Articles from the November 14, 2019 edition


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  • State Legislature not good stepping stone

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    Early speculation on the 2020 U.S. Senate race had state senator, Del Marsh, listed as a potential GOP aspirant. He had considered making a plunge into the Special Election contest for Jeff Sessions’ seat in 2017 but opted out. Most astute observers never thought he would ultimately pull the trigger then, or this year. Unlike others, who have run and won statewide, Marsh is essentially unknown outside of the Capitol and is known only around his Anniston state senate district. His best asset was probably that he had his own money to spend r...

  • Communists turn to science

    Pete Riehm, Guest writer|Nov 14, 2019

    After global cooling fizzled out in the 1970s, we were warned about global warming for a couple decades, but that too failed to gain traction with the masses. Then the global warming alarmists reinvented an impending climate catastrophe as climate change which gets plenty of press propaganda. It has had annoying impacts like depriving people of plastic straws, messing with our light bulbs, and excessive spending on inefficient alternative energies, but it has thus far not attained its intended goal of transforming and controlling society. So... Full story

  • Asboth plays a part in the Civil War

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    An interesting period in the regional history of the panhandle is the few years during the War Between the States. Although events here merit little historical interest compared to many terrible events during this time, this region was a war area and there are interesting stories. In 1862 the Confederate Army defending the coast at Pensacola and at Apalachicola was ordered to move north to meet the Northern military’s advance into Tennessee. Small detachments of Southern troops were left in the area. Locally they were stationed along the P...

  • Tales from William Station Cemetery

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    The Williams Station Cemetery is situated at the western end of Church Street in Atmore. Yet to find the location it becomes necessary to search and look beyond the houses at the western extreme of the street. A glancing scan soon takes the searcher down a tiny sidewalk which leads to the enclosed graveyard and, as if passing through time and space, the traveler soon finds a gem of local history among the stones erected to memories of those who passed long ago. Among those faded memories is that...

  • Just say no!

    Dr. J. Daniel Raulerson, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    Every year at this time I am reminded of a presidential debate in the early 1980s between Ronald Regan and Jimmy Carter. To a criticism of one of Reagan’s campaign promises made by President Carter, Reagan replied “There you go again.” Those of us who watched that debate, now of Medicare age, remember its deflating effect on Carter. I have that same feeling Reagan must have had when medical insurance companies flood the airwaves. They make promises of all the extra benefits people will get by changing from regular Medicare to Medicare Advan...

  • November means that it is hog killing time

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    In my childhood days, the month of November brought busy work and fun times to this country girl. To say November was the best month would be a stretch, but let me explain myself. Before the busy-ness of November, October had us harvesting our crop of sweet potatoes. Daddy and Mama had prepared a place to "bank" our potatoes for keeping them through the winter months and have some for starters for our crop the next year. The banked potatoes were piled in a trench that Daddy had made for the base of the bank. About four feet wide and 10 feet...

  • 4-H is a great opportunity to invest in our youth

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Nov 14, 2019

    4-H is a community of young people across America and the world who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is focused on positive youth development through hands-on learning and educational programs to build skills which will help them succeed in life. We provide programs through several different methods: in-school clubs which meet monthly, in-school enrichment which are short-term programs focused on a certain topic, clubs which meet regularly and are usually are focused on a specific interest like archery club (on 1st and...

  • Annie Flora Bonner

    Nov 14, 2019

    Annie Flora Bonner, 99, of Atmore, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Century Nursing Care Center.s Mrs. Bonner was a domestic worker and was a member of greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Hawthorne officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. Bonner is survived by three sons, Richard (Cassandra) Crenshaw of Mobile, Samuel Crenshaw of Albany, N.Y. and...

  • Pansy Willine Bryan

    Nov 14, 2019

    Pansy Willine Bryan, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Jay, Fla. Mrs. Bryan was a native of Tuscaloosa who had resided in Century for the past 60 years. A member of the Bratt First Baptist Church, whee she taught Sunday School and played the piano and organ, she was a former member of the Galloping Gourmet and the Flomaton Research Club and an artist. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Sanders and Bro. Mitch Harrington officiating. Burial followed at the Byrneville Methodi...

