew Thorne, Josh Ditzler, Justin Blanchard and Michael Covington. The coaches were Bruce Lea, Dale Standridge and Randy Smith.

Tommy Paulk was appointed president of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

The guided missile destroyer Decatur was christened at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

The ship, like the city of Decatur, was named after Commodore Stephen Decatur. It was the 23rd destroyer built out of 35 authorized by Congress. Four previous ships had been named in Decatur’s honor, spanning 1840 to 1983.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and event in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties for The Valley of Years Past. Call Mary Lott at 340-2452 between 3 and 5 p.m. weekdays or e-mail her at

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