Articles from the October 17, 2019 edition


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  • Contest will offer scholarship

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    The Billy Glenn Rushing Post 90 of Atmore announces an opportunity for local high school students to participate in a National American Legion Program that could result in a scholarship of up to $18,000 for first place winner at the National level of the ‘Oratorical’ contest, a series of public speaking opportunities. Applications are located for pick up in the Guidance Counselors at Escambia County High School, Escambia Academy and Flomaton High School for this program and are due at American Legion Post 90 no later than 11 a.m., Monday, Dec...

  • Local students recognized by their universities

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    Locals attending colleges and universities in around the state and nation were honored recently at their schools. Huntingdon College Graduates of Huntingdon’s 2019 evening studies include the following locals, some who graduated with honors. From Atmore, Candice Louise Dawe, in Business Management (Cum Laude); Reginald Deshay Johnson in Business Management; Annah Brook Nichols in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude); and Helen Marie Thomas in Business Management; from Brewton, Katherine Folmar in Business Management; Jerry Jason Newby in Busin...

  • ECRC offers new program

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    The Escambia Career Readiness Center’s Public Safety Program had the privilege of being the first Career Technical Center to host the Alabama Fire College’s Mobile Drill Tower. The Mobile Drill Tower offers recruits and firefighters the opportunity to train in many practical scenarios. The ECRC recruits were able to practice standpipe operations in multi-level structures, advancement of attack hoselines up stairwells, ladder operations, and rope repelling. The MDT training scenarios allow recruits to combine practical and comprehensive knowledg...

  • Schools recognized for effort

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    Bratt and Byrneville Elementary Schools, along with other Escambia County (Fla.) schools recognized by The American Heart Association (AHA) for their effort put forth in conducting the Kids Heart Challenge and the American Heart Challenge. Meghan Austin, Youth Market Director for AHA, provided awards to the top fundraising schools for 2018-2019 which included the following schools: Holm Elementary, raised $1,635.00; Molino Park Elementary, raised $1,701.83; Bratt Elementary, raised $2,449.00; N.B. Cook Elementary, raised $2,491.00; and the top...

  • Life and death along the creek banks

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    Mrs. Annie C. Waters describes Sardine as "The northeastern area of Township 2N, Range 7E and has at different times been known as Sardine, Magnolia, and Stanley Cross Roads." Yet beyond the legal description of an area, a rich, deep history runs in the undercurrents which flow through time. Sizemore Creek, as mentioned in earlier articles, has witnessed history flowing beneath its bridges for generations. Yet Sizemore Creek covers a long stretch which extends from its intersection with Big...

  • Black Cat football lives on in our hearts

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    One of the things I remember from years ago being from Century was Blackcat football. For years after we got out of high school, Friday night during the fall always meant following those Century Blackcats to places near and far for some great football action. Sometimes the trips to or from the games had their own version of excitement. I was the one that usually did the driving to and from the games. One of the high points of our trips was to stop and enjoy a good meal at some restaurant along the way, either before or after the game. We had...

  • Congress must investigate Biden Scandal

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    While Democrats recklessly intensify their partisan scheme to impeach President Trump, the Biden scandal has escalated to a level Congress can no longer responsibly ignore. As more details come out regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings overseas, their connection with actions taken by his father, Joe Biden, in his official capacity as Vice President raise new questions that must be answered. For example, we have learned that Hunter Biden accompanied his father aboard Air Force Two to China six years ago. Ten days after the trip, Hunter B...

  • Edwards, Alabama legend passes away

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    One of the most outstanding congressmen and leaders in Alabama history is Congressman Jack Edwards. He passed away three weeks ago at age 91. He was born with the full name of William Jackson Edwards, III. However, he was always known as Jack. Although he was renowned as a Mobile/Baldwin County Congressman, he was born and raised in Jefferson County. He received his early education in public schools and graduated high school in Homewood. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946. He continued his military service from 1946 through 1951, and...

  • Putting America's military first

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    Another week and another excuse to decry President Trump for imagined or manufactured malfeasance. Democrats and media have suddenly found a war they like; they are howling over Trump’s supposed betrayal of our Kurdish allies in Syria when he directed the US military to withdraw from Syria. Too predictable and now somewhat irrelevant, Democrats protest everything Trump, but NEOCON Republicans also criticized Trump. The Commander-in-Chief seemed to stand alone, but tough decisions are typically lonely. Some Americans cringed because the media t...

  • Raises in Flomaton's budget

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council approved its fiscal year 2019-20 budget that provides raises for employees, eliminated a proposed $5-per-month trash fee and set rates for residents using the dumpster behind town hall or curbside debris pickup. In presenting the budget, Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., said raises for all but two employees were eliminated and the $5 trash fee was eliminated. He told the council it would cost about $30,000 to put the raises back in the budget. Councilman Jim Johnson said he w...

  • Mayor gets split vote on move to take $80,000 from the line of credit to pay off bills due

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    After the Flomaton Town Council voted 4-1 to transfer funds to pay bills, Mayor Dewey Bondurant, Jr., then asked the council to approve borrowing $80,000 from the town's line of credit to pay other bills. “For about a year and half now we have not had to go the line of credit,” Mayor Bondurant said during mayor's comments at the end on Monday night's council meeting. “It had been working well.” Bondurant told the council he had been working with vendors concerning overdue bills. “What's...

