Articles from the March 14, 2019 edition


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  • Boatyard lake settled before Civil War

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    As Dr. John Watkins and other settlers disembarked from steamboats at Holly Creek in 1813 the river culture of Southwest Alabama was already beginning to take shape. Predating Anglo settlers were Native Americans who lived in the river delta for generations before the arrival of the Europeans and who had a rich and vibrant culture of their own. The river culture that Dr. Watkins met on his journey to Burnt Corn would flourish in Antebellum Alabama until the storm clouds of the Civil War ushered in a new era of change. In a time where roads...

  • The rise and fall of towns by the post offices

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    I have begun reading An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter. I’m not far into the book, but something he said about the town where he grew up (It’s not Plains.) caught my attention. “Archery is no longer there, except on the old maps, but it’s where I grew up and lived from when I was four years old in 1928 until the very end of the Great Depression, when I left for college and the United States Navy in 1941.” The same story carries through in the four towns that have played the biggest part in my life: McDavid, Bogia, Bluff Springs and Centu...

  • Camping was cheap and loads of fun

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    We camped. It was cheap and fun. Oil Embargo 1973-74 we had saved enough money to take a trip to Colorado. Lamar had been stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and always wanted to show me the place that inspired him to go to college. He was an airman assigned to the motor pool and drove those big old coach buses that he shuttled the cadets to concerts and the ski areas. He saw how a fellow with a degree had the upper hand and he wanted some of that. Honorably discharged, wooed me, married me and convinced me to keep working...

  • Giving our students the best

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is probably the single most-asked question of any child throughout the world. Here in the United States, many children are able to achieve their dreams through hard work, dedication, and a quality education. But, for some here in our own country, hard work and dedication are not enough when it comes to circumstances out of their control like where they live or how much their family makes. Too many students find themselves stuck in failing schools. Every child has boundless individual pot...

  • Legislature passes infrastructure law

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Gov. Kay Ivey made infrastructure improvement in the state her cornerstone issue for this year, and more importantly for her term as governor. Within less than three months in office she and the Legislature have successfully accomplished this mission. Last Friday the Alabama House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed monumental legislation on an 84-20 vote. It was a remarkable victory for the Governor and the House leadership. It was a bipartisan coalition of support. Only 18 of the 77 Republicans voted against the bills and only 2 of the...

  • Spring is in the air-time for more fruits,vegetables

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Days are warmer! Birds are chirping! Flowers are blooming, and bees are buzzing! Spring is in the air – it’s the perfect time to - go green! No not green as in earth friendly (though that’s important too) but green as in adding more green fruits and vegetables to your diet – green grapes, green apples, honeydew melon, green peas, avocado, spinach, and asparagus. You get the picture! What can Green do for you? Green fruits and vegetables are full are loaded with important vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and folate,...

  • Sadie Mae Crook

    Mar 14, 2019

    Sadie Mae Crook, 68, of bay Minette, died Friday, March 8, 2019 at Oakwood-North Baldwin Nursing Care Center in Bay Minette. Mrs. Crook was a native of Baldwin County who attended Douglasville School in Bay Minette and was a member of New Jerusalem Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bay Minette. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at New Jerusalem Pentecostal Holiness Church with Bishop Charles Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Mutual Aid Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. Crook is survived by three...

  • Ruby Folmar Cruit

    Mar 14, 2019

    Ruby Folmar Cruit, 98, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Mrs. Cruit was born Sept. 14, 1920, in McCullough, Ala. She lived in Huxford, then loved to Atmore, where she lived until 2002, when she moved to Mobile to an assisted living facility. She taught Sunday School for more than 30 years and enjoyed cooking, sewing and helping others. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Huxford Baptist Church with Rev. James Boyd officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Cruit is...

  • Cheryl Oliver Fore

    Mar 14, 2019

    Cheryl Oliver Fore, 62, of Century, died Monday, March 4, 2019 at a Birmingham hospital. Mrs. Fore was a native of Eupora, Miss. and lifelong member of the Flomaton community. She had worked as payroll manager for Poarch Band of Creek Indians and was a member of Pollard Methodist Church. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 8, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Hogg officiating. Burial followed at Flomaton Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Fore is survived by her husband, Charles D. “Darrel” Fore of Cen...

