Articles from the April 4, 2019 edition


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  • Democrats gone fishin'

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    There is an old expression that goes, “the worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.” As an avid fisherman myself, I can certainly understand the feeling behind that saying. But, sometimes, fishing is the worst thing to be doing, especially when there is important work to be done. This past week, in the wake of the Mueller report finally being completed, Democrats hung the “Gone Fishin’” sign outside the Capitol. Not satisfied that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had reported that there was no collusion between President Trump’s c...

  • Session deals with hot tickets

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now. The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over. Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will. Even though they are, for the most part a bright and talented group, they are still wet behind the ears when it comes to legislative ways. Most are still striving to find their way to the bathrooms. Most major issues, especially revenue enhancement measures, are addressed in the first year of a fo...

  • Deceivers not dissuaded

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    Finally! After two long years of high drama, Robert Mueller completed and delivered the Special Counsel’s report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Starting with his appointment, Democrats and media lectured the nation on his impeccable integrity and sterling reputation – Robert Mueller is the fairest man in the land. But Republicans were wary because Mueller was fired FBI Director James Comey’s pal and he loaded the Special Counsel with Trump hating rabid Democrats. How could Trump possibly get a fair shake?! Surpr...

  • Fish on Fire

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Apr 4, 2019

    The fish were biting Saturday, March 30, at Brewton's E.O Wilson Park, as the City of Brewton and the Brewton Fire Department hosted the annual event Fish on Fire. Crowds of kids with parents and grandparents in tow showed up to cast their reels and come up with a prize winning catfish. A select number of catfish were tagged and the kids that caught the special fish were the recipients of a new reel combo pack or a gift card to Walmart. The fire department fired up their grill and cooked over...

  • Difficult mail delivery to Dauphin Island

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    A trip to Dauphin Island almost invariably guarantees beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches and friendly people who call the island home. My prior assessments of visits to Dauphin Island proved as true as a compass when a late March visit to the island brought me to the Dauphin Island Visitor Center in the Little Red School House and a meeting with Mr. James Hall, the Director, of the Dauphin Island Museum. The island always held an allure due to the fact that the first cousin of my great great...

  • Century Post Office has long history

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    I was recently given a copy of an article written by John C Bush about his aunt, former Century Postmaster Eva Vaughn, titled "Miss Eva: Fifty Years in the Century Post Office." Paragraphs in quotes are the words of Mr. Bush. "Miss Eva Vaughn was eighteen years old when she began work at the Alger Sullivan Lumber Company's commissary store in 1902. .... The post office occupied a cubical in one corner of the company store, and she would assist there when her duties as dry goods clerk allowed." A...

  • My lasting need to see Rock City, Tenn.

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    I don't remember when I became aware of that far off from Barnett Crossroads Alabama place was, but I knew I needed to see it. The need to "SEE ROCK CITY" way up in Tennessee somewhere stayed on my list of things to do and see. "Bucket list" hadn't entered the lexicon of this little country girl at that time. On top of a mountain near Chattagnooga, I planned to tour the ROCK CITY GARDEN, RIDE THE INCLINE, SEE SEVEN STATES and go deep underground at RUBY FALLS. I knew that Blue Star Highway # 31 running from Mobile to Chicago went thru Birmingha...

  • Tips to use your tax refund as debt relief

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Apr 4, 2019

    On your mark! Get set! Ready! -GO! The race is on! It’s countdown time … to TAX DAY!! However, what are you planning to do with your BIG REFUND? Here are some great suggestions from AmericaSaves that will help you get debt relief: PAY DOWN YOUR DEBT. Use your refund for some much needed debt relief. Pay off your credit card balance. If you have an outstanding balance on more than one credit card, try to pay off the smaller, high-interest rate balances first. That will free up more funds to put toward larger balances. Alternatively, you can appl...

