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

Dr. George H. Denny

JUNE 5, 2014

Changing Careers: After 42 years in the newspaper business, 39 of those years at The Monroe Journal, Jo Evers is making a career change. Evers has accepted the director’s job at Excel Baptist Church Child Development Center. Publisher Bo Bolton thanked Evers for her service and dedication to The Journal and wishes her success in her new job.

South Monroe Little League recently named its Coach Pitch all-star team of 7 and 8 year olds. Team members are Trent Williams, Kolby Sirmon, Bryan Hallford, Brayden Bailey, Jackson Casey, Brock King, Patrick Countryman, Colby Adams, Lane Macks, Caleb Brooks and Deagan Dailey, and coaches Roger Casey, Jeff Hallford, Wayne Adams and Mike Dailey.

The Harper Family, a bluegrass Gospel group of Bunker, Mo., will be in concert at Beulah Camp Ground on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The camp meeting will continue with three services each day at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Sun., June 22. Beulah Camp is located 1-1/4 miles south of U.S. Highway 84, on Monroe County 37, between Repton and Excel.

Sandy Smith, executive director of the Monroeville-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday that Monroeville has been accepted into the Main Street Alabama program, which is a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown revitalization.
“We are very excited about this and what it means for the city going forward,” Smith said. “I appreciate the mayor and council for supporting this endeavor.”

JUNE 1, 1989

‘Mockingbird’ on stage: Monroe Countians interested in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the restoration of the Old Monroe County Courthouse may also be interested in this stage play of the story, based on the novel by Monroeville’s Nelle Harper Lee. The play was performed May 24-28 as an Alabama Reunion event by a community theater group at Northeast Alabama State Junior College near Rainsville. The courtroom of the Old Courthouse in Monroeville may be used to present the same play after restoration.

A perfect record was recorded by the Monroeville Little League Baseball minor league Braves this season. The Braves posted a 10-0 record, winning all but three of their games by 10 or more runs. The members of the team are Chris Rivers, Chris Tomlinson, Curtis Hixon, Bucky Busby, Kentwain Rankins, Jay Lomenick, batboy Ben Busby, Calvin Hartley, Connor Martin, coach Tom Lomenick, Brian Holloman, Ben Templin, Jason Hames, Natalie Ryland, Tommy Rivers and coach Sam Martin.

Ellen Sawyer of Monroeville has spelled her way to the finals of the national spelling bee being held (today) Thursday in Washington, D.C., according to Betty Metts of the Monroe County public school system.
Yesterday, she spelled three words to successfully complete the first round, Mrs. Metts said she had learned from the Sawyer family.
The daughter of Sherry and Landon Sawyer, Ellen is a student at Monroeville Junior High School. She won the state spelling bee April 8.

JUNE 4, 1964

Incumbent Judge David M. Nettles won the Democratic nomination for probate judge of Monroe County Tuesday by the narrow margin of 17 votes in one of the closest races in the history of the county. Some 4,699 votes were cast.
County Democratic Committee Chairman L.A. Hixon said Wednesday that Judge Nettles, who was appointed to his present position by Governor Wallace last November, has been certified by the committee as the official Democratic nominee as the result of the official count which gave him 2,358 votes against 2,341 for Loxley L. Dees of Monroeville.

Monroeville’s new swimming pool was dedicated during ceremonies held at the pool May 28. William Bowden, past president of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the dedication committee, was master of ceremonies. In the photo above, Louise Long, Monroe County’s Junior Miss, has just cut the ribbon opening the pool and is preparing to dive into the pool.

Chipper Hare and John Causey left Tuesday for New York where they will be employed for the summer at the World’s Fair. They were accompanied to Philadelphia by Miss Bonnie Hare, who will visit her mother.

An overflow crowd heard Senator Ryan deGraffenried of Tuscaloosa deliver the commencement address and saw 65 Monroe County High School graduates receive their diplomas at exercises held at the high school auditorium Monday night.

Ed Riley, Monroeville insurance agent, was winner of the championship flight in the men’s golf tournament held at Vanity Fair Golf Course last month.

JUNE 1, 1939

Chamber Of Commerce Plans Rat Campaign: The Monroeville Chamber of Commerce is working on plans to begin a rat killing campaign in Monroeville at an early date. This campaign was discussed at a meeting Monday night. In making this campaign effective, the Chamber of Commerce is asking the cooperation of every citizen of the town. The date for beginning this work will be announced as soon as definite plans are made.

The Atmore baseball team will be the opponents of Monroeville at Legion Field her next Sunday afternoon.
These two teams are making it hot for all other teams in the league and this game Sunday should be a classic.
Monroeville and Atmore have added considerable strength to their teams the past two weeks and are playing a brand of ball comparable to Class D League.
(Top players on Monroeville’s team included pitchers “Big Bill” Zuber and Rufus Moore of Vredenburgh.)

Dayton Russell To Erect New Building: Mr. Dayton Russell has made his plans for the erection of a new residence in the western part of town. The building will contain six rooms and will be modern throughout. Work will begin in the next two weeks.

A crew of WPA workers resumed work on the building of sidewalks on the main street south of the Square Monday morning. Walks will be built on both sides of the street and will be carried to the end of the curb and gutter on that street. Another project will be the building of a sidewalk from a point near the L.L. Dees residence to the high school building.

JUNE 4, 1914

Dr. S.B. McMillan, Mayor W.A. Giddens and Mr. C.E. Eddins of Roy were at the county capital Wednesday.

Prof. G.A. Harris will attend a meeting of high school principals of the state in Montgomery the latter part of the week.

Don’t forget the Farmers Institute at Jones Mill on Monday, June 15. All farmers who attend will learn something greatly to their advantage.

Remarkable progress in the development of the University of Alabama is shown in the report submitted to the board of trustees by President George H. Denny on Wednesday. The registration for the regular session was 721, almost double what it was two years ago. A dean for the women’s department has been appointed and the first unit of the modern dormitory for women will be ready for the next regular session.

On Saturday night near the church in the southeastern part of town, Torrey Puryear shot and killed her husband William Puryear, from whom she had been separated for some time. The dead man was generally known as a quiet, inoffensive man and the killing is said to have been unprovoked. The murderess is in jail.

TURKESTAN: The young people of Turkestan gathered in the Harrengton swamp and had a picnic Saturday. There were several visitors from adjoining neighborhoods. Everyone seemed to have a good time. Some of the older people went along to look after the lunch.

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