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Along the coach roads of time

In the early days of Alabama the stage coach was king of the road. It was an era of virgin pine forests, unadulterated creeks and swampy low lands which could make travel lonely and dangerous. Many...

 

A brief history of local churches

Often we think of some discovered building seen in our daily travels as simply a structure, but sometimes it is part of a long history. Along Highway 29 near the center of the county are a scattering of churches. Among the variety of denominations...

 

That's right, it's the time for violet picking

Our time to pick violets was when the first one was found. Sometime around the end of February we started looking for violets. Best places were in the woods that had been controlled or purpose burned over. Usually the burns were done in the first...

 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Atmore PRAYER BREAKFAST A Prayer Breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Atmore Community Hospital’s Mayson Auditorium, located at 401 Medical Park Dr. in Atmore. A $12 donation at the door or tickets can be...

 

Vaping continues to pose health risks to youth

New federal regulations make it illegal for retailers to sell any tobacco product including e-cigarettes to people under 21. Adrienne Duke, a family and child development studies specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said the new...

 

The Sunshine Report

The Sea of Galliee and the Dead Sea both have the same water source. The water that flows into both of these seas originates in the Hermon Mountains among the roots of the cedar trees in Lebanon. It flows down clear and cool to form the Jordan...

 

Alabama's lost communities of the Civil War

The War Between the States (Civil War) had the dual effect of altering the fortunes of men and communities alike. Prior to the war, some rural communities experienced the spring time of their...

 

More people should be involved with radio

As part of a group of ham radio operators that enjoys experimenting with high attitude weather balloons we are now getting ready to try a new adventure, this will involve using special balloons that have been known to stay up for as long as two...

 

Song writer from Flomaton to Nashville

Betty A. Jones, a Flomaton native, always dreamed of her poems and stories being told in a song. In high school, Betty wrote a song that gave her the idea to be a country music songwriter. A country song has to be written as a story so as to be sung...

 

Tips to help avoid ʻcrape murderʼ when pruning

This time of year, too many crape myrtles are slaugh- tered. Homeowners go wild pruning these trees, possibly damaging and stunting their growth and beauty. Crape myrtles are a popu- lar choice because of the bright bloom colors of red, white, pink...

 

Do you know about Florida Cowboys?

Most people are familiar with the tales of cowboys in the Old West leading herds of cattle from Texas to places such as Kansas. Movies such as Lonesome Dove have characterized cattle drives from Texas to Montana and movies such as Monte Walsh (with...

 

Remembering the joys of Christmas

I've always called them gravel lakes. I thought of them as places to swim, boat and fish. The first gravel lakes I experienced were at Mystic Springs (near McDavid), and I've also spent a lot of time...

 

2020 marks two years writing for the Ledger

Dear Friends, This being the first article for 2020, I want to tell you all some things I have planned for the New Year. First, I must tell you this is ending a complete two years of writing for The Tri-City Ledger under BYGONE TIMES. I never in a...

 

Tips and guidelines for returning gifts this year

The fuzzy Christmas cat sweater isn’t your style? It’s okay if the Christmas presents you received are not on par. Returning a Christmas gift can be a source of anxiety for Christmas gift-givers and recipients. However, there is no need to...

 

Remembering 56 years ago

56 years ago, on December 28th, we two innocents stood before Judge Jean Kirkland in the courthouse in Brewton, Alabama and vowed to love, honor and obey (ouch) each other until death and taxes came due. All he owned was a car and the monthly...

 

Family life in Little Escambia

Along Pecan Lane a series of old wood frame houses provide a historical context among the modern brick homes and Flomaton Speedway. Prior to the coming of Highway 113 this street was called Sardine...

 

Christmas party at Alger Sullivan

Hello dear readers. In this note I take the role of one of our society’s past leaders who was well known for her weekly greetings and current news, in order to report on a special event. Last week the society held our annual December meeting and...

 

2019 offered a lot to 4-H youth in Escambia Co.

2019: Year End Review: At this time of the year, everyone seems to have a little time to take a breath and think back upon all of the moments that impacted them over the past year. At Escambia County 4-H, we have had a year with many moments which...

 

The Sunshine Report

The letter in Ruth’s mailbox was unusual to say the least. There was no stamp on it and no return address. Immediately upon entering the door to her home, Ruth began to open the letter. The letter read: Dear Ruth: I will be stopping by for dinner t...

 

Rolling commerce in the Old South

The decades that followed the War Between the States saw dramatic changes in the way people conducted day-to-day business in relation to shopping and trade. Around the time of the war, salesmen would...

 

Remembering the joys of Christmas

With Christmas on us I think back to some of my first Christmas holidays, like most other kids the important thing to me was being out of school for a couple of weeks. Waking up on Christmas morning and coming into the living room and seeing all...

 

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and after

I would give anything to take y'all back in time with me to experience Christmas in the poor house. You will need to play along and imagine here. The smells of Washington Delicious apples, Lake Wells oranges, Mama's traditional Christmas cake frosted...

 

Tips to help safely serve food and leftovers

Foodborne illness will put an instant damper on holiday celebrations. Practicing holiday food safety can reduce the chances of someone getting sick. Preparing and Serving Food “Do not let foods linger during preparation,” said Angela Treadaway, a...

 

Nettie Quill was queen of the river

Alabama's rivers have always been a major transportation artery for commerce and travelers. In the early days of Alabama, flat boats and canoes made the journey down rivers and creeks carrying news...

 

It's been a very dry year in our area

It's been dry. On my walk the other day I came to realize just how dry it's been around here this year. As the picture shows, I was able to walk across an area that is usually underwater. The...

 

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