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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

December 1, 1999

Motown legends to perform at TSU game

Fans attending the Troy State University-Florida A&M football playoff game Saturday in Troy will get to see a lot more than football.

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Playoff games paint pretty picture for Pike economy

As the stakes continue to get higher for the Troy State University Trojans in the 1-AA playoffs, Pike County merchants and businesses begin to see benefits increase from each victory celebrated by the Trojans.

Troy robbery suspect nabbed in Georgia

The man Troy police believe was responsible for three robberies in a single day in mid-November is in the Pike County Jail.

Fan interest high, stakes even higher in Sat. game

The citizens of Troy had better be ready because they will be invaded by somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 snake worshipers Saturday.

December 2, 1999

Alabama’s Hit Man

Every time Cornelius Griffin straps on his helmet and runs through the tunnel onto the field amidst cheers of thousands of crimson-clad fans, he realizes how blessed he is.

David Helms named to top post at CHMS

Troy City Board of Education named David Helms as principal of Charles Henderson Middle School in a specially called meeting Wednesday.

TES pulls plug on Pokémon invasion

The Pokémons may be the hottest Christmas items among school-age children and younger, but Troy Elementary School teachers and the administration have closed the schools’ doors on them to stop the invasion.

Troy misses industry, but

recruitment effort not wasted

Although a division of Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., looking to relocate to Troy decided to stay in Florida, Troy officials are calling the effort to bring the business here a success.

December 3, 1999

Stubblefield lands on feet after

studio destroyed by recent fire

When Steve Stubblefield realized that he couldn’t extinguish the flames lapping up the wall in a storage room of his home and business, grabbing his photos wasn’t an option.

Theft of property high on November crime list

The Troy Police Department reported its November property crimes this week and encouraged citizens to work to prevent incidences during the holidays.

Train derails in Brundidge

A broken industrial train track derailed a CSX engine and three tanker cars early Thursday morning in Brundidge, blocking North Main Street in the vicinity of the Piknik plant for about seven hours.

December 4, 1999

Troy schools net satisfactory rating

According the the Alabama Department of Education, the Troy City School System scores a "C" based on student Stanford Achievement Test scores.

December 5, 1999

Economic leader touts education, regionalism

According to Dr. David Broenner, regionalism and a strong public school system are the keys to a strong economic base.

Farmers hear bad news, but are still hopeful

There was no good news for farmers to hear at the breakfast hosted in their honor by First National Bank of Brundidge but, as always in the farming business, there was hope for a better day.

Dr. Jones got off to a painful start

Old habits are hard to break. So, now that Dr. Allen Jones has entered retirement, he might have a difficult time keeping the words, ‘Open wide,’ out of his daily conversations.

December 6, 1999

Carter has front-row seat for infamous day

R. C. Carter watched in terror as the war erupted right before his eyes.

Last survivors tell of ‘day of infamy’

Sam Harris has told his story over and over, but the story he tells needs to be told over and over because it’s a story that must never be forgotten. Dec. 7 is "a date which will live in infamy."

Experts caution against holiday scams

While the holidays are a time of shopping, fun and gift giving and receiving, they can quickly turn into a financial nightmare for people who aren’t cautious about giving out personal information over the telephone.

State USDA director visits Rotary

The State Director of USDA Rural Development will speak today at the meeting of Troy Rotary Club.

December 8, 1999

Nutrition center still a go for Brundidge

A nutrition center for the elderly, though $50,000 over budget, is what city of Brundidge officials feel the residents need.

Deichmann gets Sikorsky send-off

Not many people get to retire from a 40-year dream career and still be on cloud nine but Dick Deichmann is one of the few.

TSU Police investigate student’s neck injury

Troy State University police are continuing their investigation of a Dec. 3 accident that has left a TSU freshman and Troy resident paralyzed.

Nutrition center still a go for Brundidge

A nutrition center for the elderly, though $50,000 over budget, is what city of Brundidge officials feel the residents need.

Horn remembers Pearl Harbor Day

December 7 will live in infamy. However, that day was the beginning, not an ending.

Smith, Railey named new

administrators of Pike Manor

Pike Manor Health Care Center has broken new ground in naming two administrators to fill the void left by the death of longtime administrator Ralph Railey.

State sues Troy over wastewater quality

State officials are demanding the city of Troy cleanup treated wastewater flowing into Walnut Creek.

December 9, 1999

Christmas dance event scheduled Friday night

Toes will be tapping and hands will be clapping this weekend "all because it’s Christmas."

USDA Director praises work in Troy

The State Director of USDA Rural Development told members of Troy Rotary Club about ways his agency is assisting in Pike County.

December 10, 1999

The new millennium – Bah, Humbug?

When the new millennium rolls around, Mary Pittman’s life will have spanned three centuries. To that she says, "Hurrah!" To the new millennium, she says "Bah, humbug!"

Fraternity concerned for injured brother

The investigation into a Dec. 3 accident that has left a Troy State University freshman paralyzed has led TSU police to investigate the man’s fraternity in an attempt to determine how his injuries occurred.

Wastewater investigation on schedule

Troy officials are working with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to identify the pollutant causing water tests at Walnut Creek to indicate toxicity.

December 12, 1999

Pike County Grand Jury returns

149 indictments during session

The Pike County Grand Jury received evidence in 156 cases during its scheduled session last week.

Heritage book deadline set for February

As time marches on, people, places and events are forgotten unless someone takes the time to make them a matter of record.

Stories, songs and Santa make

library the merry place to be

There is no better way for a child to spend a night before Christmas than listening to Christmas stories, singing holiday songs and sitting on Santa’s knee.

Smith honored as year’s volunteer

Dianne Smith doesn’t volunteer her time and efforts to the March of Dimes for any recognition she gets, but when it comes, she is most appreciative.

Expansion planned at wastewater plant

The City of Troy is anticipating for future growth in Pike County while complying with water quality permit guidelines in its plan to expand the Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

December 14, 1999

Pike Commission seeks new EMA director

Pike County is in search of a new Emergency Management Agency director.

Year’s end target date for city complex

Troy Police and Fire Departments will be getting new offices in the new year.

Troy Board of Education honors Miller’s contributions

Troy City Board of Education recognized one of its past members at its meeting Monday night.

Heroes are often those we know

The breakfast was for heroes. A quick glance around the room might find one asking "Where are the heroes?" but they were there. They’re just not often recognized as such.