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Monroe Co. obits offer glimpse into past

The history of Southwest Alabama is like a patch work quilt composed of the lives of everyone who has called the area home. Each patch of the quilt tells a story and adds color to our area's history....

 

The many adventures of happy camping

We camped. It was cheap and fun. During the Oil Embargo of 1973-74 we had saved enough money to take a trip to Colorado. In his military days Lamar had been stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and always wanted to show me the...

 
 By Patsy Green    Lifestyles    August 29, 2019 

Thankful to live in our rural community

Today's column is not so much history as thankfulness for living in a rural area. When my family arrived at Jimmy's Grill in Molino last Friday night we were surprised to learn that a band was playing on the porch. Quite a few people were sitting in...

 

Keep this Labor Day weekend safe with food tips

Labor Day is commonly celebrated as the last hurrah to summer! It’s lots of fun activities and a chance to spend time with family and friends during the last long 3-day weekend of summer.  Friends, families and grilling make for a memorable...

 
 By Lou Vickery    Lifestyles    August 29, 2019 

The Sunshine Report

It was not a perfect trip…but it was an excellent one. After 92 days, 13 states and 7,200 miles I am home. What awesome sights. What a beautiful country we live in. Thinking of excellence got me to thinking about how that is generally not good enou...

 

Dr. D.D. Cole and his adventures in Eliska

The Alabama River is a place of rich history and ancient cultures. Native Americans roamed the rivers in a time before the arrival of Europeans and thereafter Europeans mapped and settled the area....

 

J.M. Tate was a truly remarkable man

At one time in Escambia County, Florida, schools were titled with the names of outstanding members of the community, people considered role models. Today, with a need by local governments to not offend, or possibly due to the historical ignorance by...

 

Remembering a gentleman named Cannonball

The only name I ever knew him by was, Cannonball. He must have been old, or so it seemed. He didn't hold a job. He rambled about the neighborhood looking for someone to talk to. He lived in a little shack trailer with a built-on lean-to. Nighttime sh...

 

Tips to help pack safe school and work lunches

Make sure your child's lunch passes from your kitchen to the school lunch room in A+ condition! These tips are ideal for everyone that takes their lunch to school, work or on a staycation (day-trip) too. Start Off Each Day Fresh If you prepare your...

 

The Sunshine Report

Do you realize that every time we speak, we speak twice? I don’t mean that we speak with a “forked tongue.” What I mean is that the words that come out of our mouths convey our thoughts, while our tone of voice reflects our attitude. What we...

 

Coleys, Bookers, McNiels farmed near Butler

In a parting glance at the Hollinger community it beckons the call to review the windswept tombstones of Enon's cemetery. Through blistering summers, wintery frostings of snow, hurricanes and a...

 

Mockingbirds change song during dog days

It sure is hot! It's hot! I'm betting that most of you have heard something similar to this if not these exact words during the past several weeks. I've heard people talk about dog days recently, that's a interesting subject. There are several...

 

Always remember hearsts cannot pull uhauls

My personal axis has finally been knocked off. Reading an article posted by a friend telling us about how the millennials are refusing things from us old folks that we think are important. We spent the better years of our lives struggling...

 

Tips for safe after school snacking at home alone

As children go back to school to feed their hungry minds, parents will be turning their attention to feeding those hungry bodies with healthy and nutritious snacks at home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection...

 

Starting school at FES

Flomaton Elementary School kicked off the 2019-2020 school year on Thurs., Aug. 8. Preschool students and kindergartners were welcomed with a special 'Tears & Cheers' breakfast. For more, see our...

 

Tears and Cheers

Flomaton Elementary school welcomed a new batch of students for the 2019-20 school year Thursday, August 8 as they kicked off the school year. Among the first day events, preschool students,...

 

Gilbert & Louisa Cruit along Old Stage Road

Hollinger, as mentioned last week, was an up and coming community in southern Monroe County in the late 1800s. Yet history is more than the names of forgotten towns on the yellowing pages of old...

 

Remembering my grandpa with a fondness

Today I am thinking about the only grandfather I ever knew, my mother's step-father, Herbert Blackwell, known to us as Paw. The fathers of my parents, William Allen Chancery and Christopher Columbus...

 

All the way from Flomaton to Pittsburgh

Long weekends and Good Friday always bring up a memory. When a Good Friday memory floats to the top, it ain't flotsam and jetsam, it's a good 'un. So, I'm sharing, just how it should be. Right? Good Friday 1962 was the beginning of Easter weekend...

 

School's back in, follow these tips for breakfast

Caution: School Beginning! ABC, as easy as 1-2-3! School will start soon for you and me kid! This little “ditty” is dancing through my mind now as children prepare to start the new school year this week. Can you believe it? Where did the summer...

 

JAY HIGH SCHOOL BAND CAMP 2019

The 2019-2020 Jay High School marching band kicked off practice last week. With practices in the morning and afternoon five days a week, Troy State University graduate and Band Director Connie Wilkes...

 

Let us remember the Hollinger community

History along Butler Street has ebbed and flowed with the coming and going of numerous forgotten communities. Hadley, Vocation, Coley, Steadham are names lost to all but a few who dig into the past. Y...

 

Powelton had a history in Escambia (Fla.)

The history of the American Era of Escambia County in Florida is now almost two hundred years old. In the early years it is remembered that a few areas in the northern part of the county grew slowly as remote, self-sustaining woodland communities....

 

The trip of a lifetime was to see Rock City

I don't remember when I became aware of that far-off-from-Barnett Crossroads, Alabama place, but I knew I needed to see it. The need to "SEE ROCK CITY" way up in Tennessee somewhere stayed on my list of things to do and see. "Bucket list" hadn't...

 

Tips to planning a last minute summer vacation

It’s count down time to the beginning of school and the end of summer and you haven’t had a vacation yet! What to do? Perhaps, you are saving up for that dream trip next summer but you’d still like to take a break and have some fun this year....

 

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