Articles from the June 27, 2019 edition


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  • Willie Morris Covan

    Jun 27, 2019

    Willie Morris Covan, 84, died Monday, June 17, 2019, in Milton, Fla. Mr. Covan was a native and lifelong resident of Byrneville, Fla. A member of the Byrneville Methodist Church and had many interests and hobbies, such as traveling and the outdoors. The funeral was held at 12 p.m., Monday, June 24, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. David Rowan officiating. Burial followed at Byrneville Methodist Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Covan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Velma Aline Covan of...

  • Charles H. 'Chuck' Gatwood

    Jun 27, 2019

    Charles H. “Chuck” Gatwood, 86, died Monday, June 17, 2019. Mr. Gatwood was born June 28, 1932 in Pollard, Ala. After high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Traveling to his second home in Sarasota, Fla. Often, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge #890. The funeral, with military honors, was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29, at Beulah Cemetery in Brewton. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Gatwood is survived by his wife, Julianne Gatwood; thr...

  • Donald Wayne Gibson

    Jun 27, 2019

    Donald Wayne Gibson, 64, died Sunday, June 16, 2019. Mr. Gibson was a native of Atmore who resided most of his life in the Atmore and Walnut Hill area. A retired carpenter, he was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Carl Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Poarch Baptist Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mr. Gibson is survived by two sons, Donnie (Tiffany) Gibson of Waynesboro, Ga. and Greg (Sylvia) Gibson of Atmore; one...

  • Katherine McDonald Green

    Jun 27, 2019

    Katherine McDonald Green, 79, died Friday, June 14, 2019. Mrs. Green was born Nov. 29, 1939 to William and Louise McDonald in Little River, Ala. While living in Panama City, Fla., she served 10 years on the Usher Board at Mt. Moriah Church, and became a member at Fatih Church when she relocated back to Alabama. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at Faith Church with Pastor Leola Cunningham, Pastor Darren James and Rev. Jimmy Prince officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing....

  • Ronnie Morris

    Jun 27, 2019

    Ronnie Morris, 58, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Jay, Fla. Mr. Morris was a native of Jay and former resident of Bratt, Fla. who had resided in Jay for the past five years. Retired from Swift Lumber Company with 37 years of service, he enjoyed fishing and woodworking. The funeral was held at 2 p.m.,Thursday, June 20 at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Chaplin Rev. Daniel Lay officiating. Burial followed at the Sardis Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mr. Morris is survived by one daughter, Ariel Morris of Jay; one...

  • Doris Hooks Seward

    Jun 27, 2019

    Doris Hooks Seward, 88, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, in a Brewton healthcare facility. Mrs. Seward was a native and long-time resident of Escambia County, Ala. who had relocated to Brewton from Helena, Ga. A member of the North Brewton Baptist Church, she worked as a seamstress for a number of years at Judy Bond. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with pastor Shaphan Helms officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Seward is survived by one...

  • Wayne Louis Stewart

    Jun 27, 2019

    Wayne Lewis Stewart, 69, died Monday, June 17, 2019, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Stewart was a native and lifelong resident of Bay Minette. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he was a member of the Rabun Church of God. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Rabun Church of God with Bro. Randall Short and Bro. Carl Smith and Sis. Helen Stewart officiating. Burial followed at Dean Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 38 years, Henrietta E. Stewart of Bay Minette;...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    As I write this I am in the middle stages of a 100 day, 7,000 mile motorhome trip across the western states. My goal is to revisit those cities where I played during my professional baseball career. Obviously, I will visit many great sights and locations on this trip, as well. Going back into the past reminds me that it is easy to look back at yesterday and the days before that and say, "If I had only…," isn’t it? But where will it get us? We know that we can't go back in time. We know that we can't live our “yesterdays” again. But there is a t...

