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Victory Gardens inspired hope

Gardening is as much a part of being a Southerner as weekend football games and a trip to one's favorite fishing hole. Yet in another era, gardening was a survival tool and the Federal government...

 
 By Jim Stanton    Lifestyles    April 2, 2020 

Be wary of scams during this time

With this Covid-19 the world is now changing faster than it ever has before. By the time this is over there is no telling what kind of world we will be living in. I will be glad when this is over and maybe we can get to what ever the new normal will...

 

From the sweat of our brow we shall eat bread

I'm old enough to know what I'm writing about so allow me the pleasure. What say you, old lady? We Crews' have planted and shared garden bounty for almost all our 56 plus years of married life. Our first few years we shared a garden with his side...

 

Let's be the Little Engine that Could

I'm self-quarantined with time on my hands and things on my mind. I was born (1941) just as our country came out of the Great Depression. 1929 to 1939 was the longest and most severe world-wide economic depression ever. The stock market crashed, men...

 

Sawmill Day cancelled for safety

Sawmill Day 2020 is canceled. We had to make this decision early due to some orders that had to be made right now. Hopefully, next year will be better. The things we are doing to try to slow the spread of Covid 19 are reminding me of my son's...

 

A tale of southern-fried romance

Wars can destroy not just the lives of the people directly involved on the battlefield but the people left on the home front as well. During the War Between the States many loved ones were separated b...

 

Coronavirus won't stop extension service learning

Coronavirus or no coronavirus, Alabama Extension is pressing forward to offer information and learning opportunities to the people of Alabama. Just one week ago, we transitioned to an alternate operations model and assigned employees to work from...

 

Community reaches out during Coronavirus

As communities and citizens observe the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for diminishing the spread of the Coronavirus through social distancing and various closings, school systems and...

 

History's playbook & coronavirus

As mentioned in last week's article, the Corona virus is historic in its sweeping across the globe. The virus carries with it the potential for untold consequences in the infection of potentially...

 

We've been through isolation before

The U.S. today faces a new health challenge, but this is not new to our nation. One hundred years ago, or so, the challenge of unknown illnesses was almost routine. Today a primary recommendation is similar to one used then, isolation. The following...

 

Revolutionary war soldier Peter Kelly

Little Miss Jimma Leigh Hawthorne, a Flomaton Elementary 3rd grade student, claims the proud distinction of being the 9th Great Granddaughter of Peter Kelly, Patriot. Peter O'Kelly was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1751. Leaving Ireland with...

 

Retreat offers our youth personal development

Teens across the state came out in full force for the Alabama 4-H Midwinter Leadership Retreat. This year’s retreat focused on workforce development, healthy living and independence. The three–day, Hollywood-themed event was held at the Alabama 4...

 

The Sunshine Report

There is an old story about the Touchstone, a small black pebble that could turn common metal into pure gold. The Touchstone was located on the shores of the Black Sea, lying among thousands of other pebbles which looked exactly like it. But there...

 

The 1918-1919 Flu killed millions

For those who think history boring, or not worth teaching or studying perhaps they should take a look at history's lessons when it comes to the growing pandemic known as the Corona virus, also known a...

 

Improvements made to DNA testing

Several years ago when I first took a DNA test to trace my ancestors only a few hundred people showed up on it that I had shared DNA with. When I checked again just a few days ago the number of people in the world that I had shared DNA with was just...

 

Bobbie Roberson Edwards, Singer

This writer happened onto this story by accident. Let me tell you about a delightful lady in our community that is a singer. A singer of Country Music, a singer of Gospel songs. A voice that will...

 

Escambia County 4H & FFA Calf Show & Sale Thursday, March 5 at Perdido Farms

Last Thursday, Escambia County (Ala.) 4H and FFA participants showed and sold their livestock to potential buyers at Perdido Farms. Exhibitors this year were: Silas Albritton, Temple Albritton, Isaac Bonam, Ashley Bradley, Aron Chavira, Kenslee...

 

Train wreck helped to name 'Dugout'

In the old days, meaning that time before the early 1960s, when many of the tiny communities in our area seemed to prosper and their residents had more of a home view than a world view, there existed...

 

4-H programs build lasting memories

I greatly enjoyed the article in last week's Ledger by the 4-H agent. It brought back memories of my family's 4-H times. None of my immediate family ever got into raising and showing large animals. My brothers raised and showed chickens. That was an...

 

Workshops offer look at sources of quality water

Alabama’s rich water resources range from rushing mountain streams to the relaxing, sugar sand beaches of the coast. It is not always clear, however, what the connection is between our everyday tasks and the quality of our water. The Alabama...

 

The Sunshine Report

One of the more difficult things for assertive people to do is to take a “pause for the cause.” There are times when we actually become victims of our circumstances. Events seem to rush us, press us, move us along at a pace that is injurious to...

 

More dispatches from Canoe Station

Military dispatches provide an important reflection of the significance of a geographic area during a war. The importance of Canoe Station as a military base and supply point is illustrated through...

 

Things are getting better all the time

Contemplation. In my old dictionary, one of the definitions is “thoughtful inspection”. This seems like an old person’s word. The answer to “what ya doing?” from an old man sitting on the front porch, “Oh, I’m just contemplating....

 

A little property name Legacy Acres

Today, Theresa and Jerry Bell of Pineview live on a property named Legacy Acres. Located alongside Hwy. 113 between Flomaton and I-65. The farm has an event barn that is considered an agri-tourism business. The Bells live on and farm 200 acres of...

 

It's time for the 2020 4-H and FFA Calf Show

The Escambia County 4-H and FFA Calf Show starts at 12 p.m., Thursday, March 5, with sale starting right after, at around 6 p.m. In March of 2019, youth from across Escambia County, AL and the surrounding area gathered for the 2019 edition of the...

 

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