Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for May 5, 2015

Richmond Pearson Hobson
MAY 3, 2007

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .32 inches of rain on April 26. He also reported a high of 84 degrees on April 25 and April 29 and a low of 52 degrees on April 23 and April 27. Total rainfall for the month of April 2007 was 5.44 inches.

“Sparta Academy held their annual Miss Alpha Pageant on Sat., April 14, 2007. Winners in the High School Division were Alex Ross, first place; Tanner King, Miss Alpha; and Morgan Harden, second place.”

“Reid State Technical College will hold commencement exercises on Fri., May 11, 2007 at 6 p.m. in the Wiley Salter Auditorium in Evergreen, Ala. Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Sue Bell Cobb, will be the commencement speaker.”

“Evergreen Medical Center sponsored their annual Health Fair Wednesday in the parking lot of the hospital. People came by throughout the day to take advantage of the free screenings and information provided during the event.”

“The 35th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force executed a search warrant last Tuesday, April 24, at a residence on Magnolia Avenue and seized 29 grams of methamphetamine ice, one of the purest forms of methamphetamine. To qualify as ice, the meth must be at least 98 percent pure.”

MAY 7, 1992

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported no rain between April 27 and May 3. He reported a high of 85 on May 2 and a low of 38 on April 28. Total rainfall for the month of April was 3.11 inches.

“Larry Morrison resigns as city’s police chief: For the second time in less than six months, the City of Evergreen Police Department is without a chief. Larry Morrison resigned as the police department’s top officer last Thursday afternoon.
“Morrison, who was named to the post amidst a cloud of controversy on Nov. 5, 1991, will assume the job as police chief for the Town of Repton. It is the same position he held prior to being named Evergreen’s police chief.
“Morrison filled the slot with the Evergreen Police Department left vacant when former chief Leroy Hall resigned last Aug. 23.
“Mayor (Lee) Smith issued a memorandum naming Lt. Earnest Section as ‘acting chief.’ Mayor Smith said this order will be in effect until the city council appoints a new chief.
“The city council will meet May 12 at city hall.”

“Alma Martin Post 50 of the American Legion installed new officers for the 1992-93 year at the Legion Home on Highway 31 South Monday night. New officers are Gene Shipp, Sergeant-at-Arms; Elmer Parker, Second Vice Commander; Charlie Holcombe, First Vice Commander; Joe W. Merrill, Commander; and Howard Fore, Chaplain.”

MAY 5, 1977

Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported no rain between April 25 and May 1. He reported a high of 86 on April 30 and a low of 40 on April 26.

“Mrs. Kathryn Tucker Windham of Selma held her audience of youngsters and adults spellbound as she told ghost stories during the Flea Market held at the L&N Depot on Saturday by the Murder Creek Historical Society.”

“Purnell Salter, 80, of Burnt Corn and Evergreen died Fri., April 22, in a Monroeville hospital. Mr. Salter was a member of a prominent, pioneer Conecuh County family. His ancestors were among the first settlers of this county and the family has contributed greatly to the area in many ways.
“Mr. Salter had an abiding interest in history and in families. He was often called upon by various persons who wished to trace their ancestry. He on many occasions provided this newspaper with historical data. He prized land grants from several presidents to his ancestors. Some years ago, local people interested in the history of Conecuh County interviewed Mr. Salter and received priceless information.”

“Dr. Clark Smeltzer has resigned from the staff of the Conecuh County Hospital and states today that he will end his practice of medicine here on June 3. Dr. Smeltzer began practice here in November 1975 and was for many months the only physician in active practice in this county.”

MAY 3, 1962

“Castleberry Church Starts New Building: The Castleberry Methodist Church has already dismantled their old frame church building and work was begun last week on a $35,000 red brick sanctuary and educational building that will give the church more than 4,600 square feet in floor space. The new structure is being built in the same location as the old building. Completion of the new building is scheduled Aug. 25.”

“Two lose lives in Saturday crash: Two lives were snuffed out, several were injured and more than $8,000 in property loss resulted from a three-vehicle accident early Saturday morning 1.1 miles south of Evergreen on a long straight stretch of U.S. 31 crossing Murder Creek.
“Killed instantly in the mangled wreckage were Eugene B. McIntyre, 52, and Earl Steen, 24, both from Evergreen and employees of the Conecuh County Exchange. They were returning from a delivery of farm supplies in Castleberry at the time of the accident.
“A pedestrian, Geneva Steen, a 59-year-old woman, suffered a fractured spine from a reported jump off the bridge to avoid the collision. George Thompson, pedestrian, age 63, also was reported injured from the jump.
“Five women from Mobile suffered bruises and injuries when the 1957 Cadillac in which they were traveling smashed into the apparently unavoidable wreckage.
“Every person involved in the gruesome accident was reported injured except Preston Smith, age 51, driver of a big trailer truck that collided into the two-ton truck occupied by the two fatally wounded men.”

MAY 1, 1947

“Lamar Kelly Appointed To Head ABC Board: MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 29 – One of the men who helped write legislation creating the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, former State Sen. James Lamar Kelly, 50, Evergreen, today was named its chairman.
“The appointment, which is effective immediately, was announced by O.H. Finney, the governor’s executive secretary.
“Kelly, former mayor of Evergreen, has been associated with the All States Life Insurance Co. since 1940. He now heads the firm’s mortgage and loan department and has office quarters in Montgomery.
“The newly-appointed ABC chairman succeeds Bryce C. Davis, Cullman, who resigned April 17 to return to his lumber business.
“Kelly was a state senator from the 17th Senatorial District (Butler, Conecuh and Covington Counties) from 1935 through 1939. Prior to that, he served as mayor of Evergreen for nine years beginning in 1926.”

“Admiral Hobson’s Home To Become State Shrine: GREENSBORO, Ala. – Magnolia Grove, the magnificent ante-bellum home of Adm. Richmond Pearson Hobson, located in historic Greensboro, will be dedicated a state shrine, May 1, as provided by the Alabama legislature in 1943 when it voted a $7,000 restoration fund and $1,500 annual maintenance.”

“A blood-test survey of 300 students of Conecuh County Training School revealed remarkable results. Only 10 children showed a positive test.”

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