Articles from the November 21, 2019 edition


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  • The stones of William Station Cemetery

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    The use of Williams Station's original cemetery continued through the first decade of the 20th century. Thereafter, many bodies were removed to Oak Hill Cemetery. Yet in the quite, lonely cemetery at the west end of Church Street rests the memories of an earlier time. Some of the graves were merchants and business owners. Some were saw mill workers who came to the Williams Station earn a living. One example is Nick Reaves. According to The Atmore Record of November 17, 1910, the young man...

  • Impeachment: 2020 campaign platform

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    Americans have been hearing incessant calls for impeachment pretty much since President Trump was elected. Some are vaguely aware there are actually public hearings for impeachment, but most Americans are paying scant attention and care even less. They get it. Democrats loathe Trump and will say or do anything to destroy, undermine, or remove him. After 3 years of non-stop fever pitching smearing of Trump, it’s a tedious and tired old story. So you would expect when Democrats finally debut their secret impeachment inquiry to the public, it w...

  • McMillan, a good man for State Treasurer

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    Alabama is in good hands with John McMillan. A good man is in the job of State Treasurer of Alabama for the third straight quadrennium. Young Boozer served two successive four-year terms from 2010-2018. Mr. Boozer did an excellent job as Treasurer. He was perfect for the job. He had been a successful banker. He ran for and did the job for the right reason, not for political gain or prestige, but to do a good job as Alabama’s treasurer. Some folks thought Young Boozer would make a good choice for higher statewide office. However, he and his w...

  • The real facts about Ukraine

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    With all the allegations being made against President Trump, it’s important to examine some background and facts. First, let’s talk about what has been going on in Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union. Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Like many former Soviet countries, oligarchs control almost all the political power. Corruption is so rampant that many American business people refuse to operate there. For nearly 30 years, Republican and Democrat Presidents have pressured Ukraine to reform without much success. Part o...

  • In honor of a half-baked mom that got it right

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    So here I sit this day pondering on what my offspring really feel about me as a Mom. In all honesty it doesn't matter now because they turned out as awesome humans, so I must have been okay, RIGHT? From the moment I felt the first flutter of life I was elated and crying at the same time. They both caused me to get fat and fatter. They caused me to eat everything in the kitchen and from all the Tom Thumbs that sold Little Debbies and wash-downs of Tab. Calories were high on my doctor’s attention. Tabs would take care of the calories, RIGHT? I sp...

  • Flomaton Lions Club Annual Veteran's Day Celebration 5K Run

    Staff Report|Nov 21, 2019

    Last Saturday, Nov. 16, the Flomaton Community Center on McCurdy Street was buzzing with energy as runners and walkers who endured the chill took off to complete the Flomaton Lions Club’s annual Veteran’s Day Celebration 5K Run and Walk to honor past and present veterans and their families. Matt and Teresa Dobson were there providing completion times and awards for the 20 -plus participants. Boy Scout Troop #31 raised the flag and the Star-Spangled Banner was sung to honor the colors and begin the day’s events. Around 10:30 that morning, a mem...

  • Take part in today's National Rural Health Day

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    Every year, our Extension Offices across the state conduct their Grassroots Survey to gather input from people about the types of educational programs they believe would increase the quality of life of the people of their community. During the past few years while I have been in Escambia County, one of the consistent top needs identified by the survey population has been healthy living. This includes nutrition education, substance and drug abuse, and physical fitness. This issue is not exclusive to Escambia County, but is an issue facing many c...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    Recently, I was in Oklahoma visiting with the grand kids. It brings to mind the thoughts of raising children. Talking about raising them now is easy. Doing it fifty years ago, was anything but easy. Many of you know what I mean. Let’s just say, I have turned out to be a much better grandfather, than I was a father. The truth be known, there are a lot of others burning rubber right behind me. And they certainly not all males, either. May I begin by reminding those who have young children, they grow up only once. I have younger friends who s...

  • Earlene Caraway Biggs

    Nov 21, 2019

    Earlene Caraway Biggs, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Century, Fla. Mrs. Biggs was a native of Nokomis, Ala. who had resided in Atmore most of her life. A member of Atmore First Baptsit Church, she was a member of the Order of the Eastrn Star, where she served as Worthy Matron at McCoy Chapter #34 and the Escambia Squares. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the First Baptist Church of Atmore with Rev. Marcus Caraway and Rev. Arnold Hendrix officiating. Burial followed at Godwin Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral...

  • Robert Franklin Johnson, Jr.

    Nov 21, 2019

    Robert Franklin Johnson, Jr., 63, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Mobile. Mr. Johnson was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore who was a retired mechanic from Gulf Construction with 10 years of service. A veteran serving with the U.S. Army in Special Forces, he was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Johnson is survived by one son, Jason (Joy) Johnson of West Blocton, Ala.; two daughters, Chasity (Adam) Johnson of Perdido, Ala. and Ashley (Johnny) Smith of Tuscaloosa; two brothers, Michael (Kathy) Johnson of Perdido and Terry Johnson of Bay Minette,...

  • Michael Wayne Parker

    Nov 21, 2019

    Michael Wayne Parker, 68, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Mr. Parker was a native of Gulfport, Miss., and former resident of McHenry, Miss. who had resided in Atmore for the past 23 years. He worked as a self-employed contractor and was a member of Perryville Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne McQueen officiating. Burial followed at Judson Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Parker is survived by one son, Chad (Anitra) Parker of...

  • Van Roosevelt Smith

    Nov 21, 2019

    Van Roosevelt Smith, 62, of Atmore, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at SAAD Hospice in Mobile. Mr. Smith was a native of Greenville, Ala. who grew up in Brewton and graduated from Southern Normal School in 1975. Attending Kentucky State University and Auburn University, he received his bachelor of science in education. He worked for more than 30 years as a teacher and coach at Southern Normal, Baldwin County, Georgiana and J.F. Shields Schools and Reid State Technical College in Evergreen and Jeff Davis (now Coastal Alabama Community College)...

