Articles from the February 20, 2020 edition


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  • Crazy old white men decimating Democrats

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    The silly season also known as the primaries has just begun and it’s already crazier and weirder than anyone could imagine. Democrats started over a year ago with dozens of kooky candidates, but over the past year the ostensible champions of minorities have run off every minority candidate save one high cheek boned fake Indian who is about to fold her teepee. The remaining lily white roster is quite a comic cast. The openly gay less than mediocre Midwest Mayor Pete Buttigieg is riding high on Iowa and New Hampshire, but his inexperience and pub...

  • Powell's moonlight tourist camp, part 2

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    ...CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Tony gave some history about the Powell family that needs to be shared here to understand how the family members lived and worked together during the time of the busy Powell's Café years. Grace employed a lady to help with caring for the children and running the house as she, herself was so involved in the operation of the business. Mrs. Carrie McGill from Pollard was the longtime employee for the Powell's and was like family. Tragically, Mrs. Carrie died in a house f...

  • These recipes will warm you for this winter

    Staff Report|Feb 20, 2020

    Welcome to Alabama—where the weather is always in a state of confusion. It may be warm during the day, but take advantage of the waning days of winter and cozy up at night with a warm bowl of soup. These recipes are sure to warm you from the inside out. Quick Potato Soup • 3 cups skim milk •1 cup instant potato flakes •2 tablespoons corn-oil margarine •1 tablespoon instant onion flakes •¼ teaspoon salt •1 teaspoon celery seed•1/8 teaspoon black pepper or to taste Directions Pour milk in a heavy saucepan and heat over medium heat. DO NOT BOI...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    One of the more difficult things for assertive people to do is to take a “pause for the cause.” There are times when we actually become victims of our circumstances. Events seem to rush us, press us, move us along at a pace that is injurious to emotional and physical health. Taking a self-restoring timeout is as much about a mental gain as it a physical gain. This "timeout" gives our creative juices a chance to flourish. It gives us a chance to think through ideas and solutions buried under the hustle and bustle of daily activities. A wise mov...

  • Joseph Hilton Blackburn, Jr.

    Feb 20, 2020

    Joseph Hilton Blackburn, Jr., 63, of Flomaton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton. Mr. Blackburn was a native of Forfolk, Va. and resident of Flomaton for 60 years after coming from Georgiana, Ala. He enjoyed local and college sports and was an avid outdoorsman. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at Flomaton Funeral Home with Rev. Waylon Stuckey officiating. Burial followed at McCurdy Cemetery in Century with Flomato Funeral home directing. Mr. Blackburn is survived by the mother of his...

  • Sheila Faye Conway Crowder

    Feb 20, 2020

    Sheila Faye Conway Crowder, 53, of Brewton, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a Pensacola hospice facility. Mrs. Crowder was born June 18, 1966, to Wilson Levi “Buck” and Rosie Lee Buckhault Conway in Atmore. A lifelong resident of the Escambia County, Ala. area, she worked as a truck driver and homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 at Pineview Cemetery with Bro. George Hendricks officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home of Brewton directing. Mrs. Crowder is survived by two dau...

  • George 'Buddy' Ivey Edwards

    Feb 20, 2020

    George “Buddy” Ivey Edwards, 95, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Mr. Edwards was born Oct. 25, 1924, to James Ivey and Anna Belle Scott Edwards. He began attending Alco Methodist Church with his parents and later served as priest in the Community of Christ Church in Brewton, where his wife was a founding member. He later attended the First United Methodist Church and retired in 2000 as owner of Branco Wood Products. He worked with his son for five years in the American Longleaf Pine Seedling nursery and retired, returning to work at the garden cent...

  • Alicetine Miller Lisenby

    Feb 20, 2020

    Alicetine Miller Lisenby, 90, of Wallace, Ala., died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at a local hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Lisenby was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Baldwin County, Ala. A lifelong resident of Wallace, she was a member of the Wallace Baptist Church and attended Wallace School. She had retired as a seamstress with Vanity Fair after 35 years of service and enjoyed several hobbies. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. James Aubrey Wilson and Rev. Freddie Lindsey...

