Monday, January 21, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Jan. 21, 2019


13 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 2006

Calhoun wants to field semi-pro team: Victor Calhoun, who moved to Evergreen recently from Detroit, announced this week that a plan is in the works to field a minor league football team that will compete in one of two established semi-professional leagues.
He said the team, which will consist of players from Conecuh, Monroe, Escambia, Butler, Covington and other surrounding counties, will probably participate in the North American Football League (NAFL) or the Southern States Football League (SSFL).
Calhoun said he is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. and once played outside linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinals professional football team. He said he helped organize and coach a minor league team in Detroit.
Calhoun said negotiations are under way with Conecuh County School Board officials to use the facilities at Hillcrest High School to hold the games at Jaguar Stadium.
Calhoun said the team will be called the Evergreen Jaguars and will play a 10-game schedule. He said games would be played each Saturday at 7 p.m.
Calhoun added that the organization is non-profit the players will not be paid, which would make them eligible to compete at the college level if they’re given the chance.
Calhoun noted that both college and pro scouts attend minor league football games on a regular basis, looking for players who they think have a chance to play college or professional ball.
He said the team will hold a mini-camp in the next few weeks.

39 YEARS AGO
JAN. 17, 1980

Edgar Tatum is shown with his championship pointer “Bob.” The white and liver pointer won first place in the Northwest Florida Pointer and Setter Club’s Field Trials held Jan. 12-13 in Munson, Fla. “Bob” was braced against 45 other dogs and had four perfect finds in winning first place.

Three Warriors are named All-District: The Sparta Academy Warriors placed three players on the Alabama Private Schools Association All-District III Football Team. Ronny McKenzie, Terry Peacock and Greg Crabtree were all honored, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.

Aggie cagers win a pair, are now 13-1: The Evergreen Aggies ran their record to 13-1 with two victories this week. On Monday night they defeated 4A Atmore, 61-50. Aggie scoring went as follows: Joe Mitchell, 17; Horace Smith, 12; Sanford Moye, 11; Perona Rankins, 10; Johnny Allen, 10; and Philander Rodgers, one. Rankins led the team in rebounds with 17 while Mitchell pulled down 14.
On Tuesday, the Aggies traveled up to Greenville and captured a 73-51 victory. Horace Smith led the team with 21 points while Johnny Allen threw in 13. Other scorers were Perona Rankins, 12; Sanford Moye, eight; Philander Rodgers, eight; Joe Mitchell, eight; Arturo Scott, two; Russell Bozeman, one. Allen grabbed 14 rebounds while Rankins followed with 10.
The Aggies travel down to Brewton Friday night to take on the T.R. Miller Tigers. “B” game starts at 6:30 with the “A” game to follow.

63 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 1956

Evergreen Aggies Take Win Over Greenville, Lost To Georgiana: The Evergreen Aggies threw the Greenville Tigers 59-48 for their first loss Friday night, and Georgiana stopped the Aggies’ win streak Tuesday, 54-49.
The Aggies jumped to a quick lead in the game against Greenville, and the score with about five minutes of the first quarter gone was 10-1. At the end of the first quarter, the Aggies led 18-4 and increased that lead to 40-18 in the second period.
Randy White, big Evergreen center, couldn’t miss, as he hit almost every shot, scoring 28 points in the first half. The ball was worked in well, and it looked as if the Aggies could win the game by any score they chose.
In the second half, the Tigers came roaring back, and the Aggies seemed confused by the zone defense the Tigers threw up. The Aggies could get only nine points in the third quarter, while the Tigers got 13. In the fourth quarter, the Aggies fared little better, with the Tigers pulling closer and closer, at one time narrowing the margin to five points. A late spurt on the part of the Aggies enabled them to win by 11 points, however, and the final score was Evergreen 59, Greenville 48.
Randy White scored more than 2/3 of the Aggies’ points, with an amazing total of 40 for the night. Eddie Kelly got eight, Robert King got seven, and Carrier and Joyner, two each.
Georgiana stopped the Aggies win streak at eight straight, winning Tuesday night, 54-49. Randy White was held to only 19 points, for his lowest total of the season, by a tight defense that kept the Aggies behind all the way.
White scored 19 for the Aggies, followed by Robert King with nine, Eddie Kelly with eight, Wendell Tolbert with six and Mickey Joyner with seven.

88 YEARS AGO
JAN. 15, 1931

Castleberry Cagers Defeat Repton Teams: Castleberry, Ala., Jan. 9 – Conecuh County High School took both games of a doubleheader basketball contest here today with Repton High School. The girls won by a score of 19 to 11 and the boys by the score of 20 to 9.
These games were Castleberry’s first matched games of the season and were witnessed by a large crowd of interested persons.

Today in History for Jan. 21, 2019


Jan. 21, 1812-ca. – Joseph Tarpley Peacock, the first son of Levi and Martha Peacock and the father of Lewis Lavon Peacock, was born in Wilkinson County, Ga.
  
Jan. 21, 1815 - Alabama author Joseph Glover Baldwin was born in Friendly Grove Factory, Va.

Jan. 21, 1846 – Confederate veteran Robert Baxter Platt Jr. was born in Evergreen, Ala. During the Civil War, he served in Co. H of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry and was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor. He enlisted in February 1863 at Quitman, Miss. and fought at Holly Springs and Tupelo. He was paroled at Meridian, Miss. on May 13, 1865. After the war, he was a Methodist minister, cotton broker and cross-tie contractor for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. He moved to Chattanooga in 1916, but had previously lived in Evergreen; Collierville and Memphis, Tenn. He passed away on March 29, 1934 and is buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn.