  • Honoring those who fought for our freedom

    Special to the Ledger|Nov 21, 2019

    Richard Benjamin CPL Richard Benjamin KIA Vietnam from Atmore, Ala. We are remembering you on this very sad day, Feb. 6, 1968, long years ago. You have served Christ well young man. You were 19 years old and served as an Indirect Fire Infantryman with "A" 2nd Bn. 14th Inf. 25th Inf. Div. in a little, run down war ravaged country called Vietnam. You served your country holding your head higher than we do. You served only three months and six long miserable days during an awful and trying time in...

  • Maybe we should stick to football

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Nov 21, 2019

    With the holidays approaching, some will find themselves on edge about what to discuss as they gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table surrounded by friends and family. Let’s face it, there are two topics that are highly regarded as explosive topics: religion and politics. Well, I’d like to add a third topic to that list for us folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line...college football. I can tell you I have had recent incidents that altogether remind me to steer clear of these nuclear top...

  • Canes beat Trojans 20-19; face Miller

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    Flomaton High School took its first lead against St. James with 16.1 seconds remaining in the game Friday night and that proved to be enough as the Hurricanes defeated the Trojans 20-19 in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs to set up this Friday night's quarterfinal clash with T.R. Miller. T.R. Miller will travel to Flomaton for the 7 p.m. game just four weeks after Flomaton clinched the area title Oct. 25 with a 21-12 win at T.R. Miller. Flomaton opened post season play with a 58-28 win...

  • Cougars headed to state after 49-7 win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    Escambia Academy defeated Edgewood Academy 49-7 Friday night in a semi-final playoff game that will send the Cougars to the AISSA Class AA state championship game for the fourth straight year this Friday at Troy University. Escambia Academy will face Autauga Academy for the title in a 3 p.m. kickoff. It also marks the Cougars' fifth finals in six years with state titles coming in 2014 and 2017. This past Friday night against Edgewood, EA rushed to a 28-7 lead at the half and never looked back...

  • Sex act sends student to jail

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 21, 2019

    Following a sexual encounter between two students on Oct. 28 in the Northview High School lunchroom, one was arrested and faces charges second degree felony charges of lewd and lascivious behavior on female less than 16 years old. Kenneth Dewayne Lowery, 20, 30 W. Pond Street, Century, was arrested Nov. 13 after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor under age 16, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's Office report. On Oct. 28, a school resource...

  • Council OKs auto hike on its utilities

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    On its second reading, an ordinance setting water and waste water rates that includes an annual 3 percent increase to cover the cost of inflation, carried on a 4-2 vote Monday by the Flomaton Town Council. A second reading was required due to the first reading not receiving unanimous support. Council Members Buster Crapps and Lillian Dean had objected to the automatic 3 percent increase. In Monday night's vote, Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., and Council Members Roger Adkinson, Jim Johnson and...

  • Drug dog eyed for Flomaton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council gave its approval to Police Chief Chance Thompson to proceed with getting a drug-sniffing K-9 on board with the Flomaton Police Department. Thompson said he has been approached about Dixie K-9, which is willing to donate a trained dog to the department. He said such a dog would normally cost between $6,000 and $7,000. Thompson emphasized the dog would not be trained to bite, but could also be used to track a missing person. Thompson told the council that Highway 113...

  • FPD cops can work off duty

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    Off-duty Flomaton police officers will be allowed to make extra money working at private venues following a vote of the town council Monday night. Police Chief Chance Thompson approached the council saying there was nothing in the bylaws pertaining to police officers working off duty for private individuals using police-issued equipment. Thompson said there were two options: one being the person requesting security pay the town and the town pay the officer and the other for the private individua...

  • Food scores released for Oct.

    Special to the Ledger|Nov 21, 2019

    Escambia County (Ala.) released its food scores for October 2019. The scores are as follows: Atmore Abundant Life - 98 Atmore Comm. Hosp - 97 Atmore Dragway - 97 Baker’s Svc. Sta. - 97 Burger King - 94 Circle K (Nashville) - 88 Circle K (Main) - 95 Creek Travel Plaza - 95 Greenlawn Motel - 98 R & F Foods (retail) - 94 R & F Foods (svc) - 91 Sonic Drive-in - 98 Subway (Lindberg) - 95 Subway (Jack Spr.) - 88 Brewton Church’s - 95 Country Express Deli - 94 DW McMillan Hosp - 96 El Rey Mexican - 96 Jalisco’s Mex - 91 Popeye’s - 94 The Main Event -...

  • Wow!

    Staff Report|Nov 21, 2019

    Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery gathered his team and fans at midfield Friday night after Flomaton's thrilling 20-19 victory over St. James. His first words were 'Wow!' and even brought a smile to the coach's face. The victory moves Flomaton into a quarter final matchup this Friday night at home against T.R. Miller. For more, see Sports....

  • Just in time

    Staff Report|Nov 21, 2019

    Flomaton fireman were on the spot Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle parked outside 54 Rickey St., caught on fire and threatened the home. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames before it spread to the home. No more details were available at press time....

  • It's all magic

    Nov 21, 2019

    A little Harry Potter was on hand to watch Steve Trash perform his magic Saturday at Turtle Point Environmental Center in Flomaton as the center presented 20 years of science for the young and the old. For more see Page 8A....

  • Honoring Flomaton Schools

    Staff Report|Nov 21, 2019

    The Flomaton Town Council honored Flomaton Elementary School Principal George Brown and Flomaton High School Principal Scott Hammond Monday night on both of the schools receiving A's on the latest school report card....

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