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Articles from the May 21, 2020 edition

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The absent Congress

Last Friday the House of Representatives took a truly unprecedented step. The Democrat majority voted to change our rules and allow members to vote online in committee action on bills, and to vote by proxy on passage of bills and resolutions....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Speaker Rayburn and Rep. Jones

The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 21, 2020

When Americans are afraid

Amid myriad mixed signals about facemasks, incessant sensationalized reporting, and even outright fearmongering, Americans are repeatedly instructed to be afraid. The Chinese corona virus is certainly dangerous, but we are being told this pandemic...

 

The cost of the war in Vietnam

During an era when the President of the United States did not apologize for being American, the United States made war against North Vietnam. Beginning in 1965 American involvement in the war...

 

The humble history of a hometown bank

Families leave a legacy. In this region many were connected to the timber industry, farming, or the railroads. Some legacies are quietly kept in family journals, others are better known. This story is of a well-known family who helped bring much...

 

Tips for hunters to enhance land throughout year

Deer season 2020 is in the books and turkey season just came to a gobbling close. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System forestry, wildlife and natural resource management regional agent said many hunters ignore their hunting properties through the...

 

Betty Jean Ballard

Betty Jean Ballard, 84, died Friday, May 15, 2020, at a Mobile hospital. Mrs. Ballard was born Dec. 21, 1935, to Wiley Ash and Lilly Mae Lowery Clark in Castleberry, Ala. and had been a resident of Bay Minette for the past 10 years, coming from...

 

George H. Bolling

George H. Bolling, 64, of Brewton, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, in an acute care facility in Pensacola following an extended illness. Mr. Bolling was born Dec. 29, 1955, to Kenneth and Lela Bolling. Formerly of McKenzie, Ala., he served in the early...

 

Odell Burch

Odell Burch, 78, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the Evergreen hospital. Mr. Burch was born Nov. 3, 1941, and had been a lifelong resident of the Brewton area. Owner of a towing and tire business for many years who traveled a lot, he attended the...

 

R.J. Bush, Jr.

R.J. Bush, Jr., 74, of Brewton, died Friday, May 15, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Bush was born Sept. 25, 1945, to R.J., Sr. and Vader Jones Bush in Escambia County, Ala. A lifelong resident, he was a 1963 graduate of Flomaton High School...

 

Nancy Noble Chapman

Nancy Noble Chapman, 89, of Atmore, died Sunday, May 10 2020, in Fairhope, Ala. Mrs. Chapman was born April 24, 1931, in Clark County, Ala. Co-owner and manager of Chapman Ace Hardware, Inc. for more than 30 years, she was a member of the First...

 

Miriam Lorraine Wiggins Crook

Miriam Lorraine Wiggins Crook, 86, of Brewton, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Crook was born Sept. 27, 1933, to Andrew and Lizzy Kate Crawford Wiggins, in Pensacola and she remained a lifelong resident of Escambia...

 

Angela 'Angie' Marie Gates

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. and was a long time resident of Brewton, coming from Mobile. A...

 

Tyler Dawayne Lisenby

Tyler Dawayne Lisenby, 22, died Sunday, May 10, 2020. Mr. Lisenby was born Oct. 11, 1997, and was a lifelong resident of Brewton. He enjoyed video games and as a friend to everyone. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at Weaver...

 

Clevie 'Flossie' Evans Martin

Clevie “Flossie” Evans Marin, 90, of Brewton, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Martin was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Damascus, Ala. and graduated from Damascus High School. She later relocated to Brewton, where she was a...

 

Dorothy Beasley 'Dot' Morgan

Dorothy Beasley “Dot” Morgan, 81, of Flomaton, died Friday, May 15, 2020. Mrs. Morgan was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton. A retired secretary from Flomaton Elementary and Middle School with 28 years of service, she was a member of...

 

Grady J. Slay

Grady J. Slay, 85, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Mobile. Mr. Slay was a native of Stockton, Ala. And former resident of Lottie, Ala. Who had resided in Atmore for the past 30 years. A helper at the Atmore Senior Center, he was a retired maintenance...

 

May Alice Winkle

May Alice Winkle, 66, of East Brewton, died Sunday, May 10, 2020. Mrs. Winkle was born July 28, 1953, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and had been a resident of East Brewton since 2002, coming from Munith, Mich. She worked as a customer service representative...

 

Board gets OK on graduations

The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved several issues at its video conference meeting Thursday and heard updates from the School superintendent, including a revised protocol that allow...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    May 21, 2020

Council approves chaplain program

The Flomaton Town Council has given Police Chief Chance Thompson permission to proceed with a volunteer chaplain program with the only expense to the town being about $400 per year to provide...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    May 21, 2020

Court back in session

Atmore District Court was in session Monday and Flomaton Municipal Court will resume its normal schedule in June on the first and third Tuesdays of each month after the Alabama Supreme Court lifted...

 

Board OKs personnel changes

The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved the following personnel changes at its Thursday, May 14 meeting. The changes are as follows: Resignation James Rogers, assistant band director...

 

Three die in two-car crash

A driver and passenger have both died since a two-vehicle crash that happened last Sunday on Highway 21 claimed the life of one of the passengers at the scene. Keshia Stallworth, 26, was killed when...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Pause to honor those who gave it all

I've talked to several people over the past month or so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some had been in lockdown, others had 'essential' jobs but schedules got moved around. Most all agreed...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Be smart with the openings

It appears we are slowly creeping back to normalcy in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more things are opening. In-person court hearings such as district court and municipal court have resumed. Libraries are opening their doors and yes, you...

 

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