Articles from the October 31, 2019 edition


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  • Spooky traditions & tall tales

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    According to the dictionary, collective memory "refers to the shared pool of memories, knowledge and information of a social group that is significantly associated with the group's identity." For the American South, our collective memory is just another piece of the mosaic that binds us together. Spooky traditions, ghost stories and tall tales told around the camp fire have served to hold these stories together for generations. Much of our Southern folklore traces to the Scotch-Irish who...

  • Back when the music played on the radio

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    Our radio was dialed to any local radio station during the day for news, farm & market reports, and country music. Saturday nights the dial was set on WSM Clear Channel 650, for the Grand Old Opry. That was the time for Daddy and Mama to enjoy their evening of music. We listened also. Lordy, I loved listening to Earnest Tubb singing, "Walking The Floor Over You." THEN. WLAC 1510 AM GALLATIN, TENNESSEE...circa 1956-59. Our old Zenith dialed to Randy's Record Shop at Gallatin, Tennessee. 50,000 watts of Clear Channel. Monday through Friday, 9:00...

  • Time to hide the children

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    Despite being only some fraction of 1% of our population, we are inundated with trans-gender news and propaganda. Some women want to be men and a few men want to be women, so they can win sports championships. Most Americans find it all just weird; but hey, it’s a free country, so Americans tend to live and let live. We have become somewhat inured to pop culture and the bizarre life choices some adults make, so we are stunned to learn children are being subjected to radical treatments to facilitate their ostensible trans-gender urges....

  • Republicans must get off sideline to fight

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    For weeks, Democrats have been holding secretive impeachment proceedings behind closed doors, out of sight of the American people. Chairman Adam Schiff of the House Select Committee on Intelligence has been interviewing witnesses in a restricted area deep beneath the Capitol in a small room called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, known as a SCIF. The SCIF is specifically designed for classified briefings and other extremely sensitive committee business, not for non-classified witness interviews. It shouldn’t be this way. In...

  • Here are ways we can influence others positively

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    Don’t Miss Your Window of Influence When I am driving to and from work, playing chauffeur to my family, or when working on tasks at my office desk, I enjoy listening to music. I will either be listening to choir music to help me learn my part for songs we sing at church or will be listening to WOW 90.0 FM. One day last week, I was driving and the radio host was providing three “nuggets of wisdom” based on his experience of being a dad. I started listening after he had already shared his first nugget of wisdom, but was able to hear the...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    I trust you are having a great week. I am working on a new book on developing and building social capital and ran across this in my data base. I thought it might be something that you would enjoy. Thank you for being my internet friend…wish we had a time and place to get to know each other better. Enjoy. A Friend A friend is a person who reaches out for your hand and instead touches your heart. A friend is a person whose major concern is what can be brought to the relationship… not what can be taken from it. A friend will ask you only to...

  • Janice Faye Beasley

    Oct 31, 2019

    Janice Faye Beasley, 62, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Beasley was a native and lifelong resident of the Brewton area. She was a homemaker and member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral home with Rev. Gordon Dillashaw officiating. Burial followed at Cooper Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Beasley is survived by two brothers, Russell (Geraldine) Beasley of Wallace and Ronald Keith (Teresa) Beasley of...

  • Marian Sheilah Langham Evans

    Oct 31, 2019

    Marian Sheilah Langham Evans, 71, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Mrs. Evans was born Nov. 4, 1947, to Dalton and Dorothy “Toots” Langham. A 1966 W.S. Neal High School graduate, she ran the W.S. Neal bus stop and later was the manager of the Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio in Brewton. She was a member of the New Home Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Craver's Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Robert Craig and Bro. Thaddeus Evans officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery in the Appleton...

  • Robert Lee Gates, Jr.

    Oct 31, 2019

    Robert Lee Gates, Jr., 74, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Pensacola, Fla. Mr. Gates was a native of Robinsonville and former resident of Atmore who had resided in Walnut Hill, Fla. for the past 40 years. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, where he was wounded and received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Starts and a Silver Star, he worked for 50 years as a tug boat captain, accident-free his whole career. He was also a member and former deacon at the Antioch Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the...

  • Franklin Lamon Reaves, Sr.

    Oct 31, 2019

    Franklin Lamon Reaves, Sr., 83, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Reaves was born in Castleberry, Ala. and had been a resident of Flomaton for the past 53 years. A retired research technician at Monsanto, he attended Friendship Freewill Baptist Church and was an avid outdoorsman. A memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral home with Pastor Rusty Burnham officiating and Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Reaves is survived by his wife of 51 years,...

  • Ruby L. Simmons

    Oct 31, 2019

    Ruby L. Simmons, 72, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Century, Fla. Mrs. Simmons was a native of Pensacola who had resided in Century for the past 20 years. She was of the Baptist faith. A service will be at a later date. Mrs. Simmons is survived by two sons, David L. (Jill) Smith of Daytona Beach, Fla. and James C. Smith, III. Of Dallas, Ga.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren....

  • Horace 'Pee Wee' Sims

    Oct 31, 2019

    Horace “Pee Wee” Sims, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in Atmore. Mr. Sims was a native of Evergreen who had resided in Atmore since 1985. A U.S. Army veteran and avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the Atmore Country Club and attended the Little River Holiness Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27., at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral home with Rev. D.L Harville officiating. Burial followed at Poplar Springs Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Sims is survived by two sons, Terry Sims and Thomas...

