28 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1987
Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported 2.5 inches of rain on Aug. 17 and .15 inches on Aug. 18. He reported a high of 94 degrees on Aug. 24 and a low of 68 on Aug. 23.
“U.S. Senator Richard Shelby talked with constituents at the Conecuh County Courthouse on Tuesday of last week during a visit to Conecuh County.”
“Mayor Pat Poole and Anthony Baker, president of Polyfelt, will appear on TV this Sat., Aug. 29, at 6:30 a.m. on Evelyn Babcock’s Weekend Show, Update, from WAKA TV in Selma.
“Mayor Poole and Anthony Baker were invited by Ms. Babcock to discuss Evergreen and how Polyfelt selected Evergreen as the city to build its manufacturing plant.”
“Fire Marshal checking blaze: A fire Tuesday night at 408 Bruner Ave. is being investigated by State Fire Marshal Ken Smith. Evergreen volunteer firemen responded to the alarm at the unoccupied dwelling house at 9:10 Tuesday night, and brought it under control. Damages was estimated at 40 percent.
“This is the second fire at the house in recent months. According to Smith, the fire was of a suspicious nature.”
“Congressman Bill Dickinson of Alabama’s 2nd District will be in Evergreen next Thurs., Sept. 3, to meet with constituents. Alabama’s senior congressman will be in the council meeting room at Evergreen City Hall at 10 o’clock Thursday morning.”
43 YEARS AGO
AUG. 24, 1972
“Jim Oliver of Castleberry leans on his first bale of the 1972 cotton crop which he brought to the Belleville Gin on Saturday. So far as The Courant can determine this was the first bale to be ginned in Conecuh County. Whit Burt is manager of the gin, and the bale was ginned by Percy Baggett, ginner. Net weight of the bale was 440 pounds while the seed weighed 690.”
“Students in Conecuh County schools will begin the 1972-73 term on Fri., Sept. 1, according to a schedule for the school year released today by Harvey G. Pate, superintendent of education.”
“Headmaster Richard Brown announced today that Sparta Academy will begin the Fall term on Wed., Aug. 30. Students are to report at 8 a.m.”
“Courant photographer Harold Adams had to make two separate pictures to show you how that big Gulf sign at the I-65 and Highway 83 intersection got ‘up.’ The poles are 110 feet and the sign 15 feet, putting the whole rig 125 feet above ground. Note the workman on the top of the poles.”
“Mrs. Foy Mae Howington presents certificates of appreciation from the Pilot Club to radio station WBLO manager Bill Moody and Courant Publisher-Editor Bob Bozeman. Mrs. Howington, president of the local Pilots, said the certificates were awarded to the men in appreciation of the contribution made by their firms to the success of the Pilot Club and its civic and charitable projects. The presentation was made at a recent club banquet.”
58 YEARS AGO
AUG. 22, 1957
“No New Developments In Beating Of Four Here Two Weeks Ago: No new developments have been reported in the beating of four Negroes here two weeks ago.
“The sheriff’s office is still working on the case, but as yet has turned up no definite clues. As reported last week, no identification, of any kind, was made by the victims, other than the fact that the assailants were robed in what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan regalia. Even an identification of one of the cars, or voices of the attackers would have helped.
“A check with leaders of the local Klan revealed nothing, for the Klan denies any knowledge of the beating. As reported last week, local members reported to their head Klansman that they were all innocent of taking any part whatsoever.
“Since the story broke last Thursday, the Klan and the beatings have been the main topics of conversation all over the county, and the story received widespread press attention. Calls from all over the country flooded the Sheriff’s office seeking information on the case.”
“Work will begin next week on the Conecuh County lake, as workers will begin erection of a dam at Tomlinson’s Mill, about seven miles north of Evergreen, according to Marion Wilkins, County Engineer."
73 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1942
“Schools Will Open Monday, September 21: The County Board of Education in a meeting held at the county superintendent’s office Friday decided to delay the opening of county schools for two weeks. Originally, the board had set the opening date for Sept. 7, but upon the request of the County War Board, together with that a number of farmers, it was decided to open on Sept. 21.
“Many farmers are more dependent upon their children for assistance in gathering their crops than in past years because of the labor shortage. The cotton crop is better than it has been in several years and will require more labor to gather. In addition to cotton, most farmers have a large acreage in peanuts. It takes a lot of labor to harvest peanuts, so the problem of harvesting is a more serious one for farmers in this county than in ordinary years.”
“W.S. Dreaden, Circuit Clerk of Conecuh County, is critically ill at a Montgomery hospital. Mr. Dreaden suffered a heart attack last Friday and was carried to the hospital Sunday night.”
“Halso Mill bridge over Pigeon Creek, Oaky Streak Road, Butler County, 10 miles southwest of Greenville, has been completed. Of 920 feet length, it is the longest bridge in the county. It is 20-1/2 feet wide. It rests on 300 pilings and is of creosoted timbers.”
“The County Health Office was moved Wednesday of this week from the Jones-Deming Building to the building owned by Dr. G.G. Newton, located on the north side of the court square.
“Dr. E.L. Kelly, County Health Officer, said that the move was being made in order to secure more room. Three offices will be occupied in the new location.”
88 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1927
“Conecuh County teachers will meet in Evergreen on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, for their annual Institute. These institutes are held each year just prior to the opening of the schools and are under the supervision of a representative from the State Department of Education and County Superintendent of Education, M.A. Hanks. County schools will open on Monday following the closing of the institute, which will be Sept. 19.”
“French Dry Cleaners To Open Friday: Messrs. B.E. and E.R. Carpenter, who recently bought the pressing shop belonging to T.A. Gantt, have completed the installation of a new, modern dry cleaning plant, and have announced their opening date for Fri., Aug. 26.
“On the opening day, Aug. 26, free tickets to the Arcade Theatre will be given to those who pay the plant a visit. The tickets will be good for Friday night only, when Tom Mix in ‘The Lost Trail’ will be shown.”
“The State Secondary Agricultural School opens its 30th annual session on Thurs., Sept. 8, at nine o’clock in the auditorium of the City School.”
“Old Glory Floats Over Court House Lawn: A very fine specimen of ‘Old Glory’ now floats proudly over the lawn at Conecuh County courthouse as result of the efforts, patriotism and generosity of some of our citizens. Supt. M.A. Hanks of the Department of Education took the initiative in raising funds and in supervising the erection of the flag. A long mast made of water pipe placed in a cement base was used for mounting the flag. Its erection has been the cause for much favorable comment among the citizens of the town and county.”