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Canoe Depot was major hub of activity

Trains and the railroad have always been a big part of Canoe. The earliest recordation of the presence of a depot in the Canoe area may be a blip in The Standard Gauge, a Brewton, Alabama newspaper...

 

Alger-Sullivan Heritage Museum to reopen

A few weeks ago my sister was sitting at home and getting a bit stir crazy as we all get in the age of covid-19, so she decided to take her household on a little ride along the state line. Part of her ride was around the old sawmill area of Century....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 2, 2020

GOP senate runoff in less than 2 weeks

Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate Seat. The runoff between former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting. The two conservatives...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Carney versus Kaepernick

As our major cities smolder upon our 244th Independence Day, some of us may be wondering how many more years we will be able to celebrate our independence and freedom. America has conquered many challenges over the past couple centuries, but this...

 

Remember old school efforts last longer

I sat down to write something wise and profound, but then decided to write something much needed now in these unsettled times. I awoke this morning to the memory of our old wood burning stove having a heavy oven door that had to be propped with a...

 

Our sacred honor

This weekend America will celebrate its 244th birthday. Unfortunately, we do so in a time of a pandemic, a struggling economy, and violent protests. But, it’s still our birthday and we should both commemorate and celebrate it. We usually do a good...

 

Snakes, best avoided, are vital to our ecosystem

Snakes are found just about anywhere. Inevitably, humans and snakes will cross paths. Like everything in nature, snakes play an important role in their environments. While many people may have a fear or dislike the slithering creatures, there are...

 
 By Lou Vickery    Lifestyles    July 2, 2020

The Sunshine REport

One of the more difficult things for assertive people to do is to take a “pause for the cause.” There are times when we actually become victims of our circumstances. Events seem to rush us, press us, move us along at a pace that is injurious to...

 

Marilyn Kay Sheehan Blackwell

Marilyn Kay Sheehan Blackwell, 75, of Brewton, died Sunday, June 28, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Blackwell was born Sept. 2, 1944, in Hubbard, Texas and relocated to Brewton in 1950, graduating from W.S. Neal High School in 1962. She was a...

 

Margie Goodale-Boutwell

Margie Goodale-Boutwell, 93, of Enon, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at her daughter's home in Pace, Fla. Mrs. Goodale-Boutwell was born Feb. 27, 1927, to John and Tazzie Hastings, in Pineville, Fla. She worked briefly for the Forestry Division at...

 

Charles Edward 'Eddie' Gideons

Charles Edward “Eddie” Gideons, 56, of Atmore, died Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Mr. Gideons was born Feb. 21, 1964, to Charles Edward, Sr. and Marilyn Owens Gideons-Davidson in Atmore. Working for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Atmore from 1995...

 

Glenn Edward Grandison

Glenn Edward Grandison, 58, died Friday, June 26, 2020. Mr. Grandison was born Feb. 16, 1962, to Willie and Betty Cowans, in Wilcox County, Ala. A 1980 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, he retired from Georgia Pacific in 2018 with 38 years of...

 

Ronald Wayne Gresham

Ronald Wayne Gresham, 65, died Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Yelm, Wash. Mr. Gresham was a native of Flomaton and former resident of Colorado who had resided in Yelm for the past eight months. He was of the Christian faith. A graveside service was...

 

Nolen Ray Tollison

Nolen Ray Tollison, 9, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. Master Nolen finished third grade at Five Points Elementary School and was an Alabama fan who loved sports, fishing and the outdoors, playing with his siblings and family. The...

 

Rosemary Bowen Wall

Rosemary Bowen Wall, 69, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Atmore. Mrs. Wall was a native of Frisco City, Ala. and former resident of Eight Mile, Ala., who had resided in Atmore for the past seven years. She was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker....

 

Esc. Co. (Ala.) school board OKs personnel changes

The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved the following changes at it's Thursday, June 18 meeting. The changes are as follows: Leave of Absence Damien Jackson, special education instructional aide at WS Neal Elementary School, effective...

 

Universities recognize area graduates, honor students

CACC Coastal Alabama Community College recently posted its Spring 2020 President’s and Dean’s List, including numerous students from this area. The students’ whose names were recognized on the President's List: from Atmore, Kyle Andrew... Full story

 

A new perspective from the clouds

With everything going on in the world, between COVID-19, state lockdowns, murder by racism, political war-of-the-parties, rioters destroying small businesses that were already in trouble due to being...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 2, 2020

Flomaton Public Library closed

As new cases of COVID-19 increase across the state of Alabama and in Escambia County, Gov. Kay Ivey has extended her 'Safer at Home' order and the town of Flomaton has implemented changes that include...

 

Schools are set to open Aug. 7

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott said Tuesday in a special meeting that public schools will start Friday, Aug. 7, following State Superintendent Eric Mackey's announcement that...

 

Jay kicks off fireworks July 3

The town of Jay will kickoff this weekend's Fourth of July festivities with fireworks at Bray-Hendricks Park at dark Friday, July 3, followed by its annual 'Celebrate Freedom' 5K run Saturday morning...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 2, 2020

Reardon will seek re-election

Saying he wants to continue maintaining a safe environment for everyone in Flomaton, Councilman Charlie Reardon announced he will seek re-election to his District 1 seat on the Flomaton Town Council....

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 2, 2020

Do you recognize these 'kids'?

Please call J.B. Johnson, Jr., at 850-418-3329, if you see yourself in the picture above. If you recognize anyone in the picture, please pass on the contact information mentioned above. Thank you for...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 2, 2020

Enjoying the battle

W.S. Neal's Issac Smith gives a friendly pat to T.R. Miller's Miller Hart during Saturday's 'Battle of Murder Creek' baseball game between the two schools. Josh Godwin, owner of David's Catfish and...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 2, 2020

Jay paints trail

the Town of Jay received a grant through United Way from International Paper to install a Born Learning Trail at Bray-Hendricks Park....

 

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