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Boatyard lake settled before Civil War

As Dr. John Watkins and other settlers disembarked from steamboats at Holly Creek in 1813 the river culture of Southwest Alabama was already beginning to take shape. Predating Anglo settlers were Native Americans who lived in the river delta for...

 
 By Patsy Green    Lifestyles    March 14, 2019 

The rise and fall of towns by the post offices

I have begun reading An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter. I’m not far into the book, but something he said about the town where he grew up (It’s not Plains.) caught my attention. “Archery is no longer there, except on the old maps, but...

 

Camping was cheap and loads of fun

We camped. It was cheap and fun. Oil Embargo 1973-74 we had saved enough money to take a trip to Colorado. Lamar had been stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and always wanted to show me the place that inspired him to go to...

 

Spring is in the air-time for more fruits,vegetables

Days are warmer! Birds are chirping! Flowers are blooming, and bees are buzzing! Spring is in the air – it’s the perfect time to - go green! No not green as in earth friendly (though that’s important too) but green as in adding more green...

 
 By Staff Report    Lifestyles    March 14, 2019 

Escambia County (Ala.) 4-H Calf and Heifer Show

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  STEER & HEIFER SHOW PERDIDO RIVER FARMS ATMORE, ALABAMA THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 Winners: SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP CLASS Colbie English Rowdy Rutherford Jacelyn Chunn Ashley Bradley J.B. Rhodes James McElhaney...

 

Old Federal Road: Steeped in history

During the last days of the Civil War Union troops battled Confederate troops in Baldwin County at Blakely and Spanish Fort. Simultaneously the US Army dispatched troops up the Old Federal Road in...

 

Remebering a local hero named Fred Jones

In the later part of last year, I was notified that a close friend had passed away. He and I had met at work, developed a good relationship, and by the time that we retired often met for lunch with...

 

Healthy foods give you energy, here are some tips

Spring is in the air and in celebration of the new season that’s coming here are some quick recipe ideas that include most of the food groups (fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and grain). The foods you eat can make a big difference in your health...

 

The Sunshine Report

You are in the midst of a crucial situation. Your heart begins to pound more than normal. Your palms become sweaty. A big lump hovers in your throat. It is “crunch time?” Are you ready to perform at a higher level? Why is it that the same...

 

Rick's Exotic Animals

The students of Flomaton Elementary School experienced a touch of the wild on Wednesday, Feb. 20, when Rick Rackstraw with Rick's Exotic Animals stopped to see them at the Flomaton High School old...

 

Fort Gaines is a good day trip

General Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1777-1849) had a lasting impact on Alabama and US history. Gaines was a hero of the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars as well as the Mexican War. He is also credited as being the officer who arrested fugitive US Vice...

 

The balloon that evacuated a navy base

This week I'm going to be telling a little personal history as well as community history that very few people know about. The main event of this story happen back in the early nineties, 1991 I...

 

Foggy morning and the drama of picture day

I was born, not to the manor, so to speak with hair of curls, but with straight as a board hair. Now some boards are not exactly straight, but warped. Daddy hated warped boards. I hated straight hair. Anyway, we took what we were given and ran with i...

 

Breastfeeding benefits both mother and child

Alabama ranks in the bottom three in the United States for breastfeeding initiation and continuation. Breastfeeding allows many health benefits for both a child and mother. To encourage more breastfeeding families, Alabama Extension’s Human...

 

The Sunshine Report

There is no stress in your life, is there? Okay, I know the answer. Not surprised by that answer, either. Much of our stress is a by-product of fear. Think about it. If we had no fears, we would have no need to stress about anything, would we? We...

 

Northwest Fla. source of intrigue

The beginning days of the War Between the States brought about a great deal of uncertainty and calculated political moves by leaders in Washington and Montgomery, AL (the capital of the Confederate...

 

DeFuniak Springs is worth visiting

I recently spent a few hours in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. I found it a pleasant, friendly town with an interesting history. The following information is from "DeFuniak Springs History" from the City...

 

Observations along the way to Texas

Lamar and I set out to Center, Texas for a looksee. Lamar (The CEO) has talked for years about going to Center to find the reason why his Granddaddy Joesph Holland, founder of Hollandtown, Florida went to Center circa 1915-1919. Why he didn't move th...

 

Healthy tips for this Heart Health Awareness Month

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Fortunately, many risk factors are things we have control...

 

Century's Arbor Day Celebration and Tornado Remembrance Event Friday, Feb. 15

Century area residents gathered last Friday, Feb. 15, to join the Arbor Day Celebration and Tornado Remembrance event at the Ag Building located at 6001A Highway 4 in Century. Sponsored by the...

 

The History of Valentine's Day

The following is an exerpt from the Encyclopaedia Britannica: Valentine's Day, also called St. Valentine's Day, holiday (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. The...

 

Southern hunting influenced war

Throughout the South various subcultures impacted the years leading up to the war in a variety of ways. While the society of the time was influenced by many different factors, the effect of hunting...

 

A closer look at the Mobile Campaign

The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society holds a meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm. You are invited to attend any meeting and maybe become part of our group. The meetings usually have a few minutes of business, followed by a guest who sp...

 

There is a thing called a chicken house revival

Y'all know by now I have no secrets and even less shame. I tell my stuff first so if anyone else ever writes about my mess, my version should be the one you believe. My children are by now mostly shamed into letting me run with it, so thats a good...

 

Nuts are a healthy snack, rich in lots of nutrients

Next time you are off for an early morning jog or you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, grab a handful of nuts on your way out the door. These tiny edible seeds have more nutritional value than you think. Nuts are very underrated as a food and...

 

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