Articles from the July 23, 2020 edition


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  • In memory of John Lewis

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    The day I was sworn into Congress, a man I had never met before but had heard a lot about and admired approached me to introduce himself and welcome me to the House. His name was John Lewis. He told me he was born and raised in Troy, Alabama, and though he lived and represented a district in Georgia, he still felt a strong connection to our state. He offered to help me if he could. He was a big help to me because he was a moral inspiration, a priceless gift in this day and time. If you have never heard of John Lewis, look him up. His story is...

  • GOP primary over, fall elections begin

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    The field is set for the November General Election and more than likely the races were decided on July 14. We had some good races including the race for our junior U.S. Senate seat as well as two open Congressional seats. Tommy Tuberville won an impressive 60-40 victory over Jeff Sessions in the GOP primary runoff for U.S. Senate. The tea leaves portend that Tuberville the Republican will defeat the Democrat Doug Jones by that same 60-40 margin. He will win for one reason. He is a solid Republican in a solidly Republican state. Winning the GOP...

  • The sinister racism of identity politics

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    Merriam-Webster defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” The racist bromides that blacks are lazy or stupid, Hispanics will steal, or Asians are smarter are blatant examples of attributing traits or propensities to an entire race solely based on skin color. Obviously repulsive, such base overt racism is rejected by the overwhelming majority of Americans, but equally repulsive and perhaps more sinister is the...

  • More tales from Canaan cemetery

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    As history passed by the grave of Alexander Bolivar Cromartie in the Canoe Canaan Freewill Cemetery, his descendants continued to live in the small town of Canoe, Alabama. One of his daughters married into the Mixon family. The family ran a store in Canoe. Many would remember this store as being built for the purposes of being a bank around 1913. Yet the bank was short lived and the building was used as a school annex and later the Mixon Grocery. The Mixon’s son, Emmett Leonard Mixon Jr., would have grown up during the Great Depression and a va...

  • Stay outta them roadhouses or, 'The Twist'

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    Thanks to a writer friend posting his story about dancing at " Fanger", I decided to write my story about dancing in a "juke". Circa 1962, both my parents were gone. My Mama's sister took the responsibility to caution me to, "stay outta them roadhouses". Aunt Cora was firm in her belief that dancing in a roadhouse would be my ruination and her shame to bear. Oh Brer Rabbit ! Aunt Cora's son Doug, same age as me, loved a roadhouse like a possum loves persimmons. Doug ask me and my coworker Shirley if perhaps we wanted to go dance to Chubby...

  • Concerns over safe drinking water on the rise

    Special to the Ledger|Jul 23, 2020

    Drinking water safety is a real concern for many with questionable local water supply. A 2019 Gallup poll indicated 83 percent of Southerners are more concerned about contaminated drinking water than climate change. Karnita Garner, an Extension environmental specialist, said although regulations to test local water supplies have long been in use in communities, public concern over the safety of drinking water is still on the rise. “The Safe Drinking Water Act was put in place in 1974,” Garner said. “However, recent water quality issue...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    A given in this country over the years is how Americans rally when faced with crises. We have a propensity for taking care of each other when the chips are down and the results are high. Possessing a “servant’s heart” is never more evident than at this time. How we react in time of need says something about each of us, doesn’t it? This time in our lives reminds me of a story that is entitled “The Servant.” Here it is: A servant of the Kingdom was walking through the forest late one summer day, when he happened upon what looked like a lantern....

  • Clarice Dailey

    Jul 23, 2020

    Clarice Dailey, 69, of the Freemanville community of Atmore, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Mrs. Dailey was a native of Atmore and 1967 Escambia County Training School graduate who served as an usher and member of the Mt. Gillead Baptist Church. She also served as president of the Junior Usher Board, was a Senior Choir members and taught children's Sunday school. An Avon representative for more than 40 years in the Freemanville community, she had worked at Monsanto Chemical Company in Pensacola. A graveside...

