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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

In May 1974, the Gateway Rocking Chair Theatre, Decatur’s first-run theater, underwent renovation. Its largest auditorium was split in two and its almost-Cinerama-size screen twinned. The marquee at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street Southeast reflected the renovation.
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In May 1974, the Gateway Rocking Chair Theatre, Decatur’s first-run theater, underwent renovation. Its largest auditorium was split in two and its almost-Cinerama-size screen twinned. The marquee at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street Southeast reflected the renovation.

Decatur Pilot Club elects Thombs

75 years ago

May 7-13, 1932

The young people of Athens joined to organize a country club that would provide a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pond and clubhouse.

Athens had a country club, but after World War I, interest dropped.

Inez Thombs, a Decatur businesswoman, was elected president of the Decatur Pilot Club.

Other officers were Marcella Collier, first vice president; Lillian Wheelis, second vice president; Ethlyn Cox, third vice president; Evelyn Martin, secretary; and Ruby S. Jones, treasurer.

50 years ago

May 7-13, 1957

Officers for the Decatur Business and Professional Women’s Club were Lucile Lindsey, president; Gladys Paulin, vice president; Flossie Chandler, treasurer; Lula Mae Boggs, corresponding secretary; and Ruby Sumners, recording secretary.

Students from 33 high schools in North Alabama and Tennessee competed in a typing contest, sponsored by North Alabama College of Commerce and the Huntsville chapter of the National Secretaries Association in connection with National Secretaries Week.

Mary Wallace, a senior at Danville High School, was second place winner. She was president of the FTA, editor of the school’s yearbook, and song leader in the FHA.

Ludell Turner and Idell Whitten represented Priceville High School 4-H Club at the county dress and skirt contest in Hartselle.

Turner won first place in the dress contest, and Whitten won first place in the skirt contest.

25 years ago

May 7-13, 1982

Decatur jeweler Jimmy Smith was chosen the Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Small Businessperson for 1982” at the chamber’s Rooster Coffee Club membership breakfast. Smith, 46, had been a jeweler here for 27 years and had owned Smith Jewelers for the last nine years.

Chamber Small Business Council chairman Charles Ritch presented the award to Smith. About seven were nominated for the annual award.

Frank Childs, chairman of the M.S. Society of North Alabama, presented Hartselle Fire Chief P.C. Hill the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Hope Chest award.

The award is presented each year to the group in North Alabama that raises the most money for the society.

Carrie Melton of Decatur, Alabama’s Mother of the Year for 1982, was honored at a reception sponsored by the Decatur Elks Club. Mayor Bill Dukes presented Melton a bouquet of roses and a plaque on Carrie Melton Day in Decatur.

Jerrold Thomas of Austin High School and Chere Morris of Decatur High were winners in the creative writing contest sponsored by the Decatur Branch of the American Association of University Women and First State Bank.

First place winners won $25 each from First State Bank.

Thomas won first place in short story, and Morris was first in poetry.

10 years ago

May 7-13, 1997

Seven fourth- and fifth-graders at Gordon-Bibb Elementary School won the state “Odyssey of the Mind” contest.

Sue Jeffries, a parent-coach, said the team designed an android or robot and built it from chicken wire, string, plastic pipe and odds and ends, using levers to control it. The creature could shake its head, kick, clap, speak, raise a hand to ask a question, and pretend to play a musical instrument.

Team members were Matthew Hull, Eddie Jeffries, Brian Radke, Julian Pline, Kerri Neuendorf, Kasey Dittmeier and Adam Strom.

Team coaches were Jeffries and Debbie Hull and Judy Glover was faculty coordinator.

The Tennessee Valley Authority design team won the Rochester Institute of Technology/USA TODAY Quality Cup for its plan that saves Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant more than $8.5 million each year.

The design team members were Donnie Martin of Muscle Shoals, Karl Singer of Athens, Dan Deboer of Athens, Dale Johnson of Florence, Sonja Bridges of Athens, Jerome Reed of Decatur, Joe Carter of Killen and Gilbert Little of Athens.

Only six of the quality awards were presented across the nation and TVA won in the government division.

Gene Hubbard of Decatur didn’t know what to think when he was told he won $500 at the Open House Extravaganza sponsored by The Decatur Daily. The $500 drawing was offered to people who registered as they went through open houses in the area.

The Daily sponsored the event to bring awareness of homes available in this area for both Realtors and prospective homebuyers.

MARY LOTT

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 mary.lott@decaturdaily.com. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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