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Articles from the July 4, 2019 edition

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Finding a lot of history in a weekend

If you find yourself with several days off work and desire to vacate the familiar scenery of our area, northern Mississippi might be calling your name. On a recent June weekend travelled north and...

 
 By Jim Stanton    Lifestyles    July 4, 2019

Several new sites available to search history

I have written several times about family history. Back in the 1980's when I was just getting started in family research it was trips to libraries other places where records were kept. Some time during the mid 1990's there was these things called...

 

Country clean in paradise with a twist

So today I saw a post of Texans washing their prize longhorn in the local car wash. Pros and cons of comments set me to remembering my childhood and how Mama & Daddy saved time and energy by doing things the easiest way possible while letting us...

 

Tips for picnic safety this National Picnic Month

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’…and we want to handle all foods safely before we cook, grill or fry”! (A play on words from one of my favorite songs by George Gershwin) Summer holidays provide a break from school and...

 

Glenn Bryars

Glenn Bryars, 70, died Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Perdido, Ala. Mr. Bryars was a native and lifelong resident of Perdido, Ala. Of the Holiness faith, he was retired from the Baldwin County Road Department with more than 43 years of service. The...

 

Marsha Gayle Thames English

Marsha Gayle Thames English, 75, of Atmore, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Santa Rosa Health and Rehab Center in Milton, Fla. Mrs. English was a native of Atmore who was a 1962 Escambia County Training School graduate who retired from Vanity Fair in...

 

Charles Wesley Everage

Charles Wesley Everage, 78, died Thursday, June 27, 2019, following a brief illness. Mr. Everage was born Jan. 2, 1941, to Archie Edward and Elizabeth Bozeman Everage. A graduate of T.R. Miller High School, he attended Troy State University and...

 

Pauline 'Polly' Frost

Pauline “Polly” Frost, 92, of Atmore, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Mrs. Frost was born March 30, 1927, to Paul and Melida Kasten in New Jersey. Raised in New Brunswick, N.J., where she graduated from high school, she was employed by Johnson and...

 

Clifton H. Mims, Jr.

Clifton H. Mims, Jr., 67, died Thursday, June 27, 2019. Mr. Mims was born August 22, 1951, to Clifton H. Sr. and Lorene Tucker Mims in Atmore. Attending Jefferson Davis Community College and AUM of Montgomery, he was a member of First United...

 

Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray, 53, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Mrs. Murray was born Jan. 5, 1965, to Willow D. Murray and was a friend to all who knew her. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor...

 

Doris Jean Johnson Thompson

Doris Jean Johnson Thompson, 72, of Brewton, died Saturday, June 29, 2019. Mrs. Thompson was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Ala. and a retired security guard with Container Corporation. Of the Holiness faith, she was involved...

 

Margie Ruth Payne Thompson

Margie Ruth Payne Thompson, 80, of Jay, died Sunday, June 30, 2019, in a Pensaola hopice facility after a brief illness. Mrs. Thompson was a native of Brewton, former resident of San Antonio, Texas and long time resident of Jay who attended north...

 

Adell Porter Williams

Adell Porter Williams, 81, died Saturday, June 22, 2019. Mrs. Williams was born April 13, 1938, to Ervin McCants and Rosa Lee Lundy in Barlow Bend in Clark County, Ala. Attending school in Clark County, she later moved to Huxford Camp on Highway 41,...

 

Qwinsenta 'Qwin' Willis

Qwinsenta “Qwin” Willis, 61, died Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Mrs. Willis was born Charles McCorvey and Dorothy Mae Willis in Atmore. A 1975 graduate of Escambia County High School, she attended the University...

 

Barbara Jean Wilson

Barbara Jean Wilson, 79, of Atmore, died Sunday, June 23, 2019. Mrs. Wilson was born May 13, 1940, to Frank and Bessie Jackson Kent in Brewton, Ala. A member of the Atmore First Assembly of God Church, where she taught Sunday School and held a...

 

Staying cool & learning safety

On the last day of jumpstart, Thursday, June 27, a program intended to prepare incoming Flomaton Elementary School kindergartners to attend school, the children were treated to a special surprise....

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Is freedom fading from glory?

The United States of America is 243 years old this Independence Day. For almost two and half centuries, this great nation has guaranteed the freedom Americans enjoy and too often take for granted. We are quick to proclaim and celebrate our freedom....

 

Border battle reveals Dems divisions

For months, Speaker Pelosi and my Democratic friends have denied a crisis on the border exists. Nothing to see here! But the American people, our border agents, video footage, and even the liberal media insisted otherwise and called for action. The...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Legislative session a success

The 2019 Legislative Session was one of the most controversial yet productive sessions in memory. Governor Kay Ivey’s first Session of the Quadrennial was a roaring success. It’s hard to remember a governor getting everything they wanted since...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 4, 2019

New jail for Escambia Co.?

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission has given Sheriff Heath Jackson the go-ahead to discuss the possibility of purchasing an 80-acre tract of land from the city of Brewton in hopes of building a...

 

Jay girls headng south for state tourney

The Jay Council Monday night voted to donate $1,000 to the Jay Tri-County All-Stars 10u (10 years and under) softball team as it is headed to compete for the state title this Friday, July 5, near...

 

Teacher raises to begin in July

School personnel will receive a state-mandated 4 percent raise after the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education voted to approve starting the pay raise this month at it's meeting on Thursday, June...

 

Century agrees to give pay checks out early

The Century Council Monday night agreed to distribute paychecks on Wednesday, July 3, instead of Friday, this week due to the holiday and banks being closed. Town Clerk Kim Godwin told the council...

 

Coastal Alabama holds GED graduation ceremony

The Coastal Alabama Community College Adult Education Program and Hope Place Family Resource Center held graduation exercises June 20, 2019, at the Woodfin Patterson Auditorium in Brewton. Graduates completed the High School Equivalency Diploma or...

 

Local students receive honors

Locals attending colleges and universities in around the state and nation were honored recently at their schools. Brewton’s Joshua Barrett Fields, Class of 2020, was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta at Huntingdon College. Sigma Tau Delta is an honor...

 

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