Jan. 21, 1846 – The Alabama legislature selected Montgomery as the state’s new capital and later began its first session there on Dec. 6, 1847.

Jan. 21, 1861 – James Adams Stallworth of Evergreen, Ala., who began serving in the U.S. Congress in March 1857, withdrew with the rest of the Alabama delegation when Alabama seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War.

Jan. 21, 1895 – A man and a woman were killed by lightning near Suggsville, Ala. on this Monday. They were among 10 people who had “taken shelter from the rain in a small house, and it was said that “electricity came down the chimney and passed out at the door knocking” all of them down and killing two.

Jan. 21, 1907 - Senator O.O. Bayles returned to Montgomery on this Monday to resume his legislative duties after spending a few days with his family, according to The Monroe Journal.

Jan. 21, 1915 – The Monroe Journal carried a story about Judge T.L. Sowell’s gold watch, which the judge’s father bought in New York City in 1847. During Wilson’s raid through Alabama in 1865, Judge Sowell’s father hid the watch in a glass jar with other valuables and buried them in the woods near his home in Monroe County, where they remained safe for three months. Judge Sowell received the watch, which was made in Liverpool, England, for his 21st birthday.

Jan. 21, 1918 - “The Eyes of Mystery,” a movie version of Alabama author Octavus Roy Cohen's book “The House in the Mist,” was released.

Jan. 21, 1918 – The Milt Tolbert Tent Theater Company, commencing on this Monday night, was “to begin a week’s engagement in Evergreen under canvas, opening… in the beautiful four-act pastoral” comedy, “The Village Parson.” On Friday night, Bertha M. Clay’s masterpiece, ‘Beyond Pardon,’ was to be presented. “Mr. Tolbert has a new and novel heating system, and the big tent will be comfortably heated at all times, no matter how cold it is outside, and the tent is positively waterproof, so one takes no chances with the elements. While the Tolbert Co. is new to Evergreen, several familiar faces will be seen, among whom are H.I. Hale, leading man; Sam Hunter, the well-known comedian; Miss Cora Lee and Miss Beatrice Gibson, as well as Hi Washburn, the eccentric dancer.”

Jan. 21, 1936 - The pouring of the concrete on the Monroeville, Ala. square paving project started on this Tuesday afternoon. Although the gaps to be filled were prepared for the concrete several weeks before, work had been held up because of the weather and also the lack of some of the necessary materials.

Jan. 21, 1936 - Work began on this Tuesday on the foundation of the new Eastern Star Hall to be erected in the southern part of Monroeville, Ala. It was hoped to be ready for use within 60 days.

Jan. 21, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that Judge F.W. Hare had presided over Circuit Court in Mobile, Ala. during the past week. He was spending the week of Jan. 21 in Brewton where he was holding a non-jury term of court in Escambia County.

Jan. 21, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that at a regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the Peoples Bank of Frisco City, held the previous week, the following officers and directors were elected for 1937: President, J.B. Barnett; vice-president, J.J. McWilliams; cashier, W.A. Giddens; assistant cashier, J.A. Hayles; directors, J.B. Barnett, J.J. McWilliams, O. McNeil, W.M. Williams, John T. Lee, C.A. Florey, W.A. Giddens and Q. Salter.

Jan. 21, 1938 - Alabama author Julia Fields was born in Perry County, Ala.

Jan. 21, 1940 – The Gloria Colita (Colite?), a 125-foot schooner, sailed from Mobile on this day, loaded with a cargo of lumber bound for Guantanamo, Cuba. On Sun., Feb. 4, 1940, the Coast Guard cutter Cartigan found the Gloria Colita “adrift, crippled and unmanned” with everything in order about 150 to 200 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan. 21, 1957 - David Anthony Stewart, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stewart, was born in the Monroeville Hospital.

Jan. 21, 1965 – The Evergreen Courant reported that The Birmingham News had named Repton High School as the 1964 Division 1-A football champions after the Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-1-3 overall record. Repton’s head coach during the 1964 season was Gene Madison, and players on that game included Capt. Jimmy Bradley, Nicky Thompson, Robert Lowery, Dwight Jerkins and Glenn Baggett. The results of Repton’s games in 1964 included, Baker (Fla.), won, 7-0; Excel, won, 14-6; Lyeffion, 0-0; Coffeeville, 0-0; Red Level, 12-12; McKenzie, lost, 13-6; Dozier, won, 31-0; Coffee Springs, won, 49-0; and Zion Chapel, won, 49-0.

Jan. 21, 1965 – Conecuh County’s 1965 Junior Miss, Sally Oswald, was to participate in the State Junior Miss Finals in Birmingham, Ala. on this Thursday.

Jan. 21, 1968 – The Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War, began, 14 miles below the DMZ and six miles from the Laotian border. Luther Upton was there with the U.S. Marine Corps.
  
Jan. 21, 1983 – The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Promotion Banquet” at 7 p.m. at the Old L&N Depot on this Friday night in Evergreen. Escambia County native Dr. Stanley Wilson, Vice President for Agriculture, Home Economics and Veterinary Science at Auburn University, was the guest speaker. At that time, the depot was owned by the Murder Creek Historical Society.

Jan. 21-22, 1983 – Missy Price, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, represented Conecuh County in the 1983 Alabama Junior Miss Pageant at Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala.

Jan. 21, 1994 – The New Evergreen (Ala.) Commercial Historic District was placed on National Register of Historic Places.

Jan. 21, 1994 – Sparta Academy’s varsity boys basketball team beat Catherine Academy, 72-69, in Evergreen. Britt Ward, a senior, led Sparta with 27 points, and James Johnson followed with 16 points.

