Articles from the January 3, 2019 edition


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  • The birth of South Flomaton, Inc

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jan 3, 2019

    The later part of 1945 was a time of great optimism and hope across the area and the nation in that World War II had concluded with an Allied victory and the men and women of the US armed forces were coming home. Consistent with this optimism, the people of South Flomaton voted to incorporate on November 1, 1945. According to a Pensacola News Journal article of November 3, 1945; "The people of South Flomaton acted under an 1828 law that held if citizens of an area wished to incorporate as a...

  • A tale of five men out cow hunting

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Jan 3, 2019

    There were five men in the party; they were cow hunting. They had left the comfort of their homes in the area along the coast known as the Walton Valley and traveled northwest in the yearly search for their free-range cattle. After several days of search, reports were received of Indian raids nearby, around the upper Shoal River. Two Hart family farms had been attacked by a large band of braves coming down from the Alabama region. One brother’s large extended family had been surprised during the evening livestock feeding and massacred, while th...

  • Christmas and New Year's 1950 and 1951

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jan 3, 2019

    So Santa Claus had come and gone. The house was a wreck, Mama was a wreck from all the work she had done before and now had waiting to do after we were back in school after New Years. We all had eaten so much fresh fruit and candy everybody was suffering fruit and sugar overload. Who cared, those chocolate mounds and orange slices had to be eaten. Washington Delicious apples were still smelling up our house with wonderful memories. I stopped to jig when the radio played Red Foley singing, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy. " Shut up y'all, I'm...

  • Use these nutrition tips for a healthier you in 2019

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Jan 3, 2019

    Happy New Year! Do you usually make a New Year’s resolution? Millions of Americans make resolutions every January hoping to improve their health by losing weight, getting fit or eating healthy. Achieve your nutrition goals this year by making small changes to what you eat and drink. Find your healthy eating style! Everything you eat and drink over time matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. It is important to start with small changes to make healthier choices you can enjoy and maintain for a lifetime. In o...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Jan 3, 2019

    I have learned a few things about being a parent via observation over the years. I believe it is worthy of spending some time on. May I begin by reminding those who have young children, they grow up only once. That’s the theme of the message that I want to share with you. I have younger friends who still work 350 days a year, 12 to 15 hours per day, ignoring their family, making more money than they ever can spend, not physically taking care of themselves. Why? Everybody can see their material success, but beneath it, and behind it, are the a...

  • Thomas Alfred Agee

    Jan 3, 2019

    Thomas Alfred Agee, 76, of Flomaton, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton, Ala. Mr. Agee was born in Linden, Ala. And had been a member of the Flomaton community for 22 years, coming from Arlington, Ala. A U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as a medic in Vietnam flying with Medivac planes to retrieve injured servicemen, he was awarded Hawaii's Fresh Water Fishing Champion. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church who loved the outdoors. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, at Bethel Baptist...

  • Billy Charles Ballard

    Jan 3, 2019

    Billy Charles Ballard, 73, of Castleberry, Ala., died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Mr. Ballard was born in Castleberry and had been a lifetime member of the community where he worked as a fabricator in the window production industry. He was of the Holiness faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Harris officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery in Brewton with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife, Melissa Ballard of Appleton, Ala.; two daughters, Wanda...

  • Mary Lyda Guy Emmons

    Jan 3, 2019

    Mary Lyda Guy Emmons, 87, of the Pineview community, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, after an extended illness. Mrs. Emmons was a native of Frisco City, Ala. and longtime resident of Escambia County, Ala. Of the Holiness faith, she was a homemaker who enjoyed fishing. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bros. Tim Chavers, Tony Richburg and James Peacock officiating. Burial followed at Pineview Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Emmons is survived by one son, Melvin Ray...

  • Jim Clifton Hall

    Jan 3, 2019

    Jim Clifton Hall, 59, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 in Mobile, Ala. Mr. Hall was born Jan. 14, 1959, to Herbert Hoover and Nancy Janelle Beasley Hall in Atmore. An avid fisherman, he was employed with Clarke-Mobile County Gas District for 13 years. The funeral was held at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Nelson officiating. Burial followed at Whitfield Assembly of God Church Cemetery in Jay, Fla. with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Kathy W. Hall of Jackson, Ala.; one son, Jace Clifton...

