Articles from the March 28, 2019 edition


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  • Caring for the brave in free land

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    It has been years in the making, but finally the veterans of our area will be able to get the care they have long deserved. On Monday, March 18th, I had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new VA Outpatient Clinic located in Tillmans Corner. Many veterans from Southwest Alabama were on hand to witness the ceremony and tour the new facility. As someone who has deep respect and appreciation for our veterans, it was very exciting to watch the veterans tour their new facility. My brother, Dale, was a veteran, who...

  • Alabama needs road program

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    One of the obvious political changes in Alabama government over the last decades with the Republican takeover of the Legislature has been the reluctance to raise new revenue to fund state government. Many of the current Republican legislators came to Montgomery in 2010 with a no new tax pledge. Voting for any kind of tax or fee increase was considered blasphemous. In bygone days, powerful governors like Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace would raise taxes at the drop of a hat. Especially when it came to a gasoline tax to build roads. It was...

  • Electoral College is essential to republic

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    Does anyone think the phony Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren is smarter than our founding fathers? For that matter, does anyone think any politicians living today are smarter or have more integrity than the brilliant minds that drafted our Constitution?! A literal phenomenon, the United States of America is indisputably the most equitable, free, and prosperous nation in all of human history. This great enduring republic is proof of our founders’ genius, so why does anyone give credence to the partisan hacks peddling electoral bedlam? Th...

  • Cars & Crawfish

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Mar 28, 2019

    The sun shone on Jay, Fla., Saturday and Sunday for Opie's first annual Car Show and Crawfish Festival. The event drew crowds from all over the south to view classic and exotic cars and trucks that lined Commerce Street in Jay. Live music filled the air and lines stretched around buildings as people waited to purchase their pounds of freshly cooked crawfish. Gumbo, ice cream, hamburgers and hotdogs were also available to be purchased by festival attendees. Local vendors sold everything from...

  • The sacred stones of Pleasant Hill

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    The places where we live, just dots on a map to outsiders, hold a far greater meaning to those who occupy the dots. They are the places we have lived and loved, learned to walk, to talk, to pray, our battlegrounds, and the burial grounds of our ancestors. As much as these mapped dots matter to us, they are like the canvas of an artist and as each generation passes the canvas to the next, new colors and hues are added to the picture. This picture of our area, added to by each generation; may...

  • An epitaph to the great Margaret Collier

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of our society's matriarch, Mrs. Margaret Collier. Mrs. Collier died after a long and notable life. Her careers included social worker, school teacher and mother. She is remembered by our society as its co-founder, our first president, life-time society trustee and mother hen, as well as initiator of the National Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District. During the years that I knew her, she had three great loves: her...

  • Mama decided to try to learn how to drive

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    I lived my childhood years on an unpaved dirt road. A typical Alabama red clay dirt and gravel road. A road with no name, no direction signs, just dusty, rub board ridged in dry weather. Boggy, slippery, washed out and gully cut in rainy weather. We lived between Barnett Crossroads and Stanley Crossroads, a distance of four miles. Estimated two miles to either crossing. If we needed to explain where we lived to anyone, we simply told them to look for a white asbestos sided house with red trim and roof, half way between the two crossings. Our...

  • Tips to keep your immune system healthy

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Mar 28, 2019

    Ah-choo! Although you may not be able to fully prevent a cold or flu this season, a healthy immune system is one way to give your body extra protection. Focusing on nutrient-rich foods and healthy lifestyle behaviors can help you and your family stay a step ahead of germs this season. Help protect yourself against infection and boost your immunity by including these nutrients by eating a variety of foods in your eating plan: Immune-Boosting Nutrients Beta Carotene is found in plant foods, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, mango,...

