Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for June 23, 2015

Robert E.L. Key
JUNE 26, 1997

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported a trace of rain on June 16, .55 inches on June 17, .33 inches on June 18, 1.80 inches on June 20 and .02 inches on June 21. He reported a high of 89 degrees on June 16 and lows of 65 on June 20 and June 21.

“State Senator Pat Lindsey was in town last Thursday to present a check to the Evergreen Public Library. The check for $7,000 can be used by the library for any purchases that will help the library to grow. Pictured are Senator Pat Lindsey, Library Board Chairman Rebekah Poole, Vice Chairman/Secretary Joye Fordham and Library Director Vern Steenwyk.”

“Mrs. Betty Carrier was honored on Sun., June 8, for her 24 faithful years of service as director of the Evergreen Baptist Church Child Development Center. Pictured are Betty Carrier and Rev. Phil Weaver, Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church.”

“The Hillcrest High School Band Boosters will hold a reception Thurs., June 26, at 6 p.m. to introduce the new Hillcrest Band Director, Ms. Christal Carter. The reception will be held in the Hillcrest High School Cafetorium.”

“Sentencing was held Tuesday morning in the Circuit Court of Conecuh County for four men recently convicted of felonies.”

“Charles DeVaughn Stuckey, one-year-old, receives his first haircut from his great uncle, Eddie Salter, while mother Cherry (Neky) Hanks looks on.”

JUNE 24, 1983

Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported no rain between June 14 and June 20. He reported highs of 96 on June 16 and June 20 and a low of 64 on June 18.

“James L. Lee, 96, died Mon., June 21, in a Brewton nursing home after a long illness. A native and longtime resident of Conecuh County, he served the people of this county for many years as Tax Assessor, in fact, he held that office longer than any person has held an elected office of this county in history.”

“Deputy Sheriff Jerome Boykin, Sheriff Edwin L. Booker, Deputy West Booker and State Trooper Cpl. Oscar Kyles are shown with some 75 marijuana plants they uprooted from a field in northeast Conecuh County between McKenzie and Travis Bridge. The plants were six to 10 feet in height and at maturity would have had a street value of some $15,000. The marijuana was spotted from the air by a helicopter used by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation of the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety.”

“Lt. Gov. George McMillan brought his campaign for governor to Conecuh County on Wednesday morning of last week. He addressed a gathering at the Courthouse and made personal contact with as many voters as possible. He also conferred with O.B. Salter, county chairman of the McMillan Campaign, and Mrs. Ercie Salter.”

JUNE 22, 1967

“Principal Ward is leaving post at Evergreen High: Evergreen High School is losing its principal of the past six years.
“Morris T. Ward has tendered his resignation, effective June 30. Ward said that he had accepted a position with the Wilcox County Board of Education. He will work as an assistant to Wilcox Superintendent of Education Guy S. Kelly.
“Ward came here as principal of the local high school on July 1, 1961. Previously he had served briefly in the county system as coach at Lyeffion. He went from Lyeffion to Thomaston, where he as one of the most successful head coaches in the state for 10 years.
“Conecuh Superintendent of Education Harvey G. Pate is searching for a replacement but has not yet found the right man.”

“The Evergreen City Council named City Clerk Miller Sellers purchasing agent for the city in the major action of a brief meeting Tuesday night.
“Sellers was named purchasing agent in compliance with the new state bid law which goes into effect on July 1. The law puts all governmental agencies, state, county and municipal, under law requiring bids on all purchase of $500 or more.”

“The annual Evergreen Rotary Club Fish and Wildlife Camp ends this afternoon at Tal Stuart’s Pond near Belleville, permanent site of the camp. Some 61 boys moved into the camp yesterday morning and have enjoyed two days of fun and instruction in various phases of outdoors sports and wildlife conservation.”

JUNE 26, 1952


“Announcement was made Saturday by Gov. Gordon Persons that he had named Robert E.L. Key, prominent young local attorney, as Circuit Solicitor of the 21st Judicial Circuit composed of Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties, to fill the unexpired term of Archie Elliott, who was named some time ago as Circuit Judge to fill the unexpired term of the late Judge F.W. Hare.

“It has been 30 years since Conecuh County has had an official connected with the Circuit Court. The last was the late Col. G.O. Dickey who served as Circuit Solicitor for a number of years.”

“Sweltering Weather Continues Here With No Relief Promised: The sweltering weather which has gripped this section for the past two weeks continues with little relief in sight. Scattered showers here and there over the county have given temporary relief to these areas, but there have been no general rains thus far in June.
“Perhaps something of a record for high temperatures has been set for June this year. Virtually every day of the month the thermometer has soared to the upper nineties and on one day, Sun., June 15, it reached the dizzy height of 100.”

“Thursday and Friday, June 26-27 (at The Pix Theater in Evergreen) – A Streetcar Named Desire – Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Don’t Miss This Big One! Bring The Screen All The Fire! Winner of 5 Academy Awards.”

JUNE 24, 1937

“Col. Jim Walton, Meridian, Miss., secretary-director of the General Sam Dale historical society, is in Conecuh County this week checking records and unraveling the ancient history of Sam Dale and his connection with history of the county, especially the battle of Burnt Corn.”

“Several Injured In Wagon-Car Crash: Edward and Mattie Farish, children of Mrs. E.N. Farish, were severely injured and Earl Brown received painful cuts Saturday night at Repton, when an auto driven by Richard Brown crashed into the wagon in which the Farish children were riding. The wagon was demolished and both mules were badly injured.
“According to reports, both the wagon and the car were traveling on the highway leading to Evergreen just a short distance east of the overhead bridge when the accident occurred. The car driven by Brown came over the bridge just as another car going west was passing the wagon. Brown is reported to have said that the lights from the car he was meeting blinded him to such extent that he did not see the wagon until too close upon it to stop or miss it.
“In the wagon at the time of the accident were Robert, Edward and Mattie Farish. Robert was not injured to any extent. Edward and Mattie were rushed to Carter’s Hospital for treatment, but were later removed to their home.
“Earl Brown, who was riding in the car with his brother, Richard, received a number of painful cuts, but nothing of a serious nature. He also received treatment at the hospital.”

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