Articles from the March 12, 2020 edition


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  • Combatting Coronavirus Misinformation

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    Although the COVID-19 coronavirus is dominating the news, it’s important to know the facts about the virus and the ongoing work to prevent its spread. I’d also like to dispel some misinformation regarding your government’s actions to fight it. Despite what some fearmongers have said, the federal government has been preparing for a public health challenge such as this. In fact, according to the 2019 Global Health Security Index, the United States ranks number one in a “comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related...

  • Road Closures In Brewton

    Staff Report|Mar 12, 2020

    U.S. Highway 31 in Brewton from Underwood Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 and possibly Thursday, March 19. Semi- trucks will detour onto Alabama 41. Passenger vehicles must also take alternate routes to avoid the area and city officials recommend using Evergreen, Sowell and Belleville....

  • Thoughts on Alabama's primary elections

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    Allow me to Share some thoughts and analysis on the March 3rd Primary results. The Primary is referred to as the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters choose which Party Primary they want to vote in and which presidential candidate they prefer to be their Party’s nominee. The turnout was amazingly high, despite rain and inclimate weather over the State. 1,168,000 Alabamians voted. 725,000 voted in the Republican Primary and 450,000 voted in the Democratic Primary. That equates to 62% Republican and 38% Democratic voters. It is my a...

  • Senators should represent the wishes of their state

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    The morning after Alabama’s bruising Super Tuesday GOP US Senate primary to select a challenger to current Democrat Senator Doug Jones, most Alabama voters woke up wondering how we wound up with a run off between former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville received about 34% and Sessions received a very weak 31% for someone who had held that same seat for two decades. Congressman Bradley Byrne came in a strong third with about 26%; and Byrne was the second choice for the vast majority of v...

  • The 1918-1919 Flu killed millions

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    For those who think history boring, or not worth teaching or studying perhaps they should take a look at history's lessons when it comes to the growing pandemic known as the Corona virus, also known as Covid-19. As horrible as the potential outcomes may be, the lessons of another pandemic 100 years ago may offer lessons which could prevent, or at least slow transmissions. By November 1918 World War I was at an end. As many a war-weary family prepared to welcome their soldier home, a new invasion...

  • Improvements made to DNA testing

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    Several years ago when I first took a DNA test to trace my ancestors only a few hundred people showed up on it that I had shared DNA with. When I checked again just a few days ago the number of people in the world that I had shared DNA with was just over one hundred thousand. According to my DNA I have almost three thousand five hundred fourth cousins or closer, and over ninety eight thousand fifth to eighth cousins in the world. As far as I can tell the test are pretty accurate, several of the ones on my list of relatives are people that I per...

  • George McClure Andress

    Mar 12, 2020

    George McClure Andress, 80, of Jay, Fla., died Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Jay. Mr. Andress was born Aug. 16, 1939, to Everette and Manzelle Metts Andress in Hybart, Ala.and had been a resident of Santa Rosa County since 1978. Retired from the United States Navy having served in Vietnam, where he earned the Vietnam Service Medal (One Bronze Star), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal, four Good Conduct Medals and a Letter of Recommendation, he was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at12:30 p.m., Thursday,...

  • Christina 'Chrissy' Marie Atkins

    Mar 12, 2020

    Christina “Chrissy” Marie Atkins, 37, of Atmore, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Atmore. Mrs. Atkins was born March 11, 1982, to Dennis John Fecteau and Brenda Taylor in Monroe, Wash. She was a homemaker. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at Unity Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Long officiating and Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Atkins is survived by her parents, Brenda (Timothy) Brock of Atmore; two daughters, Keyonna Atkins and Kasiyah Atkins; two brothers, Dennis “D.J.” Fecteau and Kristopher Fecteau...

