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

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

October 1, 1999

PES students learn Native American ways

The aim of Native American Day at Pike County Elementary School last week was to introduce all students to the lifestyles of the different tribes who once inhabited this area of South Alabama and to develop an appreciation of the many contributions they made to the American way of life.

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TPD investigates string of burglaries

The Troy Police Department is actively investigating a string of burglaries at area businesses and residences, but they have not yet made any arrests in the incidents.

Troy State sees slight drop

in enrollment for first semester

Troy State University officials say they are optimistic despite a slight enrollment drop reported for fall semester.

October 3, 1999

Pike County Fair opens Monday at fairgrounds

The County Fair will open its midway Monday night at the Fairgrounds on Highway 231 south of Troy and renew a 47-year tradition of family entertainment in Pike County.

Voters to decide if there is HOPE for education

Gov. Don Siegelman is asking voters to take a chance on the Alabama Education Lottery.

October 5, 1999

District attorney presents cameras to Troy Police

Extra money in the budget of District Attorney Mark Fuller’s office is going to buy equipment to assist area police officers in their investigations.

Grant brings $240,000 to combat drugs

Area law enforcement officers are getting help in their war on drugs from a continuing grant.

October 6, 1999

Ministers’ group takes stand against lottery

The state of Georgia has pocketed more than $450 million Alabama dollars via its weekly lottery.

Only time will ‘tail’ which team will raise most cash

With almost everybody thinking and talking football, the employees at Edge Regional Medical Center decided it is time to rally the teams in support of Relay for Life.

October 7, 1999

Officials pleased with drug grant

ENTERPRISE – Pike County law enforcement officials say they are pleased with a renewed grant that funds the12th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

State’s marriage licenses see fee hike

The price of getting married in Alabama went up this month with a $15 increase in the marriage license fee.

October 8, 1999

Monica Eller takes on role of

TSU’s ‘Trojan Warrior Princess’

Moments after the TSU Trojans scored their first touchdown in the home season opener, a packed stadium, two rival teams and the men in striped suits were shocked to see the Trojan Warrior Princess blaze across Scrushy Field on a towering red steed.

Students will dance to space music

About 600 Troy Elementary School students will dance to music from the blockbuster movie "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" at Troy State University’s Memorial Stadium Saturday.

October 10, 1999

TSU’s Jack Hawkins Jr. wins

Golden Eagle Educator Award

Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., was recently named the recipient of the prestigious 1999 Golden Eagle Educator Award by the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The award was presented to Hawkins at the annual Hall of Fame Awards program at the Civic Center in Montgomery Sept. 26.

Tuesday ballot features three amendments

When Pike County voters go to the polls Tuesday, they can expect to see a short ballot.

October 12, 1999

Lottery highlights today’s ballot

Polls for the statewide will be open today, and voters will decide on the Alabama Education Lottery, among other issues.

Atlanta musician visits TSU

Mark Yancich, principal timpanist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1981, was a guest lecturer/recitalist at the John M. Long School of Music Oct. 5 -7.

Local girl recovers from pet attack

A twelve-year-old Goshen girl was released from Edge Regional Medical Center around noon yesterday after being treated for injuries suffered when she was attacked by a rottweiler Thursday afternoon.

October 13, 1999

Troy police investigate armed robbery at Food World

The Troy Police Department is investigating an armed robbery Monday morning at Food World in Troy.

Pike County voters slam lottery

Pike County voters rejected Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery for education proposal with a resounding no yesterday.

October 14, 1999

K9 Joe Contest set for Oct. 24

All dogs who can’t run with the big dogs will be on the porch Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24.

Troy police arrest burglary suspect

Troy police officers responded to reports of a prowler Tuesday night on LaShae Lane in Troy and arrested a local man.

October 15, 1999

Suspect nabbed for Food World robbery

The Troy Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery Monday morning at Food World in Troy.

Sikorsky employees consider strike

Contract negotiations that are allegedly going poorly have sparked fears of Sikorski Support Services, Inc. personnel that a strike may be looming at the Troy plant when the clock strikes midnight Sunday.

