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

Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer

AUG. 21, 2003

Monroeville Fire Chief Eddie Everette announced the retirement of a firefighter and the promotion of two others in his department recently.
According to Everette, Capt. Ronnie Chastain of Monroeville has retired after 31 years of service.
Capt. Ronnie Darby of Monroeville was recently promoted from lieutenant. Darby has more than 23 years of fire service.
Lee Pettis, an eight-year veteran of the city’s fire department, was recently promoted to lieutenant.

Monroe Academy, J.U. Blacksher, Excel and Monroe County (MCHS) high schools have scheduled preseason exhibition games this week.
For the first time in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, its member schools may compete in scrimmages against other member schools in the spring and again in the summer prior to the start of the regular season.
In the Alabama Independent School Association, in which MA is a member, schools may do the same this year.

Dr. Pamala Gibbs joins Lane Medical: After years of being a nurse, Dr. Pamala Gibbs answered a call from God to begin the long process of becoming a physician.
Joining Lane Medical Group’s practice, Gibbs is the newest addition to the MCH medical staff. An internal medicine specialist, she practiced in Atmore prior to making her move north.
Before moving to the Monroeville area, the Gibbs family attended church at Annie Jones Methodist Church in Walnut Hill, Fla.

AUG. 17, 1978

50-year pin: William Smith, Worshipful Master of Monroeville Masonic Lodge No. 3, presents Dr. W.H. Hines with a 50-year pin. Dr. Hines joined the lodge in 1928 and has held every office in the organization.

South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars: The South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars lost in the opening round of the 14- and 15-year-old tournament held in Bay Minette, but looked good with new green, white and gold uniforms. Members of the team, based in Frisco City, are Terry Waters, Jimmy Watson, Tracy Womack, Bill King, Ricky Till, Mifford Hill, Trey Wilson and James Richardson; Coach Julius Lambert, David Byrd, Greg Tatum, Robert McMillian, Bryan Baggett, Jerry Waters, Tom Watson and Coach Hugh Wilson.

Former Gov. Albert Brewer said here last Thursday that he would assign “a real high priority” to construction of a bridge over the Alabama River in the Eureka Landing area if elected governor this year.
Brewer also said the Highway 84 bridge at Claiborne is “dangerous” – too narrow and entered off a curve – and “obviously needs attention.”
Brewer brought up the Eureka bridge and answered a question about the Highway 84 bridge during an interview that was part of a stop here of a little less than an hour. He also shook hands in Southtown Plaza Shopping Center and had a snack at a nearby restaurant.
His campaign reportedly had been contacted by residents of the Eureka area who would have a much shorter drive to jobs west of the river with a Eureka bridge. Now they must go through Claiborne.

AUG. 20, 1953

Monroeville’s new $89,000 National Guard Armory has been estimated to be completed within the next two months.
Lt. R. Jeff Martin, Commanding Officer of the local unit, Battery D of the 108th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, stated the Brice Construction Co. of Birmingham, which began construction of the structure in June, plans to end work within the next eight weeks.
Formal dedication ceremonies of the Armory will be held when it is complete, Lt. Martin declared, with both county and state government officials and State National Guard Officers present for the event.

Football practice at four Monroe County schools – Monroe County High, Frisco City, J.U. Blacksher and Beatrice – will begin next week while it is slated to begin at the fifth school, Excel High, sometime immediately following.
Monroe High and Frisco High will stage initial drills on Monday while night sessions will be started by Beatrice some time during the week and Blacksher High will hold its first meeting on Thurs., Aug. 27. No announcement has been received from Excel on drilling plans.
Practice at the schools will begin with conditioning drills until Sept. 1 when candidates for this year’s squad will put on pads for actual scrimmaging.

San Francisco, Calif. – Completing a nine-month tour of combat duty in the Far East, the fast attack aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea returns here Aug. 14. Serving aboard is William T. Stanton Jr., seaman, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Stanton, and husband of the former Miss Ouida Byrd, all of Mexia.

AUG. 16, 1928

Mr. W.A. Deer of Claiborne was among Monroeville friends Tuesday. Mr. Deer’s information is that work will begin on the construction of the bridge across the Alabama River at Claiborne in the early Fall.

TOWN OF JONES MILL WILL VOTE TO CHANGE ITS NAME: In response to a petition signed by 80 percent of the qualified electors of the Town of Jones Mill, the Town Council has ordered an election (on Sept. 17) to vote on the proposition of changing the name of said town. The new name proposed for the town is Frisco City.

HORRIBLE TRAGEDY IN MONROEVILLE: As the culmination of bad feeling known to exist between the parties, one man is dead and the other is in jail suffering from injuries received in a bloody encounter Tuesday evening.
Mr. Joe Faulkenberry, who had served as night watchman in Monroeville for several months, met Harry Helton, blacksmith, in the Lathram Hardware store late Tuesday evening and a few moments thereafter occupants of adjacent buildings were startled by several pistol shots fired in rapid succession. Rushing to the scene of the unusual disturbance, Mr. Faulkenberry was found lying on the floor, weltering in his life-blood. Mr. Helton stood by with a smoking pistol in his hand and blood flowing from a wound in his shoulder.
While it is known that bad feeling had existed between the parties for a fortnight or longer, no one seems to know just the true circumstances under which the fatal encounter occurred.
Mr. Faulkenberry was regarded as a quiet, peaceable citizen and everyone was shocked by the tragedy.

AUG. 20, 1878

We are glad to learn, as we do from Capt. W.B. Kemp, that the people of the Pineville neighborhood are thoroughly alive to the importance of a speedy completion of the S&G railroad through the county, and that Pineville will subscribe at least $15,000, provided the road is run via Pineville and Monroeville.

Mount Pleasant – We regret to learn that Mr. D.H. Boyles, one of our worthy county commissioners, intends moving to Texas, having sold out for that purpose. We trust our friend David will yet change his mind and continue to live in Monroe, one of the most glorious old counties in the state, where he has hosts of friends.

Kempville – Desiring to relieve himself of any responsibility in the premises, one of his bondsmen has turned Mr. B.M. Burns, who is charged with killing Mr. Wm. Ashley at Evergreen some time last year, over to the sheriff of Conecuh County. This will necessitate the making of a new bond by Mr. Burns, which, we presume, will be done immediately. The bond is $15,000.

Died – We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dr. J.T. and Mrs. Ella Packer in the death of their infant child, which sad event occurred a few days.

Dental Notice – The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Claiborne and vicinity that he will devote three days preceding the third Sabbath in each month to his profession in that neighborhood. He would also give notice to the citizens of Monroeville that he will spend the week following the third Sabbath of each month at that place. Office near Watson’s hotel. The hard times and difficulty of getting money will in all cases be taken into account and all work guaranteed. – W.A. Lock.

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