Jan. 21, 1998 – Betty Lou Dougherty, 57, of Asheville, N.C. was last seen after visiting Montgomery, Gulf Shores, Tuscaloosa and Hamilton. Her rental car was found in the Range, Ala. community in February 1998, and her family hired a private investigator to find the woman in March 1998.

Jan. 21, 2006 – Conecuh County Attorney Richard Nix told the Conecuh County Commission on this Monday that records from the Merit Board supported a change in classification for Payroll Clerk Ann Sullivan. Nix researched the issue, which had been in the headlines of the Mobile Register for two weeks, and found the Jan. 23, 2003 minutes of the Merit Board recommended that her pay be changed to a grade equal currently of $10.66 per hour. She was raised to a scale of $10.71 in October.

Jan. 21, 2010 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Reid State Technical College in Evergreen, Ala. was to be featured in a segment of “On the Job,” a Montgomery-produced television program airing weekly on Alabama Public Television and WSFA-TV 12.2. 

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.90 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 7.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 3.90 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Jan. 20, 2019


Robert E. Lee
13 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 2006

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.01 inches of rain on Jan. 9, 0.02 inches on Jan. 10, 0.04 inches on Jan. 11 and 1.03 inches on Jan. 13. He reported a high of 71 degrees on Jan. 10 and lows of 30 on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.

Tornado devastates Belleville: The community of Belleville, just west of I-65, was devastated last Friday morning when a tornado ripped through the area leaving Betty Jo Williams dead. The tornado was spawned out of a severe weather front that ripped through the region early Friday.
The tornado touched down for only minutes, but left a path of destruction that was over one-half mile square. It left three homes destroyed and over 15 structures damaged, including the Belleville Volunteer Fire Department, and many vehicles damaged.
Williams was killed when the chimney in her home collapsed.

Scholarship established to honor Judge Kendall: Friends and fellow members of the Mobile Bar Association have found a way to honor Evergreen native and longtime Mobile County Judge Robert Gordon (Bobby) Kendall who lost his battle with cancer in October.
Kendall, who grew up in Evergreen, served as circuit judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit for more than 20 years. He was the presiding judge of the circuit at the time of his death.
A group of his friends in Mobile are working to create a perpetual scholarship at the University of Alabama Law School in his name.

39 YEARS AGO
JAN. 13, 1980

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 0.18 inches of rain on Jan. 7, 0.46 inches on Jan. 9 and 1.0 inches on Jan. 11. He reported a high of 68 degrees on Jan. 11 and low of 36 on Jan. 7.

County Junior Miss in state finals: Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, Cordella Johnson, will represent the county in the state Junior Miss finals Sat., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at Lee High School, Montgomery.
Cordella is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Johnson and crowned Conecuh County’s Junior Miss on Nov. 29, 1979.
She will be involved in numerous activities in the state’s capital this week, including a luncheon with Mrs. Lillian Carter, the mother of Jimmy Carter.

The Conecuh County Cattlemen and CowBelles will hold their annual banquet this Friday night at seven o’clock at the Holiday Inn.
The State Association will be represented by President Milton “Buzz” Wendland of Autaugaville.
The featured speaker will be Robert Vaughn of Ozark. Vaughn is a highly sought humorous speaker who is guaranteed to give audiences lots of laughs along with some important matters upon which to think.

The Murder Creek Historical Society announces today that it will have a “flea market” sale at the historic L&N Depot in Evergreen on Sat., Feb. 2.
The Murder Creek Historical Society is making final plans to “really fix up the old depot.” Any items contributed to the society for the flea market sale will be appreciated.

63 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 1956

James Ansley Stationed At Pusan, Korea: PUSAN, Korea – Specialist Third Class James A. Ansley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zell Ansley, 306 Perryman St., Evergreen, Ala., is assigned to the 8225th Army Unit’s Military Police Security Detachment in Pusan, Korea.
Spec. Ansley, a veteran of 29 months of Army duty, arrived in the Far East in February 1955, from an assignment at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
He is a 1953 graduate of Evergreen High School.

Beloved Local Lady Passes Sunday: Following an illness of many months, Mrs. Emma Lavert Dickey, age 75, passed at 12:15 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15, at her home on Main Street.
Mrs. Dickey was born and reared in Luverne. Before her marriage to the late G.O. Dickey, she was Miss Emma Lavert Pace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Pace. Mr. Dickey passed away about four years ago.
Mrs. Dickey moved with her husband to Evergreen in 1919 and had lived here since. She had one daughter, Mrs. R.G. Bozeman Sr., who passed away in 1940.
She is survived by five grandchildren: Mrs. Marshall Brittain, Evergreen; R.G. Bozeman Jr., Dadeville; Dickey, Pace and Susan Bozeman, all of Evergreen; two sisters, Mrs. Eunice Rhodes, Montgomery and Mrs. Bessie Rhodes, Birmingham, also four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from Cope Chapel at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, conducted by Rev. Sam Granade and Rev. F.H. Ellington.

88 YEARS AGO
JAN. 15, 1931

Mrs. G.O. Dickey returned home Sunday after spending the past two weeks in Luverne on account of the illness of her father, Mr. R.R. Pace.

CAN YOU BEAT THIS BEET? Step right up you farmers and gardeners and show your big beets. Mr. E.G. Stacey of Skinnerton community is willing to meet all comers when it comes to champion beets. He holds all records to date by virtue of having brought a 14-pound beet to this office a few days ago.
This monster vegetable has attracted much attention from passersby in the window of The Courant office this week. Mr. Stacey states that the soil in this vicinity is capable of producing the best in all crops and he offers this beet as conclusive evidence.

