Articles from the October 3, 2019 edition


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  • Along the banks of Sizemore Creek

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    A whisper echoing through a gentle breeze, willow trees that witnessed life and death and an old white oak that stands in silent repose while holding in her wisdom acquired over a century of being rooted near the banks. These are some of the sights and sounds of Sizemore Creek which reverberate as if in another dimension as creek goers and traffic pass on the bridge above unaware of her past. Yet just off the roadway this ancient creek seeks to pass on its secrets on to a new generation....

  • On the hunt with the treasure hunter

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    Escambia County’s premier educator at the end of the nineteenth century was Professor James M. Tate. After he retired about 1914, he wrote several articles about his loved community for a Pensacola newspaper. Some of his early contributions contained stories of buried treasure which quickly garnered much interest. Several local residents were among many folks who decided that the tales were true and made efforts to seek out the prize. One of these was a neighbor of the old professor - a religious but superstitious farmer identified in the a...

  • The tale of the Chinese finger trap

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    23 was a big year for the Crews family. Our precious Peggy had started "Candy Garden" at Lacoochee Elementary in Pasco County, Florida. She was filling up her head with letters, numbers & colors while being shoved into the wrong bus line and having her pregnant mama close to a nervous breakdown. This caused a blubbering confrontation with the school Principal, the teachers, the school nurse and both janitors. The little darling announced to her favorite teacher’s aide that her mama would need a whole seat for herself if she volunteered to g...

  • GOP field set for Alabama Senate race

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    Even though qualifying does not begin until October 8, 2019, the field is probably set for the GOP Primary in March to unseat the anomaly Democrat, Doug Jones, who is sitting in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate Seat. First District Congressman Bradley Bryne and Secretary of State John Merrill may be the favorites to lead the field and square off in a runoff. Either of the two will probably win by a 60-40 margin over Jones in November. The wild card in the race is the iconic character, Roy Moore. He should not be underestimated. He could u...

  • Holding their feet to the fire

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    With her announcement that the House will finally move toward impeachment, Nancy Pelosi has set in motion what the Democrats have wanted to do since Election Night of 2016. They will seek to remove President Trump at all costs. It is frustrating for me that Washington is focused on these partisan impeachment proceedings when there is so much we could get done for the American people. For example, the President’s trade deal has bipartisan support but has not moved forward in the House. Of course, the border security crisis continues as well. Las...

  • Balderdash, bollocks & bunk

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    Witnessing the utter nonsense in Washington over an ostensible whistle blower report about President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president, there are literally not enough words to describe total BS. The crazed liberal media complex and panicked Democrats are drowning in bovine scatology. Unable to defeat Trump in politics or policies, leftist press and politicians rushed to judgement in what they thought was another opportunity to destroy Donald Trump. Even “Never Trumpers” came out of hiding hoping to be vindicated. Alas, it is no...

  • Bidding farewell to you all after 40 years

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    Hello Readers! I am submitting my final article for publication due to the fact that I am retiring from Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in Escambia County. It has been my pleasure to write these articles for more than 35 years, and I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. As an employee of ACES for more than 40 years, my career has been a special treat for me and those I have worked with starting with the Office Staff, in the Escambia County Extension Office. We are more like a family....

  • Jessie Mae Harris Anderson

    Oct 3, 2019

    Jessie Mae Harris Anderson, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Mrs. Anderson was born March 4, 1942, to Julius and Jesse Lee Harris in Century. She was the seventh of ten children born to the Harris family. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Pilgrim Lodge Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Steward officiating. Burial followed at Century Cemetery with Jackson-McMurray Funeral Services directing. Mrs. Anderson is survived by her husband, Willie Mack Anderson; three children, Gloria Harris and Willie Harris, both...

  • Eldon Lewis 'Pete' Davenport

    Oct 3, 2019

    Eldon Lewis “Pete” Davenport, 83, of East Brewton, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in a Pensacola medical facility after a brief illness. Mr. Davenport was a native of Courtland, N.Y. and former resident of Ohio before he became a long time resident of East Brewton. Of the Protestant faith, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired machine tender from Container Corporation with 39 years of service. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. William Joyner officiating. Burial followed at For...

  • Violet Miller Graves

    Oct 3, 2019

    Violet Miller Graves, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Mrs. Graves was born Dec. 6, 1931, to Levi and Lena Miller in the Pineview community. She enjoyed cooking , gardening and fishing. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Byrnes Pitts and Bro. James Peacock officiating. Burial followed at Beulah Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Graves is survived by two sons, Aubrey (Janice) Graves of Chipley and Danny (Jan) Graves of Brewton; two daughters, Judy George of Ninnekah, Okla....

  • Walter Johnson, Jr.

    Oct 3, 2019

    Walter Johnson, Jr., 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 12, 1959 in Atmore. A graduate of Rock Island High School, in Rock Island, Illinois, he was employed for many years with John Deere. A member of the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island, he became a member of the New Order Missionary Baptist Church when he relocated to Atmore and later joined Emanuel's Faith Center. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Emanuel's Faith Center with Bishop Wayne and Elect Lady Rhonda Johnson and Elder Ledell and...

  • Sammy Roy Jordan

    Oct 3, 2019

    Sammy Roy Jordan, of Brewton, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Brewton. Mr. Jordan was born in Shattuck, Okla. and had been a resident of the Brewton area since 1990, when he relocated from Alice, Texas. Of the Christian faith, he was an area foreman for an oil producing company. The funeral will be announced at a later date with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gisela M. Jordan of Brewton; one son, Shane Jordan of Texas; two daughters, Christina Yarbrough of Seattle, Wash. and Stefanie Jordan of...

