Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 4, 2015

1917 Hanson automobile. 
AUG. 7, 2014

Local weather reporter Betty Ellis reported .60 inches of rain in Evergreen on July 28. She reported a high of 94 degrees on July 28 and lows of 61 degrees on July 29 and July 30. Total rainfall for the month of July 2014 was 1.39 inches.

“The Castleberry Town Council voted in a special called meeting last Thursday night to revive the town’s dormant municipal court, which hasn’t heard a case in over a decade.
“According to Castleberry Police Chief Tracy Hawsey, the council approved the court’s establishment last Thursday night and town officials began mailing out certified letters about the revived court to county and state officials the following day.”

“Twelve Evergreen firefighters, Evergreen police and local ambulance workers leapt into action Tuesday morning in response to a house fire on Roland Dees Road in Evergreen.
“According to Evergreen Fire Chief Ricky Nobles, firefighters received the fire call at 10:24 a.m. and responded with two fire engines and a service truck. Firefighters arrived at the scene, 501 Roland Dees Road, where they found flames coming from a kitchen window and the home’s attic, Nobles said.”

“James Hurd turned a lot of heads Wednesday of last week as he carried this large wooden cross up and down U.S. Highway 84 and 31 in Evergreen. Many believed that Hurd, age 30, was on a cross-country trip, but he actually lives right here in Evergreen. A former resident of Selma, Hurd is a devout Christian and was carrying the cross to encourage people to attend church.”

AUG. 5, 1999

“SCV Meeting: The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet Thurs., Aug. 5, 1999, at 7 p.m. at the David Burt Building. Ms. Nell Stuart will give the program. The public is cordially invited to attend.”

“Mayor Lomax Cassady announced to the Evergreen City Council that he received a letter from Judge J.B. Nix Jr. announcing his resignation as city judge, effective Aug. 19, at Tuesday’s meeting.”

“After hearing the final interviews of three applicants and deliberating in executive session for over an hour Monday morning, the Conecuh County Board of Education chose Nancy Deabler as principal of Repton Junior High.
“Deabler has had 24 years of experience in the Alabama school system.
“She acted as a supervisor in Lanett, Ala. before becoming employed in Atmore where she taught the multi-handicapped. She received her bachelor of science and master’s degrees from Auburn University.”

“B&B Cabinet Doors held a ribbon-cutting on Thurs., July 29, to celebrate the opening of their new business. The company is owned by Phillip and Jason Brown and is located in the Evergreen Industrial Park. The father-and-son owned company makes custom cabinet doors for contractors and individuals.”

AUG. 2, 1984

“Katrina Riley, daughter of Robert and Jackie Riley, won the title of 1985 Conecuh County Junior Miss Saturday night.”

Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported 0.14 inches of rain on July 27. He reported a high of 93 degrees on July 28 and a low of 67 on July 25.

“The Conecuh County Board of Education has officially closed Nichburg School. All students previously attending Nichburg School will attend Repton High School for the 1984-1985 school year. Students will enroll Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. at Repton High School.”

“Padgett, Sims and Claiborne elected Tuesday in Evergreen: Evergreen will have an almost new city governing body come Oct. 1, the ‘old’ being veteran Councilman Aubrey D. Padgett who staged a come-from-behind victory Tuesday.
“Padgett, who is also currently mayor pro-tem, defeated Jimmy Johnson, 109 to 69, to win his third term on the city council.
“John E. Smith, the only other incumbent involved in Tuesday’s voting, was defeated by T.L. Sims in District Three.
“John ‘Fat’ Claiborne pulled the upset of the day when he defeated front-runner Patricia L. Dailey in District Five with a vote of 169 to 140.
“The makeup of the city governing body come Oct. 1 will be (Pat) Poole as mayor and members of the city council: District 1, Padgett; District 2, Jones B. Sasser; District 3, Sims; District 4, Larry Fluker; and District 5, Claiborne.”

AUG. 7, 1969

“Woff Used Cars – BEST CAR DEAL IN TOWN – Plenty of Used Tires - $2 and $3.”

“Mayor Henry Sessions congratulates City Policeman Mike Trahan on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Mike, who is known as the ‘meter man due to his principal duties of checking the city’s parking meters, is one of the city’s most popular policemen in spite of handing out more tickets than the rest of them put together.”

“Governor names Mayor Sessions: Gov. Albert Brewer has named an Evergreen official to a regional planning board for law enforcement.
“Mayor Wm. H. Sessions was appointed today by the governor to the Region Six Board.

“The board is one of seven established throughout the state by Gov. Brewer to assist in implementing the Crime Control and Safe Streets Act in Alabama.”

“Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Gorum were honored Sunday on their 61st wedding anniversary by their children, Cliff and Robert Gorum and Mrs. Ruby Morrison, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Family and friends attended to extend their best wishes.”

Johnny Middleton, a native of Evergreen, announces the opening of his accountant and tax consultant office in the office space in the Jr. Food Store building.

AUG. 5, 1954

“To J.W. Reeves, good farmer of Castleberry, Route One, goes the distinction of ginning the first bale of 1954 cotton in Conecuh County. Mr. Reeves ginned his bale at the Evergreen Gin on Fri., July 30. It weighed 473 pounds and graded middling one inch staple.”

“A meeting of the Board of Directors and committee chairmen of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce has been called for this (Thursday) afternoon at the City Hall it was announced today by C.C. Miller, president.
“Plans for auctioning off the first bale of cotton of the 1954 season will be discussed and completed, Mr. Miller said. The auction of the cotton which was grown by J.W. Reeves of near Castleberry will take place in ‘No Man’s Land’ about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Aug. 7.
“Another matter which will probably be discussed at this meeting today will be making plans for opposing the construction of the proposed new Highway 31 which is said would bypass Evergreen by following a survey located about a mile west of the city.”

“Farnham Sisters Sell Old Model Automobile: Last week marked the passing of another old Evergreen landmark. The old 1917 Hanson automobile that sat for over 20 years beside the home of the Farnham sisters, Augusta and Aline, was sold last week to E.R. Stephens of near Ponce de Leon, Fla. Stephens towed the car to Florida for renovation.
“Many teenagers and young adults hold fond memories of this vintage model automobile. It was almost like a shrine, with children coming from all over the city to gape at it and play in it. Much speculation was made on whether or not it would ever been sold. The Hanson had been parked in the Farnham garage almost continuously since about 1928.”

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