  • James Benjamin 'JB' Bethea

    Apr 4, 2019

    James Benjamin “JB” Bethea, 70, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Atmore, Ala. Mr. Bethea was a native of Knoxville, Tenn. who had resided in Atmore for most of his life. Of the Baptist faith, he was a trucker and racing fan. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Short officiating. Burial followed at Canoe Methodist Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Bethea is survived by his fiance, Melanie Adams of Atmore; two sons, James (Wendy) Bethea of Roc...

  • Willie Bernard Blackwell

    Apr 4, 2019

    Willie Bernard Blackwell, 82, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Pensacola. Mr. Blackwell was a native of Excel, Ala. and former resident of Conecuh County, Ala. who had resided in McDavid, Fla. since 1978. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, where he retired with 20 years of service and received two bronze stars, he was of the Baptist faith and an avid outdoorsman. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 5, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. William Chancery officiating. Burial followed at Ray's Chapel...

  • Scott Dewayne Bonds

    Apr 4, 2019

    Scott Dewayne Bonds, 54, of Range, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. after a brief illness. Mr. Bonds was a native of Brewton and lifelong resident of Conecuh County, Ala. A 1983 graduate of Repton High School, he worked as a deck hand on tug boats, enjoyed fishing, hunting and motorcycles. He was a member of the Ramah Primitive Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 29, at the Ramah Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Greg Smith officiating. Burial followed at Ramah Primitive Baptist...

  • Beauress Delafosse

    Apr 4, 2019

    Beauress Delafosse, 99, died Friday, March 29, 2019 in Saraland, Ala. Mrs. Delafosse was born in Castleberry and had been a resident of Prichard, Chickasaw and Atmore before she moved to Saraland. Of the Baptist faith, she was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, March 31, at Weaver Cemetery with Bro. Sam Dulaney officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Delafosse is survived by six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Delafosse was preceded in death...

  • Robert Wayne Flirt, Sr

    Apr 4, 2019

    Robert Wayne Flirt, Sr., 77, died Friday, March 29, 2019 in McCullough, Ala. Mr. Flirt was a native of Pensacola who had resided in Elberta, Ala. for the past 52 years. Working for major oil companies all over the world, he enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 1, at Swift Presbyterian Church in Foley, Ala. with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Flirt is survived by four sons, Robert (Jackie) Flirt, Jr. of Panama City, Fla., Troy (Maria) Flirt of Warner Robins, Ga., Ashley...

  • Ethel Sumter Martin 'Mart' Henderson

    Apr 4, 2019

    Ethel Sumter Martin “Mart” Henderson, 86, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. Mrs. Henderson was born April 17, 1922 to John Morey and Ethel Augusta Martin in Brewton. She wed in 1941 and moved to Texas in 1947, where she lived the rest of her life. Working for many years in retail, she retired from Foley's in Sharpstown, Texas in 1987 and was honored with the Million Dollar Sales Award in multiple years. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Chaplain Robert Price off...

  • Elizabeth Knight

    Apr 4, 2019

    Elizabeth Knight, 73, of Boston, Mass., formerly of Atmore, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Bingham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Mrs. Knight was a native of Monroe County in the Burnt Corn community who grew up in Atmore and graduated from Escambia County Training School. In 1983, she relocated to Boston, where she worked for more than 20 years with Massachusettes Bay Transportation Authority as a bus operator. A member of the 589 Carmen Union, she was also a seamstress, beautician and chef. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Sat...

  • Shirley Pace Lett

    Apr 4, 2019

    Shirley Pace Lett, 65, died Saturday, March 30, 2019. Mrs. Lett was born June 18, 1953, to Joseph and Lizzie Haynes in Pensacola. She attended schools in Pensacola but attended Escambia County Training School when her family moved to Atmore. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, at Robinson Christian Memorial Funeral home with Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Lett is survived by six children, Sherry Haynes, Dexter, Latonya, Devon, Kendrick...

