Articles from the November 28, 2019 edition


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  • A tale of the Thanksgiving 'sapsucker'

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Nov 28, 2019

    Somebody moved away and gave Daddy a turkey and a few old laying hens that never laid, but eventually made some good Sunday dumplings. My parents never ask for handouts (we had self-pride), but a hand-me-down turkey wasn't the same as a public dole turkey. Daddy accepted the gift and thought he would make a good centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table. Anyway, as to the turkey, he became known as "that sapsucker." ***Credit to Humpy for that phrase. He called undesirables "sapsucker."*** It was in late summer/early fall that Daddy came home...

  • As football ends we turn to hunting

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Nov 28, 2019

    With the weather turning colder and football season coming to a close a lot of us begin to think about hunting and camping for the upcoming hunting season. One of the advantages of living in this area is the opportunities for hunting and fishing in this area. I've been on a several memorable camping trips but some are more memorable than others. One very memorable trip happen back in the early 1970's. This happen just a couple of weeks after what became known as the Pascagoula UFO abduction which at the time was all over the world news....

  • Looking at the past to be thankful

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Nov 28, 2019

    It's a time honored tradition on Thanksgiving to enjoy a meal with loved ones and, as we age, traditions with loved ones become all the sweeter as the years pass by like a river. Yet it's easy to take for granted that a hot meal, with turkey and fixings, will be waiting when we come out of the woods at dinner time on that special day. It's special for a lot of reasons but not the least of which is the easing of the climate from the oppressive summer to the milder fall, the slight changing of...

  • This year's state ambassador sings 4-H's praises

    Special to the Ledger|Nov 28, 2019

    In Birmingham, Ala. Kenneth Reese, the 2019–2020 Alabama 4-H state ambassador president, lives the 4-H motto. “I want to be a role model to youth and show them all the opportunities 4-H offers,” Reese said. “This is a goal I have had for years. First introduced to 4-H in school, he started his own 4-H club at nine. Growth through Leadership Serving as a state 4-H ambassador provides additional skill development in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service and public relations, as well as team building. Reese leads 24 addi...

  • The Sunshine Report

    Lou Vickery, Guest Writer|Nov 28, 2019

    Our emotions are our best servant when they act on our own behalf. When our emotions are on our side, we learn to take life in stride. Personally, I battled emotional extremes much early adult life. What you find below are some things that have helped me to fight emotional extremes: Think realistically. Learn to put things in perspective. Not getting too high or too low when confronted with a challenge, can bring your stress level down. Manage time wisely. Controlling your time rather than having your time control you, aids greatly in...

  • Marion Lenora Coleman

    Nov 28, 2019

    Marion Lenora Coleman, 83, died Friday, Nov. 2,, 2019. Mrs. Coleman was a native of Brewton and lifetime community member who owned and operated a daycare for 25 years. A homemaker, she was a member of Canaan Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov., 26, at Craver's Funeral home Chapel with bro. Waylon Stuckey officiating. Burial followed at Canaan Cemetery in the Barnetts Cross Roads community with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Coleman is survived by two sons, Carl Justin (Victoria) Bodiford of Navarre...

  • Willie Thomas 'Doug W.T.' Johnson

    Nov 28, 2019

    Willie Thomas “Doug W.T.” Johnson, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Mr. Johnson was born March 7, 1931 to Frank Johnson and Willie Mae Nunn in Uriah, Ala. He was drafted into the military, serving from 1952 to 1954, in the Korean War. Upon his return home, we began working for Monsanto, where he retired after 30 years. Educated up to the third grade, he taught himself to read, write and became a carpenter. A master carpenter, he helped build the New Order Missionary Baptist Church in the Freemanville community, where he served as a dea...

  • Nathan Wayne Morgan

    Nov 28, 2019

    Nathan Wayne Morgan, 87, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Brewton hospital. Mr. Morgan was born April 1, 1932, in Loxley, Ala. and had been a lifelong resident of Brewton. A U.s. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he worked at Container Corp. of America for 37 years and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Blair officiating. Burial followed at Green Acres Memorial Gardens with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr....

