Articles from the July 25, 2019 edition


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  • Border spat harms our Alabama

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    The detrimental effects of the humanitarian and national security crisis on our border extend all the way to Alabama communities. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to address our immigration policies. One of the most obvious ways our insecure border harms our communities is the drug trade. Our porous border is perhaps the most significant contributing factor to the ongoing opioid crisis—the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. In 2017, over 47,000 lives were claimed by opioids. That’s more than those from car accidents and firearm...

  • 2020 U.S. Senate race picks up

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as attorney general. Very few U. S. Senators with 20 years seniority would leave their permanent seats in the illustrious, powerful and elite United States Senate for a temporary four year at best tenure in a tumultuous and transient cabinet post. Trump is tempest...

  • Trojan horsewomen of color

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    Dubbed “the squad,” four freshmen Democrat Congresswomen have seized the national spotlight and made quite a splash in Congress. Their elections are remarkable firsts. Representatives Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) are the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA) is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. And young upstart, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) won an incredible upset to become the youngest member currently serving in Congress. While these achievement...

  • Magazine fire brings devastation to Mobile

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    Federal forces assumed control of the port of Mobile following the evacuation of Confederate forces at the close of the Blakley campaign. A war weary populace watched as the blue coats marched up the Mobile streets which had, just weeks before, been the last Confederate port to hold out against the Union navy. After several weeks of occupation, the Union forces had stockpiled supplies and weaponry in the numerous water front warehouses. The Union forces soon created a magazine, or ordnance depot...

  • Remember radios are not a thing of the past

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    Like millions of other people, fifty years ago this past weekend, July 20, 1969, I was watching world history being made on the television. The United States became the first country to put men on the moon. Like most teenagers of the time this got my interest in space to going at full speed. As time went by I more or less decided that watching the moon landing was about as close as I would get to any kind of activity to do with outer space. But twenty six years later I would get a little more closer and personal with outer space, in fact our...

  • Preacher Fawcett and the brush arbor revival

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    Barnett Crossroads, Alabama. Sometime late in the 1940's. In the days of my early childhood some special experiences stand out more vividly than others. I'll share one. The scene is at the southeast corner of the crossing. The old store still sat then at the northeast corner. If I have my facts correct, the owners back to the beginning of this important place was builder A. D. Kelly, then Ollie Ingram, and followed by Clyde Hawkins. Last owners were Riley & Annie Barnett who moved the store across the road to the southeast corner where this...

  • Tips and recipes on how to get the best of figs

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    Got Figs? Both Mrs. Frances Rallings and Johnny Hall of Brewton do! They have an abundance of figs on their trees this year. Johnny plans to have his first canning experience making Strawberry Fig Preserves and Mrs. Rallings will continue treating her family members to an old family recipe for Fig Newtons. They love receiving homemade batches of cookies in the mail. I’m really impressed! For health conscious people, figs are one of the most highly sought fruits in the United States. Research has shown figs to be a good source of dietary fiber,...

  • Infant Griffin Parker Boyette

    Jul 25, 2019

    Infant Griffin Parker Boyette died Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Mobile. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 25, at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Mobile with Pastor Daniel Blaylock and Bro. Justin morse officiating.s Burial followed with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Infant Boyette is survived by his parents, Mitchell and Amanda Boyette of Poarch, Ala.; four grandparents, Darrell and Loralea Lolley of Saraland and Daniel and Vockie Boyette of Atmore; and numerous uncles, aunts and other family members....

  • Bessie Wilma Chavers

    Jul 25, 2019

    Bessie Wilma Chavers, 80, of Brewton, died Friday, July 12, 2019, in a Mobile hospital. Mrs. Chavers was a native of Escambia County, Ala., born the eleventh of thirteen children to Dennis and Bessie Baker Cain. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Dennis and Bro. Clinton Buchanan officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Chavers is survived by one son, Robert (Kathie) Chavers of Frisco City; two daughters, Rachel (John)...

