Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

Blacksher Store Co. of Uriah
JULY 23, 1992

Hope Alexis Daniels, 11, of Monroeville has been invited by the Country Music Association of Alabama to vie for the title of 1993 Top Female Vocalist of the Year in Alabama.
Miss Daniels is the daughter of Joe and Margie Daniels and has been singing since she was seven. Her most recent performance was at the Hank Williams Memorial Concert in Georgiana in June.

After posting a 15-12 victory Friday, Monroeville suffered two straight losses in the Babe Ruth Baseball State Tournament for 13-year-olds in Bay Minette.
Monroeville, which swept through the district tournament in Evergreen undefeated a few weeks ago, beat Grand Bay, 15-12, Friday to open the six-team tournament.
Tallassee upended the District 1 champion, 6-4, Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. Monroeville bowed out of the tournament Sunday with a 5-3 loss to Andalusia.
(Players on Monroeville’s team that year included Bucky Busby, Josh Kendrick, Clinton Kidd, Kevin Luker, Beau Pipkins, Alan Pulfrey, Deric Scott and Eric Scott. Jim Pulfrey was the team’s manager.)

Construction of a building for Frisco City’s newest industry, Medline Industries Inc., has been temporarily delayed.
Bids were opened July 10 from three general contractors vying to build the 39,080-foot pre-engineered building, but all seemed “excessive in relation to the budget for the building,” according to Frisco City Mayor Billy McCrory.

JULY 28, 1977

Ronnie Ray of Ray’s Ace Hardware in Frisco City is greeted by Lou Fant at the Ace Hardware convention held in Dallas, Texas, June 3-7. Ray placed orders in Dallas for fall and winter merchandise soon to be shipped to Frisco City.

In district finals: The Monroeville Little League All-Stars won the District 5, Area 1 title last Thursday night at Monroeville’s Bud Lathram Field. The team will travel to Andalusia tonight (Thursday) to meet Jackson for the district title and the right to play in the state tournament.
(Members of the team included Gathern McClain, Frank Brown, Anthony Morressette, Donald Kilpatrick, Ken Miller, Calvin Tucker, Kenneth Richardson, Ricky Wilson, Frank Jones, Michael Howard, Ray Laffitte, Ricky Smith, Jerome Ikner, Mike Strout and Edger Lee McCarthy. Billy Ghee was the team’s manager, and Ned Adams was assistant coach.)

An Evergreen man drowned Monday, after he and another man fell from a boat into the Alabama River north of Davis Ferry.
The body of Jerry Peacock, 18, was pulled from the river by Monroe County Rescue Squad members at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Monroeville Police Chief Charles Colbert said.
Fifteen squad members dragged the river from five small boats for nearly 17 hours before recovering the body.
Bobby Johnson, 18, Evergreen, was piloting a small motor boat near the east bank of the river when the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Monroe County Chief Deputy Sheriff Larry Ikner said.
Ikner said although Peacock reportedly did not know how to swim, neither man was wearing a life preserver.

JULY  26, 1962

IN MEXICO – Winston Sessions of Monroeville and Douglas Hitson of Andalusia are attending summer school at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. They are seniors at Livingston State College and are majoring in Spanish. Winston is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville.

A total of five new instructors for Monroe County schools was approved at a recent meeting of the Board of Education.
Miss Bobby Nell Northrop has been named to the elementary school faculty in Frisco City. A graduate of J.U. Blacksher School, Uriah, Miss Northrop was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at Auburn University, where she also served as head majorette.
Mrs. Marlene Brantley Grissette of Excel will replace Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville on the elementary school faculty at Excel.
Gerald R. Irby, a native of Millry, has been named as coach and teacher at Excel. He replaces Charles Walston in the coaching position. Mr. Walston will remain on the Excel faculty as a science instructor. For the past five years, (Irby) has been assistant coach at Satsuma High School, Mobile County.
Benny G. Rhoades Jr., a Selma native, has been appointed coach and teacher at J.U. Blacksher School, Uriah. He was assistant coach for four years in Shelby County and for one year in Geneva County.
Mrs. Betty Watkins Irby has been engaged as elementary school teacher in Uriah.

JULY 24, 1947

The Blacksher Store Co. of Uriah will observe its first anniversary under new management Saturday, Frank Rush, vice president and manager, announced this week.
The concern is conducting a special sale on that day, Mr. Rush said, and any person whose birthday anniversary occurs on July 27 will receive a silver dollar from the store upon bringing proof of his birth date. Actually the store’s anniversary is July 27 but since that date is on Sunday, the sale has been set for Saturday.
The Blacksher Store, one of the largest in the county, was begun almost 40 years ago. The present ownership is composed of D.W. Blacksher, president, and Mr. Rush, vice-president.

Frisco City defeated Flomaton, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at Flomaton with M. Watson, right fielder, leading a heavy hitting attack against Kennedy, who pitched for the losers.
Watson batted out a homer in the third inning with one man on and also got two doubles during the game. T. Springer was the winning pitcher.
Exceptional fielding was chalked up in the seventh inning when A. Murphy, first baseman for Frisco City, reached over the fence to catch a fly and retire Flomaton, and in the same inning when G. Gaston, second baseman, made a diving catch of a fly ball.

Preparation for about 1-1/2 miles of street for paving in Frisco City probably will get underway this week or next, Mayor G.E. Hendrix revealed Wednesday.
The construction is expected to cost about $7,500 and the majority of the paving will take place in the area leading out to Snyder and on the extension to Central Avenue, Mr. Hendrix said.

JULY 28, 1932

Sam McCorrey shot and killed Mary Cooper near Eliska Monday night. Immediately after the shooting the Sheriff was notified and Tuesday morning the deputy was sent to the scene of the killing where he found McCorrey ready to surrender. McCorrey’s statement is to the effect that the Cooper woman was trying to take a shotgun away from him when the weapon was accidentally discharged. McCorrey has been placed in the county jail to await the action of the grand jury.
Both McCorrey and the Cooper woman… had been living in the Eliska community about 12 years.

Last word received from William Barnett, Nick Hare and David Katz was that they were at the Grand Canyon and had recently made a trip into Mexico. They were joined by two other boys, Otho Robinson of Atmore, and Jack Dawes of Boston, who will make the trip to California with them.

The store building and entire stock of goods belonging to Mr. W.H. Tucker at McGill was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. Soon after the fire was discovered it was thought that the store might have been robbed and burned, but further investigation has failed to furnish any clue.

Mr. A.T. Simmons is planning to open a grocery store in Monroeville which will be located in the Simmons Building. Shelving and fixtures are being installed and as soon as stock has been assembled, Mr. Simmons will give due notice of his opening.

James A. Sanders is to be the new postmaster here (Beatrice), taking charge of the office in the near future.

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