Lions To Broadcast From Station WSFA: Evergreen Lions Club has accepted an invitation to present a program from Station WSFA Montgomery Sun., Jan. 25, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The courtesy was extended the club through a letter from Mr. M.L. Black of Black Decorating Co. to Mr. W.W. Kingsbery of this city.
Plans are already under way to arrange a program for the occasion. Lion President J.L. Kelly, W.W. Kingsbery and R.G. Bozeman from the committee to arrange the program.

Two cars of hogs, 274 head weighing a total of 45,240 pounds were sold in the cooperative sale held here Tuesday by the Conecuh Livestock Association for the sum of $2,756.95, according to information furnished by County Agent P.R. Pettis.

113 YEARS AGO
JAN. 17, 1906

At a meeting of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee, U.C.V., No. 328, held on Monday, Dr. P.M. Bruner was elected commander; Chas. G. Russell, first lieutenant commander; N.T. Dean, second lieutenant commander; N. Stallworth, adjutant; M.A. Gantt, sergeant major. H.M. King, G.R. Boulware, John P. Anderson were elected delegates to the reunion at New Orleans. W.L. Stallworth, Thos. S. Hagood and Jas. C. Travis were elected alternate delegates.

Attention, Company K: Meet at your armory Friday night, Jan. 19. Business of importance. By command of P.M. Bruner Jr., Capt. Co. K.

Notice Veterans: I am advised that Col. J.M. Falkner Chapter U.D.C. will hold a public meeting at the courthouse on Friday evening, Jan. 19, at 7:30 o’clock, commemorating the birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee at which time crosses of honor will be presented to all veterans entitled thereto. I earnestly request all veterans of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee to be present to receive these crosses. P.M. Bruner, Commander.

On the evening of Jan. 19th at 7:30 o’clock at the courthouse, Gen. R.E. Lee’s birthday will be celebrated with appropriate exercises by the local chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. At this time, Crosses of Honor will be bestowed upon all veterans holding certificates of eligibility. A small fee of admission, 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children, will be charged, for benefit of Soldiers’ Home at Mountain Creek. All veterans receiving Crosses of Honor will be admitted free.

Today in History for Jan. 20, 2019

Richard Nixon takes oath of office in 1973.

Jan. 20, 1702 - French colonists, led by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, established Fort Louis de la Mobile on a bluff 27 miles up the Mobile River from Mobile Bay. The settlement, soon known simply as "Mobile," moved to its permanent site at the mouth of the Mobile River in 1711. It served as the capital of the colony of Louisiana from its founding to 1718.

Jan. 20, 1818 – The City of Mobile, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

Jan. 20, 1820 – John Dudley Cary was born in Sumter District, S.C. He would eventually move to Conecuh County, where he served as Conecuh County Clerk and as a state legislator.

Jan. 20, 1830 - Lowndes County was established by an act of the Alabama General Assembly. The county was named in honor of William Lowndes, a U.S. congressman from South Carolina. The earliest settlers came to the area from Georgia and Tennessee.

Jan. 20, 1858 - On this night, the USCS Robert J. Walker was at Pensacola, Fla. when a major fire broke out at Fort Pickens. The ship's men and boats, along with the hydrographic party of the U.S. Coast Survey steamboat USCS Varina, rallied to fight the fire. The next day, the commanding officer of the Robert J. Walker received a communication from Captain John Newton of the Army Corps of Engineers, who commanded the harbor of Pensacola, acknowledging the important firefighting service rendered by the Robert J. Walker.

Jan. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, naval reconnaissance began of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan, at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Ala. Skirmishes were also fought at Island Number 76 on the Mississippi River and a Tracy City, Tenn. An eight-day Federal operation also began in the District of North Carolina.

Jan. 20, 1874 – Hugh T. Fountain was named postmaster at Burnt Corn, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1885 – Monroe Journal editor Horace Hood left Monroeville, Ala. for Montgomery to be present at the opening of the state legislature on Jan. 21.

Jan. 20, 1896 - Capt. W.B. Kemp, State Senator from the 21st District, was in Monroeville, Ala. on this Monday and reported to The Journal that “everything (was) quiet in political circles in his neighborhood.”

Jan. 20, 1906 – J.W. Wilkinson of Manistee, Ala. attended the Masonic lodge at Blacksher on this Saturday, according to The Monroe Journal.

Jan. 20, 1911 – Around 6 p.m., the Dunn Hardware Co. garage and warehouse in Evergreen, Ala. was totally destroyed by fire. Caused by an oil explosion, the fire resulted in a “mass of flames” and several employees barely escaped. The next door building, which belonged to Jas. F. Jones, was almost totally destroyed and several other buildings were threatened.

Jan. 20, 1914 – The school for naval air training opened on this day in Pensacola, Florida.

Jan. 20, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Capt. J.C. Cheney had made a donation of “several volumes of very valuable reference books” to the Evergreen City School Library.

Jan. 20, 1915 - Author John Craig Stewart was born in Selma, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroeville, Ala. had “experienced this week the first real breath of winter during the season. Following the rain on Sunday, the temperature dropped with marked suddenness and sleet and ice were in evidence for three days.”

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that The Peoples Bank of Roy (present-day Frisco City, Ala.) had held its annual meeting of stockholders a few days before and had elected the following officers and directors: W.M. Newton, President; J.F. Busey, Vice President; D.M. Maxwell, Cashier; W.H. Tucker, W.H. Pearce, C.P. Deming, W.R. Blackwell, W.M. Newton, J.F. Busey and D.M. Maxwell.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that thermometers in Evergreen, Ala. dipped down to 20 degrees during a recent cold snap.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that an inmate died a “few nights ago” in the county jail.

Jan. 20, 1931 - Frisco City High School’s faculty was scheduled to host a “book tea” on this Tuesday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the benefit of the school library. The school could not be accredited until it has a fully equipped library, so the faculty was hosting the event as a means of replacing the old library which was destroyed by fire.