  • Stella Kate Hobbs

    Jul 25, 2019

    Stella Kate Hobbs, 78, of East Brewton, died Monday, July 8, 2019 in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Hobbs was a native and life-ling resident of Brewton who worked as a cook at Mr. B's Cafe for several years. She was of the Holiness faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, at Craver's Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Hudson and Rev. William Joyner officiating. Burial followed at Fort Crawford Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hobbs is survived by one son, Lavon Hobbs of East Brewton; one daughter, Marie (Ray) Hudson...

  • Tim Allen Kimmons

    Jul 25, 2019

    Tim Allen Kimmons, 57, died Friday, July 12, 2019, in Mobile. Mr. Kimmons was a native of Century and former resident of both Brewton and Flomaton, where he had spent most of his life. Living in Range, Ala. For the last five years, he was an automobile painter who loved stock car racing and a member of Ebenezer Church. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral home with Bobby Carnley and Bro. Tim Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Beulah Chapel Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Ernest Everett Merritt

    Jul 25, 2019

    Ernest Everett Merritt, 67, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Castleberry. Mr. Merritt was born in Fairhope, Ala. and had been a lifelong resident of Castleberry. A member of the Castleberry High School Class of 1969, he was owner and operator of a saw mill for a number of years and created woodwork and flooring. Of the Assembly of God faith, he was a former deacon at Appleton Assembly of God Church. Mr. Merritt is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary E. Pugh Merritt of Castleberry; one son, Everett Dewayne (Tiphanie) Merritt of Wallace, Ala.;...

  • Isham Gordon 'I.G.' Nichols, Jr.

    Jul 25, 2019

    Isham Gordon “I.G.” Nichols, Jr., 85, of Atmore, died Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Mobile. Mr. Nichols was born May 14, 1934, to Isham Gordon, Sr. and Velma Nichols in Burnt Corn, Ala. A member of First Baptist Church of Atmore, he had attended Auburn (A.P.I) and was owner and operator of Nichols Department Store for many years, where he retired from. He served as a councilman with the City of Atmore and was a past president of the Atmore Jaycees. The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Patterson Chapel at First Baptist Church of...

  • Mary Lou Odom

    Jul 25, 2019

    Mary Lou Odom, 82, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Brewton. Mrs. Odom was born in Castleberry, Ala. and was a life-long resident of this area. A homemaker, she was of the Christian faith. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Russ McDonald officiating and Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Odom is survived by four sons, Edward Sawyer and Marty Sawyer, both of Castleberry, Keith (Ramona) Sawyer of Brewton and John (Ranita) Sawyer of Baldwin County; one daughter, Lenora (Gerard) Fall of Church...

  • Joseph Barnett Weaver, Jr.

    Jul 25, 2019

    Joseph Barnett Weaver, Jr., 92, died Sunday, July 14, 2019. Mr. Weaver was born March 5, 1927, to Joseph Barnett, Sr. and Viola Booker Weaver in Akron, Ohio. His family relocated to Conecuh County, Ala., where he grew up on a farm. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Pearl Harbor during WWII. When the war ended, he returned home and finished high school at Lyeffion School, then graduated from Troy State Teacher's College in 1953. Earning a Masters degree in Education Administration in 1957 at Auburn University, he taught Vet...

  • Lily Brunette Weaver Williams

    Jul 25, 2019

    Lily Brunette Weaver Williams, 89, of Pensacola, died Friday, July 12, 2019. Mrs. Williams was born May 6, 1930, to R.B. Winston and Minnie Bertha Brantley Weaver in Purdue Hill, Ala. Active in the community, she worked as a registered nurse and was a member of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Larsen officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Williams is survived by one sister, Bonnie...

  • New play headed to Monroeville

    Staff Report|Jul 25, 2019

    A new play, Truman Talks Nelle Harper Lee, will have its world premiere in Monroeville, Alabama at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 and a matinee performance on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The setting is the iconic courthouse known worldwide by fans of Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Written and performed by noted Broadway actor Joel Vig, the play's focus is on a fictional surprise 50th birthday celebration for Harper Lee in 1976. Her childhood friend Truman Capote (portrayed by Vig), has returned to Monroeville to salute their...

