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News stories published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during the month of August 1999 included:

August 1, 1999

Robinson ERMC employee of quarter

The guest of honor was missing and the show couldn’t go on.

Magee trial continued in sewage case

A district court judge rescheduled the trial for a local attorney who allegedly allowed raw sewage to run across his property.

August 3, 1999

Local man loses daughter in Ozark killing

Lanier Beasley and his daughter J. B. said goodbye to each other Thursday afternoon with the promise of being together the following weekend.

School-To-Work interns celebrated at luncheon

A "Celebration" luncheon was held yesterday at The Pines for the interns who recently completed their internships with local businesses as part of the School-To-Work program.

City decides severe weather

warning siren locations

City officials are working to give Troy citizens advance warning if severe weather moves into the area.

August 4, 1999

Brundidge City Council to

re-open bids for senior center

BRUNDIDGE – Brundidge City Council rejected all bids given for the senior center project because the bids did not meet the allowed budget.

Troy man killed in tractor trailer wreck

A Troy resident was killed and another seriously injured in a traffic accident late Monday night on U.S. Highway 231.

Grand jury returns indictment in TSU arson case

The man charged with first-degree arson in a May 20 fire at Troy State University’s largest dorm was indicted by a Pike County Grand Jury Monday.

August 5, 1999

City of Brundidge purchases questioned

Brundidge City Hall is in its final phase of the remodeling process that was started in 1995 with the addition of 22 wall hangings for the total amount of $5,057, or $229.86 each.

M.O.M.s have common bond

"There is light at the end of the tunnel" and that was encouraging news for the M.O.M.s who shared lunch together at The Pines Wednesday.

TPD arrests help solve crimes in Montgomery

Troy Police Department’s arrest of two men following a burglary last month at Plantation Nursery has led to the resolution of several related incidents in Montgomery.

August 6, 1999

City waits for response from landfill owner

Officials from the city of Troy are waiting to hear a response from a Brundidge waste disposal firm about an alleged breach of contract.

Giovina Loving to compete in

Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

Giovina Loving will celebrate her 81st birthday Aug. 10 by competing in the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant at the Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham.

New post office still in works for city

Troy City Council member Jason Reeves has not forgotten Resolution 380, concerning post office operations, that was passed February 23 by the city council.

August 8, 1999

Re-eligibility easier for failing students

For many students, football games, club meetings and dances are as much a part of school as going to class.

Mathison encourages TSU graduates to think big

The Rev. John Ed Mathison challenged Troy State University graduates to make their dreams a reality in his commencement address Friday.

August 10, 1999

Background checks become law

Teachers who are new to Alabama’s classrooms this school year are facing a more stringent application process.

Bank serves as temporary bird sanctuary

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, or the tree as the case may be.

August 11, 1999

Pike Commission makes plans for Y2K

The Pike County Commission is concerned about whether the county’s computer systems are Year 2000 compatible, and has decided to look into having a professional evaluate their system.

Quick response stops jail fire

Officers’ quick response kept a fire at the Pike County Jail Monday night from becoming a potentially dangerous situation.

The Messenger launches its on-line edition today

The Messenger has served Pike County for the past 133 years, and as we move into the new millennium The Messenger has launched its on-line digital edition. Internet users can surf to https://www.troymessenger.com/ for the latest in news, sports and community events as featured in The Messenger.

August 12, 1999

Experiences from Girls State enhance senior year

Being selected to attend Girls State is one of the highest honors a young woman can receive.

Golden Deeds colored Green for Exchange Club

Not many people know for sure that their name is etched in the Book of Golden Deeds. However, Lillian Green is sure that hers is there.

Troy BOE holds special meeting

The Troy City Board of Education unanimously agreed to present a consent decree to the Alabama Board of Education at a specially scheduled meeting Monday.

August 13, 1999

Lockheed’s JASSM test successful

The successful unpowered test of the U.S. Air Force Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) verified the system’s anticipated aerodynamic performance.

Hood named Kiwanis Barnett Fellow

Ollie Hood looked at the navy blue blazer hanging behind the speaker’s podium at the final session of the 81st Convention of the Alabama District of Kiwanis Clubs in Huntsville.

SAEC awarded for educating its membership

South Alabama Electric Cooperative was recently recognized for its outstanding efforts to provide education information and for its user-friendly website.

August 15, 1999

Open house to be held for new PCBOE building

The Pike County Board of Education will celebrate its moving into a new building in Troy by cordially inviting everyone to attend their open house Monday from 4 p.m. til 5:30 p.m. at 101 West Love Street.

