Articles from the August 15, 2019 edition


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  • White supremacy replaces Russian collusion

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    After perpetuating a preposterous hoax for over two years, the corrupt cabal of Federal Bureaucrats, Democrats, and media determined to topple President Trump have found a new grotesque lie. The accusation that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the presidency has been a ridiculous ruse since its inception. Despite the incessant speculative whining of House Democrats, everyone knows Trump never colluded with Russians. The Mueller Report did not end it, but his pathetic Congressional testimony coupled with absurd Democrat antics have finally...

  • The story of Col. Floyd Mann

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    One of the legendary figures in Alabama political lore is Floyd Mann. Colonel Mann was Public Safety Director for two governors. His lifetime friend, John Patterson, made him his Public Safety Director while he was governor, 1958-1962 and Governor Albert Brewer chose Colonel Mann to be his Director while he was governor, 1968-1970. The Public Safety Director in those days was referred to as the Head of the State Troopers. It was during the Patterson administration that Mann made his mark in Alabama history. The hot winds of segregation began to...

  • A Washington success story

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    One of the first actions I took after being elected in 2013 was to visit all the hospitals in Southwest Alabama. Big and small, rural and urban, I visited them all. And I spoke directly with doctors and hospital leadership about issues they and their communities faced. I did this because the importance of hospitals to the communities they serve is so great. When industries look at potential locations to build or expand, they look for things like quality of life, education, and available healthcare. Areas without hospitals are often at a...

  • Coleys, Bookers, McNiels farmed near Butler

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    In a parting glance at the Hollinger community it beckons the call to review the windswept tombstones of Enon's cemetery. Through blistering summers, wintery frostings of snow, hurricanes and a hundred or more spring time mornings, their gentle epithets ask the visitor to consider the life of the person buried here and to reflect upon their own mortality. Perhaps never a more suitable summation of the area exists than that published in the Monroe Journal on May 25, 1916. "There is hardly a man...

  • Mockingbirds change song during dog days

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    It sure is hot! It's hot! I'm betting that most of you have heard something similar to this if not these exact words during the past several weeks. I've heard people talk about dog days recently, that's a interesting subject. There are several different ways of thinking on dog days. According to most people they start somewhere between July 3, and July 15 and last anywhere from 30 days to 61 days. But I definitely remember my grandparents talk about dog days running from July 25, until September 2, forty days. I'm not saying either one is...

  • Always remember hearsts cannot pull uhauls

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    My personal axis has finally been knocked off. Reading an article posted by a friend telling us about how the millennials are refusing things from us old folks that we think are important. We spent the better years of our lives struggling financially to collect things, only to now find the offspring simply won't take possession of ‘em. "What is wrong with you all?" "Don't have room for it. Besides who wants to spend their life polishing silver when we can use plastic?" Point taken…still hurts. Three years of home economics wasted on cho...

  • Tips for safe after school snacking at home alone

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    As children go back to school to feed their hungry minds, parents will be turning their attention to feeding those hungry bodies with healthy and nutritious snacks at home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued tips to keep kids safe from food poisoning as they prepare their favorite treats, sometimes unsupervised by mom or dad. Consumers of all ages need to be aware that bacteria in food can make them sick, but there are ways to reduce their risk of food poisoning. Back to school...

  • Mildred T. Bowman

    Aug 15, 2019

    Mildred T. Bowman, 90, of Lottie, Ala., died Saturday, August 3, 2019, in Pensacola. Mrs. Bowman was born Sept. 22, 1928, to Robert “Rob” and Henrietta “Carlie” Taylor Tyree in Barnett's Crossroads, Ala. Of the Baptist faith, she was a retired seamstress from Vanity Fair. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 9, at the chapel of Johnson Quimby Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Daniels officiating. Burial followed at Lottie New Home Cemetery with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Bowman is survived by two sons, Mark Bowman...

  • Roland Howard Gibson

    Aug 15, 2019

    Roland Howard Gibson, 72, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at an Atmore nursing facility. Mr. Gibson was a lifelong resident of the Brewton and East Brewton areas who was a member of the W.S. Neal High School Class of 1965. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the owner of Homes R Us. He helped coach multiple sports for various ages for a number of years and was of the Pentecostal faith. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Quick officiating. Burial followed at...

