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The rise and fall of Claiborne, Ala.

Antebellum river culture during the period of 1814-1855 brought about the overnight rise of many riverfront towns. Settlements quickly grew to towns along the Alabama River in rapid succession. Towns...

 

Small words can reveal great things

In the basement of the Pace Library at the University of West Florida is West Florida’s largest collection of historical documents. The archives hold volumes of information relating to the people who shaped local history. In the years before the...

 

There haven't always been flu shots

We plan to get our flu shots in the coming weeks. Old folks should do all they can to avoid that demon. This memory of having the flu sticks in my mind like no other when compared to many childhood illnesses. My family had a seemingly strudy hold on...

 

Tips to select and serve fresh produce safely

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows...

 

Porch Fest 2018

Although the weather was hot, the music was hotter in Brewton Saturday as locals turned out to listen to local musicians and bands play on the front porches of residents' homes along Belleville and...

 

Flomaton's 90 + Celebration

Last Saturday, community members and residents joined members of the Flomaton United Methodist Church to honor those who are 90 and older and their families. Delmer Tew, Pastor Kathleen McKinley and...

 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Before biting into that juicy steak, take a moment to think about your cholesterol level. Is it high? High cholesterol usually has no symptoms but can increase the risk of heart disease. The month of September has been designated as National...

 

A battle flag's very long journey

Early in 1861 war fever swept the North and South alike. Predictions were made that the war would be a short one and men from all walks of life wanted to get in on the action before the war was over....

 

Festivals are times for gathering

I spent Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 4th annual Barrineau Park Gathering. I love the name of that local festival. As a member of a group that has to look for as many sources as possible for the...

 

The nickles spent at Henderson's rolling store

Circa late 1940's/early 1950's In our community of Barnett Crossroads in Escambia County Alabama lived family's headed by hard working men, men who worked in paper wood, tar wood stumping and logging. Men who worked for the county road department,...

 

More on Booker's Mill in Conecuh

As mentioned last week, Booker's Mill existed at least as early at the Post-War Between the States Era in Conecuh County Alabama beginning with construction of the mill in 1865. Originally several dif...

 

A nutritious diet can help promote healthy teeth

Eat Right for a Healthy Mouth and Teeth “Brush! Brush!” “Come on and brush your teeth! Make those pearly white’s clean” “Brush so your pretty smile can be seen”. (Children’s tooth brushing song) Young children with healthy teeth have...

 

September is time for two things

At our last meeting of the Alger Sullivan Historical Society we had a guest speaker who is originally from our area, he now lives in West Virginia but has spent a great deal of his life working all over the world and gave a very interesting talk...

 

There are big differences between then and now

1947, my first year of school started a week or so after Labor Day. I was as green as any little country bumpkin that ever entered the hallowed walls of A. D. Kelly School in Wallace, Alabama. Everybody refered to our school as "Wallace". I still...

 

Extension offers diabetes education programs

More than 634,000 people in Alabama, live with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, another estimated 127,000 Alabamians have this disease but don’t know it. Alabama is the seventh (7) leading state in the United States to...

 

Battle of the Bands

The Hurricanes, Royals, Tigers and Blue Devils bands helped kick off the 2018 football season as local teams went head to head last Friday night. Music and movement filled the air at half time, pumping up the fans who came to see their team win! For...

 

Booker's Mill full of interesting history

After leaving the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, we continued our way to Booker's Mill. Relying on GPS proved to be a fallacy in the journey in that it took us down a dirt lane called...

 

Mighty oaks from small acorns grow

There is an old saying that was often used by a favorite teacher in my elementary school days. It is recalled roughly as follows, "Mighty oaks from small acorns grow". The history of the United...

 

The childhood adventures of Matt, Mae and Me

In our community lived two eternally, very young ladies. Matt & Mae. Each lived with sisters by necessity and fate. I was never sure about the order of birth with their sisters, but both had been left in care of their sisters for life. Both were born...

 

Local tied to the Bermuda Triangle

On a recent trip to Conecuh County I found myself with a few minutes to spare so I stopped by the library in Evergreen to do some light research on a McKinley ancestor who had lived in Conecuh in the...

 

Historical society approved for grant

The Alger Sullivan Historical Society has been chosen for a grant through the Empowering Neighborhoods program of CiviCon to help with the building of outdoor bathrooms at James Houston Jones Historic Park in Century. These bathrooms will help us...

 

'Pitchur Show' was held at Barnett Crossroads

Circa 1950, A.D. Kelly School in Wallace, Alabama. The "Pitchur Show" was held in the auditorium. Mr. Bill Grissett made his regular run on our route to haul us to the school house on Friday nights. Ride cost a dime, "Pitchur Show" cost a dime and a...

 

Be safe this season with these few tips

Sports fans are gearing up across the country to tackle tailgating. This season, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to defend your pre- and post-game gatherings from the most challenging opponent — food poisoning. Wash Wash hands...

 

Posing with a 'Star'

The Flomaton Fire Department organized a photo opportunity with the FHS cheerleaders to pose with a Medstar amublance and helicopter that have recently started to serve the town of Flomaton and...

 

Trial of the century in Esc. Co. (Ala.)

On April 3, 1906 Fred L. Hancock awaited his fate from an Escambia County jury for the slaying of Canoe School Professor Jesse Troutman. As one local newspaper printed, "Hancock will know early...

 

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