Jan. 20, 1937 – Lawrence Wheeler Locklin II, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Locklin of Monroeville, Ala., and the grandson of the late L.W. Locklin, whose name he bore, passed away shortly after 5 a.m. on this Wednesday morning in a Mobile hospital. He was stricken on Jan. 13 and was rushed to Mobile for an operation for appendicitis. Complications followed and throughout his illness his condition was critical. “Monroeville was stunned… at the news of the death of this popular child,” The Monroe Journal reported. Born on May 17, 1923, he was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Monroeville, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1938 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Deputy Sheriff J. Greely Moore, who was also a former county sheriff, had qualified as a candidate for Sheriff in the upcoming primary election.

Jan. 20, 1947 – James “Big Jim” Folsom began his first term as Alabama governor on this date after being elected in 1946. His first term ended on Jan. 22, 1951 when he was succeeded by Gordon Persons.

Jan. 20, 1947 – Lloyd G. Hart began his term as Conecuh County (Ala.) Probate Judge. Roy L. Moorer was his chief clerk. Assisting clerks included Mrs. Robbye A. Hart and Miss Perry Mae Darby.

Jan. 20, 1948 – Millry, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

Jan. 20, 1952 - The second annual Camellia Show in Monroeville, Ala., sponsored by the Monroe Men’s Camellia Club, was scheduled to be held at the local regional livestock coliseum on this Sunday, when camellia blooms were to be on display from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This was to be the second show of this kind to be staged by the local group which was organized approximately three years before.

Jan. 20, 1956 – Evergreen High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat McGill of Mobile, 63-44, in Evergreen, Ala. Randy White led Evergreen with 32 points. Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Kelly, King, Pugh, Boykin, Carrier and Joyner.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Greenville High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat Evergreen High School, 74-35, in Greenville. Billy Melton led Evergreen with 11 points.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Alabama Recording Secretary Mabel Amos of Conecuh County, Ala. administered the oaths of office to the cabinet of new, incoming Alabama governor, John Malcolm Patterson.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Alabama Gov. John Patterson, who took office the day before, announced that Mabel Amos of Brooklyn, Ala. would remain in the governor’s office during the new administration. Amos, who had served in the office for 20 years, began work there in 1939 under Gov. Frank M. Dixon. She went on to serve under governors Chauncey Sparks, Jim Folsom and Gordon Persons.

Jan. 20, 1961 - The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on this Friday at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This 44th presidential inauguration marked the commencement of the term of John F. Kennedy as President and Lyndon B. Johnson as Vice President. According to the Jan. 12, 1961 edition of The Monroe Journal, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Garrett of Uriah planned to be included in the delegation of Alabamians to attend the inauguration.
  
Jan. 20, 1965 - The period of unemployment for former Conecuh County (Ala.) Probate Judge Lloyd G. Hart was very brief. The veteran judge of probate of Conecuh County ended his 18th year in office at midnight on Mon., Jan. 18, and he went to work in a position with the Alabama Public Service Commission at eight o’clock on this Wednesday morning.

Jan. 20, 1973 – Army Sgt. Spencer E. Taylor, a 1964 graduate of Marshall High School in Evergreen, Ala., was among a group of handpicked soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg to provide a cordon along Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon.

Jan. 20, 1973 – Fred David McClammy of “Mystery Stone” fame passed away at the age of 33. He is buried in the Lone Star Cemetery at Pine Orchard.

Jan. 20, 1974 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported. 4.6 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1974 – Around 4:25 p.m. on this Sunday afternoon, Evergreen (Ala.) Assistant Police Chief Talmadge Hampton (Tal) Smith, age 65, was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a car while crossing U.S. Highway 31 South on foot. Smith, an eight-year veteran of the police force, had just checked the doors of Taylor Auto parts and was returning to his patrol car, which was parked in front of Barlow’s Paint & Body. The car that struck Smith was driven by R.C. Trawick of Flomaton, and witnesses said the accident was unavoidable. Born on March 7, 1908, he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1976 - The Evergreen City Council had a rather uneventful second meeting of the year on this Tuesday night, according to City Clerk Miller T. Sellers. Approval was given to the painting of the fireplugs in the downtown area ‘Red, White and Blue’ in the “Spirit of 1776.” The Council also voted to appropriate $500 to the city’s Bicentennial Committee. The committee had planned a number of activities during the year to mark the nation’s 200th birthday.

Jan. 20, 1979 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported 1.87 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1979 – John Coburn, 71, of Evergreen, Ala. passed away after a long illness. Coburn was a retired contractor who was associated with the group that built the houses in the first subdivision in Evergreen. He was also the contractor for many other homes, churches and buildings in Evergreen and the surrounding area. Born on Sept. 22, 1907, he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1979 – Monroe Academy’s varsity boys basketball team remained undefeated by beating Sparta Academy, 62-44, in the Sparta Academy Invitational Tournament championship game in Evergreen, Ala. Terry Peacock led Sparta with 15 points. Peacock and Bobby Padgett were named to the all-tournament team.

Jan. 20, 1991 – The body of a Paul man who had been missing for almost five months was found on this Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. by some local hunters. Larry Ray Thomas, 37, had been missing since Aug. 28, 1990 when he was last seen on the Brooklyn Road. His body was found approximately 372 feet off County Road 42 (Brooklyn Road) next to a pine tree. Foul play was ruled out by the forensics lab in Mobile. Born on Aug. 23, 1953, he was buried in New Providence Cemetery in Conecuh County. His date of death on his headstone is Aug. 28, 1990.

