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

USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier.

FEB. 13, 1992

Jordan is named Cattleman of the Year: The Monroe County Cattlemen’s Association last Thursday awarded its highest honor to Ronnie Joe Jordan of Excel, along with installing 1992 officers and directors.
The Monroe County Cattlewomen’s Association also installed new leaders at the joint annual banquet, held at the Monroeville Community House. Jim Fyffe, Auburn football announcer, was the guest speaker for the banquet, and a report on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association was given by Ed Whatley.

Whippets stay unbeaten: Second-ranked Frisco City High School ran its record to 16-0 Friday when the Whippets pounded Flomaton High School, 76-48, in Frisco City.
Adrian Bullard, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, scored a career high 30 points to pace the Whippets. He also had 10 rebounds.
(Other top Frisco City players that season included Derrick Crayton, Brent Enzor, Tony Gibbs, Marando Lambert, Adrian McGinnis and A.J. White. Curtis Harris was Frisco City’s head coach.)

Monroe Academy was the overall winner of the first match of Alabama Southern Community College’s Scholar’s Bowl held Jan. 24. The competition included 19 area schools in two divisions, large school and small school. (Monroe Academy’s scholars bowl team that year included team captain Mary Hinnant, Mike Broughton, Stacey Hamrick, Courtney Hardee, Missy Hardee, Jason Pope, Chad Sessions, Wade Wilson and Jeff Wohlers. Winston Session was the team’s advisor.)

FEB. 9, 1967

Petty Completes Duty In Vietnam: Steam Propulsionist Bruce A. Petty, CSN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O. Petty of Monroeville, has returned to San Diego, Calif., as a crew member aboard the attack aircraft carrier Constellation, after a seven-month cruise with the U.S. Seventh Fleet of the coast of Vietnam.

The Patrick Henry Patriots picked up its third win of the season, all against the same team, as they downed Jefferson Davis Junior College of Brewton, 72-62, in Brewton Monday night.
The Patriots, led by Vic Norris’ 22 points and Larry Harris’ 20, held a slim, 29-23 lead at the half.
(Other top players at Patrick Henry that season included Melvin Middleton and Steve Stacey.)

Free Centennial Deadline Is Feb. 18: Only nine more days remain for new subscribers to get a free copy of The Monroe Journal’s Centennial issue. Feb. 18 is definitely the last day the free copies will be given. After that time, all copies of the Centennial issue will be $2 (if mailed, $2.50).
The issue contains 200 pages of pictures and historical information about Monroe County and its pioneer citizens. Hundreds of letters have been received from readers praising this publication.

Sujane King of Georgiana, a freshman at Patrick Henry Junior College, was named the top beauty at PJHC in the first annual Beauty Pageant last Friday night. Runners-up were Christine Payne of Jackson, second runner-up; and Patricia Justice of Melbourne Beach, Fla., first runner-up. The pageant was sponsored by the Student Government Association of the college.

FEB. 12, 1942

Dr. S.J. Hocking delivered an interesting lecture on the war situation at the Monroe County High School auditorium on Monday night. A large audience coming from all parts of the county enjoyed the lecture.

BASKETBALL: The Monroe County High lasses trimmed a strong Pine Hill sextet, 36-28, Tuesday night. It was a thrilling game from start to finish. The main attack was led by Sylvia Parnell, while Nan Jones was outstanding on the defense.
The Monroe County Boys seemed to have great difficulty in finding the range to the basket early in the game. However, in the later stanzas of the fray, the MCHS boys took over the lead and held it throughout the game. (MCHS’s boys team won, 26-22.)

MCHS v. Excel: Thursday night, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. war time, the thriller of the year will be played at the Monroe County High School auditorium.

The Lois Bowden conference will meet the Monroeville Chapter No. 155, Order of the Eastern Star, on Wed., Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.

Double Wedding Of Much Interest: A wedding that claims much interest was that of Miss Dean Russell to Max McAliley and Miss Marie Andress of Peterman to Mr. Sam Pierce at a double ceremony at the home of the Rev. Charles Granade in Beatrice on Saturday night, Feb. 7.
They were married in the presence of a few close friends.
Immediately following the ceremony the couples left for a short wedding trip to Biloxi and other points in Mississippi.

FEB. 15, 1917

The Iris Concert Co. will appear at the High School Auditorium Saturday night, Feb. 17, at eight o’clock.

Citizens of the town were startled at an early hour Wednesday morning by the alarm of fire at the home of Dr. G.C. Watson. A dark volume of smoke was found to be rising from the roof of the kitchen and a large number of volunteers were soon at the scene and the fire extinguished with small damage. But for the timely discovery and prompt measures the dwelling must soon have been reduced to ashes.

Miss Jennie Faulk is spending some time in the markets studying the latest decrees of fashion, a service which is duly appreciated by her numerous patrons who will impatiently await the arrival of her spring stock of ladies’ gear.

Capt. J.H. McCreary of Turnbull was transacting business here yesterday

Mr. Riley Kelly of Excel was transacting business at the county seat Tuesday.

Dr. Rayford A. Smith of Wainwright was among Monroeville friends Friday.

PERDUE HILL RFD: Friday evening, Feb. 23, beginning at 7:30 o’clock. What? A Tacky Party! An evening of wholesome fun and frolic. Everybody invited to attend in proper style. (The tackiest garb possible.) Win the prize for the tackiest. 10 cents admission. Proceeds to be used for school improvement. – School Improvement Ass’n, Grimes Rural School.

FEB. 11, 1892

DIED – At his home near Monroeville, on Fri., Feb. 5, 1892, Mr. Jasper J. Frye, in the 45th year of his age.
At the early age of 16 years, he bore arms in defense of the “Lost Cause” during the last years of the late war, and at its close returned home to assume the duties and responsibilities of the comfort and support of his mother and sisters, which by reason of the death of his father devolved upon his youthful shoulders, to whom he was ever devoted and faithful.
His mortal remains were attended to the place of interment at the Methodist churchyard by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives.

Mr. N.C. Thames’ steam saw mill and ginning establishment, located about midway between Monroeville and Perdue Hill, was destroyed by fire on last Monday night, together with a large quantity of lumber and other material. The fire broke out while the operatives were at supper, and it is believed to be of incendiary origin. When discovered, the fire had gained such headway that every effort to save the building and machinery proved unavailing.

The commissioners appointed under order of the probate court granting the right of way to the Bear Creek Mill Co. for constructing a ditch through the lands of Messrs. Slaughter & Slaughter met in Monroeville Tuesday and assessed the damages against the Bear Creek Mill Co. at $300.

MASONIC – Monroe Chapter No. 4 will hold its regular Convocation the first Thursday in March in Masonic Hall at Perdue Hill, Ala. Every Companion will please attend, as there is business of importance to be attended to them. – Wm. J. McCants, Sec’y, River Ridge, Ala., Feb. 8.

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