Articles from the November 7, 2019 edition


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  • Heartbreak from Ashley Street

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    It's a small cemetery unknown to many and forgotten by others. Yet the narrow sidewalk which leads to an old cemetery at the western end of Church Street in Atmore holds history and heartbreak beneath its fading tombstones and grass covered gravesites. Some of William Station's popular early residents are buried here. Others consist of infants who passed early in life. Unmarked graves for mill workers, farmers, laborers, bankers and merchants lay side by side, each grave marked by depressions in the ground although many also have markers....

  • The legend of the hoop snake lives on

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    While doing family tree research I was working on my mother's side of the family and specifically a grand uncle. I remember him telling me that he was chased by a Hoop snake when he was young. Apparently the Hoop snake was quite common a hundred years ago, even if it's existence is highly questioned today. Now if you don't know what a hoop snake is I will tell you. According to legend it is probably one of the most venomous creatures to ever live, and it would grab it's tail with it's mouth and make a hoop so it could roll after it's prey. It d...

  • Sixty years ago, the first worst day of my life

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    I have never written or talked much about my Mama, but today I honor her memory with this story. This is my memory and opinion. Older siblings have more memory than I, younger siblings have a more dim memory, but we all shared Mama. She was gone too soon. Mama was gone less than one month after her 49th birthday. Born in 1910 to a share cropper family, she lived close to the edge of owning nothing until she married my Daddy. Mama had survived a bout with rheumatic fever at age 6 that left her with a weakened and scarred heart. She suffered...

  • Impeachment driven by Trump hate

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    An abusive, unlawful practice of the English courts from the 15th to 17th centuries was so rampant and unfair that protections against it were written into our U.S. Constitution. This hated and feared practice took place in the Star Chamber. The creators of the Star Chamber described it as a tool to stamp out corruption and seek justice for those in English society who were so powerful that no ordinary court would ever find them guilty. In practice, it was used to punish political enemies without the constraints of the law or the prying eyes...

  • The story & legacy of Dr. Bronner

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    Dr. David Bronner has marked his place in Alabama political and governmental history. He has headed the revered Retirement Systems of Alabama Pension Funds for 45 years. When Bronner took his present job with RSA, the Retirement Systems had approximately $500 million of funds. Today RSA has approximately $40 billion in investments making our RSA the 50th largest public pension fund in the world. Alabama public employees will swear by, standup for and place on a golden pedestal David Bronner. They credit him with securing their retirement years...

  • Democrats cry wolf, but whistleblower is a weasel

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    Since President Trump was elected, Democrats have been crying wolf. First, it was just the old wily orange wolf that was an illegitimate president because he won the Electoral College but not the popular vote. After finally learning how the Electoral College works and that it is in Constitution, Democrats soon moved on to the Russian wolf chasing that mangy scoundrel for more than 2 years until the Mueller Report determined him to be a mythical creature. Then came the Ukrainian wolf, but only about two months into this farce and this fable is...

  • 2019 4-H Chick Chain Show & Sale a success

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    4-H Chick Chain 2019 is in The Books! Since May, youth from across the area have been working daily to take care of their chicks for the Escambia County 4-H Chick Chain Program. All of their work culminated at the Chick Chain Show & Sale this past Saturday, November 2 during the morning of the LaRae Harvest Festival. Youth checked in before 9am and judging began with showmanship, where they presented one of the two chickens they brought to the judge and answer questions about the work they did, about the health of their chickens, as well as...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Nov 7, 2019

    What is your deepest fear? There is the fear of an ability to cope, fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of rejection, fear of poverty (lack), fear of inferiority, fear of intimacy, fear of control, fear of success, and a fear of “they,” just to name the more prominent ones. When our fear comes from a place of insecurity in ourselves, or uncertainty about the future, courage may not always be the answer. What happens when our search for courage turns up empty-handed? Could the ultimate answer to managing fear be found in faith? Responding to...

  • Alberta Hall Campbell

    Nov 7, 2019

    Alberta Hall Campell, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Penscola. Mrs. Campbell was a lifelong resident of Bratt, Fla. who retired with the Town of Century with 28 years of service. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Shiloh Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. James Sage officiating. Burial followed at the Godwin Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Campbell is survived by two sons, Wildon (Elaine) Hall, Jr. of Grand Bay, Ala. and David Hall of Dawsonville, Ga.; one daughter, Donna (Eric) McCall...

  • Frankie Gerald Carnley

    Nov 7, 2019

    Frankie Gerald Carnley, 65, of Flomaton, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in a Pensacola health care facility. Mr. Carnley was a native of Century and life-time member of the Flomaton community where he worked for Bud's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.s Of the Baptist faith, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Boutwell Lambeth Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mr. Carnley is survived by his wife, Kay...

  • Richard Rendell 'Rick' Dailey

    Nov 7, 2019

    Richard Rendell “Rick” Dailey, 44, of Atmore, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Atmore Community Hospital. Mr. Dailey was a native of Atmore and 1995 graduate of Escambia County High School. A member of Jones Street True Pentecostal Holiness Church, he had worked in the construction industry for Turner Construction Company. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with Bishop Darryl North and Bishop Willie L. Williams officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Cha...

  • Therman Mason Johnson

    Nov 7, 2019

    Therman Mason Johnson, 85, of East Brewton, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, after a brief illness. Mr. Johnson was a native of Brewton and long-time resident of East Brewton who retired as a logger from John Lee Johnson Logging. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Massingill officiating. Burial followed at Damascus Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Faye Johnson of East Brewton; two daughters, Kim...

