DEC. 14, 2006
A five-year-long project by an Eliska woman has come to fruition in the form of a new book cataloging cemeteries in Monroe County.
Kathryn Weatherford recently finished the book “Burial Grounds of Monroe County,” which covers 63 cemeteries north of U.S. Highway 84.
The book is dedicated to Alene Brooks and Dorothy Parker, who Weatherford said came up with the idea for the project and helped with the cataloging process.
Panthers are 10-0: Shields’ Panthers defeated MCHS 53-45 Saturday night to win the Hub City Classic in Monroeville and improve their record to 10-0.
(Willie) Nettles, who was named the most valuable player, recorded a double double in the title game. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two assists, three steals and three blocks.
(Other top Shields players that season included Jeffrey Austin, Jemarcus Dortch, Wendell Dortch, Demetrius Finklea, Jeffrey Finklea, Steve Finklea, Chris Stallworth and Michael Williams. Jerome Sanders was Shields head coach.)
The Monroe County Commission reappointed six members and made one new appointment to the county’s E911 board at Tuesday’s commission meeting in Monroeville.
Tony Rider, an Emergency Medical Technician with Simmons Ambulance Service in Monroeville, was appointed to replace Tom Lemons on the board.
(Reappointed to the board were Chuck Murph, Tom Boatwright, Rusty Till, Tom Tate, Jimmy Spann and Rudolph Munnerlyn.)
26 YEARS AGO
DEC. 12, 1991
Teen center to open: An open house and ribbon-cutting are scheduled Sunday to showcase the new teen center in Monroeville while other grand-opening activities will be held next week for teens and the public.
On Sunday, the public is invited to tour the center between 1 and 3:15 p.m., said center director Gene Smith, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony following.
The center, named “Our Place, is located just off Agricultural Drive.
Monroe Academy’s boys posted three victories in the Fort Dale-South Butler Academy round-robin basketball tournament last week in Greenville to collect the first-place trophy.
MA, under first-year head coach Jimmy Messer, pounded Fort Dale-South Butler Academy 61-49 Wednesday of last week to tip off the four-team round-robin affair. The Volunteers followed with a 65-61 win over Greenville Academy Thursday and a 61-41 victory over Crenshaw Academy Friday.
(Top players on Monroe’s team that year included Andy Booker, Conan Ivey, Bryan Lee, Jason Moore, Troy Norris, Billy Rice, Landry Sawyer, Shane Stafford, John Thames, Mitchell Turberville and Johnny Weatherford.)
The 108 members of Monroeville’s detachment of the Alabama Army National Guard 778th Maintenance Co. will share Citizen of the Year honors, the Monroeville Kiwanis Club announced last Thursday.
The award was presented during the club’s annual Awards Night at the Vanity Fair Golf and Tennis Club.
41 YEARS AGO
DEC. 9, 1976
Seventeen high school seniors in Monroe County are perfecting talent routines, choosing their gowns and preparing for the star role in a parade and pageant as Monroe County’s annual Junior Miss weekend approaches.
Tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m., the Junior Miss Christmas parade will march around the square in Monroeville, and Saturday at 7 p.m. the public will watch in Greer Auditorium as judges determine Monroe County’s new Junior Miss.
(Junior Miss contestants that year included Toni Allen, Carol Baggett, Susan Bartlett, Diahann Betts, Sandy Blankenship, Marthe Booker, Loretta Brantley, Brenda Gail Brooks, Michele Buskill, Kaye Dees, Janet Huggins, Elizabeth Ann Langlois, Nancy McCrory, Cynthia Marie Smith, Darlu Taylor, Beverly Williams and Diane York.)
The Frisco City Whippets proved that there fine start in the first week of basketball season – winning two and losing one – was no hoax as they dumped two of their toughest opponents in action last week.
Coach Curtis Harris’ Whippets easily defeated W.S. Neal, a 3A school, and Lyeffion, undefeated up until that time.
(Top players on Frisco’s team that year included Blanchard Hunt, Theodore Banks, Randy Houston, Cassie King, Julius Lambert, Allen Lang, Rayford Maye and Larry Walden.)
Mrs. Cornella Wallace, Gov. George Wallace’s wife, and her mother, Mrs. Ruby Folsom Austin, chat with former Monroeville Mayor W.H. (Jack) Hines in front of the city hall Friday. Hines is an old friend of Mrs. Austin, who lived in Monroeville for two short periods during the 1930s. The two were in town to shop and visit.
56 YEARS AGO
DEC. 14, 1961
New Peterman Post Office Building To Be Dedicated Sunday Afternoon: Formal dedication of the Peterman Post Office will be held Sun., Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in front of the new post office building.
Featured speakers on the program will be Congressman Frank Boykin who will make the presentation of the flag and C.E. Loftin, Senior Field Services Officer for the Post Office Department in the State of Alabama who will formally dedicate the new building.
An address of welcome will be given by Postmaster Charles H. Eddins.
The Pine Belt All-Conference football teams for 1961-62 were picked by the board of coaches at a meeting recently.
All-conference football players and their coaches will be feted at a supper in January.
(Players from Monroe County named to the all-star team included Frisco City end Johnny Dorough, Monroe County High School tackle Bob Burns, Frisco City tackle Mike Lawrence, Frisco City guard Ronnie Wiggins, MCHS halfback Sam Williams, Frisco City halfback Rodney Dunn and MCHS fullback Robert Lloyd.)
A nine-month term for Monroe County schools is practically assured by the passage Tues., Dec. 5, of the one-percent sales tax to be collected in the county, according to R.H. Vickery, superintendent of education.
The final count of votes showed 940 votes for the tax and 655 against.
This tax, which will become law as the result of the election, will remain in effect for 10 years, then will automatically terminate.
71 YEARS AGO
DEC. 12, 1946
Bowden To Erect Hardware Store: Bowden Brothers have purchased a lot where the Jones Mule Stable is now located and expect to build a modern hardware building on the property.
The building is expected to be two stories and built of brick. It is indicated that the mule stable will be taken off the property within the next two weeks and that the Bowden building will be started just after New Year. With this completed building and the new building being erected by W.T. Walker, the entire complexion of the northern part of the square will be changed. These new buildings will answer some of the needs for business buildings.
Basketball Season Opens Here With Chatom Dec. 13: The Monroe County High School basketball team will open their 1946-47 schedule here Friday night, Dec. 13, with Washington County High School of Chatom, Ala. This will be the first game of the season for both teams. Chatom is expected to bring a good, well organized team to Monroeville.
The Sr. I and Jr. III girls of Monroeville will play a preliminary game at 6:55 and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.
BEATRICE THEATRE – Beatrice, Ala. – Saturday night, 7:30 – Joe E. Brown in “SHUT MY BIG MOUTH” – Buck Brown HIDES AGAIN. He’s hidden from “KILLERS,” in this riotous thriller with Adele Mara, Victor Jory, Fitz Fields, Don Beddo, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Tucker.
Same show at Club House, Vredenburgh, on Friday night, 13th, 7:15.
Wed., 7 p.m. Beatrice, Dec. 18, “GUNS IN THE DARK” with Johnnie Mac Brown, Flash Gordon No. 8 Comedy.