  • Shirley Ann Thrailkill

    Feb 20, 2020

    Shirley Ann Thrailkill, 92, of East Brewton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in a Milton, Fla. nursing facility. Mrs. Thrailkill was born March 16, 1927, in Eureka, Ill. and had been a resident of East Brewton for about 40 years. Retired as a computer operator at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, she attended the First Church of the Nazarene in East Brewton. Mrs. Thrailkill is survived by one nephew, Gene Thrailkill of Norman, Okla.; and one niece, Carol Hacker of Roanoke, Ill....

  • Gordon 'Danny' Toler

    Feb 20, 2020

    Gordon “Danny” Toler, 72, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Toler was a native of Fairhope, Ala. and had resided in Whitehouse Fork, Ala. for most of his life. Retired from the Baldwin County Highway Department with 31 years of service, he was a member of the Bay Minette Masonic Lodge #498, the Whitehouse Fork Baptist Church and was a bow hunter. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Whitehouse Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Whitehouse Fork Cemetery with Pet...

  • James Marlin Wages

    Feb 20, 2020

    James Marlin Wages, 82, of Flomaton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton. Mr. Wages was born April 9, 1937, in Ponotoc County, Miss., and had been a resident of Flomaton since 1981, coming from Mississippi. An over the road trucker, he had most recently worked for H and D Construction in Flomaton. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Cheryl Dykes officiating. Burial followed at McCurdy Cemetery in Century with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mr. Wages...

  • Open Congressional seat decided in March

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga and Elmore. Therefore, the district has been refigured to reflect this trend. Today there are more Republican votes cast in this congressional district in these two counties than from Montgomery. Nevertheless the bulk of the population is in what is now...

  • New Act is an assault on our borders

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    A clear warning of how far to the extreme left the Democratic Party has moved is the recently introduced New Way Forward Act. This immigration bill would totally uproot the rule of law, provide amnesty for illegals here, and import dangerous criminals into the United States. By allowing foreign citizens who committed serious felonies to stay in our country, all Americans would be at risk. And by granting new rights to illegal aliens, the New Way Forward Act would prevent our immigration officials from detaining most illegal immigrants....

  • Dispatches from Canoe Station

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    Military dispatches provide an important reflection of the significance of a geographic area during a war. The importance of Canoe Station as a military base and supply point is illustrated through the military dispatches exchanged by various commanders, on both sides, during the War Between the States. The coming of the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad in the 1850s provided commercial and transportation links to the backwoods of rural Alabama and in the process, the numerous small rail stops...

  • Christianity during the Colonial era in America

    Dewey Bondurant, Special to the Ledger|Feb 20, 2020

    Beginning early in the seventeenth century, settlers from Spain, France, Sweden, Holland, and England claimed land and formed colonies along the eastern coast of North America, and the struggle for control of this land continued for well over a hundred years. By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were thirteen operational American colonies with independent governments and constitutions. The first permanent settlement was the English colony at Jamestown, in 1607, in what is now Virginia. Similar to the other colon...

  • LifeFlight pays Brewton's CACC campus a visit

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 20, 2020

    Nursing students in biology class at Coastal Alabama Community College were privileged last Thursday to get a visit from LifeFlight to see first hand the medical equipment and capabilities offered when an emergency air lift transport is needed. Students, firefighters, campus police and others gathered in an open field on the campus to wait for the helicopter as excitement grew. An emergency transport call before the scheduled visit to the campus knocked the schedule offby an hour. “We can pretty...

  • Be sure to fill out census

    Our View|Feb 20, 2020

    In about a month or so everybody reading this should start receiving mail to fill out the 2020 census. We do this every 10 years. Here's why it's important and here's why we need local volunteers to help with the census count. At the top of the list is the number of members each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alabama currently has seven and Florida has 27 based on population. The new census numbers will tell us whether each of these states gain a representative or lose one. We've read concerns that Alabama may be a state to...