  • Commission OKs chamber money

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 25, 2019

    In a vote 5-0, the Escambia County (Fla.) Board of Commissioners approved a proposal to spend the Fiscal Year 2018 $55,000 economic development funds in County Commissioner Stephen Barry's discretionary funds in Century with the online news website NorthEscambia.com at its Thursday, July 18 meeting. The $55,000 had to be used before Sept. 1, 2019, the end of Fiscal Year 2019, for economic development in the Century area, which includes Walnut Hill, McDavid and Molino. Barry designated the money...

  • Locals graduate from University of Alabama

    Staff Report|Jul 25, 2019

    Several locals were among the graduates of the University of Alabama when it awarded some 5,716 degrees during its spring commencement May 3-5. The recipients are: from Atmore: Jazmine Nicole Adams with Juris Doctor; Gabrielle Leigh Bohannon with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences; Scarlet Olivia Martin of Atmore with a Bachelor of Arts; from Brewton: Amber Nicole Blackwell with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Daisha Malena Flowers with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration; Katherine Lynn...

  • June food scores released

    Staff Report|Jul 25, 2019

    Escambia County (Ala.) released its food scores for June 2019. The scores are as follows: Atmore Abundant Life Church - 93 Atmore Comm. Hosp. - 97 Atmore Dragway - 93 Burger King - 97 Circle K - 94 Creek Travel Plaza - 97 McDonald’s - Hwy 21 - 96 R & F Foods of AL Retail - 96 Food establishment - 93 Sonic Drive-In - 98 Spudd’s - 93 Subway - Lindberg - 92 Subway - Jack Sprgs - 95 East Brewton Magnolia Super Foods Deli - 94 Retail - 97 Flomaton Church’s - 96 Hardee’s - 93 McDonald’s - 94...

  • Land code meeting planned

    Jul 25, 2019

    An open house meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Pace Community Center located at 5976 Chumuckla Hwy. in Pace is one of two meetings scheduled after Planning and Zoning Director Shawn Ward discussed the update of the Santa Rosa County Land Development Code (LDC) at the BOCC regular meeting on Thurs., July 11. The LDC contains regulations that govern how land is developed in the unincorporated areas of the county and addresses everything from zoning, site development, the natural environment and stormwater management to park...

  • FLOW visits Century August 6

    Staff Report|Jul 25, 2019

    Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to bring the Florida Licensing On Wheels (FLOW) mobile office to Century on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Billy G. Ward Century Courthouse, 7500 N. Century Boulevard. FLOW is a standalone mobile office with technology to provide most motorists’ needs. The mobile unit provides a convenient method to renew a driver license, obtain a replacement driver license, conversion/reciprocation of o...

  • Century hires Eddy to assist

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 25, 2019

    The town of Century may see a new face in town hall starting July 29 following the council's approval July 15 to hire former Gulf Breeze City Manager Edwin “Buzz” Eddy and three others part-time to help the town get its utilities and finances back in the black. Eddy and each of three people he will bring will be paid $35 an hour for 20 to 25 hours a week initially, and could become more or less time, depending on the success or failure of his work. He suggested the council put two ceilings in...

  • Stolen vehicle search leads to meth charge

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 25, 2019

    A McDavid woman associated with a possible stolen vehicle faces a felony drug possession charge after law enforcement searched her and found methamphetamine. Katherine Leigh Glass, 38, 306 Cox Road, was one of two females who were found at 4165 Pine Forest Road in possession of a 2002 black GMC pickup by the vehicle's owner that had been reported stolen, according to an Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office report. When law enforcement responded, the owner of the stolen vehicle told officers o...

  • Counterfeit bills net arrest

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jul 25, 2019

    A Flomaton woman was arrested July 18 and charged with one count felony passing a counterfeit bill when she attempted to pay for gasoline in Century. Mary Pauline Champion, 37, 293 Mize Road, attempted to buy fuel at the Marathon Gas Station, located at 8360 North Century Boulevard, by pre-paying with bills that the store clerk, Joyce Hawthorne, said were counterfeit bills, according to an Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's office report. The officer was dispatched to the Dollar General on...

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