  • Brenda Murl Salter

    Apr 4, 2019

    Brenda Murl Salter, 65, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Flomaton, Ala. Mrs Salter was a native of Brewton who had resided in Flomaton for most of her life. A member of the McCullough Christian Center, she was an avid fisherman. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 31, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Smith officiating and Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Salter is survived by two sons, William J. (Megan) Salter, III of Pensacola and Matthew A. Salter of Flomaton; and three grandchildren....

  • Junita E. Salter

    Apr 4, 2019

    Junita E. Salter, 75, of Atmore, died Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mrs. Salter was a native of Atmore who attended Escambia County Training School and worked as a dietician at Atmore Nursing Care, where she retired from. She was a member of Harris Street AOH Church of God where she served on the Mother's Board. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Deliverance Ministry of Jesus Christ #1 with Rev. Kelvin Williams, Overseer Shawon Salter, Eulogist and Bishop Robert Grissett officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with...

  • John Ervin Ward

    Apr 4, 2019

    John Ervin Ward, 68, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Brewton, Ala. Mr. Ward was a lifelong resident of the Brewton area. A member of the East Brewton First Baptist Church, he worked for Poole Oil Co. for several years and enjoyed fishing and other hobbies. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Larry White officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Karen Cole Ward of Brewton; one son, Troy Wayne Ward of...

  • James Walter White

    Apr 4, 2019

    James Walter White, 93, of Brewton, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in a Pensacola healthcare facility after a brief illness. Mr. White was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Ala. A U.S. Army veteran who served in Japan under the command of General McArthur, he retired from the T.R. Miller box factory in the bookkeeping department and was a member of the Brewton First United Methodist Church. The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 31, at Brewton's First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Ellisor officiating. A...

  • Brazile at career high

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 4, 2019

    East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazile recently completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program, which is the highest achievement awarded through the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education and the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police. Brazile, 48, received his certification and recognition at the annual chiefs' conference in Montgomery on Feb. 21. A native of the Boykin community, Brazile was a 1989 graduate of W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton. Following high...

  • Jay council set on progress

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 4, 2019

    Jay Mayor Shon Owens, determined to keep making progress on the Jay Livestock Market, suggested ways to save money by donating his resources and council members agreed Monday night to meet at the site this week to determine how to best utilize the grant money and resources available. “I was able to find an excavator from a company we rent from for about $2,200 total for a week,” said Owens. “I offered up my operators at no charge to spend the few days it would take to out it on the groun...

  • Council OKs donations

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 4, 2019

    The Jay council approved Monday night to donate monies to two different non-profit events that benefit local law enforcement and Jay area youth and the use of the town's new bleachers for a non-profit event. Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Deputy Caleb Cook requested a donation from the town for the second annual End of Watch Memorial Run, which commemorates and helps law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and their families with financial assistance. The run will...

  • 18th Annual Jay Pro Rodeo set

    Ledger Staff|Apr 4, 2019

    The 18th Annual Jay RAM Rodeo will be held at 8 p.m., on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, 27th at the Ted May Arena in Jay. Admission is just $10 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under. All proceeds benefit area youth programs such as the Jay High Student Government Association, which donates to My Father’s Arrows, sports teams for equipment and uniforms, and many other local youth groups, schools and charities. Parking is free, and the arena is a half mile east of the red light on Highway 4 in Jay. The 3R Rodeo Company from J...

  • Chiefs pound Hurricanes 9-0

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 4, 2019

    Northview jumped on Flomaton early and never let up as the Chiefs defeated the Hurricanes 9-0 Tuesday night in a game that saw Northview collect seven hits and commit no errors while the Hurricanes had seven errors and only two hits. Flomaton will be idle until Thursday, April 11, when the Hurricanes enter an area series with St. Michael's to determine the Hurricanes' post season hopes. In the three-team area of Flomaton, Bayside and St. Michael's, Bayside is in the driver's seat for the area...

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