Articles from the July 9, 2020 edition


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  • German and The Canoe Highlands colony

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Canaan Freewill Cemetery, located on the western extremes of Canoe, contains the gravestones of many early Canoe residents. Contained in the cemetery are the stories of young men who died fighting our nation's wars, mothers who died in childbirth and many others who simply passed due to old age and the passage of time. Yet in one area of the cemetery, the headstone of Fred German modestly states his time on Earth but the story of the visionary, settler and farmer who moved to a now forgotten...

  • Senate and Congressional runoffs next week

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Believe or not, coronavirus notwithstanding, we have three important GOP runoffs next Tuesday. You will go back to the polls to elect two Congressmen and a United States Senator. That is assuming that you go vote and are not afraid of germs. It will be interesting to see how the turnout is on July 14. Mostly older folks, like me, are the ones that vote in all elections and we have been told for four months not to congregate or get around other people. There could be some concern among older voters about getting out and going to the polls....

  • The second Civil War is here

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    It is now clear and inescapable that America is under attack; not just physically in every major city, but existentially at every monument across the land. We are long past the initial outrage at the unjust killing of George Floyd and any pretense of racial grievance has been hijacked by the anarchist mobs looting and torching everything in their paths. It started with Confederate statues, but these moronic marauders are also targeting Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and even Frederick Douglas. If they could by their own words, the rioters...

  • Getting a new baby for Independence Day

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Today I write a personal column about the year I got a baby brother for Independence Day. On July 4, 1953 we headed for Maw's house. We, my family, lived in McDavid, Florida. Maw lived on a farm north of Evergreen. Her address was on a route from Garland, Alabama, but we always thought of it as going to Evergreen. We always drove through Evergreen on the way, and, as far as I know, I have never seen Garland. The family, when we began the trip, consisted of my parents, Cecil and Inez Chancery, my 8 year old brother Bobby, my five and a half...

  • Our common defense fund

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Last week, the House Armed Services Committee, which I’m proud to be a member of, passed and sent to the full House the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. This is the 60th year in a row that we have passed this act out of Committee, and since we passed it unanimously, we are optimistic it will pass the full House later this month. This year’s version is named after a longtime member of the Committee and former Chairman, Mac Thornberry of Texas. Mac led the charge to increase defense funding whe...

  • Remembering my 'real friend' Anne V.

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Some people just click with me the moment I first meet them and if they want to be friends they must be real. Let me see who they are right off. I have had a handful of friends in my 79 years that made the cut, I mean really stayed in my heart. Real friends. I called her Annie V. I met her in church when she came over to introduce herself and told me she lived just across the woods from us. Her smile was so pretty. Her teeth were nice and white, her toe nails were painted fire engine red. I don't know why I noticed that, but there it is. I...

  • The Cotton Scouting School is going digital

    Special to the Ledger|Jul 9, 2020

    The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Cotton Scouting School is iconic. For 60 years, Extension scientists taught the Scouting School in person and hands-on. But the 61st Cotton Scouting School is going digital—pushed to an online version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short course will be July 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom. Growers, consultants, scouts and other are encouraged to attend just as they would an in-person scouting school. Alabama Extension cotton, peanut and soybean entomologist Scott Graham will facilitate the c...

  • Edna Voncile Thomas Andrews

    Jul 9, 2020

    Edna Voncile Thomas Andrews, 80, of Brewton, died Friday, July 3, 2020 in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Andrews was born Nov. 14, 1939, in Brewton and graduated in 1958 from W.S. Neal High School. A member of Corner Stone Church of God, she had retired from Colonial Bank with 20 years of service and was a homemaker. Mrs. Andrews is survived by her husband, Howard Andrews of Brewton; one grandchild, Dakota (Eric) Rector Porter; two nephews, Mark Andrews and Shannon Andrews; and one niece, Debbie 9Jerrell) McRae. Mrs....