Jan. 20-21, 1995 - Heather Watson, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, participated in the Alabama State Junior Miss Finals in Montgomery.

Jan. 20-21, 2009 – Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported low temperatures of 19 degrees in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 2009 – Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the state, beat Warrior Academy, 57-17, in Eutaw, Ala.

Jan. 20, 2009 – Montgomery attorney James H. Anderson, who was representing Pete Wolff III in the ongoing lawsuit over Evergreen, Alabama’s disputed mayoral election, filed a brief in Conecuh County Circuit Court, giving his position on a number of legal points in the case. Anderson’s brief, a six-page document, made the argument that the outcome of past lawsuits and state law support Wolff’s side of the case. Wolff ran for mayor against incumbent Larry Fluker only to lose by two votes in the Oct. 7 runoff election. 

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Jan. 20, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 1.30 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.30 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.90 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 7.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 3.90 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Today in History for Jan. 19, 2019

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Jan. 19, 1818 - The first legislature of the Alabama Territory convened at the Douglass Hotel in the territorial capital of St. Stephens. Attendance was sparse with 12 members of the House, representing seven counties, and only one member of the Senate conducting the business of the new territory.
  
Jan. 19, 1830 - LaGrange College in Franklin County, Ala. was chartered by the state legislature, and it eventually became the University of North Alabama. The college officially opened its doors to students on Jan. 11, 1830.

Jan. 19, 1861 – During the Civil War, the ordinance of secession was adopted at Milledgeville, Ga. at a special state convention by the Georgia State Legislature, making Georgia the fifth state to secede, joining South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama in seceding from the United States. The vote was 208-89 to leave the Union.

Jan. 19, 1884 – Excel, Ala. received its name when M.D. Harrison named its post office “Excel” because of the “excellent surrounding farmland and the possibility of future development.”

Jan. 19, 1885 – The Monroe Journal reported that during a public sale C.T. Simmons purchased the “Clausell place” on the south side of Monroeville, Ala. for $600.

Jan. 19, 1895 – The Monroe Journal office in Monroeville, Ala. received a visit from San Francisco native Frank C. Carpenter, who was walking from Cincinnati to Mobile “on a wager.” Carpenter left Cincinnati on Dec. 1 and under the conditions of the bet, he had to make the entire journey on foot and “without other pecuniary assistance than that he should earn while en route” by Jan. 30.

Jan. 19, 1906 - The Col. J.M. Falkner Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was scheduled to hold a public meeting at the Conecuh County (Ala.) Courthouse on this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. to commemorate the birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Crosses of Honor were to also be presented to all veterans entitled to them. (Crosses of Honor were to be bestowed on all veterans holding certificates of eligibility.) A small fee of admission, 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children, was to be charged for the benefit of the Soldiers Home at Mountain Creek. All veterans receiving Crosses of Honor were to be admitted free.

Jan. 19, 1909 - The second term of the Evergreen City School was scheduled to begin on this day. All patrons were asked to have their children bring the semi-annual matriculation fee of $5 on that day to the school. C.M. Dannelly was the Superintendent.

Jan. 19, 1909 - Company K was scheduled to meet at the Evergreen armory on this Friday night. Business of importance was to be conducted. P.M. Bruner Jr. was captain of Co. K.

Jan. 19, 1915 – The Conecuh County, Ala. United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter met at the Evergreen, Ala. school to celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday and to confer Crosses of Honor on local Confederate veterans.

Jan. 19, 1918 – William Washington McConnico, 79, of Oak Hill died at his home, following an illness of several weeks. McConnico was the father of Dr. F.H. McConnico of Montgomery, who was in the reserve medical service of the army stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey but was able to reach the bedside of his father before he died. Mrs. McConnico, the widow, was at the same time seriously ill. McConnico had been a lifelong resident of Wilcox County and was a well known planter. He was survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters - Dr. McConnico of Montgomery, Stonewall McConnico of Oak Hill, Miss Etta McConnico of Oak Hill and Mrs. Kate Jones of Oak Hill. McConnico was known throughout Wilcox County and had numbers of friends, who regretted to learn of his death. Quite a number of citizens attended the funeral services at Oak Hill on Sun., Jan. 20. Born on Aug. 12, 1838, he was buried in the Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Oak Hill.

Jan. 19, 1919 – During World War I, Army Sgt. James A. Powell of Georgiana, Ala. “died from disease.” He is buried in the He is buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, in Lorraine, France.

Jan. 19, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Wiley Payne of Greenville, Ala. “died from disease.”

Jan. 19, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. James Gibby of Barlow Bend in Clarke County, Ala. “died from disease.” He is buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, in Lorraine, France.

Jan. 19, 1919 – Dr. Charles Brooks Thomas passed away at the age of 60 and was buried in the Thomaston Cemetery in Marengo County, Ala. Earlier in life, he bought a plantation where Thomaston, Ala. is now located and was appointed postmaster. Thomaston was named in his honor, and he had the land surveyed, laid out the town and served as the town’s first mayor.

Jan. 19, 1919 – The Rev. J.T. Brock of Thomasville was scheduled to visit the “Monroeville-Beatrice field” on this Sunday, preaching at Monroeville at 11 a.m. and at Beatrice at 7 p.m.
  
Jan. 19, 1922 – The Monroe Journal reported that A.C. Lee visited Tallahassee and Monticello, Fla. on business during the first of that week.

Jan. 19, 1922 – The Monroe Journal reported that a “partial shipment of the art glass and Florentine windows for the new Baptist church” had been received and were to be put in place shortly.

Jan. 19, 1929 – The Evergreen, Ala. Night Hawks basketball team beat the Mobile Rangers, 37-25.

