50 years ago this week

• Three area musicians won first chairs in the band division of the All-State Music Festival. The first chair medal winners were Allison Watkins of Gordo High in E flat clarinet in the Red Band, Gary Garner of Fayette County High in bassoon in the White Band, and Mike Adams of Holt High in tympani in the Blue Band.

• Downtown Tuscaloosa Unlimited, composed of downtown property owners and merchants, voted to endorse the downtown pedestrian mall proposed by a committee of the Greater Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce.

• Fayette was one of two cities selected for the construction of new state junior colleges. Andalusia was the other city.

• Deaths this week included William A. Sullivan, 79, who operated Sullivan’s barbershop in the City Hall building for 40 years.

• S. Sgt. Lytell B. Christian, a native of Tuscaloosa County, was killed in Vietnam while fighting with the 25th Infantry Division.

25 years ago this week

• The manager of Bruno’s supermarket said long lines of shoppers had been backed up down the walls and down the aisles and that the store had had every register running wide open since 7 a.m.; people were preparing for a snowbound weekend. Icy winds with a low of 10 degrees were expected at night. Thousands were without power in the aftermath of the storm that dumped eight to 12 inches on West Alabama.

• Truck drivers, some with their wives, pitched in to help at Truckstops of America in Cottondale, helping to clean off tables, pour coffee and even cook. The restaurant ran out of eggs for about 15 minutes but managed to get 300 stranded truckers fed.

• Deaths this week included the Rev. Michael Mulvoy, who served as a Catholic priest in Tuscaloosa for 35 years. Mulvoy came to Tuscaloosa in 1940 as pastor of St. John’s Catholic Parish and became pastor to the University chapel and remained there until his retirement in 1974. He died at a retreat house and retirement home for priests of the Holy Ghost order at 91.

• The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a $1,474,000 grant for the city of Tuscaloosa. The project would include a comprehensive strategy to conserve housing stock, preserve structures of historical or architectural significance, aid in prevention or elimination of slum and blight, increase public facilities, provide community services and would principally benefit low- and moderate-income people.

10 years ago this week

• In a trial that could set a precedent, a Moundville man was on trial for the murder of his accomplice who was shot and killed by a convenience store employee during a robbery attempt in 2005. The man was found guilty of felony murder and first-degree robbery.

• The downtown YMCA and Focus on Senior Citizens revealed a design for a joint building as they continued to urge community support for the multimillion-dollar project to be built on city-owned land.

• After three rocky seasons at the helm of the University of Alabama women’s basketball team, Stephany Smith was informed that she would not be retained for the two remaining years of her contract. Wendell Hudson became the eighth women’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama.

• Gov. Bob Riley appointed Brad Almond to fill Tuscaloosa County’s vacant circuit judge seat to replace Steve Wilson, who retired at the end of January.

• The Cotton Patch, the landmark Greene County restaurant known for fried chicken, watermelon rind pickles and whiskey bottles wrapped in brown paper bags, was sold and would close indefinitely, according to owner Jerry Baggett.

• Marengo County-based Linden Lumber Co. would become a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Rossi American Hardwood in a sale to be finalized soon. The sale was expected to preserve the jobs of Linden Lumber’s 200 employees.

• Longtime Tuscaloosa resident and World War II veteran Amos D. Poe, 92, was honored with an award by the Executive Leadership Foundation. The Georgia nonprofit group made efforts to archive as many members of the “Greatest Generation” as possible.

• Deontay Wilder battled back in the final round of boxing tournament semifinals to win the bout in a 6-5 decision and would represent the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

• The Tuscaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend to the Tuscaloosa City Council the rezoning of 26 acres near Holt to residential multifamily to accommodate a resort-style student community called The Retreat at Lake Tamaha.

Five years ago this week

• The Northside High School Band was in New York to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

• Five former W.D. Partlow Developmental Center employees, who were fired after a patient’s death in 2010, filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The employees were involved in the restraint of a 300-pound patient who had thrown food and a telephone before punching and kicking another patient. The patient died from asphyxiation while he was being restrained.

• Archie Wade, the first black faculty member at the University of Alabama, was honored at a ceremony; a plaque honoring his service would be placed in the conference room of Moore Hall.

• A bat infestation forced the Kentuck Art Center to move its center of operations to the nearby Georgine Clarke Building while the central building at 503 Main Ave. in Northport was cleaned up. The bats would be flying out on their own through specially designed tubes, because the federally protected species could not be euthanized.

• Stillman College dedicated the renovation of Birthright Alumni Hall. The hall, built in 1951, serves as a gymnasium and an auditorium and is named after Charles and Bettie Birthright, two freed slaves who donated 560 acres to the school.

• Deaths this week included Howard Haston Garrison, 66, a businessman and a community leader. Also, L.V. Hall, 82, died. Hall was a foot soldier in the fight for civil rights, friend and supporter to numerous political campaigns, and longstanding deacon of First African Baptist Church.

• James Currington, who helped the Paul W. Bryant boys basketball team achieve its best season in the school’s 10-year history, was chosen as a first-team Class 5A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

One year ago this week

• Tuscaloosa’s Gander Mountain, an outdoor retail store, closed. The store opened in Tuscaloosa in June 2013.

• Townsend Ford was sold to the Five Star Automotive Group. Townsend’s father started the automotive business 40 years before.

• A former Locklear Doge employee was accused of selling customer information to a group police say was operating a cellphone scam.

• An old copy of the Quran was among items stolen during a mosque break-in at the Islamic Society mosque on Paul W. Bryant Drive.

• Deaths this week included Nathan Watkins, 88, a longtime attorney who prosecuted cases in Greene, Marengo and Sumter counties for more than 20 years.

• A demolition crew took down Temple Tutwiler Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority house would be built on the site.


Compiled by retired News librarian Betty Slowe.