FIVE YEARS AGO

The traditional attire of Catholic nuns is called a habit.  While many of the characters in the upcoming Memphis Community Players’ summer production will be adorned in the customary nun garb, the play’s title, “Drinking Habits” reveals that this isn’t your everyday convent.

Cast members include Lynnette Dyer, Angela Westhoff, Lori Fulk, Joe Fulk, Brooke Wineinger, Jeff Dyer, Teresa Cotton and George Koontz.

Sheila Berkowitz is directing the performance.  Members of the production staff include Lois Bertram, Harlo Donelson, JoAnn Peters, Pam Shalley, Allen Shelley, Kim Smith, and Frank Wineinger.

TEN YEARS AGO

On July 16th Scotland County R-1 Transportation Director Dennis Robertson reported that the school’s bus fleet had been burglarized.  In all, seven different buses were broken into, and the thief or thieves made off with a number of first aid kits.

The Memphis Swimming Pool was also the site of a break-in that occurred the evening of the 16th or in the early morning hours of the 17th.  Pool manager Tonya Hunt reported the break in at 9:10 a.m. on July 17th.  The burglar(s) gained entry to the concession stand by removing a window.  The door was also kicked in.  Approximately $100 in cash was taken as well as various food items.

On July 18th a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Maple Street was broken into.  Owner Lytisha Kelley reported numerous CDs were stolen from the 1998 Corolla.

The investigation continues into these thefts.

The police department reported an arrest was made July 16th following vandalism on the city square.  One juvenile was arrested and a second was detained after a park bench was allegedly destroyed by the two youths.

20 YEARS AGO

Darrin “Darcie” Drummond was named the winner in the Scotland County Fair’s Woman-less Queen Contest.  Other members of his court were First Runner-Up Vance “Vanessa” Frederick, 2nd Runner-Up Shawn “Shawna” Douglas, and Miss Congeniality Adam “Adell” Norton.  Other contestants were Tom Matlock, Ed Hogarth, Ralph Small, Wayne Winn, Mike Steeples, Kelly Spray and Mark Drummond.

30 YEARS AGO

Everett Keith, owner of Keith’s Café, Memphis, was recently honored by the Scotland County Rotary Club with the 1987 Community Service Award.

Keith opened his first business in 1949, where the Woodshop is now located.  In 1951 he moved to the present location at the corner of Highway 136 and Business 136.  He and his wife, Zelda, have made a name for themselves nation-wide, for the good steaks and good food served at Keith’s Café.

A very modest man, who quite often requests no mention of his donations be made, Keith was selected for the award for his generosity and help given to the community and individuals in the community.

40 YEARS AGO

Rachel Blaine of the Rutledge 4-H Club and Warren Miller of the Azen 4-H Club were crowned Queen and King of this year’s Scotland County Fair.

Karen Erickson was crowned as Princess and Bryan Johnston, Prince, both from the Rutledge 4-H Club.

The Scotland County 4-H Council initiated this program to recognize some of the hard working 4-H members and to raise money for the 4-H Council.

Winners were selected by “out of county” judges through interviews during Achievement Day.

50 YEARS AGO

A special award was presented June 7, 1967, to Kenneth Holman, who is employed at Gene’s DX Service in Arbela.

The award, a plaque bearing two uncirculated silver dollars, two Kennedy half-dollars, and a specially minted commemorative coin set in an automotive engine design, was presented for exceptional customer service by a representative of The Gates Rubber Company.

60 YEARS AGO

At about 9:00 last night fire was discovered in one of the tents on the south side of the midway at the fairgrounds.

The fire department was called immediately.  Two booths were destroyed and a third damaged in its removal from the area of the fire.

Mr. Thomas, owner of the shows, estimated the damage between $500-$600.  The cause of the blaze was undetermined.

The new power unit at the municipal light plant began operation Friday following a few days of testing.  The new engine is a eight-cylinder opposed piston type with 1,280 horsepower and an output of 900 kilowatts and will be in use most of the time, according to John Simpson, superintendent of lights.

70 YEARS AGO

Reports were prevalent in Memphis Tuesday morning that a flying saucer had been seen over Memphis early in the morning which looked like it was about to land.

Floyd Burgess, who is dairy herdsman on the Dr. C. M. Browning farm just north of Memphis, found a large plastic weather balloon caught in a fence on the farm.  He gathered up the balloon and the instrument and brought them to the house.  Several people went to the farm and saw it.

The balloon was made of transparent plastic, was about 25 feet long and when inflated, looked as though it might have been from 12 to 18 feet across.  The instrument was in a small weather proofed cardboard box suspended by strings from a 12 inch hoop at the bottom of the balloon.