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The long history of Canoe School:Part 2

Schools and education have always been a prime concern in the Canoe area. According to Annie Waters, History of Escambia County, a log school was constructed early in Canoe's history. Records show...

 

We'll see many changes during our lifetime

I have always been a person interested in history and particularly my family history. When I first started doing research into my family a distant cousin who was also very interested in family history, told me that when I talked to the older people...

 

My friend, Patsy Kirkland, had a funny bone

My friend Pasty Fore Kirkland was the most fun person I ever knew. Don't get me wrong here, I have had many fun friends in my lifetime, but Patsy came with a twist. A twist that caught my attention immediately when I as a "newby" at W. S. Neal...

 

Be a servent to Jesus in all things

Luke 9: 57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not...

 

Handfuls of Faith: Interpretations on faithfulness

Hebrews 11:1-3 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things...

 

A 'Good Word': It's Good To Be Home Again

The Century Methodists have returned to in-house worship. This past Sunday was our second service since mid-March. We are being safe, abiding by the prescribed guidelines. I am so thankful for the gift of seeing and being present with the church...

 

Reflections: On Being Out of Step

It was an embarrassing halftime show when the entire Minor High School Marching Tiger Band was out-of-step. It was especially embarrassing for us in the percussion section since a major part of our job was keeping everybody in step. Our band...

 

One hundred years ago at Canoe School

The local schools around Canoe have always played a major role in the community. Centers of social interaction, cultural events, music and education could all describe the island of benefits of a...

 

Part 1: A brief history of Century High School

This is a brief history of the Century High School. This history would not be appropriate without a short History of the Century grammar Schools as taken from the minutes of the Escambia County School Board Meetings. In 1901 an almost square...

 

Cemeteries, the safest places on earth to stalk

A cemetery is the safest place on earth for stalking. Everybody there is harmless. But I need to share some good advice to others that may decide to join me and the CEO in, the art of cemetery stalking. How it's done from my experience: You have a...

 

Fight your battles with God in mind

Good morning Tri-City readers, so thankful for each of you and so blessed that you take the time to read the articles every week. I try to not have to repeat but life sure keeps us going and some weeks I have to revisit some articles. It has been...

 

Hold fast to a Godly walk

Welcome back to another edition of the Handfuls of Purpose series. Today let us look at an encouraging passage that the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers of the Philippian church. Paul was encouraging the believers at the city of Philippi in the...

 

The Impact of A Life

Forty four years ago this month, I entered Asbury Theological Seminary as a student. I had no definite plans, but was following God’s leadership to go to seminary. I studied there for three years, graduating to pursue ministry. Dr. Frank Stanger...

 

Reflections: On Musing

Years ago churches recorded their pastors’ sermons on reel-to-reel tape, then later on cassettes. These often gathered dust, but many of us feared one day they’d be replayed, and we’d be embarrassed by yesteryear’s foolishness! One of the...

 

Wildlife finds mates in backyard summer sounds

The humming white noise of the constant croaks, crickets and coos of the summer nights is something that feels like home to most Alabamians. These sounds of summer are so familiar, yet often unidentifiable. Identifying the individual sounds of the ni...

 

The Sunshine Report

It took me years to discover that one of the best ways to maintain emotional control is to key in on an “It’s okay” attitude. This attitude is built on the premise that if there is nothing that I can do about a situation, then why should I get...

 

Tips for fun and safe entertaining during COVID-19

Safer-at-home orders, social distancing and quarantines have added a new level of difficulty to beating the summer heat and serving safe and yummy food at a family gathering. While cooking and socializing outdoors can minimize the risk of...

 

Solomon K. McCall of Mt. Pleasant at Shiloh

The War Between the States proved a dividing line in American history, one which is still being crossed, drawn and re-crossed even today. Whereas many would seek to view that era through a modern...

 

Housing the history of logging carts and oxen

Since 1988, The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society has worked to collect and display items that reflect an earlier time. Originally dedicated to the lumber and logging history of Century, the society’s museum now holds relics that also represents th...

 

Birthday memories

Today being my 76th year on this good earth I decided to share some of my most embrassing moments. I am at that stage in life that it is all funny now, but when these things happened I thought my life was over. Here goes, I was a first grader, my...

 

More tales from Canaan cemetery

As history passed by the grave of Alexander Bolivar Cromartie in the Canoe Canaan Freewill Cemetery, his descendants continued to live in the small town of Canoe, Alabama. One of his daughters married into the Mixon family. The family ran a store in...

 

Stay outta them roadhouses or, 'The Twist'

Thanks to a writer friend posting his story about dancing at " Fanger", I decided to write my story about dancing in a "juke". Circa 1962, both my parents were gone. My Mama's sister took the responsibility to caution me to, "stay outta them...

 

Concerns over safe drinking water on the rise

Drinking water safety is a real concern for many with questionable local water supply. A 2019 Gallup poll indicated 83 percent of Southerners are more concerned about contaminated drinking water than climate change. Karnita Garner, an Extension...

 

The Sunshine Report

A given in this country over the years is how Americans rally when faced with crises. We have a propensity for taking care of each other when the chips are down and the results are high. Possessing a “servant’s heart” is never more evident...

 

A galvanized Yankee in the Old West

The years between 1861-65 were a trying time for those involved in the War Between the States. Adding to the turmoil was the misery experienced by those in captivity on both sides of the Blue and the...

 

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