VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Decatur High School students take some time to act silly in this photo from 1969. Kneeling, from left, are Tommy Thigpen and Tim Dunlap. Standing, from left, are John Becktel, Gibson Maynor, Vic Tucker, Wally Terry, Mike Gibson and Buddy Yarbrough.
Record cotton crop in Limestone
75 Years Ago
Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1931
Limestone County made the largest cotton crop in its history. Ginnings were in the neighborhood of 47,000 bales, exceeding the former record crop of 46,000 in 1929.
Judge. J.E. Clem of Limestone County was elected general chairman of Limestone County Red Cross. Other officers were J.R. Crawford, vice chairman; Judge A.M. McConnell, roll call chairman; M.S. Kennemer, publicity chairman; and A.B. McWilliams, treasurer.
The State Herd Improvement Association of Alabama announced that Amos Christopher of Athens was among three with daily herds that made more than 300 pounds of butterfat.
50 Years Ago
Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1956
Sue Anne Tucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tucker of Decatur, was tapped into Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Beta national music fraternity at Virginia Intermont Junior College in Bristol.
Chairwomen of the newly formed Cosmopolitan Club were Mrs. Virgil Lucas, Mrs. William McKelvey, Mrs. Robert Heidner, Mrs. J.J. Putnam, Mrs. Lawrence Holt and Mrs. Richard Belton.
Jack Saint and Jerrie Neil Kimbrell, both juniors, were elected Mr. and Miss Hazlewood 1956-57. Votes were a penny each, with the winning total of $280.73. Representatives of the senior class, Shelva Gipson and Dwight Terry, were runners-up with $191.43.
25 Years Ago
Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1981
Seth Holliday and David Lyons of Troop 20 raised the American flag during the grand opening of First American Bank in Decatur. Among those who participated in ceremonies were Mayor Bill Dukes, City Council President Ray Nixon and Sen. Charles B. Martin.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1996
The past president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, the Rev. Fred Lackey, autographed copies of his new book “Harvesting God’s Righteousness” at Harvest Field Christian Books in Athens. Lackey, pastor of Athens First Baptist Church, preached his final sermon there. He retired from the church to work for the University of Mobile.
Gary Green, executive vice president of Calhoun Community College, was selected Administrator of the Year as part of the annual Chancellor’s Awards competition for employees of Alabama’s two-year colleges.
Green became Calhoun’s executive vice president in February 1993. He is a Fulbright scholar and received his bachelor degree, master’s and doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
He was a member of North Alabama Science Center and the National Council of Volunteer Centers to advise the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Winners of the Wheeler Basin Regional Library poster contest were Missy Russell, Ann Murphree and Amy Beasley, all first place; Michael Braddock, second place; and Andrew Matthews, third place.
Compiled by Mary Lott