Articles from the July 18, 2019 edition


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  • As Democrats fight, national security loses

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    Protecting the safety of the American people is our must fundamental duty in Congress. In a city where few things receive bipartisan support, providing for the national defense has remained an area of compromise. For 58 straight years, the House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Last month, the Senate did its job. By a vote of 86 to 8, it passed a bipartisan defense authorization bill. In the House, things were to play out differently. If you’ve followed anything going on in Washington the p...

  • When did sports become partisan?

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    In our hyper politicized society, there seems to be no respite from partisan politics anymore; it has invaded every faucet of daily life from the car you drive to the coffee you drink. The news is bluntly liberal and sometimes conservative. Education has been subsumed by political correctness. It’s difficult to just enjoy music because at any concert you will very likely endure a vitriolic political rant. Sports seemed to be the last sanctuary, but now even athletic competition is succumbing to pointed partisanship. Politics has always been s...

  • Boarding houses helped build area

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    Housing was scarce in the early days of our area as the virgin pine forests awoke from their primordial slumber and the last shots of the War Between the States faded into memory. Sawmills began to dot the landscape and workers, who often arrived in the area with not much more than the clothing on their backs, needed living arrangements. Boarding houses filled this need and soon each community had several. A boarding house typically provided meals to the occupants and common areas were shared....

  • Life lived sitting around the front porch

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    If it hadn't been a blue frost night on January 31, 1941, I may have been born on the front porch of that little faux brick, tarpaper-wrapped shack that sat smack-dab beside and facing the railroad tracks in the Rose Hill area of Flomaton, Alabama. On the wrong side of the tracks. Mama chewed her knuckles, clawed the sheets and sweat buckets while Dr. Sally used forceps to deliver my sweet little noggin. Three older siblings lay in beds in the back room having competitions with the dreaded whooping cough. Dr. Sally told Mama that I would be...

  • 50th anniversary of moon landing

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    I've been reading lately about this being the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I'd like to share my memories of the time. In July 1969 I was not quite 20 years old, recently graduated from Pensacola Junior College and working as a summer employee at Monsanto. One of my hobbies that summer was enjoying my first born nephew, who was born in July 1969. As I heard the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” I was reminded that in 1961 John F. Kennedy had committed us to landing men on the moon and bringing the...

  • State & nation disagree on politics

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    The 2020 Presidential Election year has already begun. It usually begins on Labor Day of the year prior to the Election. However, in recent decades the parade has started early. They really are four-year caravans. They begin the day after the President is sworn in. Indeed, President Trump never shut down his campaign organization, He essentially has never stopped campaigning. He loves to campaign. He loves to entertain. That is really what he was before he was President and that is what he has been as President, an entertainer. He treats the...

  • Tips and recipes to get the benefits of blueberries

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    The 2019 Blueberry Festival is a long, gone, happy memory; however, many of you are still finding fresh blueberries. My neighbor Marcia White recently surprised me with delicious and healthy blueberry muffins. The muffins were plump full of blueberries for me to enjoy. WOW! When you think of the nutrient content of blueberries – they are considered a natural superfood, are rich in fiber and a great source of antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Research has found that blueberries may help prevent prostate cancer, protect against h...

  • Gwnette Berry

    Jul 18, 2019

    Gwnette Berry, 84, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Bratt, Fla. Mrs. Berry was a native of Chestnut Grove, Ala. Who had resided in Bratt since 1953. Retired from Vanity Fair with 17 years of service, she was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Min. Brad Sullivan officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Berry is survived by three sons, Ervin Berry and Travis (Patsy) Berry, both of Davisville,...

  • Franklin 'Frank' Carnley, Sr.

    Jul 18, 2019

    Franklin “Frank” Carnley, Sr., 76, died Friday, July 6, 2019, in Milton, Fla. Mr. Carnley was a native of Perdido, Ala. who had resided in Bratt for the past 52 years. Working as a fish bait man and woodworker, he attended the Renovation Ministries in Huxford, Ala. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Carnley and Pastor Eddie Carnley officiating. Burial followed at Godwin Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Carnley is survived by his wife of mor...

