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Articles from the June 27, 2019 edition

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Willie Morris Covan

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....

 

Charles H. 'Chuck' Gatwood

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...

 

Donald Wayne Gibson

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.,...

 

Katherine McDonald Green

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...

 

Ronnie Morris

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...

 

Doris Hooks Seward

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...

 

Wayne Louis Stewart

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...

 

The Sunshine Report

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 locat...

 

Tips to help you make healthier dairy choices

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...

 

Draining of Indian Pond, other projects

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...

 

Starting school as a 7th grade nobody special

1953 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...

 

YARBROUGH'S EDUCATIONAL REPTILES

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...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 27, 2019

California moving to silence clergy

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...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Ethics Law not tough enough

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...

 

Defending religious freedom

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...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Let's make min. wage $100 per hour

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...

 

Jay man jailed on sex charges

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...

 

Century looks for citizens to help on charter

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...

 

Four of Jay businesses receive grants

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,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Ruzic steps down at Coastal Gateway

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...

 

Flomaton kicks off Fourth of July fun

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...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Be careful with fireworks this holiday

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...

 
 By Staff Report    News    June 27, 2019

Winners take FLC game tournament

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...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Church gives fans to beat heat

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...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Billy to seek fourth term on GOP

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,"...

 

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