Articles from the April 9, 2020 edition


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  • Love in the time of the coronavirus

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Like many of you I “attended” Palm Sunday worship online. It was strange not to be there at St. James Fairhope physically for the Liturgy of the Palms to gather outside for prayers and walk into the church together with our palms singing “All Glory, Laud and Honor.” I heard the words of the Passion according to St. Matthew but wasn’t there to see the faces and expressions of the readers. We said prayers for those afflicted by the disease and those caring for them. We also said the right words for the Offering, the Eucharist, and the Peace, but...

  • Some obvservations from a causal eye

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Allow me to share some observations from the year thus far. First of all, I have never seen anything like the coronavirus shutdown of the country. Hopefully, it is a once in a lifetime disaster. Governor Kay Ivey remains popular. Even though some people consider the defeat of Amendment One a personal rejection, it was not. Alabamians just like to vote to elect their political and, in this case, educational leaders. As you recall, Amendment One was asking Alabamians to give up their right to vote on the State Schoolboard and to allow the...

  • Paranoia, petulance and misperceptions of faithless

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    The grave uncertainty created by the Chinese corona virus pandemic can be very stressful. Worrying about you, your family, or vulnerable loved ones contracting this highly dangerous contagion can be daunting; and then there are the very valid concerns about the economic damage from the government forced shut down. All these thus far unknown variables threatening Americans, their families, and their livelihoods can wreak havoc on individual mental wellbeing, public morale, or simply society in general if you have no other certainty in life to...

  • The good deeds of Century's Dr. Sam

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    If you are not already aware, our society has canceled our Sawmill Day festival and Car Show in May due to the national health threat. The society has held this event every year since 1990 as our major fund raiser and as an opportunity to bring the community together. We hope this setback simply gives us time to prepare an even better event next year. We have also decided to close our museums for the near future. In the meantime, repairs are being made on the buildings and museum displays are being updated to better share the history of the...

  • Tales from the old Carney Mill

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Sawmills during the age of the "Big Cut" could be wild places. A sea of humanity ebbed and flowed through the mills. Laborers, foremen, businessmen and suppliers all created unique personalities inside this great ocean of industry which was dotted with small archipelagos of plainer mills, ripping saws and other industrial apparatus stations dotting the landscape. These were places where men earned an honest days wage. It was hot work in the summer and cold work in the winter; and it was... Full story

  • Remembering Easter the way it used to be

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Back before fake Easter eggs came in plastic with every color of the rainbow, filled with gumdrops and Cadbury chocolates wrapped in designer tin foil; there lived in my world kids with real problems. Problems that started weeks prior to the Sunday that was spent at church hearing the story about the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Starting in early March, plans were being carried out for this great day by Mama and her Singer sewing machine. She sat foot peddling that miracle of every household filled with lit...

  • Tips to keep livestock, land healthy this spring

    Special to the Ledger|Apr 9, 2020

    Coming out of the wettest winter on record, Alabama farmers face a different set of obstacles this spring. To overcome this, farmers will have to change many of their management strategies to ensure the health of the land and livestock. Livestock Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said cattle could need additional supplementation. “As cattle make the transition from winter to spring, producers should body condition score their herds to determine if additional supplementation is needed,” Mullenix said. “Cattle have...

  • Yvonne Dennis Bell

    Apr 9, 2020

    Yvonne Dennis Bell, 91, of Century, died Tuesday, March 30, 2020, at Century Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Bell was a native of Pensacola and life-long member of the Flomaton and Century communities. She was a homemaker who attended Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, where she was a member of Eastern Star. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Mrs. Bell is survived by one son, Kendall Gregory (Tammy) Bell of Leesburg, Ga.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband,...

  • Sarah Ruth Chavers Eiland

    Apr 9, 2020

    Sarah Ruth Chavers Eiland, 84, of Brewton, died Monday, March 30, 2020, in a local nursing facility following a brief illness. Mrs. Eiland was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Brewton, where she was a lifelong resident. A member of the Catawba Springs Baptist Church and graduate of Flomaton High School, she was a homemaker and former employee of Chemstrand and Judy Bond. A graveside service were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at Catawba Springs Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Edwards and Rev. Steve Yuhasz officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial...