  • Velma Aline Covan

    Jul 18, 2019

    Velma Aline Covan, 79, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Milton, Fla. Mrs. Covan was a native of Quitman, Miss. nd resident of Century for 63 years who has resided in Milton for the past year. A member of the New Life Fellowship Church, she was a member of the Jay Chapter #208 of the Order of he Eastern Star, where she served as past grand matron. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 15, at Petty-Eastside Chaepl Funeral Home with Bro. Lavon Caraway officiating. Burial followed at Providence Cemetery in Georgiana, Ala. and Petty-Eastside...

  • Thomas Wesley Dean

    Jul 18, 2019

    Thomas Wesley Dean, 61, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Dean was a native of Bay Minette and former resident of Texas and Atlanta who had resided in Perdido, Ala. For the last seven years. A member of Perdido Masonic Lodge #752, he had served in the oil field for 20 years as seismographic supervisor and 20 years as a logger in various capacities. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Pruitt officiating. Burial followed at Brown Cemetery with Petty-Eastside...

  • Weldie Elihue Donald

    Jul 18, 2019

    Weldie Elihue Donald, of Atmore, died Saturday, July 6, 2019. Mr. Donald was a lifetime resident of Atmore who was a 1957 graduate of Escambia County High School. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama and worked in the 707 lab at Monsanto for 38 years. A member of the Carney Masonic Lodge for more than 30 years, he became an avid outdoorsman after retirement. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Burial followed at Serenity Gardens Cemetery...

  • Wilellen Weaver Elliott

    Jul 18, 2019

    Wilellen Weaver Elliott, 91, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, in a Brewton healthcare facility. Mrs. Elliott was a native of East Brewton who graduated from T.R. Miller High School, followed by attending business school, where she was recruited to work in the Escambia County Courthouse Probate Office. A Navy officer's wife with a career in Civil Service, she volunteered with the Cub Scouts and Navy Relief Society and organized a library for area elementary schools. She also served as president of Escambia County's Historical Society. The funeral was...

  • Dorothy Dean 'Dot' Elder

    Jul 18, 2019

    Dorothy Dean “Dot” Elder, 77, of Brewton, died Saturday, July 6, 2019 in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Elder was born in Range, Ala. and was a long-time resident of Escambia County, Ala. Of the Holiness faith and a member of Wild Fork Holiness Church, she had worked as a cook at W.S. Neal High School and Pollard McCall Junior High School. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, from the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Rev. Barbara Pugh and Rev. John Cardwell officiating. Burial followed at Canaan Cemetery with Craver's Fun...

  • John Michael 'Mike' Garrard

    Jul 18, 2019

    John Michael “Mike” Garrard, 65, of Cantonment, formerly of Atmore, died Saturday, July 6, 2019 in Pensacola. Mr. Garrard was born Feb. 17, 1954 to John, Jr. and Fonda Soloman Garrard in Atmore. He was employed as a director over medical records. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Garrard is survived bys his wife, Gail Blankenbeck Garrard of Ohio; two daughters, Kelly (Rusty) Howard of Allen, Texas and Lor...

  • Alice Ruth Gates

    Jul 18, 2019

    Alice Ruth Gates, 74, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Mobile. Mrs. Gates was a native and former resident of Atmore who had resided in Walnut Hill for the past 40 years. She was a member of the Antioch Free Will Baptist Church in Nokomis, Ala. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Chase officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing.s Mrs. Gates is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Lee Gates, Jr. of Walnut Hill; two daughters...

