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Homestead Act spurred settlement

As the War Between the States raged through the nation, the Federal government in Washington, DC struggled with running the day to day affairs of a nation which was ripping itself apart on battle...

 
 By Jim Stanton    Lifestyles    June 4, 2020

The debate on the dog days of summer

Most of this story about dog days is from a few years ago, but with us at the beginning of the meteorological summer that runs from June 1 until August 31 unlike the astronomical summer that runs from June 20 until September 22, 2020. I thought that... Full story

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Stellar group studying gambling in state

Another legislation session has passed, and Alabama still has no lottery. Actually, the legislature does not in itself have the authority to pass a state lottery, they can only authorize a ballot initiative to let you vote on a lottery. It takes a...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 4, 2020

When tragedy is hijacked and our unity is burned

On Memorial Day, the nation was shocked when a horrific video went viral showing the callous senseless killing of a man on the pavement already in hand cuffs. George Floyd was being arrested for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit money. Video shows...

 

To create a more perfect union

I was a young teenager in the late 1960s, but I remember the riots and violence that occurred around the country, and especially in the large cities. I was concerned that we were headed down that road again with racial violence around the country in...

 

Living and having vine ripe tomatoes

Just now I ate a tomato sandwich for breakfast. I like my WHITE bread so fresh it limps. I LOVE Dukes mayonnaise. I was converted from Kraft by a new recent friend Sean Dietrich. He made it so tempting I went looking, found it and now I'm hooked....

 

Tips to ward off scams, especially for the elderly

Even before the onset of COVID-19, scams and fraud ran rampant in many parts of society. More often than not, many of these cases involve older adults. In fact, older adults lose billions of dollars each year because of scams or fraud. “Given...

 
 By Lou Vickery    Lifestyles    June 4, 2020

The Sunshine Report

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He...

 

Trayton Gage Adams

Trayton Gage Adams, 6, of Flomaton, died Thursday, May 28, 2020. Master Adams was a native of Brewton and lifelong resident of Flomaton. He attended the New beginnings and Flomaton Freewill Baptist Church, as well as the Friendship Learning Center an...

 

Patsy Jane Pierce Crutchfield

Patsy Jane Pierce Crutchfield, 69, of Brewton, died Thursday, May 28, 2020 following a brief illness. Mrs. Crutchfield was born June 27, 1950, in Brewton, where she was a lifelong member and 1968 graduate of W.S. Neal High School. A member of the...

 

Linda Mae Findley

Linda Mae Findley, 68, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pensacola. Mrs. Findley was a native of Atmore who had resided in Century for most of her life. She was retired from the Escambia County (Fla.) School Board as a bus driver, with more than 20...

 

James 'Doug' McLemore

James “Doug” McLemore, 79, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. Mr. McLemore was born March 3, 1941, to Abraham Johnson and Jinnie Mae Bright, in Atmore. A 1955 graduate of Carver Miller High School, he was a U.S. Army veteran with nine years of service...

 

James Earl Moye

James Earl Moye, 67, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Bluff Springs, Fla. Mr. Moye was born Sept. 24, 1952, to Leroy and Devere Moye, in Century, Fla. and lived in Flomaton for most of his life. A member for 43 years and former youth leader of Calvary...

 

Solomon 'DJ' Odom

Solomon “DJ” Odom, 87, died Monday, May 25, 2020. Mr. Odom was born Sept. 20, 1932, to Judia S. Odom. He attended the Damascus Baptist Missionary Church and was affectionately known as 'DJ' for many years of playing gospel music on the radio. A... Full story

 

Mark Edward Ross

Mark Edward Ross, 62, of Fort Payne, Ala., died Saturday, May 30, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Ross was born Sept. 24, 1957, to Leon and Joi Gorum Ross in Evergreen, Ala. A long-time resident of Brewton, coming from Fort Payne, he was a...

 

Benjamin 'Mack' McGowin Stone

Benjamin “Mack” McGowin Stone, 80, of Damascus, Ala., died Monday, May 25, 2020, in a local hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Stone was born June 9, 1939, in Century and became a lifelong resident of Brewton. He attended Damascus School...

 

Maude Watson Thomas

Maude Watson Thomas, 82, of Atmore, died Sunday, May 31, 2020, at a West Florida hospice facility in Pensacola. Mrs. Thomas was a native of Escambia County, Ala., and lived in Mt. Vernon, New York when she married. Eventually relocating back to... Full story

 

Ronnie Smith

Ronnie Smith, 65, of Brewton, died Sunday, May 31, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Smith was born April 18, 1955, to William and Pauline Graves Smith, in Brewton. He attended the Potters House Church and W.S. Neal High... Full story

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Trayton's smile remembered

Those who knew Trayton Gage Adams talked about his smile. They talked about his big heart and the hugs he loved to give. Six-year old Trayton died last Thursday when he was riding on the back of a fou...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Judge Jordan stepping down from bench

After more than 17 years on the bench, Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Judge Dave Jordan has announced he will be retiring July 31, 2020. Jordan, 61, was born in Meridian, Miss., but grew up in the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Simmons seeking to continue career

With 34 years of serving the citizens of Pensacola and the county, Chip Simmons is looking to add a new chapter to his life by running for sheriff of Escambia County, Fla. Simmons, 56, is seeking the...

 

Century gives OK to money transfers

Century approved four requests from Century CPA Robert Hudson Monday night to transfer money to meet the cash needs and projections for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 2020. Hudson r...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Don't confuse protesters with thugs

The video of Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of of George Floyd as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe sparked outrage. It was a disturbing video and the screams for...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Trayton needs to be a wake up call for all

We didn't know Trayton Gage Adams. What we know now is the 6-year old Flomaton resident died last Thursday afternoon when a four wheeler turned over with him as a passenger. You didn't have to know Trayton for your heart to sink when you heard the...

 

Century OKs meeting

The Century Town Council approved a request from town consultant and former interim city manager Buzz Eddy Monday night for the Century Charter Review Committee to meet electronically otilizing a...

 

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