Articles from the January 10, 2019 edition


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  • Tips to raise healthy eaters in the new year

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    Ring in a healthy new year by teaching kids the importance of food, nutrition and eating skills: food to fuel busy, successful lives; nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains; and eating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with family and friends. As with any part of raising children, no one does a perfect job with nutrition. As a parent, grandparent or adult caregiver, you can help to raise healthy eaters during these critical years by doing your best to: Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of...

  • Ruby Lee 'Madea' Mims-Brown

    Jan 10, 2019

    Ruby Lee “Madea” Mims-Brown, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Mrs. Mims-Brown was born Aug. 9, 1931, to Isaiah and Dora Brooks-Mims in Owassa, Ala. A resident of Owassa for many years, where she was a member of Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, she relocated to Marion, Ill. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Taylor officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Mims-Brown is survived by two daughters, Christine (To...

  • Jeanette Delois Seale Creamer

    Jan 10, 2019

    Jeanette Delois Seale Creamer, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Jay, Fla. Mrs. Creamer was a native of Atmore, Ala. who resided in Bratt, Fla. most of her life. Co-owner of Creamer logging, she was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Joey Johnson officiating and Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Creamer is survived by her husband of 47 years, William Lloyd Creamer, Jr. of Bratt; one son, William Lloyd Creamer, III of Pulaski, Tenn.; one daught...

  • Jack Darby

    Jan 10, 2019

    Jack Darby, 75 of Atmore, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 in Atmore. Mr. Darby was born May 1, 1943, to George Washington and Fannie Mae Manning Darby in Monroe County, Ala. He worked as a machine operator with Vanity Fair Mills. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Heard officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Darby is survived by his wife, Sheri Hendrix Darby of Atmore; one daughter, Deeya Darby (Silas Dwayne) Seamans of Atmore;...

  • Rea Millicent Sturm Davis

    Jan 10, 2019

    Rea Millicent Sturm Davis, 94, of Brewton, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. after an extended illness. Mrs. Davis was a native of Chicago, Ill., and longtime resident of Brewton before relocating to Indiana more than a year ago. A retired registered nurse who had worked for many years in Illinois Masonic Hospital, she was a member of the May Creek Methodist Church, American Legion, Fleet Reserve and the VFW. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral...

  • Diane Simmons Dean

    Jan 10, 2019

    Diane Simmons Dean, 69, of Jay, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Jay Hospital after an extended illness. Mrs. Dean was born in Century, Fla. and had been a lifetime member of the Jay community, where she was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at the Century Church of Christ with Min. Jesse Claunch officiating. Burial followed at Jay Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Dean is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jackie R. Dean of Jay; one son, Matthew Kirk Dean of Corning, N.Y.; one daughter, Heather...

  • Mazie Glendora 'Glennie' Griffith Godwin

    Jan 10, 2019

    Mazie Glendora “Glennie” Griffith Godwin, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Mrs. Godwin was born Feb. 3, 1932, near Atmore, Ala. She helped build the Pentecostal Holiness Church when she lived in the Farm Hill community near Cantonment, Fla. A member of the Pineview Pentecostal Holiness Church, the was an avid seamstress and artist. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Pineview Holiness Church with Bro. James Peacock officiating and Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Godwin is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert God...

  • Joni Gail Harris

    Jan 10, 2019

    Joni Gail Harris, 64, of Pollard, Ala., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, after an extended illness. Mrs. Harris was born in Big Springs, Texas, and had been a resident of the Flomaton community since 1972, coming from Stanton, Texas. A member of Little Escambia Baptist Church, she worked as a phlebotomist. Mrs. Harris is survived by by her husband, Bill Harris of Pollard; three daughters, Christy Harris of Pollard, Kelly Harris (Matt) Clark of Brewton and Lyn (Kevin) Spooner of Estes Park, Colo.; her mother, Peggy Latty of Flomaton; one sister,...