Jan. 19, 1929 – Confederate veteran Solomon Monroe Long of Range, Ala. passed away and was buried in the Johnson Cemetery at Range. Born in Rutledge in Crenshaw County on April 26, 1842, he enlisted in Greenville at the age of 19 on April 16, 1862 and was in Co. B, 1st Battalion of Hilliard’s Legion. He fought at Chickamauga and was wounded on Sept. 20, 1863. He was transferred to Co. H of the 60th Alabama and was listed as sick at Knoxville on Nov. 28, 1863. He was listed as sick at Bean’s Station on Dec. 14, 1863 and was on the muster roll at Drewry’s Bluff, Va. on May 16, 1864 and at Petersburg, Va. on Jan. 1, 1865. He was later captured and sent to Point Lookout, Md. only to be paroled on May 27, 1865.

Jan. 19, 1930 - Alabama author Ann Deagon was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Jan. 19, 1932 – The Annual Conecuh County Farm Bureau meeting was held at the Conecuh County (Ala.) Courthouse at 10 a.m., immediately after that morning’s Cotton Mass Meeting. E.L. Albreast was president of the Conecuh County Farm Bureau.

Jan. 19, 1938 – Alabama State Representative Forrest Castleberry announced he would seek reelection in the May and June primaries. He was serving his first term in office, having been elected in 1934.

Jan. 19, 1949 – UMS’s varsity boys basketball team beat Evergreen High School, 33-27, in Mobile, Ala. Dickey Bozeman led Evergreen with 12 points.

Jan. 19, 1950 – The Evergreen Courant reported that a Burnt Corn man had gained worldwide recognition for an act of generosity. Joe McCarter of Burnt Corn sent a turkey to the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in November 1943. Joe thought everything was fine when he received a letter of thanks from Roosevelt through his private secretary, Gene Tully. What happened later came as a complete surprise to Joe. Roosevelt flew to Cairo, Egypt, late in November of 1943 for a meeting with Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister of Great Britain. And, it has been revealed by Elliott Roosevelt in his biography of his father, Joe’s turkey flew with the late president. In Elliott’s book, “As He Saw It,” it was reported that President Roosevelt had Churchill and other prominent leaders as his guests for Thanksgiving dinner. The president brought his own turkeys, among them a bird sent by “one Joe McCarter.” Elliott quoted his illustrious father as saying, “Can you imagine how surprised Joe’ll be, when he finds out how far his bird was flown, before it was eaten?” A number of world famous persons enjoyed some of Joe’s turkey. In addition to Roosevelt, Elliott and Churchill, Sara Churchill, Anthony Eden, Admiral William Leahy, Harry Hopkins, and others ate the Conecuh County turkey.

Jan. 19, 1950 – Evergreen High School’s varsity boys basketball team was scheduled to play Cuthbert (Ga.) on this Friday night at Memorial Gym in Evergreen, Ala. The game was scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

Jan. 19, 1953 - Jesse Owens of Alabama was named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary.

Jan. 19, 1956 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Specialist Third Class James A. Ansley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Zell Ansley, 306 Perryman St., Evergreen, Ala., had been assigned to the 8225th Army Unit’s Military Police Security Detachment in Pusan, Korea. Ansley, a veteran of 29 months of Army duty, arrived in the Far East in February 1955, from an assignment at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. He was a 1953 graduate of Evergreen High School.

Jan. 19, 1957 - J.U. Blacksher High School captured the “A” and “B” team championships during the annual Monroe County basketball tournament in Uriah on this Saturday. In the “A” team finals on this Saturday night, Blacksher, under the piloting of Coach James Allen, edged the Frisco City High School Whippets, 43-40. In the “B” team final game, which preceded the “A” squad match, the Bulldogs emerged champions by again stopping the Frisco City team, 40-33, in a tilt which went into overtime.

Jan. 19, 1959 – John Malcolm Patterson took the oath of office as Alabama’s 44th Governor. Patterson was administered the oath by Judge Walter B. Jones of Montgomery, Alabama’s senior circuit judge. Conecuh County had a float in the inaugural parade, and Evergreen High School’s band also marched in the parade.

Jan. 19, 1963 – Lee Roy Jordan of Excel was named Associated Press College Football Lineman of the Year in Columbus, Ohio.

Jan. 19, 1965 - Frank T. Salter began his new duties as Conecuh County’s Judge of Probate on this Tuesday morning. He succeeded Judge Lloyd G. Hart, who ended 18 years in the office the day before. Judge Salter was administered the oath of office by his brother, State Representative Wiley Salter, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning in a brief ceremony in the courtroom. Judge Salter made his first political bid a successful one in the spring of 1964 when he won the probate judge’s election. He ran a close second in the first primary in May and defeated Judge Hart in the runoff in June. He had no opposition in the general election in November 1964. Judge Salter was born and reared on a Conecuh County farm and was graduated from Lyeffion High School. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II and was recalled to active duty and served overseas again during the Korean War.
  
Jan. 19, 1967 – The Monroe Journal reported that copies of its 200-page Centennial Edition were selling at a “rapid pace.” Single copies of the permanently bound Centennial were selling for $2 each when picked up at The Journal office and for $2.50 when mailed.

Jan. 19, 1971 - The Pinckney D. Bowles Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met on this Tuesday in the home of Miss Elizabeth Riley with Mrs. Hunter Morgan co-hostess. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Ray Owens, the president. Miss Demoval Hagood gave the program on “The Virginia Lees.”

Jan. 19, 1976 – Miss Voncile Ingram was named “Miss Rubicon” at the annual pageant on this Monday night at Evergreen High School and was to be featured in the school’s annual that year. The “top ten” in the pageant were Sharon Riley, Karen Palmer, Brenda Mitchell, Mollie Bradley, Ingram, Kathy Killough, Selinda Williams, Amy Gates, Cathy Hancock and Lisa Armstrong.

