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New industry, state tax referendum most notable events

It amazes many as they look back over a year all that happened in the last 365 days.

Some forget about events, while others simply never realize something went on.

Here are some of the top stories from 2003 found in the Greenville Advocate archives:

January:

n Greenville High School learned from the Alabama Department of Education that an error caused the school to be place on a &uot;priority&uot; school list.

This moved the school into an &uot;All Clear&uot; status.

n Butler County Sheriff Diane Harris took the oath of office a third time as sheriff on Monday, Jan. 13.

She is one of only a few of the county’s sheriffs to successfully run a third time and also she remains one of only two female sheriffs in Alabama.

n Greenville native and Auburn University student Ceddrick Mack dies from complications associated with Sickle Cell Anemia.

Hundreds packed the gymnasium at Lomax-Hannon to say their goodbyes and Mack was remembered on NBC’s Today Show where he interned the previous summer.

Scholarship was named for him at GHS and at Auburn.

February:

n The Greenville YMCA Board of Directors announced that it would be promoting YMCA Assistant Director Amanda Phillips to the position of Executive Director.

Phillips has been the organization’s assistant director since November 2002. The recent promotion moves the seven-year YMCA employee into the leadership position at the recreational facility.

March:

n Carlyle Management Group announced that an affiliate of CMG signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Breed Technologies, Inc.

With over $1 billion in sales, Breed was a leading designer and manufacturer of automotive occupant safety systems, including airbags, seatbelts and steering wheels.

n Radio veteran, Robert Williamson, purchased the first radio station in Greenville to go on-air.

n Some Pioneer Electric Cooperative members got a shock when meter readers found that a few dozen members had grossly under-reported electric and water usage.

Pioneer hired meter readers to check meters for members, who had self reported their readings since 1937. According to Pioneer spokesman Terry Wilhite, one resident was found to have under-reported some 34,251 kilowatts, representing nearly a $3,000 power bill.