  • Dorothy Ward Bell

    Mar 28, 2019

    Dorothy Ward Bell, 91, of Atmore, died Monday, March 18, 2019 in Century. Mrs. Bell was born April 28, 1927, to Otis Merritt and Lizzie Petty Ward in Harlingen, Texas. A member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, she was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Joseph Simpson officiating. Burial followed with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Bell is survived by two sons, James (Marsha) Bell of Atmore and Craig (Regina) Bell of Europa, Miss.; one daughter, Cathy (Ricky) Weaver of...

  • Sherece Shantel Carter

    Mar 28, 2019

    Sherece Shantel Carter, 40, died Thursday, March 14, 2019. Mrs. Carter was born Feb. 18, 1979 to Nathan Roberson and Fannie Louise Green Roberson in Mobile. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23 at New Jerusalem PHC #2 in Bay Minette. Burial followed at Sunrise Memorial Garden with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Carter is survived by two sons, Mictavious Green and Omarion Williams; one daughter, Dakyla Atchison of Bay Minette; her father, Nathan (Miss) Roberson of Mobile; four brothers, Nathan Roberson, Jr.,...

  • Dean Crary

    Mar 28, 2019

    Dean Crary, 80, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Bluff Springs, Fla. Mrs. Crary was a native of Jay, Fla. who had resided in Bluff Springs for most of her life. Retired from the Escambia County School System with 35 years of service, she was leader of the 4-H Club and a member of the McDavid United Methodist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial followed at Crary Memorial Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Crary is...

  • Harding George Fillmore

    Mar 28, 2019

    Harding George Fillmore, 65, of Atmore, died Monday, March 18, 2019 in Mobile. Mr. Fillmore was born July 7, 1953 to Harding George, Sr. and Connie Tennant Fillmore in Baton Rouge, La. He was a retired tow boat captain for many years with InLand Marine. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Odom officiating. Burial followed at Pine Barren Baptist Cemetery with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Fillmore is survived by his wife of more than 42 years, Paula Halford Fillmor...

  • Keith A. Germany

    Mar 28, 2019

    Keith A. Germany, 51, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Mr. Germany was born April 6, 1967 to Wanda Walker-Threatt in Detroit, Mich. Attending Highland PArk public schools and later transferring to Romulus Community High School, where he excelled as a student and participated in swimming and basketball, he worked many years with the Detroit Metropolitan Airport until he moved to Castleberry, Ala. He worked at T.R. Miller Mill Company and Guyoung Tech plant, until he later earned his CDL and began working as a truck driver and enjoyed coaching the...

  • Earl V. Graves

    Mar 28, 2019

    Earl V. Graves, 65, of Flomaton, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Graves was a resident of Flomaton for 57 years, coming from the Mobile, Ala. and Century, Fla. areas. Employed with Exxon Mobile as an operator, he was a member of Little Escambia Baptist Church and an avid fisherman. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Flomaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Hill and Dr. Larry Patterson officiating. Burial followed at Traveler's Rest Cemetery in Flomaton with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mr....

  • Cathy Ann Bodiford Hulse

    Mar 28, 2019

    Cathy Ann Bodiford Hulse, 61, of Brewton, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Hulse was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Ala. who was previously employed with Walmart. Of the Pentecostal faith, she enjoyed many hobbies, including needlework. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at Craver's Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jeremy Yoder officiating. Burial followed at Canaan Cemetery in the Barnetts Crossroads community with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hulse...

  • Levon 'Lover' McGhee

    Mar 28, 2019

    Levon “Lover” McGhee, 72, of Atmore, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Pensacola. Mr. McGhee was born Feb. 28, 1947 to Carlie Dee McGhee in Poarch, Ala. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at Atmore Memorial Chapel with Bro. Bill Stevens officiating. Burial followed at New Home Cemetery with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. McGhee is survived by two daughters, Carlee McGhee of Elberta, Ala. and Sarah McGhee of Colorado; three brothers, Leon McGhee of Foley, Thomas Dalrymple of Tensaw and John Lloyd (Alice) Dal...