  • Opal Daphne Jones

    Jan 3, 2019

    Opal Daphne Jones, 73, of Bay Minette, Ala., died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 29, 1945, to Jerry Lee and Montez Gulley Jones, Sr., in Pensacola. Of the Pentecostal faith, she was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at Perdido Baptist Cemetery with Bro. Robert Klotz officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Jones is survived by one daughter, Gloria Jean Jones of Pensacola; one brother, Jerry Lee Jones, Jr. of Georgia; two sisters, Geraldine Jones and Lula...

  • Dalton Orie Morgan

    Jan 3, 2019

    Dalton Orie Morgan, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 in Pensacola, Fla. Mr. Morgan was a native of Baldwin County, Ala. who had resided most of his life in McDavid, Fla. A farmer who raised cattle all his life, he was a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Association and was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Ernie Calhoun officiating. Burial followed at Godwin Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife of 67...

  • Donald Ray Moye

    Jan 3, 2019

    Donald Ray Moye, 56, of Atmore, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Mr. Moye was born April 15, 1962, to Dewey Lee and Jenelle King Moye in Atmore. Employed as a gas technician with West Escambia Utilities, he attended West End Baptist Church. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Mr. Moye is survived by his wife of 28 years, Wendy Coleman Moye of Atmore; two daughters, Sierra Moye (Brett) Wilkins of Perdido, Ala. and Amanda Colleen Moye of Atmore; and one grandchild. Mr. Moye was preceded in death by his parents....

  • Edward Weaver

    Jan 3, 2019

    Edward Weaver, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in a Pensacola hospital. Mr. Weaver was born in Brewton, Ala., where he returned to after serving more than 22 years in the U.S. Army. Of the Christian faith, he received his nursing degree while he was in the Army. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, from the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. John Logsdon officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Weaver Family Cemetery. Mr. Weaver is survived by three daughters, Julie (Mark) Brantley of New Brockton, Ala.,...

  • The Life and Times Ernest Lloyd Barrow

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 3, 2019

    Story and photos by Gretchen McPherson Staff Writer Chosen by the Century Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2008-2009, 90-year-old Century resident Ernest Lloyd Barrow has been a fixture of the Century area all his life and gladly shares tales of his Army days and athletic career in the local industrial basketball and softball teams of the 1950's. He married his sweetheart, Deanie, in 1950, after meeting her at a benefit for a friend in Atmore, the couple were...

  • Bike rider admits to car theft

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 3, 2019

    With the help of the community, a Century man is sitting behind bars awaiting extradition to Alabama to face multiple charges after he was accused of riding a stolen bicycle to the Texaco Station in Flomaton and stealing a vehicle. Michael Alexander Dubose, 25, 7640 Pleasant Hill Road, was arrested Friday at his Century residence the day after the vehicle was stolen. He faces charges of theft of property I, theft of property IV and criminal trespassing III in Alabama. Other charges may be...

  • Help needed to identify a thief

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 3, 2019

    Flomaton Police Capt. Chance Thompson continued the search for an unidentified black male who used a baseball bat to smash his way into Flomaton Small Engines early Jan. 1 and fled with four new Stihl chainsaws. Police are also trying to determine if the same person may be involved in an attempted break-in at Baker's convenience store in Canoe earlier that morning. Jeremy Bondurant, owner of Flomaton Small Engines said his alarm system went off at 4:19 a.m. Jan. 1 when the suspect smashed into...

  • School scores improve countywide

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 3, 2019

    The State of Alabama released the its state report card results last Thursday for all school systems, and according to the Alabama State Department of Education website, Escambia County (Ala.) schools repeated last year's score of a “C” with a 79 compared to last year's 78, and the Brewton City School System overall scored an “A” with a numerical score of 91 compared to last year's 86 and a “B”. Flomaton High School and both Flomaton and Huxford Elementary Schools earned a “B”, while numerical...

