|Excel's Lee Roy Jordan|
10 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 2008
The Monroeville Fire & Rescue Department held its annual banquet on Thurs., Oct. 9, at the Vanity Fair Golf & Tennis Club. This is the 79th year the department has held an award banquet at the club.
Michael Lambeth was selected as this year’s Firefighter of the Year. He thanked his fellow firefighters, who selected him for the honor. During an earlier meeting, firefighters cast ballots to select the recipients of each award.
J.U. Blacksher’s offense rolled up 417 total yards and the defense gave up just 72 to key a 42-6 win over Class 1A, Region 1 rival J.F. Shields Friday night at Uriah.
Blacksher’s senior fullback Isaac Nichols rushed for 148 yards on 16 carries, caught two passes for 33 yards and scored four touchdowns to help the Bulldogs improve to 6-1 on the season and 6-0 in the region standings.
(Other standout Blacksher players in that game include Seth Baggett, Trey Brooks, Alex Brown, Cameron Cobb, Wykein Dean, Chace Godwin, Logan Gorum, Chris Snowden, Ethan Taylor and Frank Taylor. Top Shields players included Travarrius McArthur and Damien Stallworth. Tim Moorer was head coach at Shields.)
Plane crashes Tuesday: A private plane piloted by E.J. Tenney of Monroeville crashed in a wooded area about 10 miles southeast of the Monroe County Airport Tuesday afternoon. Conecuh County Emergency Management Director Johnny Brock said the cause of the crash is under investigation. LifeFlight and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department participated in the search.
35 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1983
Conecuh Junior Miss: Kim Watson was chosen Conecuh County’s 1984 Junior Miss at the annual pageant held Oct. 8 at the Evergreen City School auditorium. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Watson of Bermuda, Kim is a senior at Monroe Academy. The local pageant was sponsored by the Pilot Club of Evergreen, and Kim will represent Conecuh County in the state Junior Miss competition. She also reigns as Monroe County’s Agriculture Queen.
Monroe Academy celebrated its homecoming Friday with a 35-22 victory over Pickens Academy in Monroeville, bringing the Volunteers’ 1983 winning streak to six in a row.
Vol senior quarterback Keith Langham had his best game of the season Friday. He combined his passing and running for a total of 222 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on a 60-yard run from scrimmage and threw touchdown strikes of 31 and 14 yards.
(Other top Monroe players in that game included Jody Brannon, Tim Carter, Keith Dees, Wally Dunn, Billy Elliott, Donald Foster, Chuck Jordan, Steven Simmons, Don Smith and Troy Wilson. Rob Kelly was Monroe’s head coach.)
Private First Class Kenneth L. Wright of Monroe County is participating in REFORGER ’83, a NATO-sponsored military exercise in western and norther Europe. He is with the First Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas, a major component of the annual military training program in Europe. The division is expected to return to the Texas post later in October.
60 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 1958
Brewton Native Named Frisco Baptist Pastor; Reception Is Planned: The Rev. Chester H. Jernigan, a native of Brewton, has been named as new pastor of the First Baptist Church of Frisco City.
Rev. Jernigan comes to Frisco City from Gonzales, Fla., where he served as Baptist pastor for four years.
Mose Dangerfield, music and educational director at the church, has been serving as acting pastor until Rev. Jernigan’s acceptance of the pastorate.
A reception honoring Rev. and Mrs. Jernigan and Mr. and Mrs. Dangerfield will be held Sunday afternoon from four until five o’clock in the educational building of the church.
Excel Squad Edges MCHS Tigers, 12-7: County rival Excel edged past the Monroe County High Tigers, 12-7, in a heated contest Friday night.
(Top players for Excel in that game included Sonny Burkett, Lee Roy Jordan and Paul King. Top players for MCHS included Johnny Johnson, Jim Lazenby, Branchard Tucker and Ronnie Wiggins.)
Charles Locklin Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Locklin Sr., 323 Pineville Road, Monroeville, joined the Regular Army this week under the Graduate Specialist Program, Master Sergeant Ben Phillips, US Army Recruiter for the Monroeville area, announces.
Locklin, a 1958 graduate of Monroe County High, received a pre-arranged assignment under the Graduate Specialist Program before he enlisted. He is scheduled to enter the Army’s Medical Specialist School upon completion of basic training.
Initial processing for his enlistment and Graduate Specialist Program assignment was accomplished by Master Sergeant Phillips, Brewton Army Recruiting Station Commander, who comes to Monroeville on Tuesday of each week.
85 YEARS AGO
OCT. 19, 1933
TIGERS TAKE GAME FROM URIAH FRIDAY: The Monroe Tigers went to Uriah last Friday and defeated the J.U. Blacksher team, 6-0. This is their first victory of the season. On Fri., Oct. 20, the locals go to Atmore for a game against the Atmore eleven.
EXCEL: The Fiddlers Convention was a complete success. The merchants of the surrounding districts were very liberal in their contributions. A large crowd was on hand, and the musicians did not let them down. All of the music was fine. The contributions of Kenneth Lier, a traveling musician, was especially enjoyable, and he was called back time and time again.
C.B. Stenson Dies After Week’s Illness: Cleveland Bertrum Stenson, 22, died in a Selma hospital Saturday morning following a week’s illness of influenza. Complications had set in and he had been removed from his home in Tunnel Springs to Selma.
Mr. Stenson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Stenson of Tunnel Springs. He was graduated from the high school at Beatrice and the Marion Military Institute. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Vredenburgh, a young man of good habits and high ideals, as well as an ambitious and industrious worker. Mr. Stenson held a responsible position with the Vredenburgh Saw Mill Co. at their logging camp.
Exactly two weeks before his death, Mr. Stenson was married to Miss Virgie Mae Cobb of Midway by whom he is survived.
Funeral services were held at three o’clock Sunday afternoon at Tunnel Springs.
135 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 1883
Personal - Died at his home in Monroe County, 10 miles south of Pine Apple, on the 10th inst., J.S. Bizzell, in the 73rd year of his age. Mr. Bizzell, the father of our townsman, Jas. I. Bizzell, was well and favorably known in this community, and notwithstanding his death was unexpected as he had been ill for quite a while, many will be pained to hear this intelligence. – Pine Apple Gazette.
Claiborne – The Selma Times of the 12th inst. gives a very interesting account of a “double wedding” in that city on the 11th, one of the grooms being Mr. R. Hundly Agee, an old Claiborne boy, and a son of Hon. N.A. Agee, one of the most intelligent citizens in Monroe. Mr. Hundly Agee was married to Miss Julia Graham of Selma, and her sister and Dr. Goldsby King were united in the bonds of matrimony at the same time.
In referring to Mr. Agee, the Times says: Mr. R. Hundly Agee has for several years past been a favorite young businessman and is most highly regarded by the many who know his character and capacity. He holds an important position in the office of the Real Estate Loan & Banking Association.
The same paper, in alluding to the two young ladies, says they “were among Selma’s most esteemed, accomplished and attractive daughters.” We congratulate our friend, Hundly Agee, on his good fortune, and wish him a long life of unalloyed happiness.
Mr. Hundly Agee is one of several brothers, all of whom are making their mark as businessmen and trustworthy gentlemen. One of them, Pelham, recently graduated at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and another brother is in business in Montgomery, where he is rapidly coming to the front as one of Montgomery’s most useful young business men.