City, Chamber work to market Miltope building

Both the city of Troy and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce are working to fill the Miltope building, which will be vacated at the end of September.

Troy Police launch seat belt awareness campaign

Like most high-schoolers, Yi Lee’s first thought when it comes to driving is getting from point A to B. He does not often think about being involved in an auto accident.

August 17, 1999

CHHS teens make commitment

to lifestyle free of drugs, sex

The Charles Henderson High School library was filled yesterday with about 60 teenagers committing to a lifestyle free of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and sex.

Task force cashes in on 1998 drug raid

Drug dealers have pumped $55,303.32 into the fight against narcotics in Pike County because of land seized last year in a Pike County Drug Task Force raid.

Troy State opens new academic year

The transition from the quarter to semester system is just one of the changes planned to make Troy State University stronger, according to Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of the Troy State University System.

August 18, 1999

Brundidge Council joins purchase

agreement with Troy, Pike County

BRUNDIDGE – In a cost-cutting move, the Brundidge City Council opted to sign on to a program that would allow the city to capitalize on items bought in bulk by other government organizations and to hold the line on taxes.

Tax returns boost Troy School System

Strong July sales tax returns are giving an economic lift to the Troy City School System.

August 19, 1999

Roman reinvents traditional art form

The exhibition season at TSU’s Malone Gallery opened Thursday afternoon with a lecture by emerging fine artist Romy Roman. A reception in Roman’s honor followed the lecture.

RC&D Project eliminates health hazard

A Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development grant has made it possible to alleviate a health hazard along County Road 66 near Springhill at no cost to the county.

August 20, 1999

Roman reinvents traditional art form

The exhibition season at TSU’s Malone Gallery opened Thursday afternoon with a lecture by emerging fine artist Romy Roman. A reception in Roman’s honor followed the lecture.

Sheriff’s Dept. recovers stolen property

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department was busy this week bringing in $60,500 worth of stolen property recovered in Pike County.

August 22, 1999

Registers ring when school is in session

With the early start of Troy State University this year due to a change to semesters come hundreds of students with enough cash to stimulate the local economy.

Safety and affordability bring college students to Troy

When Amy Philips-Redclift of San Antonio, Texas, began looking at colleges last year, she had never heard of Troy State University.

Students spend millions in county

Jason White, 23, packed his ’66 Ford Mustang, left the comforts of his home in Stone Mountain, Ga., and the chance for a HOPE Scholarship to attend Troy State University.

August 24, 1999

County approves siren bid

The Pike County Commission awarded a bid for early warning sirens to the low bidder, McCord Communications.

Troy BOE reviews proposed budget

A preliminary budget for the Troy Board of Education has left school officials looking at where to trim $91,000.

August 25, 1999

Friday Shakespeare performance

planned at Clio Elementary

Much ado about something is going on in Clio.

Ozark P.D. has suspect in teen murder case

The Ozark Police Department has a suspect in the murder of two Dothan girls.

August 26, 1999

Search is on for missing teenagers

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department has launched a nation-wide search for two local teenagers who haven’t been seen since nearly a month ago by their parents.

Safety plan approved by city schools

Troy City Schools officials hope a disaster like what happened in Columbine, Co., or more recently in Conyers, Ga., will never strike area schools, but they will be ready if something goes wrong.

August 27, 1999

Residents protest Mallard Drive subdivision

About 15 residents of Elm Street Plantation turned out at the Troy City Planning commission meeting Thursday to protest the subdivision of a six-acre lot there.

Troy City Council recognizes senior pageant winner

The Troy City Council and Mayor Jimmy C. Lunsford presented a proclamation to Giovina Loving at their meeting Tuesday.

August 29, 1999

Missing teens located in Texas

The two missing teens from Pike County have been found and will be returned home today.

Undercover teens help stop sale of alcohol to minors

The young woman placed a four-pack of wine coolers on the counter. She looked around nervously, hoping no one was watching. Her stomach was churning as the clerk turned toward her.

August 31, 1999

Ordinance would not raise utility rate

City of Troy officials say they hope a proposed change in the billing procedures for utilities will give customers more of an incentive to pay on time.

Thompson will be missed by friends and family

Johnny Thompson, 35, of Rt. 1 Brundidge died early Monday morning at his home at Hamilton Crossroads of a self-inflected gunshot wound, according to Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.