Articles from the December 13, 2018 edition


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  • The Life of President H.W. Bush

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    Our nation came together last week as we mourned the loss of a truly great American. No matter our race, religion, creed, or political party, we were drawn toward the light that was President George H.W. Bush. His life spanned nearly one hundred years of American history and was dedicated to serving the United States. History often records the works of great leaders. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill all led with a sense of service and devotion to their people. But what makes a leader truly special is humility, humor, and a...

  • Probate office once most powerful

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    In Alabama political history, the office of Probate Judge was the most powerful and prestigious position. In the old days, in every county in Alabama, the probate judge was not only judge, he also appointed all county positions, hired all county employees and was Chairman of the County Commission. He was essentially the “King of the County.” In bygone days, gubernatorial candidates ran grassroots campaigns. There were no televisions, therefore, the first and maybe the only stop they would make in their quest for the Governor’s mansion, was t...

  • French fires for fuel, freedom or just frenzy?

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    Bombarded daily with incessant sniping and salacious allegations, Americans are weary of the high drama constantly spinning out of Washington, so we have little interest or patience for all the bickering and nonsense from Europe. Who cares if Germany’s Angela Merkel survives yet another no confidence vote or settles another million migrants in the Fatherland? Who cares if Britain obtains an amicable equitable divorce from the European Union? And who cares if French protestors burn Paris to the ground? Perhaps we should. While Europe is a v...

  • Historical mineral springs in Canoe

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    Mineral springs gave rise to many communities in our area and some become vacation locations as well. A mineral springs existed near Bowman Cemetery in the Wawbeek area that led to the rise of the long lost town of Evansville. The Roberts community had a spring as well. Other communities such as Herrington, had a hotel centered around their mineral springs. Sometimes the mineral springs were believed to hold medicinal benefits. Such was the case with the mineral springs at Canoe, Alabama. The springs had been a major source of free, pure water...

  • The holidays are a time to be enjoyed

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, give to those in need and celebrate the gifts of God. One of those gifts is the freedom to learn about our own history and grow from that knowledge. Today, we Americans are far better off than at any time, but today’s prosperity is far different than those who lived in some eras of our past. In the post-Civil War south, very hard times of those years left some thinking of the prewar days in a much different light than the period is generally seen today. He was known by those w...

  • The search for the perfect Christmas tree

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    Way back when Christmas trees were free for the taking for country folk we started the process of finding one as early as late October during the great chinquapin and hickory nut hunts. This time wasn't for the cutting down and dragging home the tree, but for finding and deciding. On an Indian Summer Sunday afternoon we went into the woods as a group of free range kids. Before the hunt clubs had put up gates across roads and Keep Out notices nailed about we stalked the time worn trails towards the branches and creeks to where we knew the best...

  • The Jay Christmas Parade

    Gretchen McPherson, Staff Report|Dec 13, 2018

    Armed with umbrellas and blankets, Jay area residents came out last Saturday morning to kick off the Holiday season and get a glimpse of Santa. The cold, wind and rain did not keep the warm smiles and cheers from making the day a success. For photos, see our Photo Gallery....

  • Follow these five steps to seasonal savings

    Carolyn Bivins, Guest Writer|Dec 13, 2018

    When the holiday season is over you may find yourself saying: “Why did I spend all of that money? Why did I wait until the last minute to shop? I don’t even want to think about how long it will take to pay off the credit cards. I hope I didn’t take too much money out of the ATM. “Did I buy my mom the same gift twice?” “I should have had a plan” By following a few simple steps, you can end this post-holiday. Recognize Your Seasonal Stressors Does it seem like the holidays come earlier and earlier each year? How early does the holiday season star...

  • Frankie Baggett

    Dec 13, 2018

    Frankie Baggett, 69, of Loxley, Ala., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Mobile. Mr. Baggett was born to Claude Hamilton and Rosie Arrington Baggett on July 31, 1949. A member of the First Baptist Church of Loxley, he was employed with Sun Belt Chemical and worked in the paper mill industry most of his life. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeff Copeland officiating. Burial followed at Canoe Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Baggett is...

