News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007

Mary Lott

Alabama Highway Patrol officers in the 1960s.
Courtesy photo
Alabama Highway Patrol officers in the 1960s.

Humphrey crowned queen of Florence State

75 Years Ago

April 16-22, 1932

Jean Humphrey of Decatur was crowned queen of Florence State Teachers College.

Humphrey served on the YWCA’s social committee and the student council and was dormitory social editor of the college paper.

Truitt Sewel of Decatur, who was in his second season of professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers, was recruited by the Toronto Leafs of the International league, which is a Class AA circuit. Sewell got the opportunity to play regularly with the Leafs.

The Decatur Kiwanis welcomed two new members into the club. They were the Rev. A.H. Nabors of the Central Methodist Church and Decatur attorney Seybourne Lynne.

50 Years Ago

April 16-22, 1957

Verna Cook of Vinemont was elected treasurer of the sophomore class of Alabama College. Juanita Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.I. Thomas of Athens, walked away with second-place honors at the Limestone 4-H Fat Calf show. Her calf was the Reserve Champion. Twenty-one calves were entered in the contest.

New officers of the Riverside school PTA were Mrs. P.D. Lawrence Jr., president; Mrs. W. K. Stevenson, vice president; Mrs. Fred Hunt, second vice president; Mrs. William Day, third vice president; Mrs. Gordon Amos, secretary; and Mrs. B.P. Cartwright Jr., treasurer.

25 Years Ago

April 16-22, 1982

The Hartselle and Trinity volunteer fire departments took top two spots in the State Volunteer Firemen’s Competition, sponsored the state Forestry Association in Montgomery.

There were four divisions in the firemen’s competition. Besides winning first place overall, Hartselle placed first in the obstacle course division and second in the hose lay. The Trinity department won first in the hose lay.

Hartselle firemen brought home $775 in prize money, while Trinity won $200.

Outstanding Junior Achievers were recognized during the 18th annual Future Unlimited Banquet for Junior Achievement of North Central Alabama.

They were Margie Szczepanski, named Outstanding Young Businesswoman of the Year, Ginny Collier, president of Ringco, sponsored by South Central Bell Company of the Year, and John Alexander, Outstanding Young Businessman of the Year.

Danville School’s volunteer art class, taught by Kay Casteel, conducted an art show at the school. Sean Luker and Jason Ellenburg tied for first place in the fifth through 12th grade category. Mark Quattlebaum won first place in second through fourth grade and Jonathan Casteel won for first grade.

Asa Sparks was tapped to lead the Decatur Art Guild as its new president. Other officers were Gerry Kaller, first vice president; Georgia Moultrie, second vice president; Patsy Bruce, secretary; and Ed Kilborn, treasurer.

The Austin High School girls tennis team won the Tennessee Valley Conference championship. Team members were Amy Askew, Carla Johnson, Sandy Blaxton, Cindy West, Monica Smith, Leslie Knable and Fairy Brothers.

10 Years Ago

April 16-22, 1997

Two were recognized during a luncheon in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the North-Central Alabama Mental Health Center.

David Duncan, pharmacist at Westmeade Pharmacy, received the President’s Award for “going the second and third mile to accommodate the special needs” of the mentally ill of Morgan and Limestone counties.

The Director’s Award went to Carolyn Miller who was the director of the Athens-Limestone Counseling Center.

It was noted that her center “has consistently sustained a level of performance that sets the standards for our organization.”

Four local volunteers and groups were named winners of the seventh annual J.C. Penney/Volunteer Center of Morgan County Golden Rule Awards, recognizing service to the community.

The winners and their organizations were: youth, Jeremy Birdsong, Stonegate Parenting Center; adult, Kathy Blankenship, Caring Place; education, Jimmy Dobbs, Priceville School; and group, Cedar Ridge Middle School student body, accepted by Tara Pugh.

  • Group — The students of Cedar Ridge completed more than 20 service projects including those to help elderly, children, the ill, hungry, abused, homeless, mentally ill and mentally handicapped.

  • Youth — Birdsong spent afternoons helping at-risk children with their homework. He would answer questions about math, science, English and social studies.

  • Education — When the teachers at Priceville Elementary needed a computer lab, Dobbs, PTO president, found the means and coordinated the volunteers to make it possible. When the idea of an outdoor classroom was suggested, Dobbs got the community involved to make it a reality.

  • Adult — Blankenship worked around the clock to establish the Caring Place as a source of temporary assistance for those in emergencies. Under her supervision, a clothes closet materialized, a food pantry developed and people received assistance in finding employment.

    Amanda O. Harris of Decatur was named director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

    Harris had served as deputy director since 1995. She began her NASA career in 1983 as a professional engineering intern.

    She is a 1979 graduate of Austin High School and received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University. She received her master’s degree in management from Florida Institute of Technology.


    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 340-2452 or e-mail her at Photos will be returned.

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