  • Angelia Irene Hadley

    Mar 14, 2019

    Angelia Irene Hadley, 47, of Bay Minette, died Sunday, March 10, 2019. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Bryars-McGill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing ....

  • Dorothy Jean Sales Johnson

    Mar 14, 2019

    Dorothy Jean Sales Johnson, 82, of Flomaton, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Century who had been a resident of Flomaton for 21 years after coming from Pensacola. She had worked as a secretary for Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. and was of the Baptist faith. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Johnson is survived by two sons, James Farrell (Laura) Howell, Jr. of Huntville and Joel Wesley Howell of Flomaton; one...

  • John Henry Marshall

    Mar 14, 2019

    John Henry Marshall, 72, died Friday, March 1, 2019. Mr. Marshall was born Oct. 16, 1946, to Adolf and Ester Marshall in Atmore, Ala. A graduate of Escambia County Training School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. A lifelong member of The House of God Which is the Church of the Living God the Pillar, Ground and Truth without Controversy Keith Dominion in Freemanville, Ala. and employed by Monsanto, where he worked for more than 30 years. He enjoyed sports in his leisure time. The funeral was held at 12 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at The House of God...

  • Lowell Stephen 'Gingerboy' McGill, Sr.

    Mar 14, 2019

    Lowell Stephen “Gingerboy” McGill, Sr., 84, died Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Atmore. Mr. McGill was a native of Perdido, Ala. who had resided in Atmore for the past 62 years. Employed at WATM as a disc jockey, he worked for FEMA, was the voice for the Atmore Blue Devils, taught school at Bratt in Century and McCullough, was principal at McCullough, founder of Tri City Ledger and Atmore News, and a writer for Atmore Advance. In the past he coached Little League Baseball and was a member of the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church. The funeral was hel...

  • Michael Tyrone Stallworth

    Mar 14, 2019

    Michael Tyrone Stallworth, 57, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Mr. Stallworth was born Dec. 30, 1961, to Alfred and Placeda Harris Stallworth in Atmore. He was a 1979 graduate of Escambia County High School. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Robinson-Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Johnson officiating and Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mr. Stallworth is survived by his siblings, Bobby Frank Stallworth of San Francisco, Sharon Diane Stallworth of Atmore, Debra Ann Stallworth of Atlanta and Georgia...

  • Inell L. Stevenson

    Mar 14, 2019

    Inell L. Stevenson, 75, of Bay MInette, died Thursday, March 7, 2019. Mrs. Stevenson was a native of Bay Minette and attended the Vaughan and Douglasville Schools. The funeral will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 14m at Turner Funeral Chapel with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. Stevenson is survived by two sons, Anthony Stevenson of Perdido and Reginald Stevenson of Huntsville; one sister, Annie Bonnett of Latham; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Stevenson was preceded in death by one daughter, Valerie Stevenson;...

  • Leola P. Walker

    Mar 14, 2019

    Leola P. Walker, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Mrs. Walker was born Feb. 3, 1943, to Jessie and Maggie Powell in Castleberry, Ala. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 8, at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Duran Odoms officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Walker is survived by her children, Sherry (John) Dixon and Henry Walker, both of Brewton, and Willie Neal Walker, David (Debra) Walker, and Janice (Stanley) Stallworth, all of Evergreen, and...

  • Lucretia Williams

    Mar 14, 2019

    Lucretia Williams, 67, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, in an Atmore healthcare facility. Mrs. Williams was born in Henry County, Ala. and had been a resident of Flomaton for the past six yearshaving previously lived in Brewton and Abbeville. A member of Abbeville High School Class of 1969, she had worked as an accounts receivable clerk at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital for a number of years. She was a member of Adoniram Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Adoniram Baptist Church in Shorterville, Ala. Burial will...

