News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2007

Mary Lott

Sara Ann Thompson was Morgan County High School’s drum majorette in 1954.
Courtesy Photo
Sara Ann Thompson was Morgan County High School’s drum majorette in 1954.

Lerman to represent Limestone County in national oratorical contest

75 Years Ago

March 5-11, 1932

F. Howard Orr Jr. of the poultry department of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, became assistant county agent in Walker County. Orr, formerly of Morgan County, graduated from Auburn in 1930. He had done poultry work throughout the state.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kelly, formerly of Decatur, sang during a radio program for station WMC in Memphis.

Joyce Lerman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Lerman of Athens was Limestone County’s representative in the national oratorical contest on “Personalities of the United States Constitution,” after winning first place in the oratorical contest.

50 Years Ago

March 5-11, 1957

Alton B. Hollis Jr., public relations representative for the Chemstrand Corp. in Decatur, was elected a professional member of the Alpha Delta Sigma national professional advertising fraternity.

Roberts Bros. on Second Avenue had its grand opening.

Luther Roberts was the store’s owner and operator and was in business for many years in Hartselle. Horace Roberts took over the Hartselle business. The employees of the new Decatur store were Mr. and Mrs. Luther Roberts and Mrs. Homer Montgomery.

25 Years Ago

March 5-11, 1982

Members of the Southeastern Tang Soo Do Karate Studio took home 10 first place trophies at a tournament in Tuscaloosa. They were Tonia Webster, Tab Barkley, Frank Troup, Jamie Webster, Mark Calumbus, Johnny Smith, David Hollingsworth, Jimmy Webster, Jamie Hooper Tony Martin and Brian White.

Members of the Shoal Creek Baptist Church held a ceremonial note burning to mark the church’s final payment on its building. The note’s value was $135,000. Among the members who attended were Cleo Higdon, chairman of deacons; Lewis Maples, chairman of the building committee; the Rev. Jack Freeman, Dellie Speegle and T.J. Sanders, oldest members. Shoal Creek’s building was constructed in 1967.

Cub Scout Pack 185 of Trinity presented Lee Owens, manager of Popeye’s Fried Chicken, with an award for donating the main fare for the pack’s first annual Blue and Gold banquet.

The purpose of the banquet was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Scouting.

BMB Specialty Co. of Decatur, a division of Morrison’s Foods, dedicated its new Decatur plant during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Jerry Moses, production supervisor, and plant manager Tom Richardson showed one of the processes at the plant.

It produced specialty coating mixes for both Morrison’s cafeteria chain and the baking industry. Construction on the $1.2 million facility began in July and was virtually complete by January. Its market was primarily in Southeastern United States.

10 Years Ago

March 5-11, 1997

The student council at Julian Harris Elementary School sponsored a Math-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The school had 110 students who collected a total of $4,368. The school’s top fund-raiser was Parker Allen with a total of $187.50.

Other grade-level top fund raisers were Sam Cruse, $80, kindergarten; Amber Lindsey, $114.21, first grade; Ashley Holland, $157.50, second grade; Alfonza Bentley, $114.50, third grade; Allen, fourth grade; and Jason Ommen, $142.20, fifth grade.

Cynthia Compton and Butch Walker presented a plaque to sculptor David Goodlett after he was honored at the Oakville Indian Mounds and Park Museum. He was recognized for his artistic endeavor.

Lisa Starkey of West Limestone High School won the balance bars competition of the B division of the Junior High School State Championships in Chalkville.

Starkley was also fourth in all-around, sixth in vault and seventh in beam and floor exercise.

In A division Lauren Pruitt of Cedar Ridge was second in the bars and floor exercise, third in all-around, fourth in vault and ninth in balance beam.

Former Indian Chief Diane Weston of the Cherokee Deer Clan gave pointers to Adam Riley on making a spear at an Indian Art Exhibit at Gordon-Bibb Elementary School to kick off the Benjamin Davis and Gordon-Bibb Magnet Program’s Youth Art Month. Students in Linda Dickey’s kindergarten through fifth-grade classes made Indian-inspired art for the exhibit.


The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties for use in “Valley ofYears Past.”Please call Mary Lott at 340-2352 or e-mail her at mary.lott@decaturdaily .com. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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