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Articles from the April 18, 2019 edition

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 By Kevin McKinley    News    April 18, 2019

R.W. Brooks describes indian pond

R.W. Brooks was one of the most prolific writers of local history. He was also a primary source of local history in that his writings reflect his personal observations from an earlier age. One can...

 

Simple items hold a wealth of memories

I was digging around in a box of stuff the other day and came across my old high school class ring. My mind flashed to the people, cars, and places that I knew in those days and I thought it funny how something of little physical value can hold so...

 

Easter time brings out the 'happy' in people

My earliest memory of Easter had to be around the time I was about two/three years old. I have a vivid memory of watching my older siblings look for eggs around the grass clumps, little trees and washes in the red clay of a dirt pit near Cowpen...

 

The Backyardigans

Preschoolers at Flomaton's First Baptist Day Care got to explore right in their back yard, Thursday, April, 11, on a field trip to Turtle Point Science Center which is also located within Flomaton's...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    April 18, 2019

The TEA party at ten years

It’s been ten years since TEA Parties swept the nation. With the credit bubble burst and the sub-prime mortgage industry collapsing, the federal government was already panicking in 2008. Big government Republicans and Democrats came together to...

 

The Light of Easter

For those of us who are Christians, this week is the most important and holiest of the year. We begin the week remembering Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, walk with Him through his last teachings in the Temple, watch the last supper with...

 

The new look of Ala. lobbyists

As I observe the legislature, it occurs to me that I am getting older. A lot of the legislators and lobbyists I have known over the years have moved on. Montgomery is no longer an “Old Boys Club.” A cursory look at a typical day at the Alabama...

 

Tips for Easter egg safety this Easter season

“Here comes Peter Cottontail Hoppin' down the bunny trail Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way”. That little “song” is running through my mind now, as I remember that most “children” young and old, are looking forward to the traditional E...

 

Giles D. Chapman

Giles D. Chapman, 91, of Atmore, died Friday, April 12, 2019 in Atmore. Mr. Chapman was born Dec. 23, 1927 to Giles D., Sr. and Lida Alston Chapman in Demopolis, Ala. A retired drug salesman for McKesson and Robbins Drug Company, he was a member of...

 

Kirby B. Evans

Kirby B. Evans died Saturday, April 6, 2019. Mr. Evans was born in 1921 in Damascus, Ala., the seventh of 11 children. At the age of 14, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corp, where he and others were integral in the building of Little River...

 

Esther V. Ephriam James

Esther V. Ephriam James, 73, of Mobile and formerly of Atmore, died Friday, March 29, 2019 at her daughter's home. Mrs. James was a native of Beatrice, Ala. who graduated from the Escambia County Training School in 1964. Retired with Jefferson...

 

Glen Devory Lewis

Glen Devory Lewis, 87, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 in a local nursing facility after a brief illness. Mr. Lewis was a native of Berrydale, Fla. and lifelong resident of Brewton who was a graduate of Jay High School. Of the Baptist faith, he was a...

 

Claudia Williams Lowell

Claudia Williams Lowell, 80, of East Brewton, died Friday, March 15, 2019 after a brief illness. Mrs. Lowell was a native of Kiln, Miss., former resident of Mobile and longtime resident of the Brewton and East Brewton area. A member of the Gospel...

 

Johnny Lucas

Johnny Lucas, 56, died Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Jay, Fla. Mr. Lucas was a native and former resident of Atmore who had resided in East Brewton for the past 18 years. Of the Baptist faith, He was a member of the local Millwright Union #2471 and the...

 

Robert 'Bobby' McClelland

Robert “Bobby” McClellend, 71, of East Brewton, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, in a local hospital after a lengthy illness. Mr. McClelland served in Vietnam as a Sergeant ES in the G Battery 65th Artillery in the U.S. Army. He served as a gunner...

 

Sonya Marie Robinson Mims

Sonya Marie Robinson Mims, 52, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Mobile. Mrs. Mims was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore, graduating from Escambia County High School in 1985, as a Drum Major who choreographed her own routines. A member of...

 

Volley Reynolds, Jr.

Volley “June Bug” Reynolds, Jr., 48, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Mr. Reynolds was born March 2, 1971, to Volley and Nazzie Brooks Reynolds in Atmore. A 1990 Escambia County High School graduate, he was a member of Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist...

 

John Eddie Ryan

John Eddie Ryan, 74, of Brewton, died Friday, March 15, 2019 in a local nursing facility after a brief illness. Mr. Ryan was a native and lifelong resident of Miami, Fla. before relocating to Brewton. Of the Christian faith, he was a member of the...

 

Shirley Elaine Salter

Shirley Elaine Salter, 67, of East Brewton, died Friday, April 5, 2019 after a brief illness. Mrs. Salter was a native of Daphne, Ala. and lifelong resident of Brewton who attended W.S. Neal High School. Of the Baptist faith, she retired from the...

 

Century failing to bill for utilities

At the Century council meeting Monday night, Natural Gas Superintendent Wally Kellett reported that about 268 accounts of at least 530 did not receive bills or were incorrectly read each month, which...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    April 18, 2019

Earthquakes still rumbling across area

Officials with the Geological Survey of Alabama say they are still gathering data to determine the causes and reasons for 13 earthquakes that have occurred since March 7 in the Flomaton, Pollard, Cent...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    April 18, 2019

Three trials, three convictions in Escambia

Three jury trials in Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Court ended with three convictions last week with juries returning guilty verdicts from sodomy to promoting prison contraband. Geovanni Xavier Ginet...

 

Jay wrestles late bills

Monday night, the Jay council discussed how to address the almost $6,000 past due water, gas and sewer accounts, although no changes were or decisions were made on how to handle them. With the recent...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    April 18, 2019

Coleman lands top pig

W.S. Neal Elementary School student Cameron Coleman not only left the Escambia County 4-H Swine Show and Sale with ribbons pinned to his chest, he also walked away with a $553.50 check when his Best...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    April 18, 2019

Man faces sexual charges

An Arizona man now sits in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on $1 million bond after being arrested for sexually molesting an underaged relative six or seven years ago while in Escambia...

 

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