  • Millard Houston Lambeth

    Nov 7, 2019

    Millard Houston Lambeth, 86, of Brewton, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Mr. Lambeth was a native and life-long member of the Brewton and Flomaton communities, where he worked as an equipment operator in the construction industry. He was a member of the Allen Smith Holiness Church. Mr. Lambeth is survived by one son, Rickey (Jodie) Lambeth of Flomaton; two daughters, Darlene Lee and Renee Smith, both of Flomaton; one brother, James (Nell) Lambeth of Brewton; two sisters, Cody Wedgeworth and Teresa Smith, both of Flomaton; five grandchildren; and...

  • Addie Mae Morris Lowery

    Nov 7, 2019

    Addie Mae Morris Lowery, 78, of Jay, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Mrs. Lowery was born on May 29, 1941, to Emory and Irene Morris in Jay. A 1959 graduate of Jay High School, she was a homemaker. The funeral was held at12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial followed at Cora Cemetery in Jay with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Lowery is survived byher husband of more than 59 years, Melvin Wayne Lowery of Jay; one son, Rickey (Amanda)...

  • Rickey Rydell 'Boobie' Lyons, III

    Nov 7, 2019

    Rickey Rydell “Boobie” Lyons, III, 3, of Atmore, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Atmore. Child Lyons was born Dec. 22, 2015 to Rickey R. Lyons and Cadena L. Curtis. He attended Lil Angels Development Center and enjoyed Paw Patrol, Superman and Ninja Turtles. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Atmore with Rev. Willie Hawthorne and Rev. Amos Barnes, Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Child Lyons is survived...

  • Sharon Denise Miller

    Nov 7, 2019

    Sharon Denise Miller, 60, of Mobile, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Providence Hospital. Mrs. Miller was a life-long resident of Mobile who was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held s Mrs. Miller is survived by one nephew, Chris (Shyla) White of Mobile; and numerous cousins. Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas R. and Betty Simpson Miller; and one sister, Vicki Miller White....

  • Franklin Jacob 'Pop' Parsons

    Nov 7, 2019

    Franklin Jacob “Pop” Parsons, 85, of Wing, Ala. died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in a Century, Fla. nursing facility after a brief illness. Mr. Parsons was a native of Sullivan, Ind. Who was a former resident of Pensacola and long time resident of Wing. A member of the Union Hill Church of Christ, he was a retired quality control inspector with Armstrong World Industries. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at the Union Hill Church of Christ with Preacher Jared Knoll and Preacher Pat Brinn officiating. Burial followed at Bradley Chu...

  • Remember to thank a veteran

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Nov 7, 2019

    Veteran’s Day is Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. All across the country VA’s, community centers, towns and cities will be participating in various programs and services to honor our nation’s veterans. It’s their day to be recognized after all. Well, I have to say this bothers me. We as a country are content to let our service men and women sign up to serve and protect us 24-hours a day, for over 365-days a year. They miss holidays, birthdays, family time and nights out with their friends. Everyda...

  • Canes head to playoffs after 22-8 win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    Flomaton High School wrapped up its 2019 regular season Thursday night with a 22-8 win at Southern Choctaw and now a new season begins this Friday night when the Hurricanes host Opp in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs in the first step toward another trip to the state finals in Auburn. Flomaton (9-1) and Opp (4-6) will kickoff at 7 p.m. Opp and Flomaton played in a preseason jamboree on Aug. 23 that involved halves of starters and reserves. However, Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery said...

  • Miller tops Neal 7-6

    Staff Report|Nov 7, 2019

    T.R. Miller and W.S. Neal wrapped up the regular season Friday night in East Brewton with Miller taking a 7-6 win. Miller advances to the opening round of the playoffs Friday at Pike County....

  • Chiefs defeat Royals 40-7

    Staff Report|Nov 7, 2019

    Northview defeated Jay 40-7 Friday night in Jay and the two teams will square off again this Friday night in Bratt for the opening round of the playoffs....

  • Community mourns loss of child

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    Cadena L. Curtis of Atmore experienced a mother's worst nightmare last Thursday night when her 3-year old son was struck by a vehicle and killed outside an Atmore daycare center and learned her 15-year old daughter was the one driving the car. The Atmore Police Department began receiving multiple 911 calls at 5:17 p.m. Oct. 31 in reference to a child being struck by a vehicle outside Lil Angels Daycare at 1109 Fillmore Drive. When officers arrived they found 3-year old Master Rickey Rydell...

  • EB man jailed for sexually abusing child

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    A 41-year old East Brewton man is being held on $500,000 bond after being arrested for sex abuse I, sodomy I and sex abuse on a child less than 12-years old for alleged sexual contact with a 5-year old girl. Silas Wayne Yocum, 113 Mantel St., East Brewton, was arrested on a warrant signed by the East Brewton Police Department. He appeared before District Judge Eric Coale on Oct. 31 where he received the $500,000 bond. According to the arrest warrants, Yocum is accused of sexually abusing the...

  • Welcome home William Lee

    Staff Report|Nov 7, 2019

    Former Brewton Mayor Ted Jennings, East Brewton Mayor Terry Clark and Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace welcome William Lee Golden back home during an event held at Golden's old home place. Part of Alabama's 200th Birthday Celebration the gathering was held along with the LaRae Harvest Festival next to the Golden home....

  • Veteran's Day set for Mon.

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 7, 2019

    As we observe Veteran's Day next Monday, Nov. 11, Century, Jay, Atmore, Brewton and Flomaton have scheduled events on various days to celebrate and honor past and present veterans. At 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Century will hold a Veteran's Day Celebration at the Century Community Center, located at 6001A Industrial Blvd. Guests are invited to bring a photo of their veteran for display during the ceremony. Veterans can enjoy a free breakfast and complimentary gift at the Anchor Cafe, located at...

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