  • Tips to help you make healthier dairy choices

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    Are You Drinking or Eating Enough Dairy Foods for the Health Benefits? Did you know June is National Dairy Month? It is a great time to learn more about dairy foods and how they fit into a healthy-eating pattern. All age groups except for young children 1–3 years old are below the recommended intake for dairy foods according to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Dairy provides many health benefits, so it is important to add more fat-free and low-fat dairy foods to your meals and snacks. DAIRY IS NUTRITIOUS Milk is the fou...

  • Draining of Indian Pond, other projects

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    The Great Depression had a profound impact on those who lived through it. It was a test by fire and hardened the resolve of those who made it through those dark days. The times were dark in that jobs were hard to find, starvation was right around the corner, and for some, hunger and despair were ever-present companions. At this point in history Franklin Roosevelt was elected President. Although many of his policies resulted in a dramatic increase in government programs and entitlements, these programs were not such that they rewarded inaction...

  • Starting school as a 7th grade nobody special

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    18 summer rolls around to find myself facing the honor of starting school in September, a 7th grade nobody special. Classroom for 7th graders was assigned to the musty basement of our 1928 built A. D. Kelly School at Wallace, Alabama. My summertime field work gave me time to save my cotton picking money to start the year all dressed in whatever Sears & Roebuck would sell me for my pennies on the dollar along with any Atmore cousins hand-me-downs that may come to me in a care bundle. Loved those hand-me-downs. Nobody at dear old Wallace had...

  • YARBROUGH'S EDUCATIONAL REPTILES

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jun 27, 2019

    As part of the Flomaton Public Library 2019 Summer Reading Program's 'A Universe of Stories', the Yarbrough Reptile Show from Oxford, Ala. introduced guests to lizards, snakes, a tortoise and an alligator last Friday! Owner Becky Tucker showed non-poisonous snakes, such as the King Snake (also called the false Coral snake because of the markings), gray and red rat snakes and an albino Burmese Python. There were also poisonous snakes, such as a copperhead, a "cottonmouth" moccassin, a timber...

  • California moving to silence clergy

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    For decades after WWII, the Golden State led the country in innovation, prosperity, and progress toward the good life. California set the pace for everything and everyone wanted to go to California. But sadly affluence and apathy allowed absurdity to overtake the culture. The liberal notion that everything that feels good is good took hold because it seemed there were no consequences for overindulgence or decadent destructive behavior. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood and Silicon Valley hid the ugly truth. With over one fifth of America’s h...

  • Ethics Law not tough enough

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    State Senator, Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia), has been in the Alabama House and Alabama Senate for over 40 years. That is a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator in history. Jabo Waggoner has had a significant impact on behalf of the folks in Jefferson County over his stellar career. He has been instrumental in the growth of UAB. In the 1970’s Waggoner sponsored legislation which spearheaded the purchase of 45 blocks in downtown Birmingham for UAB’s expansion. UAB purchased this pro...

  • Defending religious freedom

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    Last week the Supreme Court ruled on an important case with significant implications for the future of religious expression in our republic. The case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, was brought by a nonprofit atheist organization seeking to remove an almost 100-year-old monument in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. The 40-foot granite and cement cross, called the Bladensburg Peace Cross, was built on public land and paid for by local families, businesses and the American Legion in 1925. It has stood in memory of local res...

  • Let's make min. wage $100 per hour

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jun 27, 2019

    You can tell presidential politics is heating up, especially among the growing number of Democrats tossing their name into the hat promising this and that – from Bernie Sanders' plan to forgive more than a trillion dollars in student debt and making college free for everyone to the rest of the group that vows to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $15 per hour. I'll give Sanders credit, he doesn't shy away from saying he's a socialist and the United States needs to be a socialistic societ...

  • Jay man jailed on sex charges

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jun 27, 2019

    A Jay man was arrested June 19 and is facing felony charges of sexual battery on victims 12 years of age or less between May 30, 2019 and June 1, 2019, following interviews of the alleged victims by law enforcement. Gleaion Lee Wood, 71, 2228 Dykestown Road, who was charged with two felony counts of sexual assault and one felony count of lewd and lascivious behavior on three children who came to visit his and his wife's home nearby on an almost daily basis to play with dogs and goats, according...

