Articles from the April 5, 2018 edition


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  • Mitchell sent to grand jury

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 5, 2018

    It took District Judge Jeff White less than 5 seconds to rule there was probable cause De'Andre Lamar Mitchell committed the crime of attempted murder and bound the case over to an Escambia County grand jury. Mitchell, 17, 1440 Tumbling Lane, Atmore, was arrested Feb. 27 on the attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting fellow Escambia County High School classmate Trenton Atchinson, 17. The gunshot wound left Atchinson paralyzed. During a preliminary hearing Friday, which Mitchell did not...

  • Wards get new home

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    Century residents Mark and Janet Ward who live in the Alger-Sullivan Historic District in Century will be the owners of a new home after the Century Council Monday night approved a recommendation by the Florida Historical Preservation Board to demolish a mobile home there now and replace it with a new home. Town consultant Debbie Nickles told the council the recommendation came from a meeting with the historical board on Wednesday, March 21 to review the site plans for 581 Church Street in...

  • Conecuh County commissioner indicted

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 5, 2018

    Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews has been indicted on six felony counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance stemming from his March 16, 2017 arrest accusing him of making at least six separate sales of marijuana. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said his office's Criminal Trials Division presented the evidence to a Conecuh County grand jury last Tuesday and the indictments were returned the following day. Marshall said Andrews turned himself in at the Conecuh...

  • Gov. Ivey to visit Brewton Monday

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 5, 2018

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will be visiting Escambia County Monday with 'An Evening with Gov. Kay Ivey' event scheduled that night at the Hourglass in Brewton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Escambia County Republican Party, a dutch treat dinner will follow at Camp 31. The public is invited to come meet and talk with the governor. For more information, call Jackie Gay, chairman of the Escambia County Republican Party, at 251-809-43...

  • Jay continues to address its water

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    The water problem in Jay is being addressed in an ongoing flushing system to clear the lines, but the buildup of lime and other deposits keeps the town working to reach a pH level between 7 and 7.5. Discussion Monday night followed a recommendation by independent contractor Eric Seib to accelerate what is normally a three-year contract after a 3-foot mound of sludge was discovered following a tank washout. “I think we should do the park tank early,” said Seib. “We don't want to wait until...

  • Brewton woman faces charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 5, 2018

    A Brewton woman has been arrested after being accused of trying to pass checks that were reported stolen from the Cash-2-Go business in Flomaton on Dec. 2, 2017. Tonya Lynn Shergill, 43, 442 Eddins Road, was arrested March 26 by Flomaton police and charged with possession of a forged instrument II and receiving stolen property IV. Flomaton police originally responded to the business on Sidney Manning Boulevard on Dec. 2 in reference to a burglary where forced entry was made through the back...

  • Atmore man injured in boat crash

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    An Atmore man was one of two people injured in a boating accident that left a third person dead last Saturday in north Baldwin County. Wesley Scott Feely, of Atmore, was operating his bass boat near the intersection of Miflin Lake and Tensaw River on Saturday, March 31, when it collided with the driver's side of a boat operated by Jackie Dewayne Cox of Pace, according to an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division press release. The report said that both occupants were...

  • Fugitive caught after check

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 5, 2018

    A Bessemer, Ala., man was arrested in Flomaton Tuesday afternoon several hours after police responded to a welfare check at 125 Sue St. James Lonnie Purvis, 56, 1616 5th Ave., Bessemer, was arrested on a fugitive warrant filed by the Alabama Department of Corrections for a parole violation. Police were originally dispatched to the Sue Street residence at 6:54 a.m. for a welfare check. According to the female inside the home, Purvis 'began to see things' and accidentally fell on her and his...

  • Welcome center open Wed.

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    Visitors passing through Century in need of information at the Century Welcome Center on Highway 29 will have a chance to speak face-to-face with a lifelong Century resident, starting Wednesday, April 4, and every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., after the Century Chamber meeting Tuesday morning. Currently the office is closed every day due to lack of volunteers and funds. Former Century Correctional Institution Lieutenant Tony Nolen, retired as of June 2017, will begin working at the Century...