  • Larry Fuqua

    Apr 9, 2020

    Larry Fuqua, 54, of East Brewton, died Tuesday, March 30, 2020. Mr. Fuqua was born July 31, 1965, in Brewton and relocated to East Brewton, where he was a lifelong resident. Of the Christian faith, he attended W.S. Neal High School and worked as a truck driver in the construction industry. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at Glory Hill Cemetery. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Fuqua is survived by his wife of 28 years, Shelly Ard Fuqua of East Brewton; one son, Adam Dylan Fuqua...

  • Opal Maxine Gibson

    Apr 9, 2020

    Opal Maxine Gibson, 77, died Monday, March 30, 2020, in Laurel Hill, Fla. Mrs. Gibson was a native of Bay Minette, Ala. and had resided in Laurel Hill for the past 3 years. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Bay Minette Cemetery with Dr. Henry Cox officiating. Burial followed with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Gibson is survived by her husband of more than 58 years, Tony Gibson of Laurel Hill; one brother, Jerry Perkins of Bay Minette; and two sisters, Vermelle McDill of New Orleans and...

  • Constance 'Connie' Hartzog

    Apr 9, 2020

    Constance “Connie” Hartzog, 80, died Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Foley, Ala. Mrs. Hartzog was a native of Louisville, Ala. who had resided in Atmore for most of her life. Of the Baptist faith, she was owner of Connie’s Alterations and was known for making prom dresses. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, at Oak Hill Cemetery. Burial followed with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hartzog is survived by one son, Rodney DeLane (Frances) Hartzog of Prattville, Ala.; one daughter, Lynn (Randy) Williams of Fo...

  • Brian Chess Helton

    Apr 9, 2020

    Brian Chess Helton, 39, of Atmore, died Friday, April 3, 2020, in Pensacola. Mr. Helton was born Feb. 3, 1981, to Chester “Chet”, Jr. and Linda Kaye Singleton Helton in Mobile. He was employed as a sales representative most of his life. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Helton is survived by his parents; one brother, Chad (Suzanne) Helton of Atmore; one sister, Ashley (Brad) Trawick of Atmore; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nieces and other fmaily members and friends. Mr. Helton was preceded in death by...

  • Billie Wayne Jordan

    Apr 9, 2020

    Billie Wayne Jordan, 72, of Wing, Ala., died Monday, March 30, 2020 following a brief illness. Mr. Jordan was born Aug. 18, 1947, and was a former resident of Blackmon, Fla. and longtime resident of Wing. A member of the Golan Assembly of God Church, he attended the Escambia County Farms School and W.S. Neal High School, and retired as a heavy equipment operator from Okaloosa County, Fla. A private family funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 3, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Sowell officiating. Burial followed...

  • Annette Lee

    Apr 9, 2020

    Annette Lee, 64, of Rock Island, Ill., formerly of Atmore, died Saturday, March 21, 2020. Mrs. Lee was born to Ervin and Annie Melvin Lee in Atmore and became a longtime resident of Rock Island who had been employed with International Harvester and Servus Rubber. She was a member of People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Rock Island. A private graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Ledell Johnson, Jr. officiating. Burial followed with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. Lee is survived by one s...

  • Alexandra DeShay Owens Maye

    Apr 9, 2020

    Alexandra DeShay Owens Maye, 26, died Sunday, April 5, 2020. Mrs. Maye was born Sept. 28, 1993, to James Owens and Katina Riley in Atmore, Ala. A 2012 graduate of Escambia County High School, she had attended Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette and was CEO and founder of brighter Future Solutions. She was awarded the Pinnacle Award of Courage at the 2019 Grind Awards Ceremony in Mobile. Mrs. Maye is survived by her husband, Tony Maye of Mobile; one son, Austin Maye of Atmore; her parents, James Owens of Convent, La. and Katina...

