Articles from the September 19, 2019 edition


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  • Jay attorney now faces felonies

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    A Jay attorney originally indicted for D.U.I and three misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an April 6, 2018 that injured three people has been re-indicted by an Escambia County grand jury on three felony counts of assault II. Megan Shell Ivey, 34, 5186 Robin St., turned herself in at the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton late last Wednesday. She was released the same day on $50,000 bond. District Attorney Steve Billy said Ivey's case was presented to a special grand jury on Aug....

  • Warning issued on burning

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a 'fire danger advisory' for all 67 counties in Alabama; officials in Atmore have issued a 'no burn' order within the city limits and other fire chiefs across the area are warning people not to burn due to the extremely dry conditions. “We don't have a no burn order at this time,” said Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton. “We can't tell people not to burn but we are asking them not to burn.” Stanton said the extremely dry conditions in addition to wind...

  • Passing the crown

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    T.R. Miller High School's 2018 Homecoming Queen Khadejah Askew, right, places the crown on Allison Graves who was selected as the 2019 queen as Graves' escort Landon Qualls looks on. Graves was crowned during pregame festivities Friday night. For more on T.R. Miller's homecoming and homecoming parade, see Pages 6-7A....

  • Century moving forward with city manager

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    The town of Century approved the hiring of a city manager last Monday and operations manager Eddy 'Buz' Edwin agreed to serve as interim city manager in the meantime and participate in the hiring and interview process. A Request For Proposals (RFP) will be developed and sent out next week, according to Century Mayor Henry Hawkins. “I think it's a great idea,” said Hawkins. “The city manager and I will work closely together. We can't have it any other way. They will actually run the city. All e...

  • Jay moving ahead on several projects

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    The Jay Council Monday night discussed and got updates on the progress of several projects the town has going on and approved a new name for the facility that was the old Jay Livestock market. The Livestock Market Representatives with the United States Dairy Association Rural Development (USDA RD) came last week and inspected the work done on the structure and gave a thumbs up of approval. Jay Operations Manager Eric Seib said now the town has to pay all contractors final payments and once...

  • Century seeks new gas superintendent

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    The town of Century will be searching for a new gas superintendent soon, as Wally Kellett resigned his position with the town recently to take another job. Kellett worked for the town for more than a year while living in Pensacola, according to Century Mayor Henry Hawkins, who feels that Kellett 'got the town on the right track'. The town has prioritized the installation of new gas meters where the old ones don't work and measure right or don't work at all, especially commercial gas meters for...

  • Intense training in high heat

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    Firefighters from Flomaton, Century, Barnett Crossroads, Jay and Allentown were in Flomaton for three days this week participating in a training exercise utilizing a burn trailer provided by the Alabama Fire College. The training exercises began Monday and were scheduled to continue until last night (Wednesday). Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said the burn trailer comes to Flomaton, Brewton and Atmore at least once a year to help firemen train to enter burning homes and buildings. "It's a...

  • Board honors RPES, OKs budget

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    The Escambia County Board of Education (Ala.) heard several updates, including the W.S. Neal High School construction project and approved the FY 2019-2020 budget among other items at their meeting Thursday, Sept. 12. W.S. Neal High School W.S. Neal High School construction project consisted of two projects. The athletic facilities and the auditorium are in Phase 2. School Superintendent John Knott said the project has been finalized, and he met with representatives from the Alabama Building...

  • Traffic stop nets drug arrests

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    Two East Brewton men who were passengers in a vehicle pulled over for making an improper turn were arrested after police officers found methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Jamie Jackson, 34, 105 Duncan St., and Chase Kennedy, 21, 747 Williamson St., were both charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police reports, Sgt. Paige Howell was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle make an improper turn onto Forrest Avenue. He...

  • Century seeks help with lobbying

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    Personnel with the water and wastewater systems and mayor of the town of Century are scheduled to hold a meeting at the water plant on Wednesday, Sept. 25, with several people from the state of Florida, including State Sen. Doug Broxson and State Rep. Mike Hill, according to Century Mayor Henry Hawkins, to address problems. “This is fact-finding meeting so we can get the stuff that we need,” said Hawkins. “We cannot apply for grants without them coming to put an eyeball on what is neede...

  • W.S. Neal Middle welcomes new face

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 19, 2019

    W.S. Neal Middle School in East Brewton welcomes native Perry Updike as new assistant principal this fall, following the retirement of former assistant principal Donald Hardyman. A 2002 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, Updike attended W.S. Neal Elementary, Middle and High Schools growing up. She then went to Jefferson Davis Community College (now Coastal Alabama Community College) for one year, then transferred to the University of Alabama, where she earned both a bachelor's and master's degre...

  • T.R. Miller Homecoming Court

    Sep 19, 2019

    Members of the T.R. Miller Homecoming Court and their escorts are front row from left, Grayton Coale, Whitnee Culliver, Olivia Blackmon, Abigail Cave, Allison Graves, Raivon Ewing, Madeson Evans, Za'Riyah Lane and Jennings Ruzic. Back row are Brooks Feeley, Jeffrey Walker, Preston Cawthon, Cole Jernigan, Landon Qualls, Cameron Knapp, Brandon Smith, Floyd James and Wyn Brittain....

  • Stickball back for Bicentennial

    Staff Report|Sep 19, 2019

    As a part of Alabama's Bicentennial celebration, an authentic Indian stickball game will be played in Thomasville Saturday, Sept. 28. Creek Indians from the Poarch Tribe in Atmore and Choctaw Indians from the Mississippi Band in Philadelphia will participate in events that day. A Living History/American Indian Art and Food exhibit will be held at the Thomasville Civic Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring Creek and Choctaw cultures. That evening, at 7 p.m., two teams from the Choctaw's...