  • Patrick 'Pat' Maurice McDonald

    Oct 3, 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 lifelong resident of the Damascus community, where he was a member of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department and worked as an over the road truck driver. Of the Christian faith, he enjoyed riding horses, hunting and fishing. 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 Len...

  • Cynthia Gardner Mount

    Oct 3, 2019

    Cynthia Gardner Mount, 50, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Mobile. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Kindred Hospice Chaplain Ann Dowdle officiating. Burial followed at New Home Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Mount is survived by her husband, Patrick Mount; five children, Kaitlyn (Bryan) Blow, Mariah (Thomas) Jones, Taylor Mount and Hunter Mount; four brothers, Wesley (Brenda) Gardner of Poarch, Richard (Belinda) Gardner and George (Shari) Gardner,...

  • English charged with murder

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    A 23-year old Atmore man has been arrested and charged with murder for the Sept. 24 shooting death of Roderick Lynn Watkins outside a Jimbos Road residence in Atmore. Anthony Jerome English, 1106 North Main St., was arrested Monday in Monroeville. Escambia County District Judge Eric Coale set bond at $1 million Wednesday afternoon on the murder charge. Prior to the bond hearing, the district attorney's office filed motions that were approved by Circuit Judge Jeff White to revoke the bond English...

  • Charges are pending in car collision

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    A Century woman is facing drug charges following a two-vehicle collision last Wednesday night after she apparently pulled out of the Pizza Hut parking lot in Flomaton and into the path of a vehicle that was headed south on Highway 31. Warrants have been signed for the arrest of Debra Sims, 62, 575 Fannie Road, charging her with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and unlawful possession of drug...

  • Lee files complaint against Flomaton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    Flomaton resident Doyle 'Butch' Lee filed a complaint with the Alabama attorney generals office claiming the practice of the town of Flomaton charging sewer rates based on water consumption is illegal and the town filed a response saying it's a practice most municipalities use, noting metering sewer is not cost effective or accurate. In his letter to the attorney general's office Lee said “I have been charged for years for every gallon of water used from the water system back into the sewer s...

  • Truck sparks fires along Highway 31

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    Firefighters battled 13 wildfires between Flomaton and Brewton Tuesday and they were back at work Wednesday trying to contain other fires before they get out of hand and engulf hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of land and possibly homes. Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said the fires Tuesday were caused by an 18-wheeler heading south on U.S. Highway 31 with two flat tires. Sparks from the rims lit fires from Jernigan Road to VanHoosen Road. “We had a couple just about get away, but for t...

  • Peanuts plentiful this weekend in Jay

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    The time of year has come for the 30th Annual Jay Peanut Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Gabbert Farm in Jay. The farm is located at 3604 Pine Level Church Road and is put on in memory of the Gabbert's daughter, Melissa Caroline Gabbert, who died from complications of cancer and age 19. Admission, parking, contests and entertainment at the festival are free. There will be arts, crafts, antiques, new merchandise, a rock wall, a bungee jump,...

  • Knott chosen as a finalist

    Staff Report|Oct 3, 2019

    Escambia County (Ala.) District 1 School Superintendent John Knott is one of several Alabama school superintendents selected by the School Superintendent Alabama (SSA) who are finalists for the Alabama 2020 Superintendent of the Year. Other Superintendent of the Year finalists include: from District 2, Dr. Avis Williams, Selma City; District 3, Dr. Rick McInturf, Ozark City; District 4, Dr. Chuck Ledbetter, Pike Road City; District 5, Mr. John Moore, Leeds City; District 6, Dr. Jeff Goodwin, Oxford City; District 7, Dr. Mike Daria, Tuscaloosa C...

  • Council questions funds

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council voted last Wednesday to seek an attorney general's opinion to clarify how the town can legally spend money collected through its municipal court system. The council passed a resolution noting the funds collected are deposited into a corrections fund. The resolution states the code section that governs the use of those funds contains some ambiguity as to what constitutes permissible expenditures. The resolution passed by the council asks the attorney general's office to...

  • Century OKs water fix

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 3, 2019

    The Century Council voted Monday Sept. 16 approval for the wastewater treatment plant to pay for repairs to the town's effluent filters for $1,800. Interim City manager Buz Eddy told the council the filters have been out of service for several years due to the controls being submerged in water and they need to be repaired or replaced and returned to service. The filters were installed in 2002 and 2007, Eddy said. “This is a sole source type mechanical assessment by the manufacturer and until w...

  • Jay man faces drug charges

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 3, 2019

    A Jay man is facing drug and weapon charges after authorities responded to a report of illegal narcotics being used under a bridge. Jackie Blaine Rogers, 48, 6045 Highway 4, was later identified as the driver of a red pick-up truck reported to law enforcement to be using illegal narcotics parked under the bridge located just east of the intersection of McDaniels Road and Highway 4, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office report. When the officer shined a light on the Rogers, Rogers mad...

  • Council eyes trash fee

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    An ordinance to impose a new $5 per month fee for access to curbside trash pick-up will require a second reading after the Flomaton Town Council voted last Wednesday afternoon to approve the ordinance on a 4-2 vote. If an ordinance does not receive a unanimous vote on the first reading, a second reading is required. At last week's meeting, council members Buster Crapps and Lillian Dean voted no. The council will vote on the ordinance again at its Oct. 14 meeting. The ordinance presented to the c...

  • GECA gets a donation

    Staff Report|Oct 3, 2019

    The Greater Escambia Center for the Arts (GECA) received an $8,926.57 TITO (Ticket In Ticket Out) donation from Wind Creek Casino last Friday. Above, from left, Amanda McMillan, Wanetta McGinty, Jerry Janes, Terri Breckenridge, Phil Johnson, Gilda Stubben and Sharon Poulsen....

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