Sunday, August 12, 2018

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

Alabama Attorney General John Patterson

AUG. 9, 2007

Beatrice hires Norris as police chief: Criminals and crooks in Beatrice had best take note: there’s a new lawman in town and he means to protect and serve.
Monday night the Beatrice Town Council officially hired Ray Norris as the new police department’s chief.
Norris has over 12 years of experience in law enforcement with extensive training and work in narcotics.

J.F. Shields’ new head football coach hopes to give the program the thing it needs most – stability.
“I hope to be here for the long haul, said Timothy Moorer, who was hired to replace William Randolph as the Panthers’ third head coach in the last three years. Randolph spent one season at the helm. Prior to Randolph, Jerome Sanders served as head coach through two seasons.
Moorer is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Greenville High School and Alabama State University. He spent 18 years in the Wilcox County public schools. He spent all 18 years at Wilcox Middle School and served as an assistant football coach for three years and head basketball coach at Wilcox Central High School in Camden three years.

For the second time in five months Monroeville firefighters were called to the Monroe County Courthouse to rescue a person trapped in the elevator.
“We were called to the courthouse at 6:20 Monday evening,” Monroeville Fire Lt. Eddie James said Wednesday, “to help get a man out of the elevator.”
James said firefighters opened the doors and assisted the man out of the elevator.

AUG. 12, 1982

Kay Ivey visits: Camden native Kay Ivey, candidate for state auditor, visited with local citizens at the Monroe County Courthouse Monday morning, soliciting votes. While here, she met with the Monroe County Commission to urge its support and discuss her views on issues which affect county government. She presented the commission with an ivy plant.

Excel feature twirler Paula Lowrey and drum majorette Marlyss Bowen attended the Heart of Dixie band camp at Auburn University July 12. In the feature twirler division, Paul received a trophy for her superior rating. In the free-style directing division, Marlyss received a blue ribbon for her excellent rating. Both will be leading the Excel High School Panther marching band this fall. David Jackson is band director.

The Frisco City Chamber of Commerce will dedicate a new downtown park and gazebo next Thursday and will follow the ceremony with a community clean-up.
The chamber recently built a gazebo on Highway 21 across from Fris-Cap. The small park the gazebo stands in will be named, but the organization hasn’t chosen a specific name yet.
Chamber secretary Ronnie Ray said the public is invited to attend the dedication ceremonies and the clean-up campaign which will begin after the dedication.

Earl Davis and his wife, Leminoy, show off a 4-foot, 2-inch copperhead that Davis killed Friday evening at Claiborne. Davis and a friend, Johnny Hunt of Monroeville, saw the snake crossing the road while they were driving.

AUG. 8, 1957

The first bales of cotton ginned in Monroe County from the 1957 crop were reported Thursday and Friday from Frisco City and Monroeville, respectively.
The initial ginning in the county was at the Farmers Cooperative Market gin in Frisco City where J.B. Wilson of Frisco City ginned a bale weighing 550 pounds.
In Monroeville, Karl Lazenby, owner of the Monroeville Gin Company, said the first bale was ginned here Friday by Edwin Jaye of Mexia.

The annual North-South basketball game will be broadcast over radio station WMFC in Monroeville today (Thursday) at 4 p.m.
The game will be played on the University of Alabama campus at Foster Auditorium.
A Monroe Countian, Bobby Allen, a six-foot, three-inch, 205-pound center from Frisco City, will be among 20 of Alabama’s best basketball players chosen from high school seniors to play in the game.

Attorney General Is Speaker Here Friday: Featured speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Monroeville Kiwanis Club Friday will be John Patterson, State Attorney General of Alabama.
Appearing before the local club through the invitation of Dayton L. Russell, Mr. Patterson will speak on the subject “Current Problems Facing the People of Alabama.”

Sixty members of Monroeville’s Battery D of the 108th National Guard Antiaircraft Battalion leave Saturday for two weeks summer camp at Ft. Stewart, Ga.
M-Sgt. Berlin Sims, administrative assistant of the unit, said the battery will leave by truck in troop convoy to return Aug. 25.

AUG. 11, 1932

Mail Schedule Is Changed Sunday: Beginning last Sunday a change in the Frisco Railroad schedule brought about a slight change in the mail schedules for Monroeville. Instead of the Frisco morning train running south, it is now northbound and passes West Monroeville at 8:47. The mail reaches the Monroeville post office about nine o’clock. The afternoon train, which runs about six o’clock, is now southbound. Mail is made up at the post office for this train at 5:15.

Local Tournament Creates Interest Among Golfers: Interest in the tournament being played this week among the golf club members will be at the highest pitch when the players enter the finals this afternoon. Already the tournament has brought back several players who had not shown much activity on the course since the last local tournament held during the spring.
One member has shot under par during the matches already played off, while others are breaking their usual games.

Mass Meetings Held Over County Had Good Attendance: A series of educational mass meetings were held throughout the county last week by the County Council of P.T.A.’s and the Women’s Federated Clubs. Meetings were held in the following communities: Uriah, Frisco City, Perdue Hill, Excel, Beatrice and Monroeville. Each meeting was attended by a representative group of interested citizens. It is estimated that a total of 700 people attended these meetings.

AUG. 8, 1907

Miss Callie Faulk, who is teaching school at Axle, spent Saturday and Sunday with home folks.

Dr. A.B. Coxwell, who recently graduated at the Medical College of Louisville, returned home last week.

Mr. L.A. Hixon has been sojourning at the Wilcox Mineral Springs, Schuster, a few days for the benefit of his health.

The first boll of open cotton reported to The Journal this season was brought to this office on Aug. 1 by William Wiggins, an industrious farmer living near town.

BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE: The barn of Capt. Thos. A. Nettles was destroyed by fire at Tunnel Springs Saturday night, Aug. 3, together with his entire crop of oats and other feedstuff stored in the building. The fire was discovered at a late hour and there was barely time to rescue the horses and mules. It is not known how the fire originated.

The Journal is requested to announce that there will be an ice cream supper at the home of Mr. J.O. Sniders near Mexia on Fri., Aug. 16, for the benefit of Old Salem Baptist Church.

WILCOX MINERAL SPRINGS is now open for the season. The health-giving properties of these waters can be vouched for by many who have been benefitted by them. A hack line to and from the depot to meet the trains morning and evening. Every arrangement for the comfort and entertainment of guests will be carefully looked after. Special terms by the week, month or season can be had on application to G.W. Stuart, Proprietor, Schuster, Alabama.

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