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25 Years Ago in The Greensboro Watchman – March 27, 1997


Joe Kyser, Jr., of Greensboro announced this week that he qualified on Tuesday morning as a candidate for the City Council of Greensboro, District No. 3, subject to the Municipal Election of May 13. He is presently serving as the councilman for District No. 4, but the new District No. 3 was created when the Special Master formed new re-districting lines for this election.

The son of Mrs. J.A. Kyser and the late Mr. Kyser of Greensboro, Joe was born May 25, 1945 in Sumter County while his father was stationed in Eastern Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II. The family moved to Hale County in June 1947.

A 1963 graduate of Greensboro High School, Joe was active in a number of school organizations and received numerous honors during his school career. Active in sports, he played football, in which he lettered, as well as basketball and baseball.

The late Hamner Cobbs of Greensboro and his son, Nicholas Hamner Cobbs, Jr., will be among those honored April 18-19 in Birmingham at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Alabama Historical Association. The elder Cobbs was an early president of the Alabama Historical Association, providing leadership to the association in 1963-1964. His son served as president in 1993-1994. They are the only father and son to serve as presidents of the AHA.


The Greensboro Garden Club was host to the District IV spring meeting of the Garden Club of Alabama, Inc., on Wednesday, March 19. The meeting was held in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church. Spring flowers in baskets were used to deco-rate the tables. Favors for each person were a caladium bulb in a bunny rabbit made from a washcloth.

Greensboro Health Care is pleased to announce that Dr. William Shane Lee of Marion is now on the medical staff at the nursing home. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in chemistry and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in May of 1987.

Snooks Walton was hostess to the Calliope Club at her home on Tuesday evening, March 18. The president, Betty Jo Ferguson, gave the call to order and welcomed the members and a guest, Ralph Howard. A devotional was given by Mabel York. For the pro-gram, Louise Howell introduced Ralph, who gave the program on “Hale County Emergency Medical Serv-ices.” He stated that Hale County received its first ambulance in November 1973, and it was operated on a volunteer basis for the first several months.

Judge Green Farm at Lock Five by Sykes Martin, the present owner, and Tom Pifer, the operator. Numerous wet areas on nearly level cropland will be drained by several shallow ditches. Ditches of this type remove mainly excess surface water.

Private Arble J. Armstrong, 19, son of Mr. And Mrs. John Armstrong, Rt. 1, Moundville, recently completed eight weeks of basic training at the U.S. Army Training Center, Infantry, Fort Polk.

Private Armstrong received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, combat tactics, military courtesy, military justice, first aid, and Army history and traditions.

The Greensboro Seventh Grade 4-H Club met on March 22. Abby Singleton called the meeting to order. A song, “America,” was led by Patricia Johnson and Brenda Jackson. Kathy Causey led in the pledges to the 4-H and U.S. Flag.

Miss Amanda Williams, the chairman, told about the public speaking contest which will be held in the April 4-H meeting. She also told why each should give a speech and then gave the topics. The group learned how to make speeches and how to decide on a main idea. The meeting was adjourned until April 27. —Virginia Jackson, Reporter.

Judy Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Linden Mitchell of Greensboro, walked away with top honors in the annual March of Dimes beauty contest held in the Greensboro Public School, West, auditorium Saturday night. A 10th Grade student at GPS, West, she was crowned “Miss March of Dimes 1972” by her predecessor, Miss Joy May of Sawyerville, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Albert Y. May. The Scribblers Club met on March 8 at the home of Sara Sledge with Anna Lynn Williams as co-hostess. After delicious refreshments were enjoyed, President Jenny Tutwiler called the meeting to order. Sara Sledge gave the devotion, after which the pledge and motto were recited. Donna Phillips gave the program on Victor Hugo. Mary Ellen Cole, secretary, called the roll and read the minutes.

Mr. and Mrs. David Sidney Woods of Newbern announce the engagement of their daughter, Sydney, to Richard Allen Chasteen, son of Mrs. Andrew Jack-son Chasteen and the late Mr. Chasteen of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gilham Brooks Morgan and the late Mrs. Morgan of Pine Hill, and Mrs. George Sidney Woods and the late Mr. Woods of Newbern. She is a graduate of Southern Academy in Greensboro and attends Samford University in Birmingham.

Mr. Chasteen is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Swan Blair and the late Mr. Blair, and Mrs. Evans S. Chasteen and the late Mr. Chasteen of Clanton. He attends Samford University in Birmingham. The wedding will be an event of June 15 at the Baptist Church in Newbern.

Fagan is survived by his father, Albert A. Fagan, Sr. of Newborn, Ala., and a brother, Albert A. Jr., of Arlington, Va.

The Rev. Mabry Rhodes, pastor of the Greensboro Baptist Church, is assisting the Demopolis Baptist Church this week in an In-side Enlargement Campaign. Each night the book, “The Church Using Its Sun-day School,” is being taught. An effort will be made to contact all members of the Demopoils church to enlist them in an active Sunday school campaign.

W.J. Terry was reap-pointed as superintendent of schools for Hale County for a term of four years by the Board of Education at a meeting on Tuesday morning of this week. Mr. Terry, a native of Hale County, served as superintendent in Morgan County before coming back here in 1943. At the same time, the following were again chosen as principals of the county’s three main schools, to serve during the 1947-48 school year: Akron High and Elementary Schools, W.C. DuBose, principal; Greensboro High and Elementary Schools, William H. Jenkins, principal; Hale County High and Moundville Elementary Schools, W.N. McKathan, principal.

More than 150 Greensboro householders have paid $1.50 each for the privileges of participating in the DDT spraying program planned here during May by the Young Men’s Civic Club and the Rotary Club.

Little short of tragic was the fire which destroyed Buck Washburn’s nice brick home on Centreville Street, hardly five blocks from the Courthouse, late Saturday afternoon—and this fire has caused a great deal of comment, some of which hasn’t been very nice. The fire, which was limited to the kitchen when discovered, should have been put out with a loss of only a few hundred dollars. As it was, the entire house went up in flames.

The blame for this loss has been tossed about in various directions, but there was one simple, basic reason for it—that is, inadequate fire protection—and nobody can be blamed for inadequate fire protection except the people of Greensboro as a whole. The people of Greensboro have received, in the matter of fire protection, what they demanded, and what they were willing to pay for, and it will be the same way in the future. The Hale County Home Demonstration Clubs were represented at the Stewart Community meeting on March 19th by the following women: Mrs. Hal Knight, President County Council; Mrs. Jim Burke, Secretary for County Council; Mrs. Joe Barton, Treasurer County Council; Mrs. Cecil Whaley, President Mt. Hebron Home Demonstration Club; Mrs. G.W. Yea-ger, Sec. & Treas. Mt. Hebron H.D.C.; Mrs. Fred Livingston, Mt. Hebron Club. At this meeting the Stewart Community was awarded the first prize of $500.00 for showing the most progress in District III relative to the improvement in yield and quality of the cotton crop.

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