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The Sunshine Report

As I write this I am in the middle stages of a 100 day, 7,000 mile motorhome trip across the western states. My goal is to revisit those cities where I played during my professional baseball career. Obviously, I will visit many great sights and locat...

 

Tips to help you make healthier dairy choices

Are You Drinking or Eating Enough Dairy Foods for the Health Benefits? Did you know June is National Dairy Month? It is a great time to learn more about dairy foods and how they fit into a healthy-eating pattern.  All age groups except for young...

 

Draining of Indian Pond, other projects

The Great Depression had a profound impact on those who lived through it. It was a test by fire and hardened the resolve of those who made it through those dark days. The times were dark in that jobs were hard to find, starvation was right around...

 

Starting school as a 7th grade nobody special

1953 summer rolls around to find myself facing the honor of starting school in September, a 7th grade nobody special. Classroom for 7th graders was assigned to the musty basement of our 1928 built A. D. Kelly School at Wallace, Alabama. My...

 

YARBROUGH'S EDUCATIONAL REPTILES

As part of the Flomaton Public Library 2019 Summer Reading Program’s ‘A Universe of Stories’, the Yarbrough Reptile Show from Oxford, Ala. introduced guests to lizards, snakes, a tortoise and...

 

Mystery writer documents Canoe

During the early 1900s a series of local newspapers did much to preserve the history and local news of the infant communities which dotted the landscape of Escambia County Alabama and Northwest...

 
 By Russell Brown    Lifestyles    June 20, 2019 

Coon's store survived the Great Depression

The Alger-Sullivan museums are over-packed with items that recall the history of Century and the surrounding area. Many of these are photos, some are pieces of machinery or tools, others only trinkets, but almost all of these things have a story...

 

Moving on into the years of forced adulting

I decided to write about my connections to fiber. My earliest experiances was with COTTON, then NYLON, now at age 78 I mostly deal in Raisin Bran or Honey Bunches of Oats if you get my drift. I have written mostly about my childhood expriences with...

 

Tips on pickling food and the perfect pickle

When people hear the word “pickle”, many automatically think of cucumber pickles. However, there are many foods that can be pickled. Pickling foods at home may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are both quick and traditional options fo...

 
 By Lou Vickery    Lifestyles    June 20, 2019 

The Sunshine Report

Things we did as youngsters can have a way of weathering the years and stay in our minds as if they happened yesterday. One particular occurrence that has remained with me all these years, occurred in a science experiment in elementary school. The...

 

The arrival of the automobile in our area

The arrival of the automobile in the Southwest Alabama/Northwest Florida region marked the beginning of a departure from the slower travel of the horse and buggy and heralded the beginning of the end...

 

Summer is the time for family vacations

When I was growing up it was just about a sure thing that during the summer we would take a family vacation. Most of our vacations were to the eastern United States, normally around Tennessee or North Carolina. Many of the memories I have of these...

 

Justice came swiftly when the nickel went missing

So somebody took a nickle from the change box. Mrs. Tew was standing there hand on hip, frown on her face. Justice was coming and now. Mrs. Margaret Tew was my second grade teacher, her son Bryant was my classmate, her husband B.G.Tew was our...

 

Brewton Blueberry Festival is this Saturday

It’s time to paint the town BLUE! This coming weekend all roads lead to Jenning’s Park in Brewton, AL for the 39th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival. We are inviting you to come and join us for this BIG EVENT! The Festival will be held Saturday,...

 

The Sunshine Report

As I write this I’m in the 16th day of my 100 day trip. Making my way across west Texas, headed to Carlsbad, NM. Excited about the trip ahead. Beautiful sights…and meeting some great people. Life is good!! I’m blessed. Lou Most of us would...

 

Off and running in the mud in Brewton

More than 400 runners in multiple divisions battled O'Bannon Park, Jennings Park, E.O. Wilson Park and of course, Burnt Corn Creek during the second annual Burnt Corn Creek Run in Brewton. Kevin...

 

Lawrence McKinley farmed near Canoe

During the early 1900s, The Atmore Advance kept a weekly account of area residents in short biographies which were written by Hugh B. Dubose under the column name Who's Who in Atmore. On May 2, 1929, Dubose chronicled the life of local farmer...

 
 By Patsy Green    Lifestyles    June 6, 2019

Come out to support Alger-Sullivan's yard sale

The Alger Sullivan Historical Society needs your help as we try to raise funds to pay utility bills, etc. We are having a yard sale at the Historic Park (4th and Jefferson in Century) on Saturday June...

 

Honoring the half baked mom that got it right

So here I sit this day pondering on what my offspring really feel about me as a Mom. In all honesty it doesn't matter now because they turned out as awesome humans, so I must have been okay, RIGHT? From the moment I felt the first fluter of life I...

 

Tips to avoid dehydration these summer months

“Whee, it’s Hot!” “Oh, Boy it’s HOT out here and it’s not even summer yet!” These are a few of the sentiments I have heard lately about the weather. Amy Mullins, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in the Panhandle has the perfect tips...

 
 By Lou Vickery    Lifestyles    June 6, 2019

The Sunshine Report

I believe it is not all bad when beginning something new and different to use the performances of others as a means of measurement. Others in similar situations establish the ground rules. They provide a yardstick. But once we know the rules, we...

 

Goat Man was an American folk hero

The Deep South has given rise to many eccentric and unusual characters in the last 400 or so years that colonists, settlers, Native Americans and Southerners have collectively called the region home....

 

The tale of how Blakeley came to be settled

Let’s take a little history trip, it is not far. A drive along the river roads of the northern part of Baldwin County will reveal many sites that mark points of our regional history. Just north of Spanish Fort is one of our many interesting histori...

 

Never treat your wife or mama like a patient

Recently I came to you for answers to my health questions. You did several tests that gave indications I may have some kidney/bladder stones or possibly involvement of that word that starts with C. Needing to rule out all the above you had me...

 

Tips to stay healthy while traveling this summer

Staying Healthy While Traveling – 15 Brilliant Ideas Hooray! The last school bell has rung. School is finally out and it’s time for vacation. Do you have vacation or travel plans? Getting sick while traveling can be such a drag.   Trust me… I...

 

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