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Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper of Monroe County, Alabama

Mary Badham as "Scout"

MAY 15, 2008

Mary Badham, known internationally as the child actor who played Scout in the film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be the featured guest for “A Day in Maycomb” Saturday.
Teachers, students and the general public are invited to the Old Monroe County Courthouse Museum on Monroeville’s historic downtown square for a day of immersion into the historical surroundings associated with the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“A Day in Maycomb” features a special presentation from 12:30-2:30 by Badham, who is now a professional speaker on “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Excel’s Lady Panthers capped a season of one-run wins and losses with one more Tuesday of last week in the rubber game of a Class 2A, Sub-state playoff series against Wicksburg High in Newton.
Wicksburg broke a 1-1 tie in the third game of the best-two-of-three-game series with a run in the bottom of the sixth and made it stand up to get a 2-1 win.
Excel, which bounced back from a 9-3 loss in the first game against Wicksburg to post a 5-1 win the second game and force the third and deciding game, finished the season with a 30-17 record under Coach Charlotte Wiggins.
(Top Excel players that season included Alycia Baggett, Amy Hudson, Claire Jordan, Kayla Jordan and Kelsey Ledkins.)

Monroeville’s Mockingbird Court recently visited Congressman Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, at his Mobile office and presented him with Rikard’s Mill grits, Monroe Sausage and Auntie Em’s homemade rolls. 

MAY 19, 1983

Larinda Stallworth of Beatrice admires her newborn son, who last week was named the Monroeville Jayceettes’ Healthy Baby during Healthy Baby Week at Monroe County Hospital. Mr. Stallworth and her husband, Alonzo, named the boy Darrius. He was born last Thursday and weighed 7 pounds, 2-1/2 ounces. The Jayceettes annually honor the first baby born at the hospital during Health Baby Week and present the mother and father with gifts donated by local merchants. Donating gifts for this year’s project were Bedsole’s, M. Katz Store, B.C. Moore’s, TG&Y, Plaza Pharmacy, Revco Drugs, MarDee’s Misc., Monroeville Pharmacy, The Boodleheimer, Williams Drug Store and Medical Center Discount Drugs.

The Frisco City High School track and field team recently participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A state track and field meet at Troy State University. The team completed the meet in fifth place. (Members of the team included Darren Smith, Robert Byrd, Shannon Scruggs, Ben Smith, LaTonya Darby, Brenda Davison, Susan Davison, Walter Anderson, Brian Taylor, Rodney Franklin, Foster Agee, Janie Dean, Steve Davison, John Dailey, Charlie Davison, Frank Files and Perry Williams.)

Touring the emergency room at Monroe County Hospital during a hospital wide open house Sunday afternoon are Dr. Francis Nicholas and wife, head emergency room nurse Gail Turberville, hospital administrator Gene Sharpe, Monroe County Red Cross blood drive chairman Susan Sanderson, Dr. Hardy Downing, employee Nicky Caston and Robin Sanderson. The event was held during National Hospital Week.

MAY 15, 1958

Monroe Mills will celebrate 21 years of operation in Monroeville with its annual “Monroe Mills Day,” scheduled for Thurs., May 29.
The annual vacation period will begin and festivities are planned during the afternoon and evening at Vanity Fair Park.
Over 2,000 persons, including employees and immediate families, are expected to be on hand for the celebration during the afternoon at Vanity Fair Park.

Native of Chatom Named Assistant Coach At MCHS: Ronald Mozley Dees, 23-year-old native of Chatom, has been named as new assistant coach at Monroe County High School, H.G. Greer, Superintendent of Education, said Wednesday.
Mr. Dees is a graduate of Washington County High School and McNeese State College, Lake Charles, La., having played varsity football at both institutions. For the past year, he has been assistant coach at Lafayette College, Lafayette, La.

Members of Excel, Frisco City and Uriah 4-H Clubs took top honors at the Monroe County 4-H Fat Calf and Market Hog Show held Wednesday at the Farmers Cooperative Market in Frisco City.
Grand Champion Steer was shown by Harry Sawyer, member of the Excel club and son of Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Sawyer, Monroeville Rt. 1.
Reserve Champion steer was owned by Lester Scott, Frisco City, Rt. 2. First place winner of the hog show Class II (litter of hogs ready for market) was Clark Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelburne Harris, Uriah.

MAY 18, 1933

Mr. J.B. Barnett will attend the State Bankers meeting in Montgomery this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Jones and George Thomas visited relatives in Tuscaloosa this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Finch, Mrs. A.C. Lee and Miss Louise Lee spent the weekend in Atmore.

“Cool Knights,” a three-act musical comedy, is being presented at the Frisco City School auditorium at eight o’clock Friday evening, May 19. The ladies of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Union are sponsoring the production, which is under the direction of Miss Kathleen Strickland.
The cast includes Bonnie Sims, Lotan Jones, Ellen Burns, Frank Echols, Lucile Blackburn, Abe Martin, Alma McMillan, Burney King, Euline Hendrix, Wiley Long, Jessie Lee Long, Levaughn Hanks and Bud Hanks.

Men Leave For Forestry Service: Twelve boys from all sections of the county, accompanied by Mrs. D.R. Nettles, director of unemployment relief, left Wednesday for Mobile, where the boys will take physical examination at the recruiting station for work in the reforestation program. Ten is the quota allotted Monroe County in the second call for workers. Two are being taken as substitutes in the event any of those selected should fail to pass the examination, which is very rigid.
After the examination in Mobile, the boys will journey to Fort Benning, Ga., where they will spend a period of two weeks in training for their six months work in the national forests of the country.

MAY 21, 1908

ATTENTION VETERANS! The George W. Foster Camp No. 407 U.C.V. will hold a meeting on Sat., May 30, 1908 for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuring year and appointing delegates to the reunion to be held in Birmingham July 9-11. The members are urgently requested to attend and pay dues for the present year. – T.S. Wiggins, Adjutant.

Sheriff M.M. Fountain is in Brewton for a few days.

On the night of the 19th inst. a posse of avaricious Monroevillians sought out the home of Rev. W.H. Boyd and when they found it they called him out and gave him such a pounding as he cannot soon forget. His purse also was taken in charge and when returned to him it was plethoric beyond his recognition. As for silver and gold they knew he had --. In kind he declares he can never repay and his only means of redress is to pray that our good Lord will repay them a hundred fold in this life and in the world to come life everlasting.

The concluding entertainment of the school closing exercises took place last Friday evening when the medals were awarded to the following pupils: High School department, Charles R. Broughton for declamation, Miss Ruth Simmons for recitation; Intermediate department, Ernestine Lazenby for declamation, Maud Yarbrough for recitation. For scholarship, George Yarbrough; for attendance, Emma Yarbrough.

Mr. Laban Turk of Turkestan, one of Monroe’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, was among Monroeville friends the first of the week.

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