MAY 14, 1992
APP grand opening Friday: Area residents will be able to take a close-up look at the new $700 million Alabama Pine Pulp Co. mill at Claiborne during its grand-opening celebration tomorrow (Friday).
On Friday, entertainment by school bands will begin at 11 a.m. Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt is expected to speak at the noon ceremony, which will also include comments by other government officials and George Landegger, chairman of Parsons & Whittemore, Inc. of New York, the firm that constructed the mill and owns and operates it.
Wallace selected to attend tryouts for Olympic team: B.J. Wallace, a junior southpaw pitcher at Mississippi State University and former Monroe Academy standout, has been selected to try out for the 1992 USA Olympic baseball team.
Tryouts for the 20-man squad will be held June 8-14 in Millington, Tenn.
Wallace, son of Billy Wallace of Excel, had an 8-1 pitching record and an earned-run average of 2.35 last week. He currently leads the Southeastern Conference pitchers in strikeouts with 119.
Craig Peavy, a junior at J.U. Blacksher High School, has been selected as a scholarship recipient for the 1992 Science and Technology in Agriculture Summer Honors Program at Auburn University.
Peavy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Peavy of Uriah. He was selected by AU and the Alabama Farmers Federation faculty committee to be one of the 42 participants in this year’s program.
51 YEARS AGO
MAY 11, 1967
Criminal Court Opens Monday, Women Called: Seventeen women will be called for prospective jury duty when the criminal session of circuit court opens in Monroe County Monday, May 15.
Women were called for the first time for jury duty at the civil session in April and this will be the first time for women to be called for criminal court duty.
Frisco Wins Two Over Pineapple: Frisco City High’s baseball team picked up two more wins with both coming at the expense of Pineapple.
The Whippets blasted Pineapple, 17-2, in Pineapple but only managed a 6-5 verdict at Frisco City.
(Top Frisco City players in those games included pitchers Mickey McNeil and Jim Kelly.)
Miss Alice Lee and Mrs. Wells Turner attended May Day at Huntingdon College Saturday.
Remodeling Taking Place At City Hall: There is a lot of remodeling going on at the City Hall in Monroeville with many changes taking place.
Included in the changes are a new police office and a new kitchen for the jail.
The new police office will be moved downstairs where the firetruck had been housed. The new firetruck has been moved to the rear of the City Hall along with the other firetruck.
Barbara Ann Blass, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Blass Jr. of Monroeville, was named third place winner in the state spelling bee held Sat., May 6, in Birmingham.
76 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1942
Monroe County High Ready For Graduation: The commencement sermon of Monroe County High School will be delivered on May 17 and graduation exercises will be held May 22.
The following will receive diplomas: Charles Baggett, Courtney Belcher, Richard Carter, Ted Easley, Robert English, Carl Falkenberry, Aubrey James, Landis McMillon, Calvin Stevens, William Walding, Robert Wiggins, Erin Andrews, Agnes Biggs, Nancie Brantley, Myrtle Brantley, Ruth Casey, Naomi Chandler, Mildred Feagin (salutatorian), Edna Green, Eunice McKenzie, Corinne Nettles (valedictorian), Willie B. Parnell, Margaret Salter, Edna Earl Shirley, Dorothy Simmons, Salina Wiggins and Fannie Williams.
The local golf tournament which had been in progress for two weeks came to a close last Thursday. B.A. Parnell defeated Lucian Jones and won first place in the tournament.
(Other top golfers in the tournament included A.B. Blass, H.M. Brock, David Edington, E.S. Gardner, L.L. Hendrix, David Katz, R.M. Lazenby, W.L. Shirah and B.H. Stallworth.)
EXCEL SENIORS WILL PRESENT THREE-ACT PLAY: The Senior Class of Excel High School will present a comedy in three acts, “Feudin’ in the Hills,” on Friday night, May 15, in the Excel High School auditorium.
The action in this comedy revolves around two mountain families who have been feuding for generations. The romantic element is supplied by Sam Pruitt who is played by Willard White who lives across the valley from his sweetheart, Edna Mae Martin, which is played by Miss Marie Brantley.
101 YEARS AGO
MAY 10, 1917
A.C. Lee, Esq., presided with becoming dignity as special judge of the county court on Monday in consequence of the indisposition of Judge Fountain. Judge Fountain’s many friends are glad to see him out again.
All the Confederate veterans who reside in Monroe County are invited to attend the Memorial Services which are to be held in the Methodist Church, May 12, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served to the veterans at the Crook House. Those who can attend will please drop a postal card to Dr. G.C. Watson.
Rev. J.G. Dickinson of Evergreen has accepted the invitation of the local chapter U.D.C. to deliver the address at the Methodist Church on the occasion of the celebration of Memorial Day next Saturday. Dr. Dickinson is an eloquent and pleasing speaker and all who attend have a rare treat in store.
Abnormally low temperature has prevailed throughout this section for several days past. It is a rather odd but not uncommon thing to see citizens wearing overcoats at this season.
The rain last Friday afternoon was accompanied by a heavy fall of hail, the stones in some sections being of enormous size and doing considerable damage to crops and gardens. At Perdue Hill the precipitation was especially heavy. It is said that one hailstone picked up at that place weighed two ounces.
151 YEARS AGO
MAY 11, 1867
CLAIBORNE PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY: Over Agee & Co.’s Store, Claiborne, Ala., CARD PICTURES, AMBROTYPES, FERROTYPES, ETC., TAKEN IN THE LATEST & MOST APPROVED STYLES! Gallery open from eight o’clock a.m. till 2 p.m. R.I. DRAUGHON, M.D.
Farmer’s Hotel, MONROEVILLE, ALA., Mrs. MARY FOSTER would announce to the public that she has recently opened this House, and will take pleasure in making each and every one as comfortable as could be expected in the country. – No pains will be spared to make everything agreeable. – The table will be spread with the best the market affords. Call and see.
RELIGIOUS – Rev. Mr. DENNIS will preach in the Methodist Church at Claiborne on the third Sabbath in every month.
Thanks to Capt. Johnson of the steamer St. Charles for favors. – Also to Mr. G.W. Welch of the Admiral for a bundle of late New York, New Orleans and Mobile papers.
St. Charles – The fine and fast passenger steamer ST. CHARLES, F.M. Johnson, Master, leaves Mobile every Saturday evening at four o’clock passing Claiborne on Sunday mornings going up and on Thursdays going down.
BRIDGEPORT, Wilcox County, Ala., The undersigned takes pleasure in informing his friends and the public generally that he has completed his WAREHOUSE arrangements and is fully prepared to receive cotton & other freight. – Storage 25 cents per barrel. He has also made important additions to and repairs on his HOTEL for the accommodation of the traveling public. Saddle Horses, Buggies, Hacks and drivers always in readiness to convey passengers to Camden or any part of the surrounding country. W.W. MOORE.