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Articles from the January 31, 2019 edition

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Trees were taller and creeks deeper

Around one hundred years ago the landscape of Escambia County and the surrounding area was vastly different than it appears today. It was the dawning of the automobile age yet the roads were still...

 

McDavid School yearbook donated

The picture accompanying today's column is from the 1955 McDavid School annual which was recently donated to ASHS by Ronnie Yaden and his sister Linda Yaden Steadham. Linda does not appear in the annu...

 

Remembering the birthday of January 31, 1941

"Happy Birthday Earline, hope it's your best one ever". Well howdy do, it gets better every year. Now it's public and thank you very much. Let me tell you all a bit about myself in case you haven't yet figured me out. I was born in the wee hours of...

 

Infrastructure should be top priority

As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning. There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders. They are overwhelmingly Republican. The Governor is Republican and all of the...

 

Working for the people

Over the last several weeks, we saw a prime example of how our government is broken. A portion of the federal government shut down, the Coast Guard went without pay as they completed their dangerous missions, and Democrat Members of Congress refused...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Media mobs are the enemy of the people

Fake news is certainly detrimental to our body politic and civil discourse, but it’s apparently also dangerous. On a recent field trip to Washington DC for the “Right To Life” march, Covington Catholic High School students from Kentucky...

 

Everyone can get warm with a cup of hot cocoa

Who doesn’t enjoy drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa on a chilly day or night? Marie Heaton, a diabetic, likes to enjoy it as a late night snack before going to bed. When Marie, could no longer find her favorite instant cocoa mix in the grocery...

 

The Sunshine Report

When things are not going our way, isn’t there a tendency to “pass the buck?” I mean it is relative easy to blame someone or something else, when we come up short, isn’t it? You know where the first recorded incident of “passing the buck...

 

Ruby Mae Davis

Ruby Mae Davis, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Perdido, Ala. Mrs. Davis was a native of Bay Minette who had resided in Perdido for most of her life. She was of the Catholic faith. The funeral was held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at...

 

John P. Johnson

John P. Johnson, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Lake City, Fla. Mr. Johnson was a native of Milton, Fla. and had resided in Century for most of his life. He was of the Assembly of God faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30,...

 

Elijah Lewis Lyons

Elijah Lewis Lyons, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Mrs. Lyons was a native of Atmore and 1976 graduate of Escambia County High School who enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he retired, after serving as an Aviation A...

 

Hettie Lewis Sanders

Hettie Lewis Sanders, 80, of Walnut Hill, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Fairhope, Ala. Mrs. Sanders was born June 9, 1938, to John W. and Bertha Burnette Stovall in Scranton, Ark. She was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 1 p.m.,...

 

Clarice Pugh Southwell

Clarice Pugh Southwell, 86, of the Damascus community of Brewton, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at a local hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Southwell was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Ala. A former employee at the Brewton...

 

Ivan Iconicum Stewart

Ivan Iconicum Stewart, 88, of Perdido, Ala., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 in Mobile. Mr. Stewart was born Nov. 3, 1930, to Frank Johnson and Mattie Bell Downey Stewart in Baldwin County. A retired mechanic with the U.S. government, he was a U.S....

 

Jessie Muriel Seale Swindle

Jessie Muriel Seale Swindle, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in Milton, Fla. Mrs. Swindle was a native of Brewton who resided in Canoe, Ala. for most of her life. Employed with Vanity Fair for more than 20 years, she was known from Winn Dixie in...

 

Sylvester Thomley

Sylvester Thomley, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Thomley was a native and lifelong resident of Perdido, known as “Uncle Syl” to many. Employed with Alabama Dry Dock for 28 years, he retired from the Baldwin County...

 

Edna Glenn Thornton

Edna Glenn Thornton, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Byrneville, Fla. Mrs. Thornton was a native of Molino, Fla. who had resided in Byrneville for most of her life. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Byrneville United...

 

Letha Elizabeth Brown Walker

Letha Elizabeth Brown Walker, 84, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Mrs. Walker was a native of Atmore and graduate of Escambia County Training School, Knoxville College and Alabama A & M University. A retired teacher, she taught at Escambia County Trainin...

 

First Annual Century Cross Country Classic

THE BRUTAL COLD AND FOG COULD NOT DETER RUNNERS WHO GATHERED EARLY LAST SATURDAY MORNING AT THE FIRST ANNUAL CENTURY CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT THE CENTURY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE...

 

Local schools to vie at Whataburger

Come out to Whataburger located at 8340 North Century Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, and be a part of the Whataburger Challenge, a partnering of Whataburger Restaurants LLC, Northview and Jay High School baseball teams and the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    January 31, 2019

New sex charges filed on Smith

A Brewton man who has been behind bars for about two years accused of sexually molesting four young boys was out on bond for two days before being arrested after a fifth victim came forward claiming h...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    January 31, 2019

Class of 1976 'rings' for FHS

The 1976 graduating class of Flomaton High School came together to show their support, appreciation and congratulations to the 2018 Hurricanes on the Class 3A state football championship by raising...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    January 31, 2019

Three arrested in traffic stop

A traffic stop last Thursday for an improper lane change on Highway 31 in Flomaton ended with the three occupants behind bars and two being charged with possession of methamphetamine. Flomaton Police...

 

Council members plead no contest; fined

Three Century council members who were served indictments on Jan. 3 alleging noncriminal violations of the Sunshine Law were in court Jan. 24 in front of a grand jury, resulting in two pleading no...

 

Jay students are helping the town

Jay High School's new construction academy students are building 14 tables, eight for the town of Jay's Bray-Hendricks Park to replace the ones that were there for many years and six for Opies Cafe...

 

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