  • Leroy Palmer

    Nov 28, 2019

    Leroy Palmer, 101, of East Brewton, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in a local nursing facility following a brief illness. Mr. Palmer was a native of Bradley, Ala. who was a lifelong resident of East Brewton. A retired carpenter and framer in the construction industry, he was a member of the East Brewton First Assembly of God Church.s The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Scurlock officiating. Burial followed at Bradley Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Betty Elizabeth Hicks Simmons

    Nov 28, 2019

    Betty Elizabeth Hicks Simmons, 89, of Flomaton, died Tuesday, Nov. 19., 2019, after a brief illness. Mrs. Simmons was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton who worked as a waitress and attended Liberty Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Rickey Tedder officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Simmons is survived by three sons, Donald Simmons, Malchom Simmons and James Simmons, all of Pensacola; one daughter, Clara Moye of...

  • Byrneville mourns loss of a child

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 28, 2019

    The community is mourning the death of 7-year-old Daniel Graham, a first grade student at Byrneville Elementary School. Graham died Sunday, Nov. 24, at Evergreen Medical Center from injuries he suffered in a four-vehicle crash that day. Graham and his mother, April Graham, 30, were driving on Interstate 65 one mile west of Evergreen when their vehicle was struck by a 2014 Jeep Wrangler driven by 20-year-old William Farris of Pensacola. Farris was injured and transported to Evergreen Medical...

  • Firemen cited for hunting at night

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 28, 2019

    Four Flomaton volunteer firemen were ticketed for night hunting for allegedly shooting and killing a doe deer on the side of Highway 31 in Flomaton between and fire station and the We Care store. According to court records, Jay Croley, 29, 102 Ricky St., Flomaton, Michael Dylan Emmons,19, 184 Sue St., Flomaton, and Nicholas Jay Jackson,18, 82 Emmy Lane, Flomaton were issued night hunting citations by Game Warden Adam Johnson. Charles Tyler Lambeth, 20, 6159 Upper Creek Road, Flomaton was citied...

  • Century OKs new vehicles

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 28, 2019

    Monday night, Nov. 18, the Century Council approved the purchase of two new trucks, one for the street department and one as a meter reader truck, and to replace a 1997 truck and 2004 Ford Ranger with 144,000 miles on it, in the amount of $54,535. The two trucks recommended by Interim City Manager Buz Eddy for purchase are a 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman for the meter reader to cost $19,793 and a 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman for the street department to cost $34,742. The Ram 2500 Tradesman will be...

  • It's Miller time

    Staff Report|Nov 28, 2019

    T.R. Miller avenged its regular season loss to Flomaton with a 14-12 victory over the Hurricanes this past Friday in the Class 3A playoffs that send the Tiger into a semi-final clash this Friday night at Mobile Christian. Above, Miller's Landon Lindsey gives his little brother Conor a victory ride along with Coach Rob Atkinson following the win. Below, Flomaton's Daquan Johnson stretches for yardage against the Miller defense. For more see Page 6A....

  • Flomaton warrant nets drugs; two arrested

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 28, 2019

    Agents from multiple law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant last Tuesday at 282 Jordan Landing Road, Flomaton, that led to the arrest of two individuals on multiple drug charges that included methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy. Dennis C. Crosby, Jr., 43, was charged with trafficking, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held on $1.5 million bond. Derr...

  • Williams remembered with a big, giving heart

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 28, 2019

    Shock, disbelief and anger were felt by citizens and fellow law enforcement officers Saturday night when word quickly spread that Lowndes County Sheriff John 'Big John' Williams had been shot dead outside a convenience store in Hayneville, Ala. Published reports state Sheriff Williams approached a vehicle about 8 p.m. Saturday parked outside the QV convenience store and asked the driver to turn down his loud music. The driver is accused of shooting the sheriff once in the head before fleeing...

  • Century man faces charge

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 28, 2019

    A Century man stopped in Pensacola last Sunday for a shattered windshield faces a felony charge for marijuana. Charles Lashon Kyles, 30, 9450 Old Flomaton Road, was traveling in the area of Massachussetts Ave. and Montclair Road in Pensacola when he was observed by a law enforcement officer to be operating his 2018 Nissan Altima on the road with a shattered windshield, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's office report. A law enforcement officer conducted a traffic stop of the Nissan and...