  • Harold Wilton Hanks

    Aug 15, 2019

    Harold Wilton Hanks died Wednesday, or Repton, August 7, 2019 in Repton. Mr. Hanks was a lifelong resident of Repton and member of the Repton High School Class of 1958. After high school, he earned a degree in agriculture and school administration at Auburn University and served as principal of Repton High School and taught agriculture at both Lyeffion and Repton. He was a member of Springhill United Methodist Church. The funeral was held at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 10, at Springhill United Methodist Church in Lenox. Burial followed at...

  • Gary Lee Holt

    Aug 15, 2019

    Gary Lee Holt, 63, of Pace, Fla., died Sunday, August 4, 2019. Mr. Holt was born Sept. 17, 1955, to Marvin and Idell Minchew Holt in Brewton. A 1973 graduate of Flomaton High School and 2007 graduate of the University of West Florida with a business degree, he lived in Pace, where he was involved with the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, coming from Atmore. Retired from International Paper Company in 2007 after 21 years of service, he worked for five years with the State of Alabama. Of the Baptist faith, he coached baseball and was an...

  • Glenn 'Eddie' Edward Jerkins, Jr.

    Aug 15, 2019

    Glenn "Eddie" Edward Jerkins, Jr., 56, of Atmore, died Sunday, August 4, 2019, in a Florence, Ala. medical facility as a brief illness. Mr. Jerkins was a native and lifetime resident of Atmore, Alabama, born April 20, 1963, and had many hobbies. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 16, at Oak Hill Cemetery with Father Patrick Madden officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Jerkins is survived by his parents, Glenn E. (Evelyn) Jerkins, Sr. of Orange...

  • Charlie Mae 'Tina' Johnson

    Aug 15, 2019

    Charlie Mae “Tina” Johnson, of Moss Point, Miss., formerly of Atmore, Ala., died Monday, July 29, 2019, at a local hospital. Mrs. Johnson was known as “Tina” by her family and friends and was a native of Atmore who graduated from Escambia County Training School in 1967. Following graduation, she relocated to Detroit, Mich., where she studied nursing and worked. Later, she moved back to the south and made Moss Point her home. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 10, at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Point. Burial...

  • Mary Joyce Jones

    Aug 15, 2019

    Mary Joyce Jones, 51, died Saturday, July 27, 2019. Mrs. Jones was born May 31, 1968, to Willie J. and Leola Fantroy in Brewton and attended W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton. She was employed at various restaurants in the Brewton area. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 3, at Second Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband, Curtis Jones; one son, Curtis Jones, Jr.; two daughters, Lakeshia and Angela;...

  • Nanella L. 'Nell' Marsh

    Aug 15, 2019

    Nanella L. “Nell” Marsh, 87, of Atmore, died Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Atmore. Mrs. Marsh was born June 25, 1932, to Walter F. and Lila Black Lowrey in Canoe, Ala. She was a homemaker. The funeral was held at 10:45 a.m., Friday, August 9. at Canoe Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Tedder officiating. Burial followed with Johnson Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Marsh is survived by two sons, Frankie (Tina) Marsh of Oak Grove, Fla. and Roger Marsh of Atmore; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Marsh was pre...

  • Carolyn Mae Murphy

    Aug 15, 2019

    Carolyn Mae Murphy, 67, of Brewton, died Tuesday, August 6, 2019 after a brief illness. Mrs. Murphy was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. A homemaker, she was a 1969 graduate of W.S. Neal High School. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 9, at Zion Hill Church with Rev. Brian Garrett and Rev. Kenny Murphy officiating. Burial followed at Zion Hill Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Murphy is survived by her husband, Charles Larry Murphy of Brewton; his mother, Ola Mae Faulk of Brewton; three...

