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Disasters led to maps and street names

Across the rugged pages of history intersect the crossroads of memory and our own personal recollections and reflections. Yet with the passing of each successive generation much history is forgotten unless close attention is paid to the oral history...

 

Searching for relics with real hunters

I have enjoyed some good times lately with Judson and Theresa Carden, a couple I met through the Alger Sullivan Historical Society. They allowed me to accompany them on a relic hunt in Bluff Springs. I'll write more about their finds in Bluff...

 

The Christmas with Buddy's Radio Flyer

Christmas season brings such sweet memories and I have the need to share. So, my baby brother, three years younger than I, James Carlton ( Buddy) was the pet of ALL the Smith side of our family. Uncles claimed him, aunts hugged him extra tight, boy...

 

Century's Tree Lighting Nadine McCaw Park

Century area residents gathered at Nadine McCaw Park last Friday night to kick off the Christmas season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The Byrneville Elementary School Chorus sang Christmas...

 

Tips to help keep this holiday season healthy

Let the Holiday Spirit Move You! The holiday season is almost here. Trying to balance holiday parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining and work may lead to some stressful times. What about eating healthy or physical activity? Finding time fo...

 

Today's Sunshine Report

Everybody can see the material success of an individual. But beneath it, and behind it, we often find the ashes created by the chasing of false dreams. “I’m doing it for my family’s future,” is the war cry. Eventually, the truth is there for...

 

Canoe study club kept learning alive

In an earlier time people used some of their leisure time to learn and grow intellectually for no other reason than to expand their minds. This held true for our local area as well. On many an otherwise cold fall or winter night, the only thing...

 

The many adventures of Christmas 1947

I have decided for this season to write my memories of Christmas past for the simple reason of sharing my childhood history in the joy of ecstasty and agony of this magical time. Thanks to my friend Kevin McKinley and his article about the history...

 

Venison makes healthy delicious meal choices

It is officially that time of year where many of your friends and loved ones go missing for several hours at a time. There is nothing wrong; they are just sitting in the woods waiting to bring home the best buck (venison) of the year. Venison is...

 

Nathan Rachel: Escambia's first draftee

The recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I marked a time that had a great impact on our local area. Many local men fought in the war. Some such as Sidney Manning...

 

The history of Florida's education system

The history of early organized education in Florida is one of none, followed by failed and sporadic efforts by state and local officials until just before the twentieth century. The first real effort came with the post-Civil War Constitution commonly...

 

Thanksgiving weekend the year of 1945

Daddy and Mama moved us from our home on 3rd Ave in Atmore to our new home here at Barnett Crossroads Alabama on Thanksgiving weekend 1945. What a memorable time that was for me. I was heading towards my 5th birthday and growing like kudzu. My...

 

Fall fun at FES

The sun shown down for the first annual Fall Festival for Flomaton Elementary School, on Sat., Nov. 17. The event was held at the Flomaton High School football field and featured booths from each...

 

Tips for keeping leftovers safe this Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year! The holidays are upon us. A time when our thoughts turn to family, friends, celebrations, holiday feasts, and yes…leftovers! Holiday meal leftovers can be just as delectable as the original feast. The challenge is...

 

More than just a country store

The small country store has its place in American society. Historically, people have gathered at such places to receive their mail, converse with neighbors, learn the news going on around them, and...

 

The Ladies Take the Stage

The lights were lowered, the music began and the curtains were drawn to reveal that the contestants were ready to entertain the crowds during the 2018 Miss FHS pageant held this past Thursday, Nov....

 

Baker Block Museum has much to offer

Several ASHS members spent Saturday, November 3rd at the Baker Block Museum. We greatly enjoyed their Festival, but there is much to see and enjoy there on non-festival days. The Baker Block Museum...

 

Remembering those fall Sunday afternoons

Way back in the days before television or things tech worthy and time wasting, we had free and joyful time for things like stalking the best chinquapin trees that had a possibility for the best crop, best persimmon, best walnuts, best pecans, best...

 

How to have your Thanksgiving pie and eat it too

The typical American may eat 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day with 3,000 calories consumed at the Thanksgiving meal alone. That’s more than two times the average recommended calorie load for a day! So many times, at Thanksgiving we see lists of t...

 

Sunshine Report

One of my “careers” was short-lived. For four years, I worked as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in Dallas. The first six months, for the most part, was spent out of the office making calls to potential clients. The stock market at the time was...

 

Mystery of the Butler Street School

Travelling northwest from Robinsonville one will soon reach the lower end of Butler Street. The road and community known as Butler Street stretches into Monroe County and scenic views along the route...

 

Stop skipping Thanksgiving for Christmas

We are starting to see all things Christmas. ((((Stop In The Name Of Love))). Lets do Thanksgiving first okay? I'm using memories gathered from multi family gatherings through the years for this story. We all know us. We all have suffered us. We all...

 

Tips to make salads healthy and low-calorie

What is the first food you think about eating when you go on a diet? Many people think about eating a salad because it is a low-calorie meal. Salads are usually a great high-nutrient, low-calorie meal to eat but adding some foods can make it a high-c...

 

Jay Costume Contest Winners

The winners of Jay's Costume Contest are as follows: Age 4 and Under 3rd Place: Rayleigh Holloway 2nd Place: Kayleigh Stamatelos 3rd Place: Lakyn Smith 5 to 6 Year Olds 1st Place: Jayce Stokes 2nd Place: Jackson Holloway 3rd Place: Kinsley Hamilton...

 

Tips to extend the life of your Jack-O-Lantern

This time of year, people often ask me if there is a way to preserve their beautiful carved jack-o-lanterns, especially after putting in all their hard work. It’s true that jack-o-lanterns have a seemingly short life span. However, Dani Carroll,...

 

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