Articles from the January 30, 2020 edition


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  • Capell House links past and present

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    While walking the trails and streets of Wilcox County one could be forgiven for seeing the boundaries between the past and present becoming blurred before their very eyes. At places like Reaves Chapel, a quaint one room church on a wind-swept ridge near Gullet's Bluff, on a cold January day visions of children playing in the church yard and church members sharing dinner on the grounds was close to the mind's eye; although in our reality it was quite except for the sound of the wind whipping...

  • Geneology searches look different now

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    I have written about family research several times but I'm always finding new information about not only my family but others in this area. I got interested in my ancestors at a early age. I remember talking to several family members about my family. I first started taking notes with a regular school notebook and pencil back in the 1970's, when I would talk to the older people in the family. One of the best sources of information back then was libraries, where you could look up old records. A older family member who was also very interested in...

  • Impeaching the American voters and the Constitution

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    Impeach is defined as “to charge with a crime or misdemeanor” or it also means “to cast doubt on.” In the hurried hyper-partisan House Impeachment inquiry against President Trump, the House failed to make any criminal charges or even connections unlike the bipartisan impeachment of Bill Clinton with eleven criminal charges citing specific statutes. The two articles of impeachment passed without a single Republican vote were purposely nebulous. The two articles, “abuse of power” and “obstruction of congress,” were obviously made broad, so fever...

  • Great three-man race to replace Bryne

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    The first district Congressional race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3rd Primary. The winner of the March 31st GOP Primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous first district is a Republican congressional seat and has been since Jack Edwards won the seat in the Southern Goldwater landslide in 1964. The bulk of the district population is in the two county gulf coast counties of Baldwin and Mobile. It being the only gulf coast district in the state, they do have some local issues like red snapper fishing, and t...

  • REMEMBERING MR. ROBERT WATTS

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    Mr. Robert Watts, born Dec. 5, 1883 died Jan. 10, 1965. Buried at Amity Cemetery in Tunnel Springs, Alabama. This writer remembers this man circa 1947-48 when he lived with, and worked for the second time, in the home for the Eric & Lottie Odom family here in Barnett Crossroads Community. The home of Mr. Eric and Mrs. Lottie Johnson Odom had half of their fourteen children still living at home when Mrs. Lottie was again in need of domestic help. Mr. Rob Watts lived in the Odom home where his main duty was washing clothes and helping cook. Rob...

  • Walking the walk in the fight for life

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    Last week, tens of thousands of Americans took part in our nation’s most important rally for the unborn, the March for Life. I am so proud of the large number of Alabamians who traveled all the way to Washington to participate. Sadly, it is mostly ignored by the mainstream media. But, this year’s rally received unprecedented support, as President Trump became the first sitting president to attend and address the group! President Trump’s pro-life record is truly unmatched among presidents. He has been front and center in the fight. He has block...

  • Do we hear information anymore?

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Jan 30, 2020

    Every morning I wake up and my phone alerts me to CNN’s ‘5 things to start your day’. I usually read through it and make mental notes on things that I find important or pressing. Next, as I stretch, I say the words “Hey Google, good morning,” at which point my home assistant greets me as warmly as a robot can, turns on my bedroom and living room lamps, informs me of the weather forecast for the day, and fills me in on the top news stories hitting FOX and Bloomburg. (See, I cover all my bases...

  • Tips on how to spot behaviors of bullying

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    Bullying is common in children and youth. Research shows that one in three young people admit to bullying others. An Alabama Extension family and child development specialist said it is important parents be alert for warning signs that their child is bullying others. “How young people behave at home is often a reflection of how they behave with others at school,” Adrienne Duke said. “Children who bully others tend to feel a need to have control over situations, push boundaries, and are often unaware of the consequences of violent behav...

  • Marion Phillip Andrews

    Jan 30, 2020

    Marion Phillip Andrews, 90, of Brewton, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Andrews was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Brewton and was a former resident of San Diego, Calif., where he worked at San Diego Harbor Boat and Yacht Company and San Diego Marine Company, before moving back to Brewton. A member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, he was a graduate of W.S. Neal High School and a retired machinist from Jefferson Smurfitt with 19 years of service. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at Williams Memorial Chapel...

  • Maudell Raines Blackmon

    Jan 30, 2020

    Maudell Raines Blackmon, 91, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at a Monroeville health care facility. Mrs. Blackmon was born Dec. 4, 1928, to Sam and Nannie Raines in Conecuh County. She lived in Castleberry most of her life and worked at Vanity Fair for a number of years. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at Oak Grove Holiness Church with Bro. Jeff Harris officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Blackmon is survived by one daughter, Norma (Paul) White of Castleberry; two...

  • Mark Anthony Brown

    Jan 30, 2020

    Mark Anthony Brown, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Atmore, Ala. Mr. Brown was a lifelong resident of Atmore who owned and operated Atmore Tune Up. He was a member of Atmore First Assembly of God Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at Atmore First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sandra S. Brown of Atmore; one son, Joshua Mark (Allison) Brown of Atmore; his...

  • James 'Jimmie' Pressley Carden

    Jan 30, 2020

    James “Jimmie” Pressley Carden, 80, of Flomaton, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 following a brief illness. Mr. Carden was born July 17, 1939, in Escambia County, Ala. A graduate of Flomaton High School, he was the owner and operator of Carden Custom Built Homes and a member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Rusty Burnham officiating. Burial followed at Catawba Springs Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home dir...

  • Thelma Kate McCall Crutchfield

    Jan 30, 2020

    Thelma Kate McCall Crutchfield, 90, of Brewton, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Crutchfield was born Sept. 24, 1929, in Escambia County, Ala., where she lived all her life. A member of the L Pond Church of Christ, she was a former employee at Judy Bond and West Brothers, retiring as a custodian from W.S. Neal Elementary School. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Min. Steve Parker and Min. Jared Knoll officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery in...