  • Steve Nelson Rutherford

    Aug 15, 2019

    Steve Nelson Rutherford, 73, died Friday, August 2, 2019 in Biloxi, Miss. Mr. Rutherford was a native of Jay who had resided in Atmore for most of his life. Working as a truck driver, he was a wounded Vietnam Veteran and avid outdoorsman. A visitation was held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, August 5, at Lighthouse Temple Church of God with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Rutherford is survived by two sons, Ricky (Linda) Rutherford and Rocky Rutherford of Monroeville, Ala.; one daughter, Kristi Rutherford Taylor of St. Louis, Mo.;...

  • James 'Jimmy' Clinton Steele

    Aug 15, 2019

    James “Jimmy” Clinton Steele, 72, of Brewton, died Monday, August 5, 2019 in an Atmore nursing facility after a brief illness. Mr. Steele was a native and longtime resident of Brewton who was a 1965 graduate of T.R. Miller High School. A member of the Macedonia Church, he was a U.S. National Guard veteran and retired security guard. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Butts officiating. Burial followed at Fuqua-Haveard Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Cha...

  • Arguing is just a waste of breath

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Aug 15, 2019

    Arguing. Why do we spend so much time doing it? I've thought about it recently when I've watched the national news. I thought about it again when my daughter got into an argument online with a stranger that didn't see eye-to-eye with her. I was reminded of it, yet again, when I found myself embroiled in an argument with someone close to me. Not so very long ago, I was speaking to my mother, whom I've come to realize may be one of the wisest people that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I...

  • Vote set on Sunday alcohol sale

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, to vote on an ordinance that will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays within the town limits of Flomaton at the same hours alcohol is now allowed to be served Monday through Friday. During Monday night's town council meeting the council voted 5-1 to consider an ordinance to allow for Sunday sales. Councilman Roger Adkinson voted no. Under state law if an ordinance doesn't receive a unanimous vote it must...

  • Plane goes down along river bank

    Joe Thomas and Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Aug 15, 2019

    A Pensacola man remains in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola following an airplane crash Tuesday afternoon when the plane hit two power lines crossing the Escambia River causing his plane to crash into a sandbar on the river's bank. The pilot has been identified as Scott Nee by Freddie Wayne McCall Jr., who serves as the Fixed Based Operation Manager for the Brewton Airport. Emergency personnel were dispatched about 1 p.m. Tuesday when officials realized the airplane...

  • Atmore doctor arrested for domestic assault

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Aug 15, 2019

    An Atmore doctor who lives in Molino was arrested July 25 and charged with two felony counts of battery when law enforcement responded to a disturbance complaint and found a physical altercation taking place between a father and his three children. William Shane Harigel, 46, 5978 Quintette Road, Pace, was in a vehicle with his two daughters, Makyla and Makinley and son John returning home from Pensacola when Makayla and William got into an argument over a traffic ticket, according to a Santa Ros...

  • Flomaton police jail four for drugs

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    A warrant service, traffic stop and a check on a suspicious vehicle by Flomaton police led to the arrest of four people on drug charges. At 9:18 p.m. on Aug. 8, Capt. Chance Thompson and Officers Isaac Lopez and Dane Nesmith went to 293 Mize Road to serve a failure to appear warrant issued against Jonathan Rabon on previous charges of assault and eluding police. Rabon, 37, was taken into custody without incident. According to police, while Rabon was being transported, Officer Lopez made contact...

  • Starting school at FES

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Aug 15, 2019

    Flomaton Elementary School kicked off the 2019-2020 school year on Thurs., Aug. 8. Preschool students and kindergartners were welcomed with a special 'Tears & Cheers' breakfast. For more, see our Photo Gallery....

  • Century OKs hiring of gas consultant

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Aug 15, 2019

    The Century Town Council approved Town Consultant Buzz Eddy's recommendation to pay one natural gas consultant $4,750 and the other consultant $35 an hour to assess and evaluate four gas meters at four businesses in Century that are not working properly at its Monday, Aug. 5, meeting. Sunrise Donuts, Coin Laundry and Storage, The Panhandle Cafe and Food Giant all have gas meters that are not working properly or at all, according to Eddy. Eddy said the town has asked Glenn House from Okaloosa...

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