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Articles from the March 19, 2020 edition

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History's playbook & coronavirus

As mentioned in last week's article, the Corona virus is historic in its sweeping across the globe. The virus carries with it the potential for untold consequences in the infection of potentially...

 

We've been through isolation before

The U.S. today faces a new health challenge, but this is not new to our nation. One hundred years ago, or so, the challenge of unknown illnesses was almost routine. Today a primary recommendation is similar to one used then, isolation. The following...

 

Embrace precaution, not panic

I wanted to update you on the latest COVID-19 coronavirus developments. While the situation remains serious, the risk to most Americans remains low. It is important that we stay calm and do not panic unnecessarily. The federal government continues it...

 

U.S. Senate race decided in runoff

We have a great race for the U.S. Senate. When the votes from the first primary were counted Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville were in a virtual tie at 32% and 33%, respectively. Mobile-Baldwin Congressman Bradley Byrne garnered 25% of the vote...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Did March madness become Wuhan wackiness for USA?

It’s absolutely amazing that just a little more than two months ago few people had ever heard of the corona virus, but in about the last two weeks, this virus from China is shutting down practically the entire world. People around the planet are st...

 

Revolutionary war soldier Peter Kelly

Little Miss Jimma Leigh Hawthorne, a Flomaton Elementary 3rd grade student, claims the proud distinction of being the 9th Great Granddaughter of Peter Kelly, Patriot. Peter O'Kelly was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1751. Leaving Ireland with...

 

Retreat offers our youth personal development

Teens across the state came out in full force for the Alabama 4-H Midwinter Leadership Retreat. This year’s retreat focused on workforce development, healthy living and independence. The three–day, Hollywood-themed event was held at the Alabama 4...

 

The Sunshine Report

There is an old story about the Touchstone, a small black pebble that could turn common metal into pure gold. The Touchstone was located on the shores of the Black Sea, lying among thousands of other pebbles which looked exactly like it. But there...

 

Lucille Carlie Conway

Lucille Carlie Conway, 91, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Century, Fla. Mrs. Conway was a native of Repton, Ala. who had resided in Flomaton, Ala. for most of her life. A former employee of the Shirt Factory of Flomaton, Vanity Fair of Atmore and...

 

Mary Lee Gibbs

Mary Lee Gibbs, 84, died Monday March 9, 2020, in Monroeville, Ala. Mrs. Gibbs was a native of Atmore, former resident of Monroeville and had resided in Gantt, Ala. for the past 5 years. A teacher's associate with the Escambia County (Fla.) School...

 

Mary Alice Kent

Mary Alice Kent, 78, died Saturday, March 14, 2020. Mrs. Kent was born in Baldwin County, Ala. and had been a resident of Brewton for most of her life. A homemaker, she was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing and gardening. The funeral was held...

 

Kelvin 'Andy' King

Kelvin “Andy” King, 46, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Atmore, Ala. Mr. King was a native of Brewton and a lifelong resident of the Escambia County, Ala. Area. A 1991 graduate of Escambia County High School, he was a member of the Reorganized...

 

James William Luker

James William Luker, 77, of Brewton, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Luker was born March 1, 1943, in Brewton, where he remained a lifelong resident. A 1961 graduate of T.R. Miller High School and Troy State...

 

Rae Susan Vincelette Mancil

Rae Susan Vincelette Mancil, 83, of Brewton, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at a local hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Mancil was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Vermont, where she lived before she became a long time resident of Brewton. Of the Protestant...

 

Eddie Jeff Pace

Eddie Jeff Pace, 55, of Brewton, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020 following a brief illness. Mr. Pace was a lifelong resident of Brewton, a 1982 graduate of W.S. Neal High School and employed as a pipe fitter in the construction industry. A Memorial...

 

Lyman Allen Quinley

Lyman Allen Quinley, 66, of Bay Minette, died Monday, March 9, 2020. Mr. Quinley was born March 16, 1953, in Bay Minette, to Lyman and Willie Mae Dixon Quinley. A graduate of West Point Military Academy and Vietnam War veteran, he worked for Exxon...

 

Roxie Anna Williams

Roxie Anna Williams, 92, of Stockton, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Oakwood Nursing Home in Bay Minette. Mrs. Williams was a native of Nichols, S.C. who had lived in Stockton since 1947. Matriarch of the Williams family, she had worked many years...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

State of emergencies close city halls and courthouse

Governmental bodies on the city, county and state levels have declared states of emergency in wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic by shutting down municipal complexes, courthouses and other...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

Gov. Ivey postpones runoffs until July 14; absentee applications now July 9

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday morning that the primary elections scheduled for March 31 have been postponed until July 14 and the last day to apply for an...

 

Coronavirus shuts doors on all schools

With the recent developments involving the Coronavirus and advisement to limit contact to suppress it's spread, the Alabama and Florida Escambia County School districts and the Santa Rosa School...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

Baseball bats go silent in wake of coronavirus

Flomaton High School's baseball team was scheduled to begin its 'real' season today (Thursday) when the Hurricanes were to host Bayside Academy to kickoff area play. When and if those games will be...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Don't panic; make smart decisions

The one thing I've learned, especially over the past week, is that what I learn today won't necessarily be true the next day or even the next hour or so. As everybody scrambles to make decisions...

 

Now is the time to be rational

For a few months now, we have been watching the news and seen the horrors unfold in other far-away, distant countries caught in the grips of the smallest of invaders, a virus called COVID-19. We...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Say prayers for our first responders

As public officials and private businesses make decisions on how to deal with the coronavirus many employees will be allowed to work from home. Many businesses and public entities will have skeleton crews on hand to take care of daily business. But...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

City of Brewton completes sewer repairs on Highway 31

Traffic along Highway 31 in Brewton was scheduled to be reopened late Wednesday afternoon following two days of closure in anticipation that the Alabama Department of Transportation will repave the...

 

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