Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Sept. 22, 2015

SEPT. 30, 2004

“The Conecuh County Commission met Monday morning for the regular meeting and discussed the damage to the county caused by Hurricane Ivan.
“County Engineer Winston Foshee asked the commission to give him permission to accept emergency bids for the removal of debris from the county roads so he does not have to advertise the bidding and speed up the cleanup. The commission voted unanimously to approve his request.”

“Larry Fluker, the mayor-elect for the City of Evergreen, announced this week that he, along with all of the newly-elected council members, will be sworn in officially on Mon., Oct. 4, 2004 at an inaugural ceremony at Reid State Technical College at 5 p.m.
“Judge Sue Bell Cobb will administer the oaths of office to Fluker and the council members. Judge Cobb is a member of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and she’s a native of Conecuh County.”

“All business leaders and citizens of Conecuh County are cordially invited to attend a ‘Business After Hours’ reception in honor and appreciation to Mayor Lomax Cassady on Thurs., Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic L&N depot.
“Mayor Cassady has served the City of Evergreen for 20 years, 12 years as mayor and eight years as city councilman.”

SEPT. 28, 1989

“Ronald Faulkner of 220 Bruner Avenue, Evergreen killed this monster water moccasin last Thursday on Highway 31 South. The snake, which was five feet long and weighed an estimated 20 to 25 pounds, was crawling across the highway when Faulkner killed it.”

“Evergreen Personnel Director Freddie Stallworth congratulates Darrell Davis who was promoted to Wastewater Superintendent by unanimous vote of the City Council at its meeting last week. Davis has been employed by the city for a number of years and holds a required Class I Certification in wastewater treatment and also a Class II Certification in water treatment. Looking on are City Administrator Curtis Hamilton and Mayor Lee F. Smith.”

“A man drowned in a family fish pond at Burnt Corn early last Wednesday night. The victim was Frank Rankins, 56-year-old male, of Burnt Corn, according to Sheriff Edwin L. Booker’s office.
“Officers said that Rankins was fishing alone in a boat in a pond behind his brother’s house. They believe he fell out of the boat while trying to retrieve a snagged hook and line.
“Officers of the Conecuh and Monroe Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Conecuh County and Monroe County Rescue Squads were called to the scene. Members of the Conecuh Rescue Squad found the body in approximately 10 feet of water a short time later.”

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .98 inches of rain on Sept. 24.

SEPT. 26, 1974

“Repton Lodge No. 575, F.&.A.M., will have a communication Tuesday night, Oct. 1, at 7:30 at the lodge. There will be work in Fellowcraft. All Master Masons are invited to attend.”

“This is a snake story, but it is a true one. Policeman Robert Taylor killed this 4-1/2 foot long rattlesnake in former Mayor Coy Harper’s yard one afternoon last week. It had 14 rattlers. The same afternoon Orbie Mosley killed this rattlesnake, five feet long, 10 rattlers and a button in… you guessed it, the Harper yard. If the former mayor and furniture tycoon has gone into the rattlesnake raising business, this newspaper will give you odds Mrs. Harper (Florence) will soon put a stop to that.”

“The trial of criminal cases on the docket of the Fall Term of Circuit Court begins here Monday with Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding. District Attorney Ted Pearson of Monroeville and County Solicitor Henry J. Kinzer of Evergreen will prosecute for the state.
“There are 23 cases set on the docket, according to Circuit Clerk Leon A. Salter. In addition, six civil cases, continued from the recent session, are also set for trial next week.”

“Presbyterians welcome new pastor Sunday: The Evergreen Presbyterian Church, without a minister for so long, welcomes the Rev. Roderick McDonald. He has accepted the call of the church and will open his ministry at the 11 o’clock worship service Sunday morning.”

SEPT. 24, 1959

“Pix Theatre – Evergreen – Announces The Showing of ‘The Horse Soldiers’ – Starring John Wayne & William Holden – Directed by John Ford – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Oct. 4-5-6 – ‘The Story of a Civil War Cavalry Raid’”

“Know Your Public Officials – Fifth of a Series: Six officers serve the city: This report in the series concerns the City of Evergreen Police Department. John Andrews, a graduate of the Alabama Police Academy, is the chief of the department. The men under his command are James Ellis, Leroy McDonald, Travis Baggett and Matthew Davis Jr., patrolmen, and L.E. (Gene) Salter, radio dispatcher.
“Miller T. Sellers, City Clerk; Mrs. Pearl Suddith, Assistant to the City Clerk, and Jane Brown, office assistant, help the police department insofar as their paperwork is concerned.”

“Pugh’s Café Sold… Now The Sweet Shop: Pugh’s Café, located on Rural Street, Evergreen, formerly owned by D.M. Pugh, has been sold to Truman Hyde, a resident of Evergreen. He has changed the name of the café to ‘The Sweet Shop,’ and is open for business.”

“Olivia Kindig receives the banner indicating  that she is Conecuh County’s  1959 Maid of Cotton. Doing the honors is Hugh Brown, past president, and long time leader of the Conecuh Farm Bureau. Olivia was presented the banner at a meeting of the Farm Bureau Board of Directors at the Evergreen Recreation Center.”

SEPT. 28, 1944

“Posthumous Award Made Curtis Ashley Carter: Relatives of Curtis Ashley Carter last week received from the U.S. Maritime Service the Mariner’s Medal which was recently posthumously awarded to the late Mr. Carter.
“Mr. Carter was reported missing April 8, 1942. He was in the Maritime Service and, at the time he was reported missing, was on duty on an oil tanker. All other members of the crew have been accounted for as prisoners of war of the Japanese government.”

“Staff Sgt. Bryant Covan Reported Prisoner of War: A telegram from the Adjutant General’s office dated Sept. 15 to Mrs. Bryant Covan informed her that her husband, Staff Sgt. Bryant Covan, who had previously been reported as missing in action, was now a prisoner of war of the German Government at Stalag Luft 4, Germany.
“S-Sgt. Covan was reported missing over Austria June 26. He was an aerial gunner on a B-24.”

“Pfc. Elly H. Cowart Jr. Returns To Active Duty: Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Cowart were recently informed by a telegram from the War Department that their son Pfc. Elly H. Cowart Jr., who was reported wounded sometime ago, had recovered and has returned to active duty. Mr. and Mrs. Cowart also received this week the Purple Heart which was awarded their son. They have had letters from him regularly since he was wounded but none of these gave any details concerning the nature of his injuries. He was wounded July 25 and returned to active duty Aug. 22. He is with the combat engineers in France.” 

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