Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Looking Back: 7/16

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Looking Back: 7/16

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50 years ago this week

Two angels that adorned the old Tuscaloosa County Courthouse were removed and placed in safekeeping to be used on the steps of the new building.

Dr. Minnie Miles, associate professor of management at the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration, was named president for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.

The construction work at the Holt Lock and Dam exposed coal mine seams that run along the river and mine shafts were sealed off to avoid the possibility of the new dam being undermined by seepage.

Deaths this week included 80-year-old Tom B. Ward Sr., a former circuit judge who served one term in the state Legislature.

25 years ago this week

Mike Wright, the city's acting finance director since the retirement of former city finance director J.V. Dockery, was named to permanently fill the position.

Alabama Heritage, a quarterly magazine devoted to the history and culture of Alabama, went into its second year of publication and was in the top 10 university magazines named by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Former Central High School coach Barry Carroll was hired as the new athletic coordinator for the school's two campuses.

Statues representing the male athletic ideal -- heavy on muscle and light on cloth -- were removed from the fountain on the lawn of Bryant Hall and stored due to their deteriorating condition, which was hazardous to students who climbed over them in periodic rites of defacement.

Deaths this week included Gaius Whitfield IV, a longtime community leader, at 77.

10 years ago

this week

The University of Alabama was constructing an annex on 15th Street to house infrequently used books.

President George W. Bush placed a to-go order of Dreamland ribs and several quarts of sauce after his visit to UA and Birmingham.

Family members watched as the plane their son was piloting crashed near Duncanville. Steven Pearson and a 16-year-old passenger, Joey Butgereit of Silverhill, died in the crash on their way to the family's reunion.

Alton Noel Scott of Yellow Pine bequeathed more than

$8 million to UA's engineering school. …

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