  • Sam Hudson

    Jan 10, 2019

    Sam Hudson, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Mr. Hudson was born May 24, 1942, to Willie and Victoria Hudson in Gosport, Ala. Employed with West Escambia Utilities, where he retired from, he was an advocate of vintage automobiles. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Sidney Grant officiating. Burial followed at Pierce Rabb Cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife, Margaret Hudson; four daughters, Shelia (Kenneth) Richardson of...

  • Willie George 'Junior' Lee, Jr.

    Jan 10, 2019

    Willie George “Junior” Lee, Jr., 66, of Atmore, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at Atmore Nursing Care. Mr. Lee was a native of Atmore born to Willie George, Sr. and Novella Lee. He attended Escambia County school sand worked as a painter at Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at Mt. Gillead Baptist Church in Freemanville with Rev. Gary Bryant and Pastor Darlene McMillan officiating. Burial followed at Pierce, Rabb and Montgomery Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mr. Lee is survived by...

  • Robert 'R.L.' Morris

    Jan 10, 2019

    Robert “R.L.” Morris, 83, of Orange Beach, Ala., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Mr. Morris was born to John D. and Avie M. Morris of Bay Minette, Ala. He graduated from Baldwin County High School in 1953 and went on to graduate from Auburn University, where he was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity, with a degree in forestry in 1957. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and later the Air National Guard Reserve. In a career than spanned more than 50 years, he worked for International Paper Company and Thomas J. Earle Timber Co., Inc. for many years. Lat...

  • Betty Kyser Pruett

    Jan 10, 2019

    Betty Kyser Pruett, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Atmore, Ala. Mrs. Pruett was born March 1, 1947. to James Edlow and Augustine P. Kyser in Atmore. Mrs. Kyser is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fred Pruett of Atmore; one son, Jimmy Wayne Pruett of Atmore; one daughter, Wanda Renea Pruett McGhee of Atmore; one brother, Edmund L. (Buddy) Kyser of Atmore; and two sisters, Judy Kyser Young of Foley, Ala. and Joan Kyser Lolley of Semmes, Ala. Mrs. Pruett was preceded in death by her parents....

  • Wayne Theon Warrick

    Jan 10, 2019

    Wayne Theon Warrick, 86, of Brewton, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at a Pensacola, Fla. Hospice facility after a brief illness. Mr. Warrick was born in Jay, Fla., and had been a longtime resident of the Brewton area. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he had worked as a machine operator at St. Regis Paper Company for 30 years. He was a member of the Dogwood Hills Assembly of god Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bros. Tommy Quick and Jeremy Yoder officiating. Burial...

  • The rise, fall and birth of a town

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    According to the Pensacola News Journal, South Flomaton was the only other incorporated community in Escambia County Florida for most of its existence. The area had sometimes been the scene of controversy before and after its incorporation. The News Journal kept a weekly news update on South Flomaton, as it did most other communities in the county. In its January 6, 1944 edition it noted the Escambia County Sheriff's Department in Florida seizing slot machines across the northern part of the county in a series of seven raids. The machines were...

  • An interesting review of our local logging history

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    Occasionally, our writers receive a note of appreciation about our articles in this paper; these articles for the Tri-City have been contributed by our members since 1990. Recently, Mr. Dudley wrote a note to say how much he liked a history of logging railroads. Mr. Dudley who is in his 90s, is a veteran of WWII. He later had a career in the space program, retiring as a project engineer at Huntsville. He turned his attention to the history of Alabama’s railroads and joined the local railroad club in 1968. Today, this club operates the A...

  • Cussin', singin' and telling lies in the hay

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    One of my favorite places to be authentic Earline was in the hay loft on a rainy day. See, with so many siblings I always had plenty involvment of others around me. Sometimes I needed time out from sharing and fist fights, so when rainy days came to fill the house and Mama issuing noggin thumps and orders to go out and play on the porches I simply went to the barn. Who goes to play in the barn on a rainy day with the smells of soggy manure and rats. " Me"! I climbed the ladder to the loft where Daddy had stacked the hay bales for us to...

