12 YEARS AGO
NOV. 6, 2003
Two Mobile residents lost their lives in this four-car accident on I-65 at the Owassa exit last Friday. Fire and Rescue workers worked diligently to try to free the victims.
The first site on the canoe/small boat launch for the Sepulga River Canoe Trail was recently completed near Brooklyn. The launch was initiated by the Conecuh County Commission and County Engineer Winston Foshee and will provide recreation and tourism access to the river.
The Evergreen Police Department received a report on Oct. 31 from Sparta Academy that their football field had been damaged some time late Thursday night. The field had a symbol trenched in it on the east end of the field. The field damages, estimated at $1,127, were repaired in time for the school to host its last game of the season.
This is the symbol that was trenched into the football field at Sparta Academy late last Thursday night. The symbol was misidentified by many as a satanic symbol. It was officially identified as a symbol of anarchy by the Evergreen Police Department. The perpetrators of the damages turned themselves in to authorities the next day.
Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported 1.73 inches of total rainfall in Evergreen for the month of October 2003 and year-to-date rainfall of 54.0 inches.
27 YEARS AGO
NOV. 3, 1988
Over 2,000 people attended the open house Sunday afternoon at the new Hillcrest High School and were impressed. The over $5 million facility will be one of the best in the state when it opens next fall. The Board of Education and Superintendent Steve Coker hosted the open house.
General Election Tuesday 8 to 6: Conecuh County voters will join those in Alabama and across the nation Tuesday in voting to elect a new president and vice president.
The election in Conecuh County is unusual in that Republican candidates are contesting six offices, two countywide. Democratic nominee Rogene Booker is opposed for Judge of Probate by Republican nominee David F. Jackson. Steve Coker, Democratic nominee for re-election as Superintendent of Education, is opposed by Republican nominee David M. Johnson, principal of Repton High School.
Democratic nominees for four places on the County Commission also have Republican opponents. Republican Donnis Barnes faces Democrat Hugh Barrow in District 1. Democrat Jerold Dean seeks re-election in District 2 and is opposed by Republican nominee Thomas L. Robinson. In District 3, the incumbent Percy Salter, Democrat, faces Republican nominee C.F. (Frank) Pate. J. Frank Pierce is the Republican nominee in District 5 and faces Leonard (Punch) Millender, Democrat. Incumbent Freddie L. Stallworth, Democrat, is unopposed in District 4.
42 YEARS AGO
NOV. 1, 1973
Circuit Judge Robert R.E.L. Key administers the oath of office to Mayor Henry Sessions as City Clerk Miller Sellers holds the Bible. The ceremony took place Wednesday night of last week after the City Council elected the former mayor to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Coy L. Harper, who resigned.
Former Evergreen Mayor Coy L. Harper, who resigned his office Wednesday of last week, cited business reasons and the advice of his doctors as the reasons prompting his resignation.
John B. Jordan donated a piece of land on South Main Street to the city (of Evergreen) to be used for a cemetery. The city will lay out burial plots on the land which will be called the John B. Jordan Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The (Evergreen City) Council authorized the purchase of a piece of land from Billy Melton, which is to be developed into a park with tennis courts. The land is between Belleville and Liberty Hill Drive, adjoining Pugh & Son, Inc.
Cadet Ellis W. Golson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mylous T. Golson, Rt. 2, Evergreen, completed summer training on Aug. 25 at Camp Buckner on the reservation of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
The eight-week program is designed to acquaint the West Point Third Classmen (sophomores) with all equipment and weapons used at platoon and company level in Army combat and combat support units.
57 YEARS AGO
NOV. 6, 1958
The City of Evergreen has closed a deal for a lot on which the new Alabama Power Co. substation is to be built. The power company will lease the lot from the city and put the substation on it to render service to the city.
The lot is located on Cemetery Avenue across from the present Alabama Electric Coop. Substation. It is 140 feet by 150 feet.
Tuesday night the council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Zell Murphy to execute a lease with Alabama Power Co. for the lot.
The power company is to begin selling the city its wholesale electrical requirements in December.
City Police Foil Burglary Attempt: An attempted burglary was apparently foiled by two city policemen shortly before midnight Monday.
Policemen McDonald and Morrison were making their routine rounds when they discovered the door of the new Rutland-Price Building was open. One of the officers went on into the building while the other circled behind to stop any escape, but the person or persons involved had gotten away.
The burglars had “jimmied” open the main entrance door of the lobby. Signs indicated they had tried to break into Katherine’s. City police surmise that the burglars were at work on Katherine’s door when the lights of the patrol car frightened them off.
Some damage was done to the front door and the stripping torn off. The burglars also opened the rear door in the basement and escaped through it.
Neither Mrs. Katherine W. Owens, owner of Katherine’s, nor Dr. Cecil E. Price found anything missing.
72 YEARS AGO
NOV. 4, 1943
There were 5,749 bales of cotton ginned in Conecuh County prior to Oct. 18, 1943 as compared to 5,763 bales ginned to the same time in 1942.
Rotarians Here Address From Veteran Pilot: Capt. William Norred of Pine Apple, Ala. was the guest speaker of the local Rotary Club Wednesday. He gave a highly interesting speech concerning his adventures as a bomber pilot in the Mediterranean Theatre of War. He has been overseas about one year and has participated in 40 bombing missions.
This entitled him to the 20-day furlough he is now enjoying at home with his folks. He was a participant in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. While here, he was the guest of D.T. Stuart, president of the local Rotary Club.
An Evergreen girl, Miss Audrey Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Wilson of this city, was chosen in an election Wednesday at Auburn to head the Women’s Student Government Association. Miss Wilson was chosen after a spirited campaign in which her opponent was Miss Martha Blake of Sheffield. Miss Wilson is a junior in the Home Economics Department.
The W.T. Smith Lumber Co. here was presented the Army-Navy ‘E’ award in a ceremony at the plant at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 28) for high achievement in the production of war materials.
Lt. Comdr. Edwin Phillips, U.S. Naval Reserve, commanding officer of the Naval Training School at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, was the official Naval representative at the ceremony and presented the award flag to Floyd McGowin, president of the lumber company.