DEC. 18, 1986
Former Monroeville Police Chief Charles Colbert has been hired by Monroe County Sheriff Lenwood Sager as a deputy sheriff.
Colbert, 45, served as chief of police for 12 years and as a policeman before that. William Dailey was appointed police chief in October by the Monroeville City Council, and Colbert began work Tuesday as a deputy sheriff.
Excel High School’s basketball team avenged a 41-39 loss to J.U. Blacksher Friday at Uriah when the Panthers squeezed past the ninth-ranked Bulldogs 45-44.
Senior guard Shannon Countryman put the Panthers ahead 45-44 with 25 seconds left when his jump shot from 19 feet centered the hoop. Countryman, who had a tough time in the first half, rallied the Panthers in the final two quarters with his 14 points to finish the game with 20 of Excel’s 45 points.
(Other top Excel players in that game included Tony Hollinger, Lance Marrow, Ron Millender and Brian Thomas. Brad Moore was Excel’s head coach. Top Blacksher players included Michael English, Orland Frye, James Jackson, Anthony Norris, Vincent Wallace and Willie Wallace. Gary Lambert was Blacksher’s head coach.)
Melvin Foukal has been elected as second vice president of the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The normal rotation will make Gary Crawford the president next year, and Mike Patrick the first vice president. Glenda Bullard, a chamber employee, will continue as secretary, and F.D. Clark has agreed to serve another year as treasurer.
57 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1961
Heavy Rains Damage Some County Roads: Probate Judge E.T. Millsap said Wednesday that heavy rainfall and resulting high water during the past 10 days has caused considerable damage to several roads in the county. However, no roads are closed, he said.
Mr. Millsap also stated that the Bureau of Public Roads has approved the construction of a bridge across Brushy Creek near Peterman. The county has refloored the old steel bridge already there in order that it may be used during construction of the new bridge.
Tommy Ray Waters, senior at Monroe County High School, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Waters of Burnt Corn, has an enviable record as a halfback for the MCHS Tigers. He was top scorer in the Pine Belt Conference this season and was one of the leading scorers in 1960. He made a total of 75 points for the Tigers this year. In addition to his scoring prowess, Tommy Ray was on the receiving end of several good passes, made some spectacular interceptions of passes by opposing teams and was outstanding on defense.
Raymond Owens, owner of Owens Hardware and Electric Co., has been named president of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce for 1962. He succeeds F.J. (Andy) Kress, 1961 president.
Election of officers was conducted at a meeting of the board of directors Monday night which was held in connection with a quarterly membership meeting of the Chamber at the Community House.
Other officers named to serve with Mr. Owens include George Gibson, first vice president; and W.R. Carter Jr., second vice president.
82 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1936
Landmark Being Razed: The razing of the old Yarbrough house which for many years has stood on the southeast corner of the Monroeville square was started this week. The old home, constructed here some years preceding the War Between the States, will be removed in order that the new Federal building may be placed on that lot.
Frisco City Boy Gets All-State Mention: Honorable mention in its all-state selection for football honors among the high school teams was awarded Mose Smith of Frisco City by the Montgomery Advertiser.
Mose Smith, in the list of halfbacks, was one of 34 boys in the state to be thus designated.
Smith led the Frisco City team through a victorious season during 1936 and to the county championship. He, probably more than any individual player on the teams of the county, ran up an impressive number of points for scoring and carried the ball a fair share of every game in which his team was entered.
Tunnel Springs Man Dies In Mobile: David D. Maxwell of Tunnel Springs, died in a hospital in Mobile shortly after eight o’clock Sunday evening. Mr. Maxwell was a native of Burnt Corn, but for some years had made his home at Tunnel Springs. He had been employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. for 32 years.
The body was sent to Tunnel Springs by rail on Monday afternoon for funeral services and interment.
Monroe County school children will be dismissed on Wed., Dec. 23, for the Christmas holidays, according to Superintendent H.G. Greer. The week following Christmas Day will also be granted as a holiday and the regular school work over the county will be resumed on Monday morning, Jan. 4.
107 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1911
Work on the County High School building showed rapid progress up to a week ago, but is temporarily suspended on account of the nonarrival of necessary material. The walls are up to the window level of the first floor but can proceed no farther until the stone required for the belt course is received. Contractor Ward is doing all in his power to rush the work to completion by the date specified in the contract. He will doubtless put on an extra force of workmen as soon as the material comes to hand.
Rev. D.F. Ellisor, the newly appointed pastor of the Monroeville circuit, has written to members of his official board that he expects to arrive at Monroeville with his family about the second or third of January.
There will be a meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee of Monroe County on Mon., Jan. 15, 1912 at 12 o’clock at the courthouse, to transact any business that may properly come before it. All candidates who expect to enter into the next primary are requested to be present. – D.M. Maxwell, Chairman.
Miss Lloyd Entertains Class: Miss Clara Lee Lloyd entertained her music class, some 30 in number, in a most delightful manner at the home of Mrs. B.H. Stallworth on Saturday evening. The instrumental recitations showed remarkable progress by the pupils during the brief time they have been under the tutelage of Miss Lloyd, speaking volumes for her skill and painstaking care. After the recital, light refreshments were served and each pupil was presented with an appropriate souvenir of the occasion.
132 YEARS AGO
DEC. 20, 1886
Mount Pleasant – W.A. Shomo was recently appointed postmaster at Mount Pleasant.
Master Lamar Roberts of near Perdue Hill has accepted a position in Sowell & Son’s store.
Capt. John DeLoach went to Mobile on business last Thursday via Repton.
Mrs. Hays and Mrs. Richardson of Scotland passed through Monroeville last week en route to Perdue Hill.
Col. D.L. Neville has been quite sick for some time, we hope however to be able soon to chronicle his entire recovery.
Capt. C.M. Marriott of Dennard was in Monroeville last Tuesday.
Mr. Cochran, representing the well known dry goods house of J. Pollock & Co. of Mobile, called up our merchants Friday.
Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, on the evening of the 9th inst. by Rev. E.E. Cowan, Mr. Thomas Pritchett and Miss Lowery.
Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, Col. H.J. Savage, on Wednesday evening, the 15th inst., Mr. J. Frye Gaillard and Miss Mamie Savage, both of Perdue Hill.
Mr. W.G Riley of Newtown Academy was in town last week.
Dr. J.M. Wiggins of Lower Peach Tree was on a visit to his father’s family near this place last week.