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Mary Lott

The Decatur High School marching band marches past the old location of the Alabama Drug Store at Bank and Lafayette streets in the homecoming parade, about 1968.
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The Decatur High School marching band marches past the old location of the Alabama Drug Store at Bank and Lafayette streets in the homecoming parade, about 1968.

Boy Scouts of America branch out in Decatur

75 years ago

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 1932

Mary Olive Jones of Decatur was elected president of Sigma Kappa at The University of Alabama. She is the daughter of Mrs. Kimball Jones.

The Sea Scout Ship, a branch of the Boy Scouts of America, was formed in Decatur.

Bob Clark was elected skipper. Other officers were Edward Clark, first mate; Lewis Nelson, second mate; Wayland McGlathery, pilot; Pat Jeffry, purser; and J.L. Harris and O.D. Alfred Wilson, clerks.

50 years ago

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 1957

Mrs. Herbert Lennox of Decatur was winner of $1,000 offered by J.C. Penney Co.’s stores on the Arlene Francis show.

The contest was a puzzle similar to a crossword puzzle.

Shelva Gibson was crowned homecoming queen at Hazlewood High School.

25 years ago

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 1982

Peter Clarke, Monsanto plant manager, handed Dalton Guthrie, president of Business and Friends of Arts of Morgan County, a check for $8,000. It was the final installment of the Monsanto Fund’s $25,000 pledge to Operation Better Decatur. Proceeds from the OBD drive were used to build Cotaco Square Park, to help with the Wheeler Basin Regional Library’s expansion and to renovate Princess Theatre.

Two area students at the University of Montevallo were elected to the Student Senate. Jay Moultrie, a graduate of Decatur High School, and Melanie Poole, an Austin High graduate, were named freshman senators.

Moultrie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Moultrie and Poole is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Poole.

Morgan County Sheriff Buford Burgess was appointed by Gov. Fob James to the Youth Services Board. The board sets policies and oversees the state’s juvenile industrial schools and detention facilities.

10 years ago

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 1997

Tanya Maples of Athens, a senior at Athens State College, was selected Founders Queen. She is the daughter of Martha Harris and Donald Maples.

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion of East Lawrence High School won several awards at the Covered Bridge Drill Meet.

The battalion took first and second place in color guard and regulation drill completions.

Cadet Lt. Col. Jamie Williams, group commander, Cadet 2nd Lt. Kristan Abney, drill team commander, and Cadet Maj. Casey Davis, rifle team commander, were awarded medals for individual outstanding leadership and achievement.

Laura Lott and Carlton McMasters were elected co-presidents of the Decatur High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. Brad Copeland was vice president, and Bashon Holt and Tamara Bozeman were secretaries.

The Lawrence County High School volleyball team won its county tournament with a 15-8, 15-6 victory over Hatton.

Killy Nelson had two kills and four blocks and service ace for Lawrence County. Other leaders were Tasha Thomas (seven kills, five blocks), Sally Rae McWhorter (three kills, one ace), Alicia Looney (two kills, one block, one ace), and Beth Hicks (two kills, three blocks).


The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties for use in “Valley of Years Past.”Please call Mary Lott at 340-2452 or e-mail her at Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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