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

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

FEB. 4, 2010

Dollar General wants to build in Excel: At their meeting Monday night, the Excel Planning Commission accepted an application to rezone a piece of property for the proposed site of a Dollar General store, and a public hearing is set for Feb. 18.
Linda Albritton is requesting her two parcels of property – an open lot and a lot with a residence on it on the southwest corner of Alabama Highway 136 and Third Street – be changed from residential (R-1) to business (B-1).
Planning Commission Chairman Gary Cole said all the documentation for the application, including a letter of intent naming the purpose of the rezoning, was in order, and the group agreed unanimously to take the application.

Monroe County High’s Tigers picked up three wins over the past week, including a 63-62 victory over Clarke County last Tuesday night on a last-second lay-up.
Jonathan Johnson hit the lay-up as time expired after hauling in a court-length pass from JoDarius Boykin with 1.3 seconds left. Johnson finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals to lead the Tigers.
(Other top MCHS players in that game included Aaron Chaney, Anthony Hinton, Jaterius McMillian, Travis Patrick, Sherrod Smith and Grant White. Jerome Antone was MCHS’s head coach.)

More than two dozen Alabama Forestry Commission employees, along with local law enforcement and fire department members, turned out for a retirement luncheon and roast of Johnny Kline Friday at Frisco City Baptist Church. Kline retired Monday after more than 28 years with the Forestry Commission in Monroe County.

FEB. 7, 1985

The Monroe County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual banquet last Thursday evening at the Monroeville Community House. Newly-elected officers are secretary William Carter of Monroeville, vice president Jimmy Dale Dawson of Excel and president Bill Harper of Monroeville, accompanied by state director O’Neil Smith of Uriah. At right, county Extension agent Mike Gamble awards a plaque to Cattleman of the Year Randolph Raines of Pine Orchard.

Tigers to play in finals: Monroe County High School’s girls basketball team eased through the 5A Area 2 and the Sub-state 1 tournaments recently to earn a bid in the state finals at Fair Park arena in Birmingham tomorrow (Friday).
The Tiger girls, who ransacked Escambia County High, 61-36, last Thursday to nail down the area championship, captured the Sub-state 1 championship in Monroeville this Tuesday with a 46-42 victory over Opp.
(Top players on MCHS’s girls team that season included Rosa Ball, Becky Hairelson, Barbara Lane, Samantha Malone, Carla McKenzie, Alicia Morrissette, Carolyn Richardson, Patricia Richardson, Brenda Stallworth and Jennifer Stallworth. Diana Harris Lyons was MCHS’s girls coach.)

The Frisco City Town Council Monday elected and swore in a new councilman: William A. “Billy” Hoffman, the controller-treasurer of Alabama River Pulp Co.
Hoffman, 40, replaces Ralph Dawson, who resigned in January for health reasons. Hoffman fills Place 4 on the council.

FEB. 4, 1960

Four incumbents for Monroe County offices qualified to run for re-election in the May Democratic primary following the recent meeting of the county Democratic Executive Committee.
They are Walter L. Agee of Monroeville, District 2 Commissioner; John D. Black of Beatrice, District 4 Commissioner; John M. Coxwell of Monroeville, County Solicitor; and Mrs. Jennie R. Fountain of Monroeville, Justice of Peace, Beat 3.
It is speculated all other incumbents for county offices up for election will qualify. They are Harry L. Lazenby, Tax Assessor; Alfred L. Nettles, Tax Collector; W.C. Nicholas, member, board of education.

Coach Jack Akins’ J.U. Blacksher High School Bulldogs of Uriah added to their current laurels in basketball Saturday night by emerging champions in the Pine Belt Conference tournament at Leroy High School, Leroy.
The Blacksher basketeers, recent winners of the Monroe County tournament championship, won the Pine Belt finals, 56-38, over a fellow Monroe foe, the Beatrice High School Eagles, Beatrice.
(All-tournament players from Monroe County included Jerry Thomas, Curtis Harris and Bill Solomon, all of Blacksher; Phil Brogden and Vance McCrory of Frisco City High School; Donald Brown of Beatrice; and Doug Stacey of Excel High School.)

Specialist Four John L. Melton, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Melton of Route 2, Frisco City, has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal while serving with the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, German. Melton is a graduate of Excel High School and attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

FEB. 7, 1935

Frisco City Hotel Changes Hands: Miss Lillian Deer of Claiborne has taken over the management of the hotel at Frisco City. She succeeds Miss Edna Baird, who held that post during the past several years.

Neither Side Scores In Football Game: The football game which was played on the local field last Friday afternoon between former high school and college stars of Monroeville and those from Excel and Uriah resulted in a scoreless tie. A good crowd turned out to see this game which boasted a number of players who were former outstanding athletes.

Miss Jennie Faulk left Sunday for Atlanta, Ga. to do her Spring marketing.

Many Mentioned As McDuffie’s Successor: With the resignation of Congressman John McDuffie who was appointed Federal Judge of the South Alabama District by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, has come much speculation as to who will be selected to fill the vacancy in the first Alabama district. Many outstanding men in the counties composing the first district have already been mentioned as probable candidates to fill the office which has been held by McDuffie for nine consecutive terms.

County Court Holds Session Monday: The regular first Monday term of county court was held this week before Probate Judge M.M. Fountain. M.R. Sowell, who was appointed county solicitor last month to succeed R.L. Jones, represented the state.

FEB. 3, 1910

Merchants complain of unusual dullness in business since small pox scare struck the county. No one comes to town unless upon urgent business and when this is transacted does not tarry.

An attempt was made to burglarize the store of Roberson & Knight at Repton on Monday night. A son of Mr. Roberson who was sleeping in the store was awakened by a suspicious noise at the front door. Locating as best he could the would-be burglar he fired through the door, whereupon the burglars retreated. On examination it was found that an attempt had been made to cut out the fastening with a brace and bit, and blood stains on the sidewalk indicated that the shot had been well directed, but no further clue could be found. On Wednesday, however, a young white man severely wounded in the ankle and giving his name as Cammack made his appearance at the place of Mr. J.W. Brown at Conoly and surrendered himself to Mr. Brown who brought him to Monroeville for medical attention. After Dr. Coxwell dressed the wound the man was turned over to the sheriff and is now in custody.

John McDuffie, Esq., returned Wednesday from a business trip through the northern section of the county.

OLD TEXAS: Last Tuesday while Mr. W.H. Byrd was killing hogs a little child about four years old was burned to death. It was left by its parents at home while they helped with the hog killing and when they returned they found their child burned to death.

BURNT CORN: Our Sunday schools are not attended as they should be now on account of small pox prevailing in this community.

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