October 17, 1999

Mrs. Rogers and friend to play in our neighborhood

It’s going to be a beautiful day in "our" neighborhood when Mrs. Rogers comes to town Sunday, Oct. 24.

Officer’s hobby leads to TPD website

Like many students and computer hobbyists, Lt. Vance Ventress of the Troy Police Department has his own web page.

October 19, 1999

Brundidge TSU alumni meet tonight

The Brundidge Chapter of the Troy State Alumni Association will hold its charter meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Peanut Butter Barn and a packed house is expected.

Year’s end eyed for completion of city complex

Renovations at the city of Troy Municipal Complex should be complete by year’s end, according to Mayor Jimmy Lunsford.

October 20, 1999

Body found in Troy; foul play not likely

A homeless man was found dead Tuesday behind Troy’s OCAP building where he had gone many times for help.

Homecoming preparations in full swing

An air force jet and clowns from the Colley Senior Complex will join traditional favorites like area high school bands and professional floats for the Troy State University Appreciation Day Parade Saturday.

October 20, 1999

Body found in Troy; foul play not likely

A homeless man was found dead Tuesday behind Troy’s OCAP building where he had gone many times for help.

Homecoming preparations in full swing

An air force jet and clowns from the Colley Senior Complex will join traditional favorites like area high school bands and professional floats for the Troy State University Appreciation Day Parade Saturday.

October 21, 1999

Brundidge approves $3.5 million budget

Brundidge City Council unanimously approved a $3.5 million budget for fiscal year 1999-2000 at its meeting Tuesday.

Mike Amos receives Trojan Award

It’s all about alumni – TSU alumni – and who more than Mike Amos personifies TSU alumni?

October 22, 1999

Halloween to be celebrated Oct. 30 in Troy, Brundidge

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage have asked citizens to celebrate Halloween this year on Oct. 30 instead of Oct. 31, which is a Sunday.

Sheriff’s Dept. arrests burglary suspect

Members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man Thursday who is a suspect in several area burglaries.

October 24, 1999

Hall to leave CHMS at end of December

Mike Hall, principal of Charles Henderson Middle School, will resign his position effective Dec. 31, 1999, as he seeks to make a career change.

Peanut Butter meets the Big Apple

The Yanks are coming! The Yanks are coming! And scores of Southern cooks are making a beeline to the kitchen to stir up a batter that will send the bluecoats home singing Dixie.

October 26, 1999

Computer to control traffic flow

Computer technology will soon help to smooth traffic flow on Pike County’s most-travelled road.

Residents remember life of Ralph Railey

Today, Troy is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved citizens.

October 28, 1999

Asthma Safari proves fun, informative

Going on safari is an exciting prospect for any student but when actually "going on safari" gives students reason to be glad they have asthma, the trip has been more than worthwhile.

Local schools hold fall festivals tonight

Students at Troy Elementary School and at Goshen Elementary School are getting in the Halloween spirit as they prepare for their annual fall festival tonight.

October 29, 1999

Hixon honored for his life on the family farm

When Bill Hixon wakes up each morning, he is exactly where he wants to be.

Deadline looms for license renewal

The Pike County Probate Office reminds businesses and individuals that October is the month for business licenses to be renewed.

It’s Peanut Butter time!

"Nutty Nellie" the Peanut Butter Clown was in Goshen Thursday sacking peanuts at Annderson Peanut for boiling and frying at the annual Peanut Butter Festival in Brudndige Saturday. As fuel for her hard work Nutty Nellie feasted on a jar of peanut butter. Nutty Nellie invites everyone to join her at the festival Saturday. Festivities start at 9 a.m. and the Nutter Butter Parade begins at 1 p.m.

October 31, 1999

Goshen High, diner burglarized Friday

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded early Friday morning to a report of two burglaries in Goshen.

Korean farmers sample South Alabama

Korean farmers got a chance to learn about American agriculture first hand when they toured several Alabama farms last week as guest of the Alabama Farmers Federation.