Jan. 19, 1978 – The Macon General Store Museum Collection in Andalusia, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Jan. 19, 1979 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.

Jan. 19, 1980 - Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, Cordella Johnson, was to represent the county in the state Junior Miss finals on this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala. Cordella was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Johnson and was crowned Conecuh County’s Junior Miss on Nov. 29, 1979. Cordella was to present a vocal selection, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” in the program.
  
Jan. 19, 1991 – On this Saturday night, the Sparta Academy Warriors, led by Tim Salter with 29 points and Mark Watts with 16 points, defeated Mobile Christian, 65-60.

Jan. 19, 1991 - New officers for the Conecuh County Cattlemen Association were installed at their annual banquet held at Sparta Academy. New officers included Joe Morrison, President; Thad House, Vice President; and David Jackson, Secretary-Treasurer.

Jan. 19, 1995 - The annual banquet for the Conecuh-Evergreen Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to be held on this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Inn. Griffin Lassiter, Director of the Alabama Resource Centers, was to be one of the featured speakers at the banquet along with Mr. Ed Pitchford of Alabama Power Company’s Community Development Division.

Jan. 19, 1999 – Former Evergreen coach Charles Kermit Branum, 58, was found dead in his home in Tillman’s Corner, Ala., murdered by escaped convicts Kathy R. Jenkins of Mobile and Leslie M. Fillingim of Eight Mile, Ala. Born on Dec. 1, 1940, he was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Monroeville, Ala. Branum had served as head basketball coach of University of South Alabama’s womens team for 10 seasons, 1881-82 to 1990-91, with a 182-109 record.

Jan. 19, 2001 – Sparta Academy’s varsity boys beat Clarke Prep, 71-59, in Evergreen, and Sparta’s varsity girls beat Clarke Prep, 59-42. John McKenzie led Sparta’s boys with 15 points, and Katie Etheridge led Sparta’s girls with 29 points. Other top Sparta boys in that game included Jimmy Hyde, Chris Garner, Rusty Salter, Derrick Williams, Kyle Johnston and Justin Tranum. Top Sparta girls in their game included Jill Pate, Ashley Hammonds, Jessica Bennett, Laura Wiggins, Ashton Garner and Callie Ezell.

Jan. 19, 2001 - J.M. “Jack” Davis, 58, of Castleberry died. Davis was a member of the Air Force Reserves and a Vietnam Veteran.

Jan. 19, 2006 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Victor Calhoun, who had moved to Evergreen from Detroit, had announced his plans to field a minor league football team that would compete in one of two established semi-professional leagues. He said the team, which would consist of players from Conecuh, Monroe, Escambia, Butler, Covington and other surrounding counties, would either participate in the North American Football League (NAFL) or the Southern States Football League (SSFL). Calhoun, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., once played outside linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinals professional football team. He said he had helped organize and coach a minor league team in Detroit. Calhoun said negotiations were under way at that time with Conecuh County School Board officials to use the facilities at Hillcrest High School to hold the games at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen. Calhoun said that the team would be called the Evergreen Jaguars and would play a 10-game schedule. He said games would be played each Saturday at 7 p.m. Calhoun added that the organization was non-profit and the players would not be paid, which would allow them to remain eligible to compete at the college level if given the chance. Calhoun noted that both college and pro scouts attended minor league football games on a regular basis, looking for players who they thought had a chance to play college or professional ball. He said the team would hold a mini-camp in the weeks to come.

Jan. 19, 2006 – The Evergreen Courant reported that friends and fellow members of the Mobile Bar Association had found a way to honor Evergreen native and longtime Mobile County Judge Robert Gordon (Bobby) Kendall who lost his battle with cancer in October 2005. Kendall, who grew up in Evergreen, served as circuit judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit for more than 20 years. He was the presiding judge of the circuit at the time of his death. A group of his friends in Mobile were working to create a perpetual scholarship at the University of Alabama Law School in his name.

Jan. 19, 2006 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroeville found itself in the international spotlight once again that month thanks to a nine-page feature article in National Geographic about Monroeville and the stage version of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” National Geographic, a magazine with a total monthly circulation of 9.5 million copies that reached readers in 60 countries, sent senior writer Cathy Newman and photographer Michael Nichols to Monroeville in May 2005. The end result was a story in the magazine’s January 2006 issue titled “36460: To Catch a Mockingbird.” Jane Ellen Clarke was director of the Monroe County Heritage Museums at that time.

Jan. 19, 2010 – The Orange Beach Community Cemetery in Baldwin County was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

Jan. 19, 2010 - The Evergreen City Council, during a meeting on this Tuesday at Evergreen (Ala.) City Hall, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution “to celebrate the athletic achievement” of Drew Davis and named him as as the city’s special athletic ambassador. Davis, the University of Alabama’s starting right offensive tackle for the past two seasons, closed out his college football career on Jan. 7 when Alabama claimed its 13th national championship with a 37-21 win over Texas in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.

Jan. 19, 2013 – Former Major League Baseball infielder Milt Bolling passed away at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala. at the age of 82. Born on Aug. 9, 1930 in Mississippi City, Miss., he went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, the Washington Senators and the Detroit Tigers. He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile and after his playing days, he spent more than 30 years with the Red Sox, including time as an area scout based in Alabama.

Jan. 19, 2015 – Around 5:30 a.m. in Greenville in Butler County, Ala., a UFO witness said he went outside with his dog and saw a “real, bright light” overhead at an estimated 10,000 feet. The light increased in brightness and then flew off into the sky, the witness said.