  • Century looks for citizens to help on charter

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jun 27, 2019

    The Century Council is seeking Century residents who are interested in being on a charter review board to revise the current 40-year old charter for the town, following a recommendation by the Florida League of Citie's University Director Lynn Tipton. Councilwoman Ann Brooks brought an example of an application of interest used by the city of Pensacola and showed it to other council members. “I suggest we have our residents that are interested complete this and then the council can choose from t...

  • Four of Jay businesses receive grants

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jun 27, 2019

    Four Jay businesses out of 11 small businesses throughout Santa Rosa County were awarded grants of up to $5,000 each for facade improvements and signage by the Board of County Commissioners Monday, June 24. Duramed Southeast and Endless Delights will receive grants of $5,000 each. Newberry Enterprises and Scott's on Highway 4 will receive $3,500 each. A total of $17,000 was awarded to those four businesses in the town of Jay. The Strive Grant Program was implemented in January 2019 to provide...

  • Ruzic steps down at Coastal Gateway

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jun 27, 2019

    Brewton resident Will Ruzic, who has served as executive director of Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance for the past five years, announced Monday afternoon that he is stepping down from that position to become the general manager of ProValus, a startup IT company located in Brewton. Ruzic made the announcement at Monday afternoon's Brewton City Council meeting. "It's a tough decision," Ruzic told the mayor and council. "I've been excited to see their growth." Ruzic added that he...

  • Flomaton kicks off Fourth of July fun

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jun 27, 2019

    This year's Independence Day festivities will begin in Flomaton at dark on Wednesday, July 3, continue through July 4, and finish up with a fireworks show the evening of Friday, July 5, in the town of Jay. Poarch In Poarch, the Wind Creek casino will hold a fireworks display at 9 p.m., Thursday, July 4, on Highway 21, with plenty of parking available in the parking lot. For more information, contact 251-368-9136. East Brewton The city of East Brewton will kickoff its Fourth of July at 9 a.m. Jul...

  • Be careful with fireworks this holiday

    Our View|Jun 27, 2019

    Do you remember the song 'Henry the VIII' that was made famous by Herman's Hermits in the mid-1960s? Basically, the song continues to repeat itself over and over again with 'I'm Henry the Eighth I am, Henry the Eighth I am I am, and even tosses in the lyrics the 'second verse, same as the first'. We thought about that song when we decided to write this editorial the week before the Fourth of July. Looking back, something about fireworks safety has filled this space in every issue before the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve since we can...

  • Winners take FLC game tournament

    Staff Report|Jun 27, 2019

    The 2nd Annual Flomaton Lions Club Video Game Tournament was held Saturday, June 15 at Flomaton High School. Fortnite was the game players vied to score the highest points in. Above, from left, first place and cash $100 winner Koen Nguyen, second place Zachery Smith and third place Connor Sheffield....

  • Church gives fans to beat heat

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jun 27, 2019

    Flomaton resident Solomon Odom was the first recipient of a new fan presented this week by the Flomaton Fire Department, which received 50 fans thanks to Joey Johnson, pastor of Abundant Life in Century and Steve Creamer. Fire Chief Steve Stanton said Johnson and Creamer approached him and offered to purchase the 50 fans for the fire department to give out to needy people in the Flomaton and Century area. Stanton said he got Flomaton Councilwoman Lillian Dean involved to help him make sure the...

  • Billy to seek fourth term on GOP

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jun 27, 2019

    Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy has switched to the Republican Party and announced he will seek a fourth term in 2022 on the GOP ballot. "I'm the same person I was when I ran in 2004," Billy said. "The Democratic Party has shifted drastically to the left, which is inconsistent with my personal views and beliefs." Billy, 61, is a native of Brewton and a 1975 graduate of T.R. Miller High School. He attended Jefferson Davis State Junior College, the University of Alabama and Auburn...

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