  • John R. Broughton

    Mar 12, 2020

    John R. Broughton, 55, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Broughton was a native and lifelong resident of Bay Minette who was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sis. Wanda Hadley officiating. Burial followed at Johnson Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Broughton is survived by his wife, Shona Chastang of Whitehouse Fork, Ala.; two sons, John (Megan) Broughton, Jr. of Foley, Ala. and Cody (Michelle) Broughton of...

  • Mary A. Drakeford

    Mar 12, 2020

    Mary A. Drakeford, 89, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Brewton hospital. Mrs. Drakeford was born Feb. 8, 1931, to Henry Andrews and Lizzie Benjamin Jones Andrews, in the Johnsonville community of Conecuh County, Ala. and had been living in Brewton since 1958. A graduate of Alabama State University, where she was a member of the AKA Sorority, she was an elementary school teacher for the Conecuh County School System for a number of years. She was a member of Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m.,...

  • Sarah Jane Sawyer

    Mar 12, 2020

    Sarah Jane Sawyer, 81, of Robertsdale, Ala., died Thursday, March 5, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Sawyer was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Butler County, Ala., where she lived before relocating to Castleberry, Ala. A graduate of Georgiana High School, she was an LPN and worked for several of the area hospitals and retired from the Monroe County hospital. She attended the Vines and Branches Church. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with brandon Thornton officiating....

  • Mary Alice Slay

    Mar 12, 2020

    Mary Alice Slay, 91, of Brewton, died Sunday, March 1, 2020, in a local nursing facility following a brief illness. Mrs. Slay was born July 27, 1928, in Meridian, Miss. She was a former resident of Crandall, Miss. and longtime resident of Brewton. Of the Methodist faith, she was a homemaker. A private family memorial service will be held as a later date. Mrs. Slay is survived by two sons, Larry Slay of Bay Minette, Ala. and Al Slay of Mobile; one daughter, Monty Slay (Herman) Smith of Brewton; eight grandchildren; and 13 gre...

  • Rojean Blair Stokes

    Mar 12, 2020

    Rojean Blair Stokes, 84, of East Brewton, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Stokes was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Escambia County , where she remained a lifelong resident. A member of the East Brewton Missionary Baptist Church, she was retired from the box factory at T.R. Miller Mill Company. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial followed at Damascus Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Stokes is survived by two...

  • Bobbie Roberson Edwards, Singer

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    This writer happened onto this story by accident. Let me tell you about a delightful lady in our community that is a singer. A singer of Country Music, a singer of Gospel songs. A voice that will stun anybody that cares to listen. A God given talent.......................... Mrs. Bobbie Roberson Edwards has worked at Brewton Medical Pharmacy for the past forty some odd years. She is as sweet as frosted tea for Sunday Dinner, extra sugar please. Almost too shy to give her incredible story, but...

  • Escambia County 4H & FFA Calf Show & Sale Thursday, March 5 at Perdido Farms

    Staff Report|Mar 12, 2020

    Last Thursday, Escambia County (Ala.) 4H and FFA participants showed and sold their livestock to potential buyers at Perdido Farms. Exhibitors this year were: Silas Albritton, Temple Albritton, Isaac Bonam, Ashley Bradley, Aron Chavira, Kenslee Chavira, Jacelyn Chunn, Macie Chunn, Caleb Davis, Jason Davis, Colbie English, Emma Grayce Fuqua, Isabella Griffin, Ivy Hart, Ashton Helton, Hagyn Helton, A.J. Hollinger, Conner Lambeth, Parker Landon, Kamryn Langham, Kylee Langham, Gus Lee, Colby Lisenby, Sydney Lisenby, Aidan McCall, Alyssa McCall,...

  • Time to give back to town

    Our View|Mar 12, 2020

    The words of John F. Kennedy 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country' seem to have been lost since he echoed those words in his inaugural address. Today, too many Americans want the government to solve all of their problems. At Monday night's Flomaton Town Council meeting, Sarah LeMesurier approached the board to say the youth group at Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church was ready to make a difference in the lives of people living in the Flomaton community. She talked about not only beautifying public pr...