  • St. Jude ride starts Friday

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    The 20th Annual Saddle Up Trail Ride for St. Jude Children’s Hospital will start at 8 a.m. this Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8 at 328 Strength Lane in Frisco City, Ala. The ride will kick off at 9 a.m. Friday morning and continue until all riders have returned to the starting point. Saturday morning at 9 a.m., horse riders and wagons will depart and return at 3 p.m. Coffee will be provided at that time. At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, bar-b-que plates will be available to the public...

  • CHARLES BOWLES FLOMATON LIONS CLUB 60 year RECEPTION Tuesday, March 27

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    Lions from the Flomaton, Brewton, Century and Atmore areas joined others in a reception Tuesday, March 27, at the Flomaton Community Center to recognize Flomaton Lion Charles Bowles for 60 years of Lions Club membership and community service. Flomaton Lion Larry White was recognized with a 40-year membership pin, although he could not be present, and Lion Wayne Key received a 10-year membership pin. Bowles became a resident of Flomaton when he met and married Mary Frances Hendricks in 1957. Bowl...

  • Coon Hill Run Day set Saturday

    Staff Report|Apr 5, 2018

    Now, it’s time again to lace up your running and walking shoes and enjoy a run in the country woods in the Coon Hill Day 5K and Half Mile Fun Run fundraiser, set to start at 8 a.m., this Saturday, April 7, at Coon Hill Cemetery. The Half Mile Fun Run will start at 9:15 on the same day. Registration is on Friday, April 6th, during packet pick-up, which is Friday, April 6th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in the New York Community, 10995 Chumuckla Highway 10995 in Jay, Florida and at the race site on race day.  The...

  • Recognizing honor roll students

    Staff Report|Apr 5, 2018

    Pollard-McCall Jr. High School announced their March, 2018 Students of the Month. Students pictured are: Kindergarten (Bell): Skipman Fountain, Kindergarten (Kirkland): Katilyn Hall, First Grade (Parker): Rodrigo Coloa Zepahua, First Grade (Findley): Brenner Wallace, Second Grade (Jackson): Ashley Mixon, Second Grade (Lambeth): Sarah Blackburn, Third Grade: Madelyn Smith, Fourth Grade: Wyatt Booth, Fifth Grade: Bentley Edwards, Sixth Grade: Jay Armstrong, Seventh Grade: Harlie Madry, Eighth...

  • Local will compete in July

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 5, 2018

    T.R. Miller High School tenth grader Tatyana Denise Wright has been selected to compete as a finalist in the National American Miss Pageant at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham Saturday, July 7, through Monday, July 9, 2018. Wright is the daughter of Timothy and Helen Wright of Brewton, and granddaughter of Mattie Smith of Brewton and Theresa Wright of Century. Wright is active in the pep club and sings as a member of the school choir at T.R. Miller. With hopes of having a career as a nurse,...

  • Tips to help picky eaters explore new foods

    Carolyn Bivins, Es. Co. Extention Agent|Apr 5, 2018

    Are you a picky eater? Many children and even some adult fall into this category. Getting kids to eat new foods sounds simple enough ("just take one bite"). But parents and caretakers know that for many children, new foods — with their new appearances, smells, tastes, textures, temperatures and names — can be scary. How can you develop positive relationships with food instead of mealtime battles? Try these eight fun tips to lay a foundation for stress-free, adventurous eating habits before the first bite. Leverage Story Time Teach your kid...

  • Celestine Arnold-Keyes

    Apr 5, 2018

    Celestine Arnold-Keyes, 66, of Atmore, died Thursday, March 30, 2018, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. Mrs. Arnold-Keyes was a native of Atmore and 1969 graduate of Escambia County Training School. After graduating from Alabama A & M in 1974, she moved to Hackensack, N.J. and worked for Federal Express for more than 25 years. She relocated back to Atmore in 2011 after retirement and became a member of the Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at Empowerment Tabernacle Christian...

  • Hilda Burkett

    Apr 5, 2018

    Hilda Burkett, 98, of Century, died Monday, April 2, 2018 at Century Health and Rehabilitation Center in Century. Mrs. Burkett was born in Canoe, Ala. and was a lifelong member of the Century community where she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Chapel Cemetery in Century with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Burkett is survived by one son, Jerry (Linda)...

