Articles from the May 14, 2020 edition


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  • The 1965 special succession session

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|May 14, 2020

    The legislature meets in regular session every year for three-and-a-half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This provision in the Constitution gives the governor inherent advantage in a special session. The official proclamation calling for a special session allows the governor to set out matters for a specific purpose(s) when calling the session and requires the legislators to address those specific issues. You...

  • The coup that keeps giving

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|May 14, 2020

    The wheels of justice move very slowly; sometimes the movement is imperceptible. The Trump Campaign and then the Trump Administration have been under siege for going on four years. Most Americans have known the FBI and CIA spied on the Trump Campaign to thwart his candidacy and then with Democrats relentlessly pursued baseless charges of Russian collusion and Ukrainian nonsense to undermine his administration and even try to remove him. With brazen unfair media treatment, Americans have been intensely aggravated and frustrated that Trump's poli...

  • Remembering the year without a summer

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|May 14, 2020

    With these morning being a little cooler than what most of us expect for this time of the year it reminds me of what I heard my great-grandmother (1858-1964) talk about many years ago. She had mentioned on more than one occasion about hearing her grandmother talk about a year with no summer. Being a fifth or sixth grader at this time I really wasn't interested in it, but it was just one of those things that I always remembered for some reason. As I got older I begin to think about the year without a summer and come to learn that such a event...

  • Mama and Daddy knew the joys of a garden

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|May 14, 2020

    Daddy and Mama planted a spring/summer garden and a fall/winter garden. The spring garden was my favorite because very early spring gave us English peas, new potatoes, onions and cabbage. Then the squash, tomatoes and early corn came rushing in. The okra pods gave notice of good and plenty. The peas in several varieties came after the heat index ramped up about mid-June, depending on the weather. The field corn was for us, cornbread, course grits and the livestock. "Never get above your rais'ins." I gave the bugs and rabbits competition with...

  • Don't wait on opening the economy

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|May 14, 2020

    Last week Governor Ivey issued orders allowing Alabama’s restaurants, hair salons, barbers, and other personal service businesses to reopen Monday under social distancing guidelines. This is an important step towards safely reopening our state’s economy and ending extreme measures put in place to flatten the curve and limit the spread of the virus. While Alabama – and our district – continue to see cases and sadly some deaths, we have been successful in preventing our hospitals and ICU units from being overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases—the original...

  • Tips to help new or experienced gardeners

    Special to the Ledger|May 14, 2020

    Unplanned time at home this spring has helped to develop a new generation of home gardeners. Alabama is also home to many seasoned backyard gardeners. Whether a new home gardener or a long-time lover of backyard veggies, Alabama Extension professionals have a treasure trove of resources for those working in the backyard garden this spring. Home Gardener Resources What Do I Plant? Worried about when to plant green beans or blueberries? How about shade-loving hydrangeas? The Alabama Gardening Calendar includes a month-by-month look at the right...

  • Tucson E. Amerson

    May 14, 2020

    Tucson E. Amerson, 80, of Bratt, Fla., died Thursday, May 7, 2020. Mr. Amerson wa born Aug 6. 1939, to Floyd Armstrong and Inez Amerson, in Bratt. A Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for more than 13 years, he retired from the bag plant at St. Regis, Champion, International Paper Company with more than 27 years of service. He enjoyed motorcycles and the outdoors. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 9, at Bratt-Godwin Cemetery with Bro. Dillon Parham officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home...

  • Faith Ann Beers

    May 14, 2020

    Faith Ann Beers, 83, of Brewton, died Sunday, May 10, 2020. Mrs. Beers was born Oct. 6, 1936, to Wilbur J. and Jesse Seiffert Cox, in Hammond, Ind. and had been a resident of Brewton since 1984, coming from Valparaiso, Fla. She was a member of Christ Kingdom Ministry Center. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, at Weaver Cemetery with Rev. Avon Fowler and Pastor Herman Bradley officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Beers is survived by one son, Jim Beers, Jr. of Brewton; two daughters,...