  • Thelma Thomas Morrison

    Mar 28, 2019

    Thelma Thomas Morrison, 83, of Brewton, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 after a brief illness. Mrs. Morrison was a native of Conecuh County, Ala., former resident of Jacksonville, Fla. and a longtime resident of Brewton. A 1954 graduate of Evergreen High School and former secretary for Judy Bond, she was a member of the Catawba Springs Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 4 p.m., Monday, March 4, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Edwards and Speaker Jerry Hawsey officiating. Burial followed at Catawba Springs Cemetery...

  • Eula Mae Pugh

    Mar 28, 2019

    Eula Mae Pugh, 97, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Brewton. Mrs. Pugh was a lifelong resident of Brewton who was a homemaker. She was a charter member of the Appleton Assembly of God Church, where she was involved in the Women's Ministry and taught Sunday School for a number of years. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 22, from Craver's Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Russ McDonald and Timothy McDonald officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Pugh is survived by one son, Lenden Pugh...

  • Katie Lee Rudolph

    Mar 28, 2019

    Katie Lee Rudolph, 76, of Atmore, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at her sister's home. Mrs. Rudolph was a native of Atmore who attended Escambia County Training School and was a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as an usher. She was employed in retail for many years, working at T,G and Y and K-Mart department stores. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Isaac Bradley officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs...

  • Dudley Wilson

    Mar 28, 2019

    Dudley Wilson, 57, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Wawbeek, Ala. Mr. Wilson was a native of Atmore who resided in Wawbeek for most of his life. Of the Baptist faith, he enjoyed fishing and playing guitar. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Wendy Wilson of Wawbeek; two sons, Dudley Flowers of Atmore and Jimmy (Tiffany) Odom of Ponce de Leon, Fla.; one daughter, Katie Odom of Bratt, Fla.; two brothers, Buck Wilson of Crestview and Bennie (Cathy) Wilson of Milton; two sisters, Jeanette Quick of Pensacola and Muriel Phyhaw of Atmore; eight...

  • Family seeks info on fire

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Mar 28, 2019

    Local residents of the Pollard-McCall area are seeking information in the wake of a fire that claimed their barn and the contents stored inside. The barn and the equipment were considered a total loss to the fire. Kenny and Anne Powell were alerted to a fire on Sunday, March 10 at about 2 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the flames at 4000 Oil Well Road. An investigation with the State Fire Marshal is on going, but the Powells are asking for the public's help. "We just want answers," Kenny Powell...

  • Canes playoff chances still alive

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 28, 2019

    Flomaton High School's chance of winning the area title and hosting an opening round playoff game took a hit Friday night in the rubber game of a three-game series against Bayside Academy with the Admirals winning the nightcap of a double header 6-3. Flomaton's playoff hopes now ride on an April 11 and April 12 series with St. Michael's. This past Thursday, Flomaton lost to Bayside 2-1 in eight innings at Bayside. The Hurricanes bounced back to defeat the Admirals 12-4 in the opening game...

  • The 'Voice' comes to Flomaton

    Ledger Staff|Mar 28, 2019

    Kirk Jay of Bay Minette, who performed on the television show 'The Voice' made a visit to Flomaton High School to congratulate the football team and cheerleaders on the championship football team. At the cheerleaders request he also took to the piano to sing a song....

  • Dr. Searcy honored

    Ledger Staff|Mar 28, 2019

    World renowned botanist Dr. Darryl Searcy was honored last Thursday in Brewton for his many contributions to the Brewton community over the years. Above he greets residents at the reception. Below Thad Moore Sr., joins Dr. Searcy at the head table....

  • Time for Alabama lotto has hit, maybe

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 28, 2019

    Is the Alabama Legislature ready to allow Alabama voters another opportunity to vote on a lottery bill? I wouldn't count on it but the timing seems right and I like the concept State Sen. Jim McClendon is proposing a bill that would split the lottery proceeds between the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund. Currently Alabama is one of six states that do not have a lottery. It will soon become one of five states that don't have a lottery because the Mississippi Legislature has already...

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