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Atmore HOF board at it again

By By Adam Prestridge
Brainstorming continues for members of the Atmore Area Hall of Fame selection committee.
The board met Thursday afternoon in the Atmore Public Library boardroom to discuss candidates for possible induction into the Class of 2008. Now in its third year, committee chairman Lou Vickery feels confident in the committee’s ability to select the right inductees.
The committee voted in three new committee members. Those members are, Larry Forney, James Barnett and Mavis Torrence.
The three new members replace Byard Swift, George Roberts and Silverzee Brown. Vickery said the committee is grateful for their service during the initial start up of the Atmore Area Hall of Fame.
Floyd Adams shared with the committee the candidates for the 2008 induction. Categories discussed were business/medical, government/military, education/theatre and coaching/athletics. Following the review of candidates, the committee divided into sub-committees for each of the four categories to discuss the current candidates and any others that need to be added to fill out the ballot.
Vickery then explained to the new members that once the sub-committees have agreed on candidates for their particular category, the group would convene to vote for the inductees.
Barnett then raised concerns over the dates the first two ceremonies were held. Last year, the ceremony was held on Nov. 11 and he believes college football may be the culprit for attendance not being as high as anticipated.
Adams concurred.
Members of the committee discussed the possibility of backing up the date of the ceremony so that college football games don’t interfere and also to accommodate any coaches or athletes that would be unable to attend because of conflicting schedules.
A possible date the committee discussed was Dec. 6.
The Atmore Area Hall of Fame’s next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on April 17 at the library.