  • Work crew jailed for illegal drugs

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 3, 2019

    Four members of an out-of-town crew working on cell phone towers in the area ended up in the Escambia County Detention Center on drug charges after East Brewton police seized 3.1 grams of methamphetamine, 29.3 grams of marijuana, Kratom and drug paraphernalia. According to reports released from the East Brewton Police Department, Officer Brandon Mealer pulled over a vehicle for speeding that stopped in the Fred's parking lot. The officer reported smelling the odor of marijuana and the K-9 dog al...

  • Cottrell pharmacy set for E. Brewton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 3, 2019

    Early 2019 will bring two new businesses to East Brewton with Cottrell's Hometown Pharmacy and United Bank opening at 305 Forrest Ave. Brewton Pharmacist Danny Cottrell, who owns Brewton Medical Center Pharmacy, Flomaton Medical Center Pharmacy and is a partner in 17 other pharmacies, is bringing the new pharmacy to East Brewton. "We're sitting on ready," Cottrell said. "We are waiting on communication deals." Cottrell said he is still negotiating for internet and telephone services and as soon...

  • School board recognizes members, coaches

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 3, 2019

    At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education, School Superintendent John Knott gave board members an update on the W.S. Neal High School auditorium and field house renovation projects. Knott said the contractors started on the roof of the auditorium in mid-December and were planning to work through the holidays, taking Christmas eve and day off only. “Our objective is to get to a stopping point on the front,” said Knott. “We had a good meeting with the super...

  • Board OKs personnel changes

    Special to the Ledger|Jan 3, 2019

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved the following personnel changes at its Dec. 20 meeting. Resignation Melissa Beech, special education teacher at Escambia County High School, effective December 21, 2018; Rico Jackson, teacher/head football coach/athletic director at Escambia County High School, effective December 20, 2018; Devin Crawford, health/drivers education teacher/varsity assistant football coach at Escambia County High School, effective December 20, 2018; Corey Benjamin, HVAC/electrician for Brewton Maintenance Depa...

  • No charges for deputy

    Staff Report|Jan 3, 2019

    A Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office deputy who had shot a suspect armed with a cross bow on Oct. 20 will not face charges. Deputy Kevin Dalgleish, who fired a single shot at Glen Phillips on Oct. 20, was found to be reasonable and justifiable for his action, according to a press release from the Office of the State Attorney. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the dispute at 7796 Highway 4 at approximately 3:20 a.m. after Phillips’ father called 911 to report his son was under the influence of narcotics and had threatened to shoot him with a c...

  • Arbor art contest gets under way

    Staff Report|Jan 3, 2019

    Celebrate this Arbor Day by participating in the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Arbor Day mail art contest. Make your own drawing, collage, painting or photo, or decorate a postcard or envelope related to the theme, ‘Plant Trees Today for Shade Tomorrow,’ and should be creative. The contest age groups are children 12 and under, teens ages 13 to 18 and adults 18 and older. One winner will be selected from each age group, and winners will receive either a tree, a shovel or a book about trees. Mail entries should be to Arbor Day Mail Art...

  • Ivey targets drugs with funds

    Staff Report|Jan 3, 2019

    Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $1.6 million to continue the fight to reduce illegal drug use in the state by arresting those who buy or sell illegal drugs or falsely obtain prescription drugs. Funds will be distributed to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the seven regional drug task force offices under ALEA. The task forces were formed in January 2018 and are made up of officers in local law enforcement agencies. “We must combat illegal and illegally obtained drugs that rob so many people of productive lives and destroy families,” Ive...

  • Social media has its place and time

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 3, 2019

    I was talking to somebody the other day who asked me why I was constantly condemning social media. He basically accused me of not liking social media since it was basically real time and I didn't publish a newspaper but once a week. In other words, I was getting left behind by social media. We had a 'discussion'. I don't think I 'bash' social media, I 'bash' the people who take what they see on social media as the gospel without considering the source. If I told you the world was flat, the sun...

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