New members of the Mitchell County Sports Hall of Fame are, from left, Etheridge Brown, Marc Curles, Heather Beck Hunter, Kenny Jones and Jimmy Melvin.
CAMILLA — The Mitchell County Sports Hall of Fame had its 13th annual induction May 19, and five new members were enshrined — Etheridge Brown, Marc Curles, Heather Beck Hunter, Kenny Jones and Jimmy Melvin.
A large crowd of over 100 people enjoyed a seafood buffet at Debbie’s Main Street Restaurant courtesy of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. After dining, this large crowd was met by another host of people at the induction site next door at the historic Camilla Depot.
Approximately 150 people were treated to a first-class ceremony inducting this year’s class.
Brown displayed his basketball skills at Sale City High School in the late 1950s.
Curles, from Pelham, is a head referee in football for the Southeastern Conference.
Hunter helped lead the ABAC Fillies to the Women’s National Softball Championship in 1995.
Jones was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school and two years later he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs when an unfortunate injury ended his playing career.
Melvin coached the Mitchell County High School Panthers to the state playoffs in basketball during the 1960s, with his 1964 team finishing third in the state.
The inductees were recognized for their accomplishments by Master of Ceremonies James Hayes.
The inductees were presented with an impressive plaque from the Sports Hall of Fame and a beautiful certificate by Congressman Sanford Bishop’s assistant, Michael Bryant. The Mitchell County television crew was on hand to video this exciting event.
The Sports Hall of Fame has a building at 91 Underwood Street in Camilla displaying numerous exhibits.
To visit, free of charge, call (229) 336-5550.