  • Keep your right to vote and vote no

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 20, 2020

    Although there are no local elections on the March 3 primaries in Escambia County (Ala.) there is a very important constitutional amendment on the ballot. With no local elections, I predict a very, very, very low turnout in the county. The races for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate highlight the ballot. I'm still trying to make up my mind on who I will vote for in those races. It won't be Roy Moore for Senate; I've got some I'm leaning toward but I'm still undecided. I'm...

  • Officer arrested in jail escape

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 20, 2020

    A correctional officer was arrested and two inmates who escaped from the Escambia County (Ala.) Work Release Center are back behind bars after several hours of freedom Saturday. Correctional Officer Deidra Madden, 27, of Castleberry was charged with two counts of facilitating an escape and she was terminated from her job with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Heath Jackson. Inmates Gregory Smith, 24, of Woodbury, Tenn., and Hunter Madden, 33, of Appleton Road in...

  • Firemen don't do it for the money

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 20, 2020

    Saturday morning firefighters from five departments were on Forrest Hill Drive, during a controlled burn, for a training exercise of an old house that likely included more than $1 million in equipment such as trucks and the gear the firemen used to enter the burning home. Flomaton Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Stanton said the training included firemen from Flomaton, Friendship, Lambeth, Century and Barnett Crossroads. MedStar was also on hand with its ambulance should it be needed. "These...

  • Flomaton native loves being squadron helicopter mechanic

    Special to the Ledger|Feb 20, 2020

    As a member of the newest Maritime Strike Squadron helicopter squadron, Airman Apprentice Jack Coppenger is continuing a tradition while also creating a new legacy. Coppenger is an aviation machinist’s mate who is responsible for helicopter mechanic work and making sure everything is maintained and ready to go for the pilots serving with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 which supports the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. “My favorite part about my job is learning mechanic work,” said Coppenger. “I have always been interes...

  • Woman faces felony charge

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 20, 2020

    An Atmore woman who was made a ‘habitual traffic offender’ in 2015 was arrested Feb. 11 for driving while her license is suspended. Jody Amanda Regina Simmons, 33, 76 South Canoe Road, was driving on Michigan Avenue in Pensacola when an officer, who had been told by another officer she did not have a valid driver's license, conducted a traffic stop, according to an Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office report. The officer requested her driver's license when he made contact, and Simmons pro...

  • Three local schools get radio stations

    Staff Report|Feb 20, 2020

    If the weather cooperates this week, the Southern Amateur Radio Union along with Flomaton Elementary School, Brewton Middle School, and the Brewton Area YMCA Pre-School will be launching a Amateur Radio Station for each school. These stations will be tethered to a special long float balloon. These balloons are designed to float for extended periods of time, some have stayed up for almost two years. The weather conditions will determine the exact date of launch, so there must be sunny conditions and no or light winds. The initial ‘window of l...

  • Century readies to accept audit

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 20, 2020

    The Century Council heard a budget update from CPA Robert Hudson Monday night following an earlier audit review meeting he had held with Krista McAllister of Warren Averett in Pensacola. Hudson said the town had a $21,218 excess of expense over revenue, due to a capital outlay of $28,684 for water pump clarifiers in January. In the gas fund, Hudson said in January the total revenue was $47,008, and there was a $505 loss. “We transferred $10,000 in from water fund as an operating transfer d...

  • Crews to speak at ECHS

    Staff Report|Feb 20, 2020

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Historical Society will hold it's monthly General Meeting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, February 25. The Program includes guest speaker Earline Crews, who will present a program on her book, Life with Top Down Country Living. Coastal Alabama Community College, on Blacksher Lane. Refreshments will be served after the presentation and the public is invited. For more information, please call 251- 809-1528, Tuesday through Thursday....

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