  • Richard Dewayne Davis

    Jan 30, 2020

    Richard Dewayne Davis, 61, of Century, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital from injuries he sustained in a car accident. Mr. Davis was born in Pensacola, but lived most of his life in Century, Fla. He worked as a self-employed painter and tattoo artist. An avid fisherman, he attended Abundant Life Church in Century. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Christian Home Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Linda Davis...

  • Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard

    Jan 30, 2020

    Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard, 81, of Atmore, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Mrs. Fayard was born Oct. 21, 1938, to Bernard E. “Bunk” and Daisy Myrtle Kent Vickrey in Huxford, Ala. A member of Presley Street Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, pianist and member of the choir, she was a retired banker from First National bank of Atmore with 48 years of service. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan., 27, at the Presley Street Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Simpson officiating. Burial followed at oak Hill Cemetery...

  • Ted Jennings

    Jan 30, 2020

    Ted Jennings, 76, of Brewton, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Georgia. A Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, at Brewton First United Methodist Church with Bro. Steve Yuhasz and Rev. Bobby Ellisor officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Jennings is survived by his wife, Susan Curry Jennings of Brewton; his children, Philip Jennings of Sacramento, Calif., Steve Jennings of Destin, Fla,. David Jennings and Molly Jennings (Will) Ruzic, both of Brewton, Dylan Bell of Athens, Ga. And Krystal Bell of...

  • Edna Laura Hendrieth Jones

    Jan 30, 2020

    Edna Laura Hendrieth Jones, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Mrs. Jones was born Feb. 8, 1938, to Arthur and Clara Hendrieth, Sr., in Brewton, Ala. After she attended Piney Grove Elementary School, she completed her education at Southern Normal High School. She joined Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang in the gospel choir and with the Pine Grove MBC Gospel Chorus. She eventually resided at West Gate Village. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Greater Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Robert...

  • Jacqueline 'Jackie' Anita Jackson

    Jan 30, 2020

    Jacqueline “Jackie” Anita Jackson, 59, of Flomaton, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Jackson was born Sept. 17, 1960 to Otha and Katie Lou Owens Howington in Conecuh County, Ala. and was a longtime resident of Flomaton. Of the Assembly of God faith, she was a 1978 graduate of Repton High School and former travel nurse who worked as an RN at Covenant Home Health. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Darby officiating. Bur...

  • Rufus 'Buck' McClain

    Jan 30, 2020

    Rufus “Buck” McClain, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Pensacola. Mr. McClain was born to Frank and Mary Voncile McClain in Boykin, Ala. He had relocated to Conecuh County, Ala. and had resided in Atmore for the past seven years. He was a retired logger. Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Mr. McClain is survived by one son, Anthony McClain of Houston, Texas; one brother, Frankie McClain of Brewton; two sisters, Theresa McClain of Atmore and Eva Mae Heard of Moss Point, Miss.; and numerous other family mem...

  • Hubert 'Frog' William Nelson

    Jan 30, 2020

    Hubert “Frog” William Nelson, 61, of Brewton, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Nelson was born Sept. 23, 1958, in Brewton, where he lived all his life. A graduate of W.S. Neal High School, he worked as a machine operator at T.R. Miller Mill Company. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Spear Cemetery with Min. Richard Rogers officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Nelson is survived by one brother, Sammy (Tammy) Nelson of Brewton; one sister, Kim (Ti...

  • Rickey Don Phillips

    Jan 30, 2020

    Rickey Don Phillips, 57, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 10, 1961, in Detroit, Mich. and relocated with his family to Camden in Wilcox County, Ala., where he was baptized at Gravel Creek, at an early age. He later moved to Atmore and worked as a construction worker for many years. He returned to Detroit, where he continued to work in construction. The funeral was at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Holy Community Center in Atmore with Elder Irma Jean Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Christian...

  • Harold 'Doc' Samuel Sinrod

    Jan 30, 2020

    Harold “Doc” Samuel Sinrod, 90, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Dr. Sinrod was born June 28, 1929, and grew up in Washington, D.C. In 1947, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School alongside classmates actor John Astin and tycoon Warren Buffet. Earning a degree from Georgetown University Dental School, he served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1954 to 1957, interning at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He served as a captain and chief of the dental service and oral surgery in Munich, Germany. When he returned home, he continued practicing den...

  • Early Head Start joins Head Start in Brewton

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 30, 2020

    "The transformation thats been going on here is really exciting for us," said (GRECS) Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services President Wendy McEarchern. "We are excited to be here in Brewton. Once we have a more clear date to open, we will have a grand opening to let the community know we are here." McEarchern is referring to Brewton's Head Start, which has been open under Community Action of Alabama 1207 Belleville Avenue for 10 years, but recently the five-year grant wound up in the...

  • Atmore prison shutting down

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    The Alabama Department of Corrections announced Monday it will accelerate the closure of the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore with plans to transfer an estimated 617 inmates to other correctional facilities. ADOC said modifications will be made to house death row inmates and maintain the death chamber inside the prison. Prison officials gave no time frame for the "decommission" of the Atmore prison, citing safety and security issues. State Sen. Greg Albritton said the closure...

  • Brewton man jailed on sex charge

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    A 54-year old Brewton man has been charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and soliciting prostitution from a minor after being accused of offering a 14-year old boy $20 to let him perform a sex act on the teenager. Jeffrey Wayne Hacker, 270 Dawson St., appeared before District Judge Eric Coale Friday and was given a bond of $250,000. Assistant District Attorney Todd Stearns told Judge Coale that Hacker is accused of offering the young boy the $20 for Hacker to perform oral sex on...

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