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

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

September 1, 1999

Bureau lines up against scam artists

Working with credible local businesses to do your investing, home improvements and travel planning can protect Pike Countians from scams, according to the Alabama Better Business Bureau.

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Hudson names Williams ‘top driver’ at ceremony

When Kemmie Williams was a young boy, he was taken in by the sight and sound of a big-rig as it passed him by on Main Street in Brundidge.

New missile announced at Troy plant

Thursday morning Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control will roll out its first production of a 3,000-pound missile thanks to new contracts that will increase production at the Pike County facility.

September 2, 1999

Thirty-three arraigned in Pike County Wednesday

Thirty-three people were arraigned Wednesday at the Pike County Courthouse.

Luverne peanut boil raises

funds for Shriner’s Hospital

The first sign of Labor Day is the long line of motorists who are following their noses to the World’s Largest Peanut Boil in Luverne.

September 3, 1999

Lockheed rolls out new missile

Armed with a new missile, Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations will head to 2000 with an arsenal that now includes an important weapon that is made to help B-52 bombers safely hit targets from greater distances.

Arrest made in Ozark murders

OZARK – An Ozark man has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the Aug. 1 slayings of two teenaged girls.

September 5, 1999

Bridge Day planned as a family celebration

Mother Nature is beginning to don her fall attire and the katydids are providing background music so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Officers attend safety campaign

Local police officers from Troy and Brundidge recently attended "Hands Across the Border 1999."

September 7, 1999

Recruiter helps peak interest in military life

There’s a new kid in town and he’s working to create interest in the United States Army.

CHHS TA retreat for a reason

Anytime 42 high school students give up an entire Saturday for a cause, it has to be worthwhile.

September 8, 1999

CHHS program gets $43,000 funding increase

A program that AIMs to teach teens a lifestyle of integrity and self-control in their relationships has hit the bullseye with an unexpected additional funding increase from $35,000 to $78,000.

Police catch robbery suspect

A 16-year-old Troy resident has been arrested by Troy Police for breaking in and attempting to rob Diamond Mystique Jewelry on Brundidge Street in Troy.

September 9, 1999

Summer takes toll on crops

A dismally hot and dry late summer has proved tough for Pike County farmers who planted a higher than usual acreage of cotton.

Fingerprint program promotes child safety

Having a child fingerprinted gives parents a feeling of uneasy security.

September 10, 1999

Brundidge loses 297 sewing jobs

The news from Russell Corporation was bitter-sweet in Brundidge yesterday.

Burglary suspect remains in jail

A 16-year-old Troy resident arrested in connection with an alleged burglary Saturday morning at a local jewelry store is being charged as an adult, according to the Troy Police Department.

September 12, 1999

Assessment increases property taxes

This year’s tax increase on much of Pike County property was due to a new property assessment that was done for the first time in five years.

United Way ‘gears up for 2000′

The Pike County United Way got its "Gearing Up for 2000" campaign" under way Thursday with a luncheon at the Adams Center Ballroom.

September 14, 1999

County doubles siren purchase

Saving money and warning citizens of severe weather were on the minds of the Pike County Commissioners when they decided to lease 10 emergency warning sirens for the county instead of five.

Revenues boost TBOE budget

Troy City Board of Education unanimously approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a specially called meeting Monday night.

September 15, 1999

Council views city budget for 1999-2000

Hourly city of Troy employees will receive a five percent pay increase if Troy City Council approves the fiscal year 1999-2000 budget with which it was presented Tuesday.

County BOE eyes building problems

A plan that will eliminate all of Pike County School System’s portable school buildings and that will rid the system of 50 percent of its substandard classrooms passed its first hurdle this week.

September 16, 1999

Floyd evacuations keep Troy motels booked

Troy motel rooms have been hard to come by for travelers due to a massive evacuation from the Florida Gulf area that has motels booked as far north as Birmingham.

Seniors join fight against tobacco

Two Charles Henderson High School seniors will represent their school and the state of Alabama this weekend at a national youth meeting in Washington, D.C. which will focus on curbing tobacco use among teens.

September 17, 1999

Troy mayor supports fight to save babies

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford signed a proclamation Tuesday supporting the March of Dimes’ continued successful fight to save babies through the annual Blue Jeans for Babies campaign Oct. 8.

Troy City Council changes utility billing procedure

Besides taking its first look at the 1999-2000 fiscal year budget, Troy City Council amended the utility ordinance at its meeting Tuesday.

September 19, 1999

Everett, others fight NAFTA to preserve jobs here

Russell Athletic’s change in operations that will result in the loss of nearly 200 jobs is no accident, some officials believe.

Russell workers face anxious days ahead

Losing one’s job is almost always a traumatic experience no matter what the circumstance.

September 21, 1999

Nominees accepted for Farm City Awards

Harvest time is a good time to say thank you to those who provide us with food and fiber at the cheapest cost of any country in the world.

Troy teen killed in Sunday wreck

A Troy teenager was among seven drivers killed this weekends in accidents on Alabama roads, according to Alabama State Troopers.

September 22, 1999

Schools crank up activities

This week is a football extravaganza for Troy, with two high school teams celebrating homecoming and Troy State University playing its opening home game.

TSU police seek suspects for equipment theft

Police have no suspects in a weekend burglary of $14,200 worth of recording equipment taken from Troy State University’s Long Hall, said a school spokesman.

September 23, 1999

Eggs on end on Equinox

Whether it be folklore or scientific fact, the Autumnal Equinox which occurred yesterday, Sept. 23, had folks all across the country standing on egg.

Saturday 5K event benefits youth program

Temperatures have cooled enough to help shake the summer slugs so it’s time to get out and kick up your heels for a good cause.

Mallard Drive lot subdivision denied

Troy Planning Commission denied Grady Reeves’ request to subdivide his lot in Elm Street Plantation at its meeting Thursday.

Women’s organization donates gift to library

Members of the Troy Junior Women’s League take their time to serve others through a variety of community projects.

September 26, 1999

Lottery forum planned Tuesday night

The Troy chapter of the American Association of University Women will sponsor a Lottery Forum Tuesday at the Pike County Courthouse.

Prayer: Not sanctioned, but important to many

Although prayer is an important part of the lives of Pike Countians, officially sanctioned prayer is by law not allowed to spill over into public schools and government functions.

September 28, 1999

Food World employees strike

Though about one fourth of the Troy Food World’s employees have joined a company-wide strike, the business remains open and has enough people on hand to serve customers.

City of Troy to view budget tonight

Troy Mayor Jimmy C. Lunsford is scheduled to present his proposed fiscal year 1999-2000 budget to council members tonight.

September 29, 1999

Fleming, Register earn ‘cute kid’ label

The Peanut Butter Festival got off to an early start this year with the contest that peels the kids off the old Louis-Anne peanut butter label and puts them on parade as ambassadors for the popular foodstuff that was a sustaining factor in the Brundidge economy for 30 years.

Debate explores details of lottery bill

Two people who believe in Alabama and who want nothing but the best for the state and its children shared their insight on a state lottery with citizens of Pike County.

September 30, 1999

Five percent raise approved for city workers

Hourly city of Troy employees received a five percent pay increase Tuesday night when Troy City Council approved the fiscal year 1999-2000 budget.

Troy State alumni chapter organized in county

The citizens of Brundidge take great pride in their community and they also take pride in their "homecounty" university.