  • Autry Lee Tucker

    Oct 31, 2019

    Autry Lee Tucker, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Atmore. Mr. Tucker was a native of Monroe County, Ala. and had resided in Atmore for most of his life. He was a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Atmore Apostolic Church, where he played the drums, and former grounds keeper with the tribe. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at the Atmore Apostolic Church. Burial followed at New Home Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lillie Bell Tucker of...

  • Michael Fredrick Tyler

    Oct 31, 2019

    Michael Fredrick Tyler, 67, of Brewton, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Mr. Tyler was a longtime resident of Escambia County, Ala. Of the Baptist faith, he he retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service as a Technical Sergeant, Radar Specialist and Instructor. He was the fire chief of Appleton Volunteer Fire Department for more that 20 years and presiding President of the Escambia County Alabama Association of Fire Departments for 10 years. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday Oct. 25, at the First Baptist Church of Brewton. Burial...

  • Light shown on Poarch gambling monopoly

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    Recently an organization was formed with the name, “Poarch Creek Accountability Now.” This nonprofit group is headed by former 40-year veteran State Senator Gerald Dial, who retired from the Alabama Senate in 2018. The stated goal of this nonprofit group is to spread the true and accurate information about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and their gaming revenue and expenditures. Dial says it is time to point out the unfairness of their operation. “They make billions upon billions in this state and pay zero in taxes,” said Dial. He...

  • Traditions mean different things

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Oct 31, 2019

    Traditions mean many different things to many different families. They can be important to some members of the family and mean about nothing to other members of the same family. Sometimes they can even be unimportant until they are gone and in those instances are sorely missed. See, I grew up in a family that was insistent on having a lot of family traditions. Some seemed big and important to me as a child and some have not taken on greater meaning until I became an adult and a parent myself. A...

  • Cougars blow out Lowndes 41-0

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Escambia Academy's Ty Williams scored four first half touchdowns to spark the Cougars' 41-0 win at Lowndes Academy that clinched homefield advantage for EA throughout the playoffs. The Cougars will wrap up the regular season this Friday at home against Fort Dale Academy on Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night's win at Lowndes Academy was the second consecutive shutout for the Cougars in region play. Head coach Hugh Fountain said the Cougars fumbled on the first play of the game...

  • Royals fall to Bozeman 49-35

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    After a slow start, Jay and Bozeman put on an offensive show Friday night with Bozeman scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away with a 49-35 win over the visiting Royals. Jay will wrap up its regular season this Friday night when the Royals host Northview. Bozeman scored on an 84-yard run in the first quarter to take the early lead and then scored early in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead. Jay's Judd Smith hit Tucker Mandell on a 6-yard touchdown pass and Toby Mandell added...

  • Canes beat Tigers, take region title

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Flomaton High School captured its first region title with a 20-12 victory Friday night at T.R. Miller to give the Hurricanes the top spot in 3A's Region 1 and home field advantage in the playoffs that will begin in two weeks when the Canes host Opp in the opening round of post season play. Flomaton will wrap up its regular season tonight (Thursday) at Southern Choctaw in a non-region game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Flomaton had a 20-0 lead over T.R. Miller early in the third quarter and fought...

  • Get the facts right before speaking

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    My mother called me Sunday about a newspaper ad in the Tuscaloosa News from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians setting the 'record straight' about a group that has started a campaign against Poarch's monopoly on gaming in the state and not paying taxes. I later read the ad in the Mobile Press-Register. Maybe I've had my head in the sand, but I didn't know there was a 'group' now going after Poarch. Before I had a chance to read Steve Flowers' weekly column which appears at the bottom of this page...

  • Tyler leaves legacy of safety

    Our View|Oct 31, 2019

    We knew Mike Tyler, we just didn't know him as well as most people in the Appleton community and throughout the fire departments that stretch across this county. Tyler, 67, died Oct. 20. He had served as the chief of the Appleton Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He's been credited for taking that department to new levels with additional substations and another in the works. As we talked to other fire chiefs around the county, we learned that Tyler not only took Appleton to a new level in fire protection, he helped most all of the other...

  • Tyler loved to train firefighters

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Fire trucks from multiple jurisdictions lined the streets of Brewton Friday and followed one of their own to Weavers Cemetery in Appleton to pay their respects and to honor Appleton Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Fredrick Tyler, who died Oct. 20 at his residence. Tyler, 67, retired after 20 years in the Air Force as a technical sergeant, radar specialist and instructor. He used that training for more than 20 years as the Appleton fire chief to help train hundreds of firefighters across the area....

  • Flomaton holds Fall Fest

    Staff Report|Oct 31, 2019

    Children dressed as all manner of characters and parents alike turned out in droves last Thurs., Oct. 24, to participate and collect candy at Flomaton's annual Fall Fest held in the downtown area. For more, see Our Photo Gallery....

  • Century woman killed in crash

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 31, 2019

    A Century woman lost her life around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday when the 1996 Caprice she was driving ran off an Interstate 10 ramp, struck a road sign and overturned. Katherine Susanne Lee, 35, was traveling east on Interstate 110 F1 ramp in the outside lane approaching a right-hand curve in order to begin traveling south on Interstate 110, when the driver failed to negotiate the curve and lost control of the vehicle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. The vehicle began to rotate in...

  • Inmate dies at Holman

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 31, 2019

    Law enforcement agents of the Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations and Intelligence Division are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred on October 18 at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. At approximately 5:05 a.m., correctional officers discovered inmate Ricky Gilland, 46, of Vinemont, unresponsive, in his cell. Officers entered the cell with medical staff and discovered Gilland was deceased.No foul play is suspected at this time. The final cause of...

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