Articles from the January 16, 2020 edition


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  • Along the coach roads of time

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    In the early days of Alabama the stage coach was king of the road. It was an era of virgin pine forests, unadulterated creeks and swampy low lands which could make travel lonely and dangerous. Many roads were constructed or improved for military purposes, such as the Old Stage Road. It has been said Highway 97 in Northwest Florida was an old British military road. The Fort Montgomery to Fort Crawford Road, which was situated high on the east bank of Murder Creek was another major transportation...

  • A brief history of local churches

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    Often we think of some discovered building seen in our daily travels as simply a structure, but sometimes it is part of a long history. Along Highway 29 near the center of the county are a scattering of churches. Among the variety of denominations represented is the Aldersgate Methodist Church which is rooted in one of our oldest histories. Religion in early Florida under the Spanish excluded Protestants. In 1821 the new territory under the U.S. was established and that year the Pensacola Mission of Methodists began under Reverend Alex Talley....

  • That's right, it's the time for violet picking

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    Our time to pick violets was when the first one was found. Sometime around the end of February we started looking for violets. Best places were in the woods that had been controlled or purpose burned over. Usually the burns were done in the first months of each year so as to control the underbrush or have tender grasses for the free-range livestock that was part of our world. Circa 1946/47 the open range laws for livestock put citizen on notice to fence up the cows/hogs/goats etc. The years before, stock ranging about kept our woods trampled...

  • Methodists have dominated high offices

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    Even though there are more Baptists than Methodists in Alabama, historically Methodists have held more of the prominent political posts in the Heart of Dixie. If you look closely at these leaders’ lives, a good many of our leaders have been sons of Methodist ministers. The most famous Methodist minister in the state over the past 50 years has been the Rev. John Ed Mathison of Montgomery. He has been the confidant and counselor to a great many of Alabama’s leaders, as well as being the greatest inspirational and dynamic speaker of our time. Joh...

  • With Soleimani dead; the world is safer

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    You may not have known his name, but the most dangerous man in the Middle East has finally received justice for a lifetime of brutality. Before being taken out by an American airstrike, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was a Major General in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and commander of its extra-military, clandestine Quds Force. He left his stain on this world by organizing, training and leading terrorist groups across the Middle East and beyond. The blood on his hands included that of at least 600 Americans and thousands more. Cons...

  • Peace comes though strength

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    After more than a week of the Chicken Little press squawking about Iranian missiles falling from the sky, the whole charade was a dud. The terrorist Iranian regime and their proxies were certainly an imminent threat to American forces and interests in the Middle East, their neighbors, and their own people; but the possibility of World War III only lived in the fevered imaginations of the leftist Democrat/Media complex cheering for President Trump to meet his Benghazi. Never mind Iran has been at war with America for forty years, consistently...

  • DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

    Staff Report|Jan 16, 2020

    Atmore PRAYER BREAKFAST A Prayer Breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Atmore Community Hospital’s Mayson Auditorium, located at 401 Medical Park Dr. in Atmore. A $12 donation at the door or tickets can be purchased at Unity House. PARADE and MEMORIAL PROGRAM MLK Parade line-up is at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Houston Avery Park, parade starts at 10 a.m., ends at Emmanuel Faith Center, located 710 E. Ridgeley St. for a memorial program. Entry fee is $10 per unit for vehicles and $20 entry fee for parade c...

  • Vaping continues to pose health risks to youth

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    New federal regulations make it illegal for retailers to sell any tobacco product including e-cigarettes to people under 21. Adrienne Duke, a family and child development studies specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said the new age limit reflects a national response to vaping. “Federal law supersedes state law, meaning in Alabama, the legal age to purchase these product increases from 19 to 21,” Duke said. “People who sell to minors face fines and potential jail time.” Vaping an Epidemic Duke said vaping is a widespread, a...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Jan 16, 2020

    The Sea of Galliee and the Dead Sea both have the same water source. The water that flows into both of these seas originates in the Hermon Mountains among the roots of the cedar trees in Lebanon. It flows down clear and cool to form the Jordan River. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea have the same geographical climate. They both are surrounded by similar soil. Yet, they are completely different bodies of water. The Sea of Galilee is a vibrant, life-giving source of water. It receives to give. It pours out its riches to enrich and...