  • Chamber plans for 2020 run

    Nov 28, 2019

    The Century Area Chamber of Commerce has set Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 to host it’s second annual Century Cross Country Classic 5K Run and Walk at Anthony Pleasant Park. There will be a One Mile Fun Run at 10:15 a.m. Race time is at 9 a.m., sign up starts at 6:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 on race day. Early registration is now through Jan. 17. Early packet pick-up is Friday, Jan. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Anthony Pleasant Park. If mailiing registration, must be post-marked by Jan. 11th. Mail to: Century Chamber of Commerce, 7811 N...

  • Town of Jay's first soccer league a success

    Josh Holloway, Guest Writer|Nov 28, 2019

    As a Jay Councilman, I work closely on things pertaining to Jay’s recreation and parks and am also the President of the Jay Youth Soccer Association. On Saturday October 26th the first ever Soccer Championship took place in Jay, a process that began many months earlier. This past spring, the Jay Town council discussed ways to improve and bring in new families to utilize the park facilities and possibly help local businesses in the process. I thought the council should ask the community what they would like, hoping that would generate some e...

  • Board of Education approves personnel changes

    Staff Report|Nov 28, 2019

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved the following personelle changes at its Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting. The changes are as follows. Recommendations Approval to reinstate nine (9) sick leave days to Stacy Kelley, 7-hour lunchroom worker at Pollard McCall Junior High School, due to an on-the-job injury, effective October 21, 2019 through October 31, 2019 Leave of Absence Kathy Douglas, 6-hour lunchroom worker at WS Neal Middle School, leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, effective August 12, 2019 through October...

  • Century to get $35K fees

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 28, 2019

    The town of Century will receive as much as $35,200 in fees from the Capital Trust Agency (CTA) following the unanimous approval Monday, Nov. 18, to adopt three resolutions to allow the City of Gulf Breeze and the town of Century to sign the inter local agreement on three projects. The projects are: the acquisition of 9 properties, 4 new projects and 5 refinanced projects, by GW Real Estate, LLC, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida for $47 million which will give the town a fee of $18,800; a...

  • Suspect arrested for sexual abuse

    Staff Report|Nov 28, 2019

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Department of Human Resources in reference to allegations between a victim less than 12 and Dustin Gates. After an Investigation the case was presented to a grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a child less than 12 and Enticing a Child for Immoral Purpose. Dustin Ray Gates was arrested on Monday, Nov. 18, for Sexual Abuse of a child less than 12 and Enticing a Child for Immoral Purpose and placed in the Escambia County Detention Center. This investigation is still on...

  • T.R. Miller ends Hurricane season

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 28, 2019

    T.R. Miller and Flomaton each scored touchdowns in the first half of Friday night's 3A quarterfinal matchup in Flomaton. Miller's Matthew Morgan kicked two extra points and the Hurricanes failed on two two-point conversions that ended the scoring and sends the Tigers into the semi-finals this Friday after the 14-12 victory. T.R. Miller will travel to Mobile Christian, which defeated unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Gordo 41-21 in Mobile this past Friday night. The winner of T.R. Miller vs. Mobile...

  • Thank an emergency responder

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 28, 2019

    I never met Lowndes County Sheriff Big John Williams. I never heard of him until this past Sunday morning when I learned he was shot to death outside a convenience store in Hayneville, Ala. I didn't know Big John, as he was called, but my heart dropped because I've known many law enforcement officers over the years that reminded me of Big John as I began to read stories and reach out to our current Sheriff Heath Jackson and former Sheriff Grover Smith. Both knew Big John. Both had become...

  • Tis the season to get scam phone calls

    Our View|Nov 28, 2019

    If your are like us, you are now receiving unsolicited telephone calls at home or on your cell phone about helping this cause or that cause. 'Tis the season'. From Thanksgiving to Christmas most of us get into a more generous feeling but sometimes we all fall victim to a scam. You may get a call to donate money to help homeless veterans, you may get a call to help the police and homeless people across this country. Don't bite and don't send money. If you get a call to help children in need during the holiday season it may touch your heart, but...

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