  • John Spickard Fuqua

    Jul 23, 2020

    John Spickard Fuqua, 79, died Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Pensacola. Mr. Fuqua was born to Robert Nelson and Hattie Louise Fuqua in Memphis, Tenn. and had resided in Pensacola for most of his life. A U.S. Army veteran, he relocated the Atomic Cannon (M65) throughout Germany and Belgium during the Cold War. A member at Temple Beth El Jewish Synagogue, the Antique Car Club and of Hadji Shrine Temple and a 32 degree Mason, he was employed with the Lewis Bear Company as draft beer department manager in Pensacola for 28 years and with Gray's Tackle...

  • Palmer Jordan 'P.J.' Godwin, Jr

    Jul 23, 2020

    Palmer Jordan “P.J.” Godwin, Jr., 88, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in a Montgomery hospital. Mr. Godwin was born Oct. 21, 1931, to Palmer Jordan, Sr. and Evie Riley Godwin, and was a lifelong resident of Conecuh Couty, Ala. A member of Holly Grove United Methodist Church, he was a retired maintenance supervisor for the Conecuh County Board of Education. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date with Craver’s Funeral Home directing. Mr. Godwin is survived by two sons, Johnny (Paula) Godwin of Castleberry, Ala. and Tony (Alic...

  • Ralph Olan Graddy

    Jul 23, 2020

    Ralph Olan Graddy, 86, of Brewton, died Monday, July 13, 2020. Mr. Graddy was born Feb. 8, 1934, and grew up in nearby Castleberry, Ala. and attended Troy State College. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He moved to Brewton in 1963 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Brewton. A private memorial service will be held at a later date with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Graddy is survived by his wife, Wanda H. Graddy of Brewton; two sons, Ronnie (Kathy) Graddy of Rutledge, Ala. and Al...

  • Terry Desmond Linam

    Jul 23, 2020

    Terry Desmond Linam, 55, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital. Mr. Linam was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. A member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church, he was owner and operator of Snappy Car Wash and Linam's Electric. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 18, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Dale Patterson officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Linam is survived by two sons, Ryan Linam and Nolon Linam, both of Atmore; two...

  • Ular C. Moorer

    Jul 23, 2020

    Ular C. Moorer, 63, of Walnut Hill, Fla., died Friday, July 17, 2020, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Mr. Moorer was a native of Atmore and longtime resident of Walnut Hill, Fla. A 1976 graduate of Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill, he had worked as a laborer for the Escambia County (Fla.) Road Department and was a member of New St. Paul Baptist Church in Walnut Hill. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at New St. Paul Church Cemetery with Rev. Sammie Moorer officiating. Burial will follow with Turner Funeral...

  • Gloria Annette Sanspree

    Jul 23, 2020

    Gloria Annette Sanspree, 81, of Atmore, died Sunday, July 12, 2020. Mrs. Sanspree was a native of Mobile and former resident of Choctaw Beach, Fla. who had resided in Atmore for the past 49 years. A military wife serving many duty stations as she traveled around the country supporting her husband, she was a member of West End Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Mitch Herring officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Lolita Shantel Thomas

    Jul 23, 2020

    Lolita Shantel Thomas, 32, of Century, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at Century Cemetery with McMurray Funeral Services directing....

  • James Arnold Turberville

    Jul 23, 2020

    James Arnold Turberville, 80, of Milton, died Sunday, July 19, 2020. Mr. Turberville was born May 12, 1940, to Martin D. and Edna Hall White Turberville, in Mineola, Ala. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore with Bro. Lester Peavy officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Turberville is survived by two sister-in-laws, Eloise Rachel Sullivan of Pace, Fla. and Marion Rachel Stephens of Milton, Fla. Mr. Turberville was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara...