  • Claude Castleberry

    Nov 14, 2019

    Claude Castleberry, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Mr. Castleberry was born Feb. 7, 1938 to Willis, Sr. and Martha Castleberry in Evergreen, Ala. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Jesse Wagner, a demolition contractor for more than 30 years and served as a deacon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church until he returned to Evergreen in 2010, when he reunited with Nazarene Baptist Church and became a member of the Sisters and Brothers of Charity Society. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Greater Nazerene Baptist Church...

  • Ursha Monique Dirden

    Nov 14, 2019

    Ursha Monique Dirden, 44, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Ms. Dirden was born Feb. 10., 1975 to Wayne Gray, Sr. and Rachel Dirden in Atmore. A 1994 graduate of Escambia County High School, she was a member of Abundant Life Church of Deliverance. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at Mt. Gillead Missionary Baptist Church in Atmore with Carolyn Bankes officiating. Burial followed at Luscius Cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Ms. Dirden is survived by her father; two brothers, Wayne (Jamie) Gray, Jr. of San Antonia,...

  • Frances Wilson Morgan DuBose

    Nov 14, 2019

    Frances Wilson Morgan DuBose, 90, of Atmore, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Mr. DuBose was born April 10, 1929, to Jackson Leroy and Estelle Jones Wilson in Lottie, Ala. She was a member of Presley Street Baptist Church and was a retired bookkeeper from Frank Currie Gin with more than 30 years of service. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joseph Simpson and Bro. Dave Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Serenity Gardens Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. DuBos...

  • Bobby Lee 'Earl' Frye

    Nov 14, 2019

    Bobby Lee “Earl” Frye, 81, of Atmore, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Sacred Heart-Covenant Hospital in Pensacola. Mr. Frye was a native of Atmore who graduated from Escambia County Training School in 1957. He then graduated Wenonah State Community College in Birmingham and served four years in the U.S. Navy. With his brother, he established Frye Construction Co. and later with his wife established the Chick-a-Dee lounge and Frye Tire Link. He was known to many as a teacher, motivator, activist and mentor. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Sat...

  • Loretta Lynn Galvan

    Nov 14, 2019

    Loretta Lynn Galvan, 52, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Pensacola. Mrs. Galvan was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. Working as a contract painter for most of her life, she attended the Shady Grove Holiness Church. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Greer officiating and Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Galvan is survived by her mother, Margaret Patton of Brewton; four sisters, Paula Marie (David) McCormick of Opp, Ala., Pamela Melissa Grimes...

  • Mary Katherine Gartman

    Nov 14, 2019

    Mary Katherine Gartman, 63, of Flomaton, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at a Brewton health care facility. Mrs. Gartman was born in Flomaton Oct. 31, 1956 and had been a resident of Mobile before relocating to the Flomaton area recently. She was trained as an LPN. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Flomaton Funeral Home will be directing. Mrs. Gartman is survived by one son, Kyle Thomas (Nikole) Hellinger of Mobile; two daughters, Ashley Michelle Hellinger and Katherine Lean (Ronald Thawley) Hellinger, both of Flomaton; one...

  • Leon Earl Jeter

    Nov 14, 2019

    Leon Earl Jeter, 73, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Atmore. Mr. Jeter was a native of Booneville, Ala. who had resided in Atmore for most of his life. He worked as a carpenter for Swift Lumber Co. with 20 years of Service and a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Beauchamp officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. Eastside-Petty Chapel Funeral Home will be directing. Mr. Jeter is survived by two sons, Joey (Brandy) Jeter...