  • Through the looking glass

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    With 2018 behind us, it is time to start looking at what you can expect from Washington in 2019. Under Republican leadership, we in Congress aimed to make America better off, and thanks to our many victories through conservative policies, we accomplished that goal. Under Democrat control, there is no telling what craziness will come out of the House of Representatives. We have already seen this past week the extent House Democrats will go to in undermining our President, with one going as far as to use profanity at an event in describing her...

  • The 1940's Congressional Delegation

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jan 10, 2019

    Recently I came across a copy of an old congressional directory from 1942. It is always fun for me to read about this era in American political history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been first elected in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression. He would go on to be reelected in 1936, 1940 and 1944 and would have been reelected into perpetuity. However, he died in Warm Springs, Georgia in April of 1945, only four months into his fourth term. He was the closest thing we Americans have ever had to having a king. Nobody has or ever will serve...

  • Council members indicted

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 10, 2019

    Three Century council members, Sandra McMurray Jackson, Ann Cofield Brooks and Luis Gomez, Jr., have been charged with noncriminal violations of the Florida Government in the Sunshine Law. The indictments arose from an incident during on or about July 31, 2018 alleging that while each was a member of the Century Town Council did engage in a discussion or exchange of information with other members of the Century Town Council, regarding a matter which foreseeably could come before said board or...

  • Threats against cops ends with Flomaton arrest

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 10, 2019

    A wanted Pensacola man who made threats of killing any law enforcement officer he saw was taken into custody Sunday morning in Flomaton and now faces additional charges after two officers were injured during the arrest. Brian Terrell Ward, 43, 963 North 79th Ave., was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. as he traveled north on Highway 113. Flomaton police stated they received a 'Be On the Lookout' from the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office in reference to Ward. Ward's blue Ford Explorer was...

  • Jay seeking town input

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 10, 2019

    The Town of Jay is hosting an Economic Development Open House on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Linda Carden Community Center. There will be three sessions scheduled, with the morning session from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the lunch session form 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a chance for Jay area residents to stop by and meet local business leaders and elected officials, sharing ideas and input to plan the economic future of the town. “Competitive Florida P...

  • Coale takes oath of office

    Staff Report|Jan 10, 2019

    Escambia County Circuit Judge Dave Jordan, left, issues the oath of office to Eric Coale, who is joined by his wife Tammy and his daughter Grayton, during the ceremony Friday in Brewton. Coale, who was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey as the county's new district judge, will officially take over the position on Jan. 15....

  • SAIL into Flomaton for food, fellowship

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 10, 2019

    Flomaton Community Center on McCurdy Street is home to the Senior Adult Independent Living (SAIL) Program where seniors can eat a hot daily and participate in games, exercise and other activities offered. Started in the 1980's, the program offers those 60 and older a hot, nutritious lunch daily between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and activities, such as exercise and games, as well as fellowship in a social setting. The meal is served with the suggested donation of $1.50, but no one is turned away for...

  • Job recruiter in Century on Jan. 14 and 15

    Special to the Ledger|Jan 10, 2019

    Emerson/ASCO is sending a representative to the Century and Pensacola areas on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15 to recruit for job openings. Volante Henderson is representing Emerson ASCO located in Aiken, S.C. and has multiple opportunities for manufacturing positions, such as skilled assemblers, CNC machinists, material handlers, maintenance multicraftsmen, quality inspectors, quality technicians and calibration specialists. Some of the positions require a degree, others experience, others are entry level but all of them lead to...

  • Mockingbird try outs in Brewton

    Special to the Ledger|Jan 10, 2019

    Auditions for the 2019 production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' play in Monroeville will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Brewton City Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Auditions will also be held in Monroeville from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Monroe County Schools System's gymatorium at the former Monroe County Middle School location at 109 Pickens St. Actors will be asked to read from the script and they will not need a prepared monologue, according to official. Officials also emphasize that experience is not a necessary...

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