  • Jay man arrested for pointing laser

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 17, 2019

    A Jay man who shined a laser toward a Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office cruiser traveling down Highway 4 around 3:30 a.m. is now facing a felony charge when the green beam caused the deputy to be unable to see the roadway. Glenn Austin Bingham, 43, 4400 Highway 4, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 12, after an officer driving on Highway 4 near Commerce Street observed a green light pointing in his car's direction from down Highway 4 that made him unable to see the roadway and swerve to avoid it, according t...

  • Sen. Jones visits Brewton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    U.S. Sen. Doug Jones was in Brewton last Thursday afternoon as part of his town hall meetings scheduled across the state of Alabama. Above, Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace, right, greets Sen. Jones at city hall as the senator addressed about 100 residents in a packed house at city hall....

  • Artinger takes reigns at PSC

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 17, 2019

    The Century campus of Pensacola State College has a new face, with Coordinator John Artinger stepping up to fill the position left vacant by former director Paula Byrd, who retired August 30. Retired in 2017 as a high school administrator, Artinger and his wife moved from Maryland down south to be near his daughter and grandchildren. An adjunct professor at both the Milton and Pensacola campuses of PSC, Artinger has been in education for 35 years. "They needed someone to fill this position,...

  • Odom reigns as Jay's homecoming queen

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    Jay High School senior Allie Odom to center stage during pregame festivities Friday night as the 2019 homecoming queen. Pictured from left are Jonathan Ratliff, Miss Odom and JHS Principal Stephen Knowlton. For more on Jay homecoming, see Pages 6-7A....

  • What happened to Charles B. Hiller?

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    About 92 years ago, Charles B. Hiller disappeared in Flomaton where he worked in the restaurant and was the newsstand manager at the L&N train depot. He also worked for the Crescent News and Hotel Company. His grandson, Paul Green from San Antonio, Texas, was in Flomaton a few weeks ago seeking clues to what may have happened to his grandfather, who has not been seen since he disappeared. "At the time, all the newspapers in the area said foul play was involved and searches for his body turned...

  • New hours for library

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council approved a recommendation by the Flomaton Library Board to change the hours of operation at the Flomaton Public Library and eliminate being open on Saturday mornings. In a letter to the council, Library Director Kaci Boutwell said over the past year there has been a steady decrease in the patrons using the library on Saturdays but an increase in those needing extra time during the week. She noted on some mornings during the week there are people waiting for the doors...

  • Ga. company eyeing land

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council is considering giving away land adjacent to the old concrete pipe plant on Highway 31 that includes a baseball practice field in hopes of luring a new business to that location which will employ 38 people. Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., told council members Monday that a company out of Georgia is looking at opening a precast concrete plant on the site. The land, located behind the Tri-City Ledger building, was once donated to the town. The town later sold the land but kept...

  • New sidewalk, playground equipment for Jay

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 17, 2019

    The town of Jay will finally get sidewalks from School Street northward to the existing sidewalk network, according to Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter at Jay's Monday, Oct. 7 council meeting. The bid chosen was from Gulf Atlantic Constructors in the amount of $775,708.51. The funding will come from the Local Agency Program (LAP) as a reimbursement program to utilize federal funds through Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to design and construct highway infrastructure...

  • Council OKs garbage contract

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    The town of Flomaton's residential garbage collection will switch from Republic Services to Waste Pro following a recent bid opening that leaves the garbage rates the same with no increases for two years. The council approved the resolution to award the contract to Waste Pro until Nov. 30, 2022. The new contract begins on Dec. 1. Utilities Superintendent Shaun Moye said Waste Pro will also begin picking up commercial garbage for those that use the standard cans like residences' and that service...

  • Speed limits, striping approved

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    Held over from the last meeting, the Escambia County Commission approved a bid from Ozark Striping for road striping on county roads for the 2019-20 fiscal year. At the last meeting, County Engineer Bill Bridges told the commission he was rebidding the striping. In other business Monday, the commission voted to accept a $33,513 Emergency Management Assessment grant that provides general support to the county's emergency management office. County Clerk-Administrator Tony Sanks said it was an...

  • Book inspires new fundraiser

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Oct 17, 2019

    Shel Silverstein's book, “The Giving Tree” has inspired a new fundraiser sponsored by the Flomaton Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. The fundraiser, appropriately called 'The Giving Tree' is possible by a partnership between Escambia County Bank and United Bank of Flomaton and the PTO to raise money for much needed school supplies in local classrooms. Inside of each bank is a tree. Located next to the trees will be a basket or jar filled with paper apples. Each apple has the name of a tea...

  • Century man faces drug charges

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    A Century man is facing drug charges and was arrested Oct. 9, following a traffic stop in Milton on August 25 where officers searching the vehicle discovered meth. John Steven Crawley, 47, 414 Front St., was a passenger in a Mazda Miata on Avalon Blvd. when an officer who knew driver Annalisa Mcbroom's license was expired, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office report. Mcbroom turned onto Frontage Road and stopped her vehicle of her own accord in the middle of the roadway, impeding...

  • Huntingdon honors Brewton minister

    Special to the Ledger|Oct 17, 2019

    Alumni Loyalty Award winner Dr. Ed Glaize ’85, a member of the Huntingdon board of trustees, began his professional career working in public affairs for the United States Air Force, then felt and answered a call to ministry by earning his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Columbia School of Theology. While in seminary, he served as the student local pastor for Beulah United Methodist Church. As senior pastor, he has served Fairhope United Methodist Church, F...

  • St. Lukes fall festival set Saturday, Oct. 26

    Staff Report|Oct 17, 2019

    St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church located at 600 St. Lukes Road in Century will have their 2nd Annual Fall Festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. There will food, games fun and everyone is invited....

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