  • Canes open region play with 30-8 victory

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    Flomaton's Daquan Johnson ran the ball 17 times for 170 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Hurricanes to a 30-8 win over Excel Friday night in Flomaton's first region game of the 2019 season. Flomaton will be back in region play tonight (Thurs.) when the Hurricanes travel to Fairhope to take on St. Michael Academy. It will mark the first regular season game of the season for the 3-0 Hurricanes away from home. “I thought we played well, but we had some drives stall because of penalties...

  • Chickamauga: Where the fight began

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 19, 2019

    By September 17, 1863 the stage for the Battle of Chickamauga was set. Longstreet's desperate and fatigued men had arrived in the area after a two week train ride from Virginia. Forrest, Bragg and nearly all of the best Confederate officers and regiments now converged on the tiny town of Crawfish Springs which was the site of the battle along Chickamauga Creek. Within 48 hours the greatest Confederate victory in the West would be won. Chickamauga Creek winds its way northward after crossing the...

  • Weather balloon bursts over Flomaton

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Sep 19, 2019

    On August 31, 2019, a group of ham radio operators sent a weather balloon up from the Brewton Area YMCA. Our balloon adventure was a huge success. The payload package contain several instruments, including a repeater that was used to talk to each other through. We weren't able to use some of the instruments we wanted to due to FAA weight restrictions. After reaching approximately 113,000 feet the payload package parachuted down on Grist Mill road in Excel. It was found by a local resident in Excel and he called one of the numbers attached to...

  • The tale of collards found at Green Street

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Sep 19, 2019

    Most folk who know me, know I love flowers. Old-fashioned flowers like ones found around long-abandoned home places and sad, old Plantation places and along the red clay ditches in middle gut Alabama. Flowers like Gladiola, Morning Glory, Easter Lilies, Seven Sisters Roses and Spider Lilies. To be fair, I have to put Crepe Myrtle in the mix. Although it is a shrub with blooms, it gets left behind and dragged down into those ditches by road graders and rains; only to take root and cling to life...

  • Tips for healthy and creative snacks for kids

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Sep 19, 2019

    With childhood obesity rates increasing in the United States, it is important for children to eat snacks that will support healthy development. While it may seem more appetizing and convenient to grab a candy bar or a bag of chips, parents can bring a fun new perspective to healthy foods that outshine junk foods. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many food group recommendations for kids are merely guidelines, and every child has different energy needs. It is important to create an environment that allows your child to choose...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Sep 19, 2019

    POSITIVE PEOPLE are healthy folks. They are not only positive because they are healthy, they are healthy because they are positive. POSITIVE PEOPLE take things as they come. They don’t stew over situations they can’t do anything about. They accept things as they are and get on with doing something about those things they can control. POSITIVE PEOPLE put out positive vibes wherever they are. They are grateful for what they have…excited about where they are and what they are working on…and hopeful about the possibilities of the future. POSITIVE P...

  • Stanley Ray 'Papa Smurf' Boutwell, Sr.

    Sep 19, 2019

    Stanley Ray “Papa Smurf” Boutwell, Sr., 57, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Pollard, Ala. Mr. Boutwell was a native of Atmore who had resided in Pollard for most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Malcolm Harrelson officiating. Burial followed at Traveler's Rest Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Boutwell is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara A. Boutwell of Pollard; one son, Stanley Ray Boutwell, Jr. of...

  • Jack Rondall Brantley

    Sep 19, 2019

    Jack Rondell Brantley, 77, of Flomaton, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Mr. Brantley was born in Flomaton and was a former resident of Pensacola, returning to Flomaton in 1992. Working as a self-employed mechanic, he was a member of the Century Church of Christ. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, with Min. Jesse Claunch officiating. Burial followed at Hollywood Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mr. Brantley is survived by one daughter, Ronda (Bubba) Pridgen of Flomaton; one brother, Jerry Brantley of Flomaton; and two...

  • Alfonzie Cottrell

    Sep 19, 2019

    Alfonzie Cottrell, 81, died Monday, August 26, 2019. Mr. Cottrell was born April 22, 1938, to Jack and Betty L. Cottrell in Century. A graduate of Carver High School, he worked for Exxon Mobile as a 1st class operator, retiring with 30 years. He joined Edward Point Christian Church, where he was Superintendent of Sunday School and Chairman of the Deacon Board for 55 years. He planted a garden that fed members of the community for many years. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 31, at Edward Point Christian Church with Rev. Sherry...

  • William L. Etheridge

    Sep 19, 2019

    William L. Etheridge, 77, of Navarre, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 in Navarre. Mr. Etheridge was born Aug. 27, 1942, to William E. and Eunice Bryars Etheridge in Atmore. Retired from the U.S. Air Force, he served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sargent and during the Vietnam Conflict. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Bryars-McGill Cemetery with full military honors and Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Etheridge is survived by two sons, James (Shelly)...

  • James Dewayne Hunter

    Sep 19, 2019

    James Dewayne Hunter, 34, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Mr. Hunter was born Oct. 9, 1984, to James and Carolyn Hunter in Monroeville, Ala. Attending school in the Conecuh County system up to 12th grade, he received his GED and was employed as a security guard at the I-65 rest area for several years. He was a member of Belleville Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at Belleville Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Thames officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Christian Memorial...

  • Patrick 'Pat' Maurice McDonald,

    Sep 19, 2019

    Patrick “Pat” Maurice McDonald, 63, of Brewton, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Providence Hospital in Mobile. Mr. McDonald was born in Brewton, and had been a life-long resident of the Damascus community where he was a member of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department. Of the Christian faith, he worked as a truck driver. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, at Craver's Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy White officiating. Burial followed at Springhill Cemetery in Lenox, Ala. With Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. McD...

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