  • Oman Helen Williams

    Jul 23, 2020

    Omar Helen Williams, 77, of Oak Grove, Fla., died Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Mrs. Williams was born Feb. 17, 1943, to Samuel and Lizzie Campbell Andrews in Century. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 19, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral home Chapel with Earl Harrison officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove, Fla. with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband of 44 years, William “Bill” Williams; two sons, Robert (Leslie) Henderson of Oak Grove and Johnny Williams of New York, N.Y...

  • Ballots set for Aug. 25 elections

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    When voters in the incorporated areas of Escambia County (Ala.) go to the polls Aug. 25 for their municipal elections, East Brewton residents will get to stay home because all six candidates who qualified face no opposition. However, there will be races on the ballots in Atmore, Brewton and Flomaton. In East Brewton, incumbent Mayor Terry Clark and incumbent councilmen Ned Siebert, Kenny Hultz, Ludon Simmons and Bob Arrant drew no opposition as the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline passed to qualify for...

  • Alabama is still eyeing Aug. 7 to open schools

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 23, 2020

    Escambia County (Ala.) public school students are still scheduled to report to their schools in person and online starting Thursday, Aug. 7, with the option of temporary remote learning and online virtual classes, but students must provide their own reliable internet access. At a school board meeting on Wednesday, July 15, Superintendent John Knott presented the official 'Back to School 2020-2021 Plan for Reopening Overview', developed by school system administration and personnel across the...

  • Temp checks at courthouse

    Staff Report|Jul 23, 2020

    Cherie Curtis, RN, left, gives a temperature to someone entering the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton. County commission Chairman issue an order that everyone entering the courthouse will be required to wear a mask and have their temperature checked....

  • Burnham announces candidacy for mayor

    Special to the Ledger|Jul 23, 2020

    Chris Burnham said he wants to bring hope back to Flomaton as the 50-year old Air Force veteran announces he has qualified to run for mayor of Flomaton in the Aug. 25 municipal elections. "It is with great pleasure to announce I have decided to run for mayor for the town of Flomaton," Burnham said. "I am wanting to bring back integrity, reliability and dependability to the local government. My overall goal is to listen to the citizens and to help make our hometown prosper." "I am the son of...

  • Matthews took walk with Lewis

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    Brewton resident H.K. Matthews said he met John Lewis for the first time in 1965 just prior to the famous 'Bloody Sunday' as protesters began their march from Selma to Montgomery across the Edmund-Pettis Bridge. Matthews, 92, said that one day changed the course of civil rights and he thought about Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80. "I met John during the Selma to Montgomery march," Matthews said this week. "He was 25 at the time." Matthews said Lewis began corresponding with the Dr....

  • Century, Flomaton, Jay lag in 2020 Census

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    A U.S. census official said if if the 2020 census was over today, Alabama would likely lose two congressional seats and about $13 billion in federal dollars and that Florida wouldn't be far behind. In the latest figures released by the census bureau July 15, Flomaton, Century and Jay are in a dead heat to finish last in the number of people who have self reported to the 2020 census. The latest figures showed 61.1 percent of people in the United States had filled out a census report. In Florida,...

  • Census numbers mean money or not

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    A U.S. census official said if if the 2020 census was over today, Alabama would likely lose two congressional seats and about $13 billion in federal dollars and that Florida wouldn't be far behind. In the latest figures released by the census bureau July 15, Flomaton, Century and Jay are in a dead heat to finish last in the number of people who have self reported to the 2020 census. The latest figures showed 61.1 percent of people in the United States had filled out a census report. In Florida,...

  • COVID-19 is here, be safe

    Our View|Jul 23, 2020

    We have tried our best to keep everyone informed on the developments of COVID-19. Granted, sometimes our figures may not match up with numbers you see posted on Facebook or other social media outlets. We made a decision at the beginning to base our reporting on figures we received from the Escambia County (Ala.) Health Care Authority. Jason Daniels, director of public affairs and marketing at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, said from day one figures may be different depending on where someone gets tested. Tuesday's numbers showed Escambia Coun...

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