  • Alicia Celene Brown

    Jul 9, 2020

    Alicia Celene Brown, 62, of Atmore, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 19, 1958, to James and Ervie Sellers Bray, in Mobile, Ala. and was a friend to everyone who knew her. A graveside service was held at 12 p.m., Monday, July 6, at Serenity Gardens Cemetery in Atmore with Bro. Michael Roley officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Brown is survived by three sons, Daniel Keith (Donna) Griffin of Huxford, Ala., Shawn Edward Brown of Atmore and Robby Edward (Jessica) Brown of Poarch, Ala.;...

  • Glynith 'G.G.' Byrd

    Jul 9, 2020

    Glynith “G.G.” Byrd, 58, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Birmingham. Mrs. Byrd was a native of Stanton, Texas and former resident of Kingwood, Texas who had resided in Atmore for the past 13 years. A member of the First Pentecostal Church of McCullough, she was an employee of Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union and loved the outdoors. The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Alton Lister and Bro. Breceda officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Fun...

  • Ramona Ann Nelson Duty

    Jul 9, 2020

    Ramona Ann Nelson Duty, 79, of Brewton, died Friday, June 26, 2020 following a brief illness. Mrs. Duty was born Sept. 19, 1940, and was a homemaker. A memorial service will be held at a later date with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Duty is survived by three grandchildren, Crystal Burnett, Courtney Grant and Allissa Coffey; and three great-grandchildren, Carfen Burnett, Brenden Burnett and Kyran Grant....

  • Frances Carolyn Stanford Henley

    Jul 9, 2020

    Frances Carolyn Stanford Henley, 76, of Wing, Ala., died Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Mrs. Henley was born Aug. 10, 1943, to Wilbur and Daisy Stanford of Castleberry, Ala. A 1961 Conecuh County High School graduate, she retired as a dental assistant to the late Dr. Michael Dasinger and had several hobbies. A private graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 2, at Weaver Cemetery with Rev. Russ McDonald officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Henley is survived by her husband of 34 years,...

  • Armistead Jake Holmes, Jr.

    Jul 9, 2020

    Armistead Jake Holmes, Jr., 91, of Brewton, died Monday, July 6, 2020. Mr. Holmes was born Jan. 9, 1929, to Armistead Jake and Ella Frances Hoomes, in the Hoomesville community and became a lifetime resident of Escambia County, Ala. A member of the Brewton Church of Christ, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and elder, he graduated from Damascus High School in 1947 and began working at T.R. Miller Mill Company in the forestry division. He held several positions and graduated from the University of West Florida throughout his...

  • Bobbie Barlow Jones

    Jul 9, 2020

    Bobbie Barlow Jones, 84, of Atmore, died Thursday, July 2, 2020. Mrs. Jones was a native of Pineville, Fla. who had resided in the Atmore area for most of her life. A retired bookkeeper with 25 years of service, she was a member and director of WMU with Presley Street Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 4, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Joseph Simpson officiating. Burial followed at Pinebarren Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Jones was survived by numerous nephews,...

  • June Darlene Lee

    Jul 9, 2020

    June Darlene Lee, 67, died Sunday, July 5, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Lee was born July 25, 1952, to Millard Houston and Betty June Long Lambeth, in Frost Proof, Fla. She had been a longtime resident of the Brewton and Flomaton areas, where she attended church and enjoyed sewing. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at Lambeth Cemetery with Bro. Chuck Scrivener, Jr., Bro. J.J. West and Bro. Donnis Bowman officiating. Burial will follow with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Lee is survived by one son,...

  • Rose Frogene Normand

    Jul 9, 2020

    Rose Frogene Normand, 81, died Thursday, July 2, 2020. Mrs. Normand was born Apr. 24, 1939, to E.W. and Estelle Normand in Bendale, Miss. and grew up in Wildfork, Ala., on the family farm. She attended A.D. Kelly Jr. High School in Wallace, Ala. before she transferred to W.S. Neal High School, where she graduated in 1957. A band majorette who was voted 'Most Attractive' by her classmates, she moved to Nashville, Tenn. from Dixonville, Fla. in 1965 to raise her family and worked in banking and finance. She married Leon Bruton in 1982 and made...