  • Charles Edward Boatwright

    Jan 16, 2020

    Charles Edward Boatwright, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Atmore. Mr. Boatwright was a native of Century, Fla. and former resident of Byrneville, Fla. who had resided in Atmore for the last six years. A veteran of the Desert Storm conflict, serving in the U.S. Army and the Alabama National Guard with 34 years of service, he was a member of the Poplar Dell Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral home with Bro. Buddy Williams officiating. Burial followed at Judson Cemetery with...

  • Anna Arlona Smith Clark

    Jan 16, 2020

    Anna Arlona Smith Clark, 78, of Pace, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Lake City Medical Center. Mrs. Clark was born June 24, 1941, to William Perry and Janie Merdith Smith in Eight Mile, Ala. She graduated from Citronelle High School and earned a BA in English at Livington State College and later a master’s degree from Jacksonville University. A Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan, 18, at Smithtown Baptist Church in Eight Mile with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Clark is survived by her husband, T...

  • Joan Coppage

    Jan 16, 2020

    Joan Coppage, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in a Luverne, Ala. Health care facility. Mrs. Coppage was born in Perdido, Ala. and had lived in the Brewton area for the past 20 years, coming from Atmore. She had worked as a real estate broker in Gulf Shores, Ala. for a number of years and was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Coppage is survived by one son, Chuck Coppage of Brewton; and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Coppage was preceded by her husband, Clifford Harlan Coppage....

  • Shirley Ann Bowers Croft

    Jan 16, 2020

    Shirley Ann Bowers Croft, 82, of Brewton, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Orlando, Fla. Mrs. Croft was born April 6, 1937 in St. Petersburg, Fla. and moved from Fernandina Beach, Fla. to Brewton in 1958. A former member of the East Brewton Methodist Church, she was an employee of the Bank of Brewton and The Carriage House before graduating from Troy State University with a teaching degree. She taught at North Brewton Elementery School for two years, then earned an LPN degree and retired as an LPN from Jay Hospital. A graveside service was held...

  • Kevin Ray Herrin

    Jan 16, 2020

    Kevin Ray Herrin, 25, died Sunday, Jan, 12, 2020, in the Brewton hospital. Mr. Herrin was born May 5, 1994 to Carl and Lillie Herrin in Hattiesburg, Miss. and had been a resident of Brewton for the past 13 years, coming from Lumberton, Miss. Ministering at Grace Church in Brewton and Cross Point Fellowship in Evergreen, he participated in the 2008 Special Plympics where he carried the torch and won first place in the wheelchair race and was an avid outdoorsman. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at the chapel of Craver's...

  • Alford G. 'Al' Madaris

    Jan 16, 2020

    Alford G. “Al” Madaris, 67, of Walnut Hill, Fla., died Saturday, May 25, 2019. Mr. Madaris was born Oct. 24, 1951, to Willie Mancil Madaris Samuel Altred Fletcher in Troy, Ala. He was retired from the United States Air Force and served during the Gulf War. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Atmore. Mr. Madaris is survived by his wife Deneen Madaris; and one daughter, Jessica Koren Madaris....

  • Flora Masten

    Jan 16, 2020

    Flora Masten, 84, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in a Pensacola, Fla. Mrs. Masten was a native and long-time resident of Brewton wo graduated from T.R. Miller High School. She worked as a clerk in the probate judge's office while martha Kirkland held the office and was a member of North Brewton Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at Craver's Funeral Home with Rev. Shaphan Helms officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Masten is survived by one son, Van Don (Mary)...

