From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October, 1968

Trooper captures armed pair

Trooper Clayburn Atwell of Oneonta successfully apprehended an armed couple Monday morning on U.S. 278 only minutes after receiving radio instructions to be on the lookout for a white male and white female in conjunction with an armed robbery in Decatur.

Shortly after receiving the call, Attwell met a vehicle answering the description just given. Turning quickly, he followed the pair, who gave chase and attempted to get away. Atwell caught them close to the Blount-Etowah line. He disarmed them both, the man first, and was then joined by Trooper Cox from the Gadsden patrol office and Revenue Officer Frank Chandler, who with other law enforcement officers over the area had been alerted.

Also arriving promptly were Trooper J.B. NeSmith of Blountsville and Sheriff J.C. Carr, who brought the prisoners to Oneonta. They were later released to Morgan County officers.

The couple is reported to have taken some $200 cash at gun point from Sandlin’s Hardware, located six miles east of Decatur on Ala 67 before fleeing east on that highway in a ’68 Oldsmobile. Some $140 was recovered and two pistols taken from the two when arrested.

September weather report

Yes, we did have some weather in September and I have a report from L.R. Norris to prove it. However, it was so mild that no one seemed to pay it much attention. The temperature barely reached 90 degrees and that was only for one day, Sept. 3. The lowest reading was a mild 46 recorded on the morning of Sept. 12.

The high temperature readings for the month averaged 82.6 degrees. The low average was 56.2 which gave a monthly average of 69.4. This was a drop of about nine degrees from the hot August, but was two or three degrees above September of 1967.

Rainfall of 4.41 inches was above normal. It made a total for the year of 44.88.

Again, we thank Mr. and Mrs. Norris for this information.

– D.S. Loyd, Blount Extension Chairman