This Week in History – 2001

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2024

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In 2001, the pages of the Greenville Advocate were filled with news of progress and achievements in the community. Greenville’s participation in the “Alabama Highway Visual Enhancement Program,” Capt. Richard Boutwell’s participation in the Wings over Montgomery airshow and a championship win for Greenville’s tennis team were among the notable headlines.


  • Greenville Selected for Highway Beautification Program: Greenville was selected for Phase II of the “Alabama Highway Visual Enhancement Program,” aimed at beautifying the Interstate Highway 65 and Fort Dale Road interchange to attract motorists into the community. Mayor Dexter McLendon expressed the city’s excitement for the project, emphasizing the importance of creating appealing gateways to Greenville. The program, funded by the state, relieved the city of financial responsibility for the construction costs, with Greenville only required to maintain the interchange once completed.


  • Capt. Richard Boutwell Soars at Wings over Montgomery: Capt. Richard Boutwell, a Greenville native and member of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds flew in the Wings Over Montgomery air show, showcasing local talent on a national stage. His participation highlighted Greenville’s pride in its residents serving in the military. Flying an F-16 in the No. 4 position, Capt. Boutwell’s aerial maneuvers captivated the audience, representing Greenville with skill and precision. His achievements, including previous service as an F-15 fighter pilot and instructor pilot, demonstrated the caliber of individuals from Greenville serving in the armed forces.


  • Greenville’s Tennis Team Achieves Fifth Consecutive Championship: Greenville’s Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Area-II State Champion tennis team won their fifth consecutive championship, demonstrating their commitment to sports excellence. Coached by Johnny Mack Brown, the team’s achievement brought recognition to Greenville’s tennis program, showcasing the talent and dedication of local athletes.


  • State Representatives Support New Jail Construction: State Representative Charles Newton and Senator Wendell Mitchell presented a check for new jail construction, highlighting efforts to improve infrastructure and public safety in Butler County. The new jail aimed to address overcrowding and modernize facilities, reflecting the commitment of local officials to enhance community services.