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Articles from the March 21, 2019 edition

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River culture collides with dogs of war

The age of antebellum river culture was already in decline at the outset of the War Between the States. Better roads and the coming of the railroad allowed easier access to distant inland areas....

 

Do you know where you came from?

We have ancestors that some of us are interested in past. Knowing where they came from and how they lived can sometimes help us understand how we got to where we are. When you start researching your ancestors you may find some that you will be proud...

 

Staying community focused

Last week, I was honored to host some of our local mayors, city councilmembers, and city officials from Southwest Alabama in Washington to hear about what they do every day for our communities. I am a firm believer that the best people to run our...

 

Rural roads and bridges need fixing

Last week we talked about the importance that roads are to the economic development of our state. We spoke about urban growth and expansion, especially the needs for highways in Huntsville and the improvement of the Port in Mobile. Well, I...

 

It's National Poison Prevention week, here are tips

This week, March 17th – 23rd is recognized as National Poison Prevention Week. It is the perfect time to raise awareness among families to reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention in our corner of the world. We believe...

 

Raymond O'Neal Cumbie

Raymond O'Neal Cumbie, 84, died Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Mobile. Mr. Cumbie was a native and lifelong resident of Little River, Ala. A U.S. Army and U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the International Iron Worker's...

 

David Ephraim

David Ephraim, 78, of Atmore, died Monday, March 11, 2019. Mr. Ephraim was a native of Camden in Wilcox county, Ala. who was a longtime resident of Atmore. He attended Escambia County Training School and had worked at Masland Carpet as a piece dye...

 

Angelia Irene Hadley

Angelia Irene Hadley, 47, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Mobile. Mrs. Hadley was a native of Atmore who resided in Perdido most of her life. Retired from Advance Auto Parts with more than 20 years of service, she was of the Baptist faith. The...

 

Lou Ada Berry Henderson

Lou Ada Berry Henderson, 93, of Atmore, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Atmore. Mrs. Henderson was born Dec. 2, 1925, to Porter and Lettie Bell Thompson in Ariton, Ala. A member of Oak Grove Church of Christ, she was a retired supervisor from Vanity F...

 

Ellen Earnestine McKinley Holder

Ellen Earnestine McKinley Holder, 83, of Huntsville, Ala., died Friday, March 15, 2019. Mrs. Holder was born in Excel, Ala., and later worked as a telephone operator and as a hostess at a Florida boarding house restaurant. The funeral will be held...

 

Shelby King

Shelby King, 74, of Flomaton, died Thursday, March 14, 2019 after a brief illness. Mr. King was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Ala. Of the Baptist faith, he was a graduate of W.S. Neal High School and a former mechanic for Bill...

 

William Burns 'Bully' Nelson

William Burns “Bully” Nelson, 84, of Brewton, died Friday, March 15, 2019 after a brief illness. Mr. Nelson was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton who was a retired millwright from T.R. Miller Company. He was an avid gardener who shared...

 

Mary Frances Byrd Otts

Mary Frances Byrd Otts, 99, died Friday, March 15, 2019. Mrs. Otts was born March 17, 1919, to Henry Carson and Addie May Byrd in Wilmington, N.C. A graduate of New Hanover High School and East Carolina University, where she earned a degree in...

 

Stephen Ray Wilson

Stephen Ray Wilson, 70, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Fairhope, Ala. Mr. Wilson was a native of Stockton and former resident of both Atmore and Lewisville, Ky., for 16 years, who resided in Bay Minette. Former co-owner of HML, Inc. of Rocksprings,...

 

William 'Billy' Coker

William “Billy” Coker, 77, died Monday, March 11, 2019 in Atmore. Mr. Coker was a native of Huxford who had resided in Atmore most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 17, at the Petty-Eastside...

 

Growing up & the importance of the radio

THE MUSIC PLAYED. Our radio was dialed to any local radio station during the day for news, Farm & Market Reports and Country Music. Saturday nights the dial was set on WSM clear channel 650, for the Grand Old Opry. That was the time for Daddy and...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Mourn the innocent; reject radicals

The world was stunned by the savage senseless attacks on two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. With over 50 slaughtered and scores wounded, the cruel carnage shocked average people around the planet who were repulsed by the violence and deeply sa...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 21, 2019

Yeiter sentenced to death

Brett Richard Yeiter will die by lethal injection following an Escambia County (Ala.) jury's 10-2 vote Wednesday afternoon that Yeiter should die instead of spending the rest of his life in prison...

 

Firefighters find dog at house fire

A Flomaton area family who thought they'd lost everything in a fire that engulfed their home cried tears of joy when they learned firemen had rescued their dog, Indie, found hiding under a bed in the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 21, 2019

Attendance highlights last weeks of school

With about eight weeks left in the school year, Flomaton Elementary School Principal George Brown and Flomaton High School Principal Scott Hammond are stressing the need for students to be at school....

 

Collier truly loved Century community

The town of Century lost a beloved member when longtime Century resident and co-founder of the Alger Sullivan Historical Society, Margaret Collier, 92, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019. "Margaret and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 21, 2019

Flomaton busts four

A complaint call and three traffic stops led to Flomaton police sending four people to jail on drug charges. On March 16, Flomaton Police Chief Bryan Davis pulled over a vehicle traveling 75 mph in a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 21, 2019

Brewton to honor Searcy

From the Amazon to Turtle Point Environmental Center in Flomaton, Dr. Darryl Searcy has left his mark on the botany world and the Meadorwood Garden Club and Garden Club of Brewton are honoring the...

 

Century Council votes 3 to 2 to spend $4K to train

The town of Century will spend $4,000 to send three town employees to Texas to train for the town's gas billing system following a 3 to 2 split vote at Monday night's council meeting. Century Mayor...

 

Flomaton man faces drug charge

A Flomaton man sought after by law enforcement following a report of an armed disturbance March 16 faces a felony drug charge following a search of his clothing. Steven Ray Gresham, 36, 5771 Wolf Log...

 

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