21 YEARS AGO
NOV. 10, 1994
The Evergreen Post Office is currently being renovated to make the building handicap accessible. West Tumbleson of Kentucky is the contractor for the job. He is shown working on the ramp last Tuesday afternoon. He has done 60 post offices, and Evergreen makes his 61. The job will take several weeks to complete.
Conecuh County voters elected their first new sheriff in over 20 years Tuesday night. Former State Trooper Thomas W. Hall received 2,943 votes while Republican Donnis Barnes received 412 votes. Sheriff Edwin L. Booker received 1,334 write-in votes according to the complete, but unofficial, results in Tuesday night’s general election.
Conecuh County native Judge Sue Bell Cobb won election to the State Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2, by defeating Greg Griffin in the statewide election. It has been many years since a Conecuh County native has been elected to a statewide office.
A new Conecuh County Junior Miss will be chosen this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Ed Reid State Technical College’s Wiley Salter Auditorium.
Eight senior girls from Conecuh County will be competing for the title, scholarships and the right to represent Conecuh County in the state competition in January.
(Contestants that year included Rachel Bohannon, Kelly Booker, Amanda Chavers, Kristie Ivey, Ruby Lett, Carmon Salter, Heather Watson and Monica Williams.)
36 YEARS AGO
NOV. 8, 1979
Henry Vickery was named Evergreen’s Police Chief by the Evergreen City Council at its meeting Tuesday night. Vickery, who had been acting chief since Oct. 19, was recommended for the chief’s position by Mayor O.B. (Bert) Tuggle.
Vickery, a veteran of 7-1/2 years with the local police department, had served as a sergeant for over four years. Chief Vickery was named to replace Chief Jimmy Hawsey, who resigned for personal reasons on Oct. 19.
Mrs. Sue Weaver, Worthy Matron of Conecuh Chapter No. 217, Order of the Eastern Star, is shown presenting lifetime membership cards to Mrs. Geneva Salter, Mrs. Vivian Deer, Mrs. Daisy Shell and Lofton Shell. Members with 25 consecutive years membership and who are 65 years of age or older are eligible for this honor.
Sparta Academy’s 1979 Miss Homecoming Reta Mixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Mixon, is crowned by Headmaster Jack Miller prior to the homecoming game Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field. Escorting Reta is Warrior Football Captain Terry Peacock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peacock.
Willie Rogers’ Famous Barbecue is now open on Friday and Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Operated by Mrs. Rachel Rogers using the sauce and cooking technique made famous by the late Willie Rogers. – Willie Rogers Road, Evergreen.
51 YEARS AGO
NOV. 12, 1964
James Shelton Dunn, age 61, prominent Evergreen businessman, died unexpectedly at his home on Bruner Avenue Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8. He was widely known throughout this area.
He was a pharmacist and had owned and operated the Conecuh Drug Company for many years. He also had other business interests and was a director of The Conecuh County Bank.
Cadet 2nd Lt. David Hyde Jr., son of Mr. D.T. Hyde of 101 South Main St., Evergreen, was appointed Platoon Leader in Co. A by Col. John W. Paddock, Professor of Military Science at the University of Alabama’s Army ROTC Cadet Brigade.
In addition to his activities in the Cadet Brigade, Cadet Hyde was a member of the ROTC Rifle Team 1962-64. Cadet Hyde is a graduate of Evergreen High School, Evergreen.
A budget that included expenditures of some $145,000 from the general fund was approved Tuesday night by the Evergreen City Council.
The council also authorized City Clerk Miller Sellers to order four traffic lights, having received permits from the State Highway Department for installation of lights at the intersection of Rural and West Front Streets and Cooper and West Front. A third light will be installed at the intersection of Rural and Liberty Hill Drive (Highway 83) and another at “Four Points,” the intersection of Main and Highway 31 North. The council decided to leave the traffic light at the corner of Rural and Court.
66 YEARS AGO
NOV. 10, 1949
Conecuh Negro Acquitted By Butler Jury: GREENVILLE, Ala., Nov. 6 – James Anderson, a 24-year-old Conecuh County negro, was acquitted today by an all-white jury.
Anderson was accused of slaying Sam Stacey (Monroe County planter and cattle raiser) in a fight at a Butler County gin.
Donnie Anderson, 46-year-old father of James, also is under indictment for murder in Stacey’s death. Donnie will be tried later.
The jury returned its verdict at 9 a.m. Sunday, Circuit Judge A.E. Gamble having advised it at 8:30 p.m. Saturday to hold up any verdict reached during the night.
Defense counsel, led by Roderick Beddow of Birmingham, insisted Stacey died of a heart attack and not of injuries suffered in the fight. The state insisted blows caused his death.
An argument between the Andersons and Sam and Herman Stacey, white brothers, developed at the gin after the negroes’ truck passed the Stacey’s enroute. Herman Stacey testified the negros taunted them. The Andersons insisted it was the other way around.
James testified he was asleep in the Anderson truck when he awoke to find his father and the Staceys arguing. Herman, the negro said, knocked his father down and dodged a blow he (James) struck with a piece of lumber.
Sam, the negro testified, struck him with a tire tool before he ran. Anderson insisted he did not strike a blow with a tree limb with several nails driven in it.
Herman Stacey testified the young Anderson negro struck at him several times with the limb, and that Donnie threw a rock at Sam Stacey, who collapsed and died.
81 YEARS AGO
NOV. 8, 1934
Mrs. D.W. Haskew, wife of Dr. D.W. Haskew, prominent and widely known Methodist minister of Dothan, was instantly killed Thursday P.M., Nov. 1, when the automobile in which she was riding and driven by her husband, turned over several times on the highway near Repton.
According to reports of the sad accident, Dr. Haskew attempted to dodge a cow which suddenly ran onto the highway in front of the machine, causing him to lose control of the car. Mrs. Haskew was thrown from the front into the rear seat with such force as to break her neck, causing instant death.
Joseph Hill, 18-year-old, was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday on a charge of having placed a cross tie in front of a train two miles south of Evergreen.
His trial has been set for next Tues., Nov. 13, but it is understood that he will enter a plea of guilty.
The alleged offense occurred last December and railroad men say the act probably would have wrecked southbound Passenger Train No. 5 had not the cross tie been of soft wood. It was ground to splinters underneath the wheels of the train and caused no damage.
David Adams Jr., 22, was killed at sunset Monday, 12 miles southeast of Evergreen on the Brooklyn highway, and his father, David Adams Sr. was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder. His trial was set for next Wed., Nov. 14.
The youth, who made his home with his father, was shot in the back with a load of large steel balls fired from a shotgun and died instantly.
The killing is said to have followed an argument between the father and son over the shooting, by the son, of what the father described as his “Pet Squirrel.” The son contended that it could not have been his father’s pet as he was killed a mile away from the home.
Young Adams was at the wood pile when the shooting occurred and, according to a report made to officers, his father fired the shot from his porch about 20 yards away.
Officers quoted Adams as saying that if he killed his son, he did not known anything about it. He is about 68 years of age.
When arraigned following return of the indictment, Adams entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. The plea was entered through J.L. Kelly and Edwin C. Page, attorneys, who were appointed by Judge Hare to defend him.