  • Escambia County (Ala.) 4-H Calf and Heifer Show

    Staff Report|Mar 14, 2019

    ESCAMBIA COUNTY  STEER & HEIFER SHOW PERDIDO RIVER FARMS ATMORE, ALABAMA THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 Winners: SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP CLASS Colbie English Rowdy Rutherford Jacelyn Chunn Ashley Bradley J.B. Rhodes James McElhaney INTERMEDIATE SHOWMANSHIP CLASS Maevree McElhaney Ashkia Weaver Josh Burkett Macie Chunn Hunter Brown Emma Grace Fuqua Isabella Griffin Kamryn Langham JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP CLASS Kenslee Chavira Kylee Langham Abby Ross Cash Griffey Gus Lee SUPREME CHAMPION HEIFER Rowdy Rutherford RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER Maevree McElhaney COUNTY BR...

  • Israel is not the target

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Newly elected freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives are causing substantial consternation for the Democrat Party particularly the leadership. Drifting left for decades, Democrats lurched left under President Obama, but following the lead of an unlikely barmaid from the Bronx, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they have dropped all pretenses. The Democrat Party has become a radical hard left movement; they are now unabashed avowed socialists. ​While liberals and particularly millennials believe socialism has finally become f...

  • FHS track team off to winning start

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 14, 2019

    The Flomaton High School class of 2018-19 continues to make sports history with the school having its first-ever track team and Daquan Johnson added to his Most Valuable Player award in the Class 3A football championship game by becoming the Hurricanes' first, first-place finisher in a track meet held March 7 in Jay. Under the direction of Coach Karl Smith, the Hurricanes fielded it first track team with both boys and girls and he hopes to see the sport grow in Flomaton. "When I got hired here...

  • Royals take 5-1 victory over Canes

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 14, 2019

    Jay's Nathan Archer allowed one run on one hit in five innings and struck out 11 to lead the Royals to a 5-1 win over Flomaton Friday afternoon at Flomaton. Flomaton's Jackson Steele had the only hit on the day for the Hurricanes when he delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the third to score Alex Cash, who led off the inning with a walk. Flomaton will be back in action today (Thursday) when the Hurricanes travel to T.R. Miller for a 4 p.m. game. T.R. Miller will come to Flomaton Friday...

  • Earthquakes rattle the area

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Mar 14, 2019

    The U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. has confirmed that three earthquakes happened in the Century, Jay and Flomaton areas over a span of six days, between March 7 and March 13. The first earthquake happened at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, about 7 kilometers east southeast of Century and was a 2.7 magnitude. John Robert Fountain of Pollard said he was home last Wednesday night talking to his wife and watching TV when the first earthquake hit about...

  • Do you have earthquake insurance? Many don't

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 14, 2019

    Do you have earthquake coverage on your homeowners policy? Most don't according to Larry White with Larry White Insurance Agency in Flomaton. White said standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover earthquake damage, but it can be added as additional coverage. He said in the wake of the three recent earthquakes, White said he's had some inquiries and has given quotes but has not added the coverage to any policies. He said in 1997 when an earthquake occurred in Little Rock he added earthquake...

  • Inmate steals truck, caught

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 14, 2019

    A Brewton man being held in the Escambia County Detention Center who stole a correctional officer's pickup truck while working on a trash clean-up detail Tuesday was captured Wednesday morning in Pollard and transported back to jail. Herbert Randal Adams, 28, 5917 Sardine Road, was found inside a residence at 1430 Selma St., about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson. Jackson said Adams was being held in jail on two failure to appear and violation of probation...

  • Camera will watch dump

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 14, 2019

    Dispatchers at Flomaton Town Hall will now have a camera focused on the dumpster behind town hall to catch people illegally dumping. Councilman Buster Crapps said he's had people tell him not to get rid of the dumpsters, but said it's being abused by people dumping electronics and other items that are not allowed. “When they come up there with a TV, burn them,” Crapps said. “We need to bust them.” Crapps said it's not fair for the people of Flomaton who are doing it right. Utilities Superin...

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