  • Hazel Manning Lang

    Nov 14, 2019

    Hazel Manning Lang, 92, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Gig Harbor, Wash. after an extended illness. Mrs. Lang was born and grew up in Wallace, Ala. and was a former resident of New Orleans Southern California and a long time resident of Gig Harbor. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at New Hopewell Cemetery. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing. Mrs. Lang is survived by one son, Bruce Lang of Gig Harbor; one daughter, Pamela Lang of Seattle; one brother, Albert Manning of Pensacola; one...

  • Nancy Jeanette Lee

    Nov 14, 2019

    Nancy Jeanette Lee, 81, of Molino, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton, Ala. Mrs. Lee was a native of Harriman, Tenn. and resident of Molino for 33 years, where she worked for the Escambia County (Fla.) Emergency Services as an EMT. She was of the Baptist faith. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Flomaton Funeral Home will be directing. Mrs. Lee is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Lee of Brewton, Tammy Williams of Dadeville, Ala. and Renee Hullett of Flomaton; one brother, Bo...

  • Alexander Dumas Lett, Sr.

    Nov 14, 2019

    Alexander Dumas Lett, Sr., 83, died Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019. Mr. Lett was born Dec. 14, 1935 to Harold Tucker and Brownie Lett in Monroeville, Ala. The family relocated to Century, Fla., where he graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1955. He became employed with Monsanto, where retired with 36 years of service and later owned several businesses in Century. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. at Pilgrim Lodge Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Steward officiating. Burial followed at Century Cemetery with Jac...

  • Jean Manceaux

    Nov 14, 2019

    Jean Manceaux, 81, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Brewton. Mrs. Manceaux was native and long-time resident of Kaplan, La. and had been residing in Brewton for the past two and a half years. A homemaker, she was of the Catholic faith. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Manceaux were incomplete at press time. Craver's Funeral Home will be directing. Mrs. Manceaux is survived by one son, Randall Manceaux of Kaplan; three daughters, Katherine (Bobby) Mire and Jackie (Joe) Adams, both of Kaplan, and Donna (John) Kelley of Brewton; two brothers, Elwood...

  • Sharon Denise Miller

    Nov 14, 2019

    Sharon Denise Miller, 60, of Mobile, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Providence Hospital. Mrs. Miller was a life-long resident of Mobile and was of the Baptist faith. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rock Cemetery with Rev. Frederick Barrow officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. 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...

  • Barbara Jean 'Bobbie Jean' Hicks Ries

    Nov 14, 2019

    Barbara Jean “Bobbie Jean” Hicks Ries, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Mrs. Ries was born April 25, 1937 to Sam and Gladys Hicks in Century. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1955 and graduated with an associate of the arts degree from Southwestern Christian College in 1957. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pilgrim Lodge Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Steward officiating. Burial followed at Century Cemetery with Jackson-McMurray Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Ries is survived by one bro...

  • Jay library drop off for peanut butter

    Staff Report|Nov 14, 2019

    The Jay Library is one of the drop-off points to help feed the hungry in Florida’s panhandle by donating unopened jars of peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by the University of Florida’s/IFAS Extension offices through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Locations to drop off jars are: from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County office, located at 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton or at any Santa Rosa County Library such as Milton, Pace, Jay, Navarre and Gulf Breeze “Last year, UF/IF...

  • Did Grissett qualify for election?

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 14, 2019

    Escambia County (Ala.) School Board member Willie J. Grissett filed his declaration of candidacy in the judge of probate office Friday to seek re-election but his declaration to the state Democratic Party has not been received by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline, meaning he will likely not be on the March 3 primary ballot. Candidates seeking office must file with their respective state parties to be certified as candidates. The Alabama Democratic Party has no record of Grissett qualifying. However,...

  • Poarch looks to bring more awareness in new campaign

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 14, 2019

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced Tuesday a public awareness campaign focused on communicating details of their comprehensive plan for gaming in Alabama. Poarch’s solid plan is designed to generate billions of dollars in new revenues to the state of Alabama, create thousands of new jobs, and regulate and tax gaming interests. It also calls for the construction of two deluxe tourist resorts in the northern part of the state, and supports citizens’ rights to vote on gaming issues, inc...

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