  • Lucille Margaret Sellers Nelson

    Jan 16, 2020

    Lucille Margaret Sellers Nelson, 87, of East Brewton, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in a Century, Fla. nursing facility after a brief illness. Mrs. Nelson was a native of Santa Rosa, Fla. and long time resident of East Brewton. Of the Holiness faith, she was a graduate of Munson High School and had retired from the Florida Division of Forestry as a forest fire tower observer. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Lynn officiating. Burial followed at Green Acres Cemetery with...

  • Peggy Rein

    Jan 16, 2020

    Peggy Rein, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Brewton. Mrs. Rein was born March 16, 1937, to Everett Curtis Watson and Carmen Durden Watson in Brewton. She had lived for a number of years in Gold Canyon, Ariz. before returning to Brewton in 2011. A member of the Brewton First Presbyterian Church, she had worked as a supervisor for U.S. West Communications for a number of years and was an avid golfer. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday Jan. 15, at the Brewton First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Parker Johnson officiating. Burial follo...

  • Mary Lois Gatewood Trawick

    Jan 16, 2020

    Mary Lois Gatewood Trawick, 95, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 following a brief illness. Mr. Trawick was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Falco, Ala. and was a long-time resident of Bradley, Ala. Before she moved to Georgia. She was a homemaker and member of the bradley Assembly of God Church who attended Henley-Roberts School. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Bradley Assembly of God Church with Rev. David Earl Elliot officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Auditions for 'The Emperor's New Clothes' set for Jan. 20

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 16, 2020

    It's that time of year again for the Missoula Children's Theater to come to town and give local youngsters the chance to ham it up on stage. The Brewton Council of the Arts presents the Missoula Children's Theater in this year's performance of The Emperor's New Clothes, a play that offers about 50 roles for students of all ages, although auditioning does not guarantee a role. Auditions will be at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Coastal Alabama Community College's Woodfin Patterson Auditorium, loc...

  • Brewton man dies

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 16, 2020

    A single vehicle crash on Highway 31 claimed the life of a Brewton man Monday Jan. 13. Rodney Blake Colvin, 31, was killed around 12:45 a.m. Monday morning when the 2002 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree, according to an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency report. Colvin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead on the scene. The crash took place at the 72.6 mile marker on Highway 31, four miles north of Brewton. ALEA Troopers continue to...

  • Bat wielding man jailed for assault

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 16, 2020

    A Century man who wielded a baseball bat and threatened to kill everyone in an apartment where he was living Jan. 2 faces felony assault charges. Brian Oneil Madison, 32, was arrested and charged with one count felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when law enforcement officers dispatched to 21 Cottage Street in Century found a male, later identified as Madison, extremely irate and screaming, along with damage in several rooms of an apartment, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's...

  • Honoring Dr. King's legacy

    Staff Report|Jan 16, 2020

    Events across the area honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will kickoff Saturday in Atmore and Brewton and will continue through Monday in Century and Flomaton. For a look at the area's Dr. King events, see Page 1B....

  • Council agrees to pay overtime claim by Davis

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 16, 2020

    The Flomaton Town Council voted Monday night to pay former Police Chief Bryan Davis $6,634.62 in overtime and back pay, calling it a business decision that would cost the town more money if it fought the claim in court. Town Attorney Chuck Johns told the council Davis, who resigned as chief Oct. 4, filed a claim against the town for about $90,000 but had agreed to accept the $6,634.62 as a settlement. Johns also said that if the town fought the claim nothing would be covered by insurance. He...

  • Teen jailed for sodomizing child

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 16, 2020

    A 16-year old East Brewton resident has been charged as an adult and faces a possible prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole after being arrested for sodomizing an 8-month old girl. Allen Jack Cofield, 16, with an address listed as 729 Williamson St., East Brewton, was arrested and charged with sodomy I. Cofield, shackled and dressed in a white and red jumpsuit, appeared before Escambia County District Judge Eric Coale Tuesday afternoon and was given a bond of $500,000 as requ...

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