  • Janice Bryant Barden

    Dec 13, 2018

    Janice Bryant Barden, 61, of Citronelle, Ala., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at Mobile Infirmary from complications related to cancer. Mrs. Barden was born to John Houston, Sr. and Claudean Prescott Bryant of Fayetteville, Ark. A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of arts in agricultural engineering, she was employed by Zimlich The Florist in Mobile for 20 years. Later developing her own business, JBBandFlowers, she created floral designs for wedding receptions that were featured in magazines. The funeral was held at 2 p.m.,...

  • Toni DiAnn Haupert Boutwell

    Dec 13, 2018

    Toni DiAnn Haupert Boutwell, 64, of Atmore, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Atmore. Mrs. Boutwell was born July 31, 1954, to Tony Jacob and Mazie Hanks Haupert, in Atmore. After completing four years of Bible College, she became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. During her ministry, she became co-director of Teen Challenge and was very active with New Life for girls. She was a member of Beulah Chapel Assembly of God. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Gene Hudson...

  • Jean Ann Brouwer Edeker

    Dec 13, 2018

    Jean Ann Brouwer Edeker, 67, of Atmore, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Pensacola. Mrs. Edeker was born May 7, 1951, to James E. and Pearl Brouwer in Kalamazoo, Mich. Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Mrs. Edeker is survived by her husband, Ronnie Carnley of Atmore; one son, Joshua Edeker of Jay, Fla.; one brother, Jim Brouwer of Michigan; three grandchildren; and numerous other family members. Mrs. Edeker was preceded in death by her parents....

  • Beverly Ann Godwin

    Dec 13, 2018

    Beverly Ann Godwin, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 in Bay Minette, Ala. Mrs. Godwin was a native of Lauderdale County, Miss. and had resided in the Bay Minette, Perdido, Ala. area most of her life. Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Mrs. Godwin is survived by one daughter, Tracey (George) Hendricks of Brewton; two nephews, Kevin (Lee Anna) Irle of Saraland, Ala. and Shawn Irle of Bay Minette; one niece, Tina Marmolejo of Perdido Key, Fla.; and three grandchildren....

  • Timothy 'Tim' Alan Hammac

    Dec 13, 2018

    Timothy “Tim” Alan Hammac, 55, of East Brewton, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in a Pensacola medical facility after a brief illness. Mr. Hammac was a native of Flomaton and lifelong resident of East Brewton. A logger and former forklift operator at T.R. Miller Company, he attended the W.S. Neal School System and enjoyed fishing. The funeral ws held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial followed at Fort Crawford Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Hammac is survived by his wif...

  • Jeanette Hart

    Dec 13, 2018

    Jeanette Hart, 84, of Castleberry, Ala., died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in a local hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. hart was a native and long time resident of Oxford, England before she moved to Brewton. A graduate of Sandhill High School in Oxford, where she ran track and played field hockey, she was a member of the Appleton Assemby of God Church and a homemaker. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Appleton Assembly of God Church with Revs. Russ McDonald and Steve Pettis officiating. Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery...

  • Jerry Michael 'Mike' Lowery

    Dec 13, 2018

    Jerry Michael “Mike” Lowery, 72, of Brewton, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 after a brief illness. Mr. Lowery was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton who was a 1964 graduate of W.S. Neal High School. A member of the Ridge Road Baptist Church and fan of Civil War memorabilia, he was a retired millwright from International Paper Company with 39 years of service. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Speaker Rusty Andrews officiating. Burial followed at Ridge Road Baptist Church Cem...