  • Leonard Lynn Peevy

    Apr 9, 2020

    Leonard Lynn Peevy, 88, of Brewton, died Friday, April 3, 2020, in a local nursing facility following a brief illness. Mr. Peevy was born Sept. 10, 1931, to Grover Cleveland and Mamie Lynn Peevy, in Escambia County, Ala., where he was a lifelong resident. A member of the Brewton First Baptist Church, he was a 1950 graduate of W.S. Neal High School who served in the U.S. Army working in the Veterans Affairs Office for more than 14 years during the Korean Conflict and Berlin Crisis. State Commander of the American Legion, he was recognized by...

  • Jeraldean Buckhault Reed

    Apr 9, 2020

    Jeraldean Buckhault Reed, 73, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Bay Minette. Mrs. Reed was a native of Atmore and had resided in Bay Minette for the past 46 years. She was a homemaker and church members who worked with the handicapped. The funeral was held at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at Petty-Eatside Chapel Funeral home with Bro. Kenny Fillingim officiating. Burial followed at the Miller Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Reed is survived by three children, Hubert S. (Daphne) Reed, Jr. and Felisa Reed (Lenzy)...

  • Carol Elaine Wilson Van Hoosen

    Apr 9, 2020

    Carol Elaine Wilson Van Hoosen, 57, of Brewton, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in a Pensacola healthcare facility. Mrs. Van Hoosen was a native of Brewton, where she had lived for 21 years, after relocating from Flomaton. Owner and operator of Tri-City Florist and The Brewton Flower Shop, she attended New Haven Holiness Church. A graveside service was held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, at Little Escambia Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Randy Steadmen officiating. Burial followed with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Van Hoosen is survi...

  • Be thoughtful, only flush toilet paper

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 9, 2020

    Once the coronavirus became a pandemic and got its own name as COVID-19, there has been one constant theme – protect yourself and protect others. It started with social distancing and telling people to wash their hands. It's grown to multiple states of emergency and mandated stay-at-home orders. The snowball began to roll downhill after the NBA announced it was shutting down. The SEC basketball tournament held one night of games in Nashville and then announced the tournament would continue w...

  • Add Philippa to your home learning time

    Our View|Apr 9, 2020

    With children at home, we took a trip back to yesteryear and reached out to the daughter of Philippa Hamilton. Back in the 1980s Miss Philippa, as her students called her, was teaching at Brewton Elementary School. Educating children was her passion and making learning fun was another passion. Ms. Hamilton understood that all children don't learn the same. She began developing games and puzzles for her second grade students that taught them multiple skills while having fun. It started out as a hobby to help her students and later turned into a...

  • Costs mount with clogged lines

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 9, 2020

    The town of Flomaton, like many other municipalities, are spending time, money and effort to unclog sewer lines and sewer pumps that are being clogged and damaged by people flushing items other than toilet paper down the toilet. Flomaton Utilities Superintendent Shaun Moye said since last week the town has had three major issues that have forced employees to work until the early morning hours. He also said the town has had to report three sanitary sewer overflows to the Alabama Department of...

  • Century taking down its hoops

    Gretchen McPherson|Apr 9, 2020

    On the phone meeting Monday night, Century Councilman James Smith said that he had heard that groups of people had been playing basketball at the Carver Community Center on Jefferson Street and at the park over the weekend, defying both the social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. “We need to have someone go to the Carver Community Center and McMurray Park to take down basketball hoops,” said Smith. “What's happening now is everybody from Atmore, Brewton and surrounding areas are co...

  • Flomaton to hold Internet meeting Monday

    Staff Report|Apr 9, 2020

    The Flomaton Town Council will hold its regularly-scheduled council meeting via a teleconference beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at town hall. Residents wishing to ask the mayor or council questions during the public forum portions of the meeting must either put those questions in writing and mail them to Town of Flomaton, P.O. Box 623, Flomaton, Ala., 36441 or email them to [email protected]. Questions will be read at the meeting and all with have a 3-minute maximum time limit. The reading will stop after three minutes but the entire letter...

  • 3 COVID-19 cases found in Escambia

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 9, 2020

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Health Care Authority announced Tuesday that there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Escambia County with no deaths reported. Jason Daniels, director of public affairs and marketing, said the health care authority will release COVID-19 updates each Tuesday and Friday. The report, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, stated the three confirmed cases in Escambia County came from 84 specimens collected. Across Alabama there have been 2,168 confirmed cases out of...

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