  • James Alan Holsonback

    Jul 18, 2019

    James Alan Holsonback, 60, of Poarch, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Mobile. Mr. Holsonback was born July 26, 1958 to James Duward and Laura DeWise Holsonback in Atmore. He was employed as a factory worker. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Holsonback is survived by his wife, Jennifer Forsythe Holsonback oF Poarch, Ala.; one son, James Lee (Jessica) Holsonback of Prattville; one daughter, Ruby Kathryn Holsonback of Poarch; one brohter, Mitchell (Doreen) Holsonback of Graceville, Fla.; one sister, Rose...

  • Thomas Lee Pittman

    Jul 18, 2019

    Thomas Lee Pittman, 83, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Chatom, Ala. Mr. Pittman was a native of Milton, Fla. Who served in the U. S. Air Force, Army and for FEMA, retiring with more than 30 years of service to his country. Help to establish churches all over the U.S., including in the South Eastern United States, he served as a pastor at several churches, retiring from Halsell Church of The Lord Jesus Christ in Halsell, Ala. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Hutto, Bro....

  • Willis Matthew Ray

    Jul 18, 2019

    Willis Matthew Ray, 89, died Saturday, July 6, 2019 in Century, Fla. Mr. Ray was a native of Sontag, Miss. and former resident of Mobile how had resided in Canoe, Ala. for the past 64 years. Retired from Monsanta Corp. with 39 years of service, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and member of the Canoe Methodist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Kavin Dykes and Carolyn Helms officiating. Burial followed at Canoe Free Will Baptist Cemetery with...

  • James Hjalmer 'Papa James' Rogers

    Jul 18, 2019

    James Hjalmer “Papa James” Rogers, of Brewton, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, following a brief illness. Mr. Rogers was a native of the Alco-Flora community of Brewton and life-long resident of Brewton. A U.S. Army Security Forces veteran and member of the Catawba Springs Baptist Church, he was a long time member of the American Legion. He graduated W.S. Neal High School and attended Larkin Business School and Jefferson Davis Community College, retiring as a long distance truck driver. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at Williams...

  • Harvey James Rolin

    Jul 18, 2019

    Harvey James Rolin, 69, died Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Poarch, Ala. Mr. Rolin was a native of Dallas, Texas who had resided in Poarch for most of his life. A member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, he was also a member of the Poarch Community Church. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, at the McCullough Christian Center with Bro. Corneluis Phillips and Bro. Walter Rolin officiating.s Burial followed at Judson Creek Indian Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mr. Rolin is survived by two sons, James Wilson...

  • Tracy 'Buck' Steadham

    Jul 18, 2019

    Tracy “Buck” Steadham, 52, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Perdido. Mr. Steadham was a native of Atmore who had been raised in Chumuckla, Fla., lived in Flomaton for most of his life and had resided in Century for the past 5 years. A 1986 graduate of Flomaton High School, he was a lineman with Escambia River Electric Co-op with more than 30 years of service. Of the Baptist faith, he was an avid outdoorsman. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13, at the First Baptist Church of Flomaton with Rev. Tim Tew officiating. Burial fol...

  • Distinguished Young Women 2019

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 18, 2019

    Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. The program will be at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27 in the Woodfin-Patterson Auditorium on the Brewton Campus of...

  • Suspect jailed for burglaries

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    Evidence collected at Len's Jewelers and Hardee's led Flomaton police to a suspect who was arrested early Friday morning on multiple thefts for break-ins at the two businesses. Andreas Payne, 26, 960 Martin Luther King Drive, Flomaton, was charged with three counts of burglary III, three counts of theft of property IV, criminal mischief III and possession of burglary tools I. Payne is accused of breaking into Len's jewelers twice, once between June 28 and July 1, and a second time between July...

  • Flomaton OKs form base code

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with a Form Base Code for the town with the understanding that if at any point the council has to allocate funds the issue will come back to the council table for a vote. Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., assured the council that John Robert Smith will work with an advisory team of Tucson Atlantic to help develop the Form Base Code at no cost to the town. Smith and the team from Tucson Atlantic will secure the necessary funds from state and...

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