  • Sharon Marie Bryant Brown

    May 14, 2020

    Sharon Marie Bryant Brown, 61, of Atmore, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 1, 1958, to Wiley Houston and Mary Marie Hadley Byrd. Owner of State Line Pawn Shop, she was a member of Cross Point Church in Atmore. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 8, at Oak Hill Cemetery with Bro. Guy Heath officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Brown is survived by one daughter, Marylynn Marie Bryant of Montgomery; one sister, Teresa Byrd (Ben) Martin of Perdido, Ala.; one aunt, Sue...

  • Mose 'Buddy' Burkett

    May 14, 2020

    Mose “Buddy” Burkett, 86, died Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Jay, Fla. Mr. Burkett was a native of Moyeville, Ala. and former resident of the Flomaton and Century area who had resided in Jay for the past 44 years. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a retired maintenance worker wit Monsanto Corp with 36 years of service. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom in Brewton. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 9, at the Moyeville Cemetery with Bro. Richard Ash officiating. Burial followed with Pet...

  • Brenda Cooper

    May 14, 2020

    Brenda Cooper, 68, died Friday, May 8, 2020, in Fairhope, Ala. Mrs. Cooper was a native of Atmore and former resident of Walnut Hill, Fla. who had resided in Bay Minette, Ala. for the past 30 years. A member of Fretwell Tabernacle Church, she was a retired Junior Food Store supervisor with 25 years of service. A graveside service was held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 11, at Johnson Cemetery in Whitehouse Fork, Ala. with Sis. Helen Stewart officiating. Burial followed with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Cooper is survived by her...

  • Angela 'Angie' Marie Gates

    May 14, 2020

    Angela “Angie” Marie Gates, 82, of Brewton, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, in a local hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Gates was born July 15, 1937, in Bayou La Batre, Ala. A former resident of Mobile and longtime resident of Brewton, she attended Brewton First Baptsit Church and was a homemaker. A private family graveside service was held at Union Cemetery with Rev. Drake Dorsett officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Gates is survived by one son, Curtis Gates, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; five dau...

  • Carlton Lindsey Grissett

    May 14, 2020

    Carlton Lindsey Grissett, 77, of Century, Fla., died Thursday, April 30, 2020. Mr. Grissett was born April 6, 1943, to Dempsey and Emma Grissett, in Century. Relocating to Wildwood, N.J., he managed a hotel restaurant as head chef and worked in the construction industry as a carpenter. He returned to Century in 2012 and became a member of Bethel AFM Church of God under Bishop Russell Fountain, Jr. A private homegoing celebration was held Wednesday, May 2, with Jackson McMurray Funeral Home directing. Mr. Grissett is survived by his wife,...

  • H. Wayne Harris

    May 14, 2020

    W. Wayne Harris, 60, died Monday, April 20, 2020, in a Mobile hospital. Mr. Harris was born Aug. 20, 1959, to Hartward James and Frances (Baggett) Harris, in Brewton. Relocating to Jackson, Mich. at age 6, he later graduated from Vandercook High School. At age 28, he moved to Atmore, where he worked as a butcher most of his life. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, May 9, 2020. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Lora Harris of Atmore; one daughter, Brittany Harris McElroy of Atmore; his mother; two brothers, Mike Harris of Maryland...

  • Herman C. Harris

    May 14, 2020

    Herman C. Harris, 65, of Brewton, died Thursday, May 7, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Harris was born Nov. 4, 1954, to Jerry and Birdie Harris in Brewton. He was a lifelong resident of Brewton, where he had attended the Wallace School System and worked as a truck driver. He was of the Holiness faith. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 11, at Wallace Cemetery with Rev. Victor Sprinkle officiating. Burial followed with William Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Harris is survived by his...

  • Matthew James Johnson

    May 14, 2020

    Matthew James Johnson, 51, of Brewton, died Monday, May 11, 2020, at Englewood Home Care in Monroeville, Ala. Mr. Johnson was born June 22, 1968, to James C. and Susan Diane Johnson, in Century, Fla. Of the Baptist faith, he had been a resident of Jay before relocating to Brewton and worked as a brick mason. Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother; two brothers, Luke (Renee) Johnson of Brewton and Marc (Lynn) Johnson of Pelham, Ala.; one sister, Marilyn (Chuck) Day of Flomaton; one grandparent, James C. Johnson; and numerous other family members...