  • Edward O'Neil Dawson

    Apr 5, 2018

    Edward O'Neil Dawson, 80, died Monday, March 26, 2018 in Pensacola. Mr. Dawson was a native and lifelong resident of Barnett Crossroads, Ala. who retired from Masland Carpets with 32 years of service. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Tony Richburg and Mitch Lambeth officiating. Burial followed at New Bethlehem Cemetery in Barnett Crossroads with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Dawson is survived by his wife of 50...

  • James Daniel 'Danny' Dunsford

    Apr 5, 2018

    James Daniel “Danny” Dunsford, 55, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Flomaton. Mr. Dunsford was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton who was of the Christian faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 2, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Hawkins officiating. Burial followed at Byrneville Methodist Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Chapel directing. Mr. Dunsford is survived by his wife, April W. Dunsford of Flomaton; his parents, James Daniel (Judy) Dunsford, Sr. of Grand Bay, Ala. and Angie Gilmore...

  • Doris Lunell Graves

    Apr 5, 2018

    Doris Lunell Graves, 80, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in a Milton, Fla. health care facility. Mrs. Graves was born in Atmore and had been a resident of Wyoming for 20 years prior to returning to live in the Range community. A member of the 1954 Escambia County High School class, she worked as a receptionist at Nordmeyer Tire Company and was of the Protestant faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial followed at Hartwood Cemetery with Craver's...

  • Alberta Lawson Johnson

    Apr 5, 2018

    Alberta Lawson Johnson, 60, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 30, 1957 to Albert and Elma Lawson in Atmore, Ala. A resident of McCullough, Ala., she was a member of First Baptist Church of McCullough, where she served as Youth Director and Pastor Aid Assistant as well as other roles. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at First Baptist Church of McCullough with Rev. Charles Jones offficiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Christian...

  • Odessa Buretta Mosley

    Apr 5, 2018

    Odessa Buretta Mosley, 78, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Mrs. Mosley was born Jan. 17, 1940, to Hills and Allie Wiggins in Tunnel Springs, Ala. She was the fifth of 10 children born to the Wiggins. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26, at Christian Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Redding officiating. Burial followed at Wolfe-Bayview Cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home Chapel directing. Mrs. Mosley is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ulyssess Mosley; one son, Carl (Shelia) Mosley; siblings, Willie Wiggins of...

  • Rachel Thompson Nelson

    Apr 5, 2018

    Rachel Thompson Nelson, 63, of Brewton, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the Brewton hospital. Mrs. Nelson was a lifelong resident of Brewton who was a homemaker and attended Travis United Methodist Church. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband, James Nelson of Brewton; two daughters, Angela Nelson and Brandy Evers, both of Brewton; three brothers, Eddie Thompson of Castleberry, Jamie Thompson of Eclectic, Ala. and Jeffrey Thompson of East Brewton; two sisters, Karen Thompson of Brewton and Amy...

  • Patricia 'Pat' Ann Patterson Hall

    Apr 5, 2018

    Patricia “Pat” Ann Patterson Hall, 66, died Friday, March 30, 2018. Mrs. Hall was born Aug. 17, 1957 to Aubrey and Pauline Patterson in Red Level, Ala., where she lived until 1980, when she and her family moved to Jay, Fla. Working as the breakfast manager of Hardees in Brewton for many years, she was hired on at Vanity Fair in Milton, Fla., where she worked until the doors were closed. She then studied culinary arts at Locklin VoTech in Milton. A member of Jay First Baptist Church, she volunteered at the church's clothes closet and had...

  • Donald Hugh Simmons

    Apr 5, 2018

    Donald Hugh Simmons, 69, died Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Pensacola. Mr. Simmons was a native of Atmore and former resident of Cantonment, Fla. who has resided in Flomaton, Ala. for the past 50 years. A 1968 graduate of Tate High School, he was a retired farmer and outdoorsman who attended Sardis Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, at Sardis Baptist Church with Rev. William E. Greene officiating and Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes directing. Mr. Simmons is survived by one sister, Jeane Simmons of...

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