  • John Stanley Sanders

    Dec 13, 2018

    John Stanley Sanders, 63, of Cantonment, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in Cantonment. Mr. Sanders was born Aug. 2, 1955 to Arlen and Velma Williams Sanders in Atmore and worked as a mechanic with Escambia County Mosquito Control. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at Dry Springs Church. Burial followed at Dry Springs Cemetery with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mr. Sanders is survived by one son, Joshua David Sanders; two brothers, Jerry Sanders and Richard Sanders; and two sisters, Mae Hildreth and Janie...

  • Barry Mason Vaughn

    Dec 13, 2018

    Barry Mason Vaughn, 73, of Wing, Ala., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 ina Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Vaughn was a native of Independence, Kansas and former resident of of Neodesha-Elk City, Kansas and Ozark, Ala. before relocating to Brewton. A retired supervisor from Frit Car with more than 40 years of service, he attended the Rock Creek Pentecostal Church and enjoyed the outdoors. Th funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. David Earl Elliott officiating. Burial followed...

  • Politicians can learn from football

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Dec 13, 2018

    Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities” is sadly forgotten in the modern American political system. Instead we now face ‘A tale of two parties’. In Dickens’ book, the horror of living during the French Revolution is brought to life and the unspeakable conditions of the Reign of Terror are meant to warn other countries of the dangers of tyrannical rule. We, as Americans, have missed the point. What we have come to as a nation is that our two-party system (and let’s face it, that is exactly what i...

  • New scholarship offered in tech

    Special to the Ledger|Dec 13, 2018

    A new scholarship has been established in memory of Jerry Garrett. Garrett died in 2016 at the age of 61 and was a resident of Castleberry for many years and worked with his hands, according to his daughter, Michelle Blackburn. “Dad was known for being a jack of all trades and a source of knowlege for anyone, whether he could fix something or direct people where to go to have something repaired,” said Blackburn. “With this scholarship, we are trying to help people become educated, in a very small way, and reward people who will be our futur...

  • Canes beat Piedmont for state title

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 13, 2018

    Flomaton High School brought home the school's first football state championship Thursday afternoon from Jordan-Hare Stadium on the campus of Auburn University in a game Hurricane head coach Doug Vickery said "For the next 100 years people will talk about the 2018 Hurricanes". Flomaton defeated Piedmont 23-12 to claim the Alabama Class 3A championship in Auburn. It marked the first time in 94 years of football being played in Flomaton that the Hurricanes took home the championship trophy. "I'm...

  • Body found in Conecuh River

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 13, 2018

    As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office had not released the identity of a female body found dead Sunday morning in the Conecuh River half-way between the Pollard Landing and Fischer Landing in Century. In a press release issued by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office, it stated the body of an adult female was found about 11 a.m. Sunday along the bank of the Conecuh River about 1 mile south of Terrell Landing. The identity of the body or the cause of death is being...

  • State Champions

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 13, 2018

    For the first time in 94 years of playing football, Flomaton High School won a state championship Dec. 6 at Jordan-Hare Stadium when the Hurricanes defeated Piedmont 23-12....

  • Title game checks off 'bucket list' for some

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 13, 2018

    It might not be Pearl Harbor Day, but Dec. 6, 2018 will be a day that will be remembered for eternity for the Flomaton community and the Hurricane faithful. On that day, the Flomaton Hurricanes captured the school's first football state championship after 94 years of playing football when they defeated Piedmont to capture the Class 3A title. While it's a very special moment for the players and coaches, it's just as special for members of the community who have followed Flomaton football for deca...

  • Ambulance to stay in Flomaton 24-7

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 13, 2018

    “Tickled to death” is how Flomaton's two representatives on the Escambia County Health Care Authority expressed their feelings following an agreement to keep seven day, 24 hour ambulance service in Flomaton. The health care authority voted Monday to enter into a three-year agreement with LifeGuard to continue the service, which is stationed at the Flomaton Fire Station. Chris Griffin, administrator at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, said LifeGuard is currently working in Flomaton on a 90-...

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