  • Deborah 'Debbie' Carr Killam

    May 14, 2020

    Deborah “Debbie” Carr Killam, 65, of Jay, Fla., died Saturday, May 9, 2020. Mrs. Killam was employed as bookkeeper at Jay High School for 26 years and was a member of Jay First Baptist Church. A family memorial will be held in June 2020. Mrs. Killam is survived by one son, Lucas (Kendra) Killam; one daughter, Lana (Rhett) Rowell; two sisters, Marilyn (Alan) Michel and Ann Russell; and four grandchildren. Mrs. Killam was preceded in death by her husband, Benny Killam; and her parents, Bill and Hazel Carr....

  • Allen 'Doug' Douglas Pettis

    May 14, 2020

    Allen “Doug” Douglas Pettis, 88, of Brewton, died Saturday, May 9, 2020, in a Century nursing facility following a brief illness. Mr. Pettis was born April 29, 1932, to Solomon and Clara Morris Pettis, in Escambia County, Ala. A member of the Pleasant Home Holiness Church, he attended Wallace School and graduated from W.S. Neal High School. A retired millwright from Container Corporation with more than 40 years of service, she was a foundling member of the Wallace Volunteer Fire Department. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May...

  • Burn Advisory

    Staff Report|May 14, 2020

    The Alabama Forestry Commission placed Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Mobile counties under a burn advisory Wednesday morning. Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said while it's not a burn ban, he joins the forestry commission in encouraging people not to burn debris during the current drought conditions....

  • FES Kindergarten Registration

    Special to the Ledger|May 14, 2020

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration for Flomaton Elementary School information for students who live in Flomaton School District only: Because students and general public are not allowed on campus, the county has provided a convenient link to pre-register children for kindergarten. This is an initial registration. The second part of registration will occur when students/parents are given green light to enter buildings. At that time, students will come in and take a screener and parents will be able to bring in the required registration documents to...

  • EB man jailed for child porn

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 14, 2020

    An East Brewton man was arrested Monday on five counts of possession of child pornography after nude and semi-nude photos of girls as young as 8-years old were found on his cell phone and included a video of an adult male having sexual intercourse with a girl estimated to be about 10-years old. Richard James Rabon, 42, 727 Williamson Street, Apartment 3D, was arrested following a joint investigation involving the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office, the East Brewton Police Department, the Al...

  • Albritton says virus used to push politics

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 14, 2020

    Alabama State Sen. Greg Albritton said some factions in Montgomery are trying to use the coronavirus to push political agendas with the expansion of Medicaid at the top of the list. "One of our left wingers is meeting with the governor tomorrow (Thursday) and push for the expansion of Medicaid," Albritton said. Albritton also said false figures on how much such an expansion would cost are also circulating. He said some are saying it will cost the state $168 million the first year and $38...

  • Flomaton to give out food Saturday

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 14, 2020

    The town of Flomaton will be giving away food again beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Flomaton Community Center on McCurdy Street. As with past giveaways, cars should come down Ringold Street, turn onto McCurdy and pull up in front of the community center. “I applaud the mayor and others who provided the food,” Flomaton Councilwoman Lillian Dean said during Monday afternoon's council meeting. “Every person was grateful.” She also thanked the many people who helped during the giveawa...

  • Warrants signed in Flomaton stealing

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 14, 2020

    Warrants have been signed for the arrest of a Flomaton man for stealing a trailer and Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson said an investigation is continuing and other charges may be forthcoming. Warrants have been signed for the arrest Joseph M. Creamer, 27, with no permanent address listed but according to Chief Thompson he had been living on Cary Street in Flomaton, charging him with theft of property III, criminal mischief III and criminal trespassing. Chief Thompson said in April a...

  • Council approves in-house waste water testing

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 14, 2020

    In a move to get more accurate readings and to save the town money down the road, the Flomaton Town Council voted Monday afternoon to borrow $27,500 from its line of credit to begin doing environmental testing in-house at the sewer lagoon on Martin Luther King Drive that will eventually save the town money and give it more accurate readings. Jeremy McMath, with Civil Southeast Engineering, said during the telephone conference meeting, that he had two items to bring to the council with only one...

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