  • ALDOT needs to fix the real problem

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    It's been called everything from the $20 million fishing pier to the bridge to nowhere; it's been joked about, laughed about and ridiculed for the waste of taxpayers' money that was simply wasted. I'm talking about the new bridge on Highway 41 crossing the Conecuh River in Riverview. But it's no laughing matter. It's been hard keeping up with who's to blame on the original screw-up and who's been sued. It's been hard keeping up with who's filed bankruptcy and how much money was spent and how...

  • FPD seeks funds for K-9

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson is reaching out to the Flomaton community seeking donations to purchase and house a no-bite drug dog that won't cost the town a dime if the citizens respond. Thompson addressed the town council Monday night asking permission for the police department to begin soliciting donations for the purchase of a trained K-9 that can be used to detect illegal drugs and help track missing children, persons or fleeing fugitives. "The K-9 will be a great tool for the Floma...

  • Jay eyes traffic and market projects

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Mar 12, 2020

    Although no action was taken, the Jay Council discussed potential problems for traffic at the downtown intersection and other town projects at its Monday, March 2 council meeting. Livestock Market With several vendors currently at the new marketplace daily and others coming on Saturdays, council members discussed giving vendors an opportunity periodically to bring and sell goods not necessarily that are local. "I had a request from someone to do handmade necklaces and soaps that were not made...

  • Board approves Knott for new term

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Mar 12, 2020

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education voted approval to keep School Superintendent John Knott for four more years and to expel two students for one year at their Monday, March 9 special meeting. Following an executive session to discuss the renewal of Knott's contract for four years, a motion was made by board member Danny Benjamin and seconded by board member David Nolan to renew. The motion carried unanimously. School board attorney Broox Garrett presented the results of Knott's...

  • Atmore drug cases net $1 million bond

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    Two Atmore men are being held on $1 million bond each for multiple drug charges and both have had previous bonds and probations revoked. Timothy Wayne Satterwhite, 49, 1207 Hall Creek Road, and Willie Carl Calhoun, Jr., 52, 206 Peach St., were arrested last week in separate incidents and charged with trafficking illegal drugs. Calhoun was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription pills without a...

  • Train jumps the tracks

    Staff Report|Mar 12, 2020

    For the second time in about a week a freight train derailed in Flomaton. About 5 a.m. Saturday, a train carrying military vehicles and equipment, derailed near downtown Flomaton. There were no injuries, no hazardous materials and railroad officials quickly opened blocked crossings....

  • Flomaton man jailed sex crimes

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    A Flomaton man was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Monday on charges alleging he had sex with a girl under the age of 16. Adam Eugene Taylor, 39, 131 Forest Hill Drive, was charged with sodomy II and rape II on warrants obtained by the Flomaton Police Department. Police Chief Chance Thompson said the events with Taylor and the girl occurred in 2019. After receiving the complaint, Capt. Scott Walden conducted an investigation that led Taylor's...

  • Man jailed for sex with a child

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    A Brewton man is being held on $500,000 bond after being arrested on sodomy and sex abuse charges on a child prosecutors said was 4 or 5 years old at the time. Brandon Pugh, 26, 1066 McGougin Road, could face a sentence of life without the possibility of parole due to the age of the victim. He was charged with sodomy I and sex abuse of a child under the age of 12. During a bond hearing Monday, Assistant District Attorney Todd Stearns told District Judge Eric Coale that Pugh had an extensive...

  • Couple passes fake bills

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 12, 2020

    A Brewton man and his wife were arrested Sunday and charged with possession of a forged instrument after Brewton Police found them in possession of $1,200 in counterfeit $100 bills after the two allegedly tried to pass the bills off at at least two Brewton businesses. Jackson Herald Crutchfield, 27, 180 Smallwood Lane, and his wife Haley Crutchfield, 24, same address, appeared before District Judge Eric Coale Monday afternoon and were both given bonds of $50,000. During the bond hearing,...

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