  • Robert Ray Stewart

    Jul 9, 2020

    Robert Ray Stewart, 65, died Friday, June 26, 2020, in Mobile. Mr. Stewart was a native of Bay Minette, Ala. who resided in the Rabun, Perdido area for most of his life. Retired from the Alabama Road Department with 30 years of service, he enjoyed being outdoors. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Don Sanks and Bro. Michael Hadley officiating. Burial followed at the Hall's Fork Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Stewart is survived by one son, Casey (Lac...

  • Melita Dawn Hammond White

    Jul 9, 2020

    Melita Dawn Hammond White, 47, of Flomaton, died Thursday, July 2, 2020, in a Pensacola healthcare facility. Mrs. White was born Dec. 17, 1972, and graduated from Flomaton High School in 1990. A member of the Flomaton and Jay communities, she was a member of the Little Escambia Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Issiah Bay officiating. Burial followed at Little Escambia Baptist Church Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. White is...

  • Gwendolyn Ann Newton

    Jul 9, 2020

    Gwendolyn Ann Newton, 78, died Monday, June 20, 2020. Mrs. Newton was born June 9, 1942, to Winston and Irma Lee, in Flomaton. A graduate of Carver High School, she moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1963, where she attended Apostolic Faith Church “265” Lafayette church and taught Sunday School and became a member of the the Usher Board. Earning certification to operate a computer, she rertired from E.F. Hutton in 1993 and moved back to Century in 1994. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 27, at Apostolic Faith Church in Century with Pas...

  • Brewton pair jailed for sex abuse

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 9, 2020

    A Brewton couple was arrested on sex and abuse charges with the man accused of having sex with a girl as young as 8-years old and the female being complicit by being told of the abuse and doing nothing to stop it. Roy Thomas Lampley, Jr., 49, and Tammy Michelle Wells, 45, both of 547 Hall Creek Road, were charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age and willful abuse of a child. Wells is being held on $150,000 bond and Lampley is being held on $250,000 bond. According to the...

  • Spencer appointed to the council

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 9, 2020

    The town of Century will see a new council member following a unanimous vote Monday night to approve Brenda Spencer to fill seat 3, left vacant when Benjamin Boutwell resigned to run for mayor. Spencer will fill the seat until it expires Dec. 31, 2020. Three people, Jessica Coleman, Jacquelyn Johnson and Brenda Spencer, applied at city hall to fill the seat by the deadline of July 1. At Monday night's council meeting by phone, Spencer was the only applicant of the three who called in....

  • Adjustments made for COVID upswing

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 9, 2020

    With positive cases of COVID-19 increasing across Escambia County (Ala.) municipalities and the county are implementing new policies in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus and keep employees and customers safe. Figures released by the Escambia County Health Care Authority show a jump of 103 positive tests from Friday to Tuesday with 396 confirmed cases in Tuesday's report. Other reporting agencies have the numbers for the county higher. The town of Flomaton announced Friday that an...

  • Crapps announces re-election plans

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 9, 2020

    Flomaton Councilman C.E. 'Buster' Crapps said his family has a deep history and love for the town in announcing he will seek re-election to his District 4 council seat in the Aug. 25 municipal elections. Crapps, 82, has been a resident of Flomaton since 1950 and said his great grandfather William Crapps signed the original papers to incorporate the town. Crapps spent most of his career in law enforcement, working for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Flomaton Police Department. This...

  • Schools working on reopening plan

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 9, 2020

    With a return to classrooms looming in less than a month in the face of rising positive COVID-19 cases in the county, Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott told the school board Monday that he met with school administrators last week and will continue to meet to discuss and formulate a back to school plan, which is still set for Friday, August 7. In a letter to parents on the school system website that includes a survey, Knott says his staff is working on a 'detailed 2020-2021...

  • As things change dates change

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 9, 2020

    In the March 19, 2020, edition of the Tri-City Ledger as the COVID-19 pandemic began exploding I wrote in this space not to believe any dates you read in my newspaper, any other newspaper or see on the news about when things would be open or how long things would be closed. I looked back at that column this week and the only date that has stood firm is Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's July 14 date for the runoffs in Alabama. We were supposed to head back to the polls on March 31. The governor pulled the...

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