Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Nov. 17, 2015

Alabama Gov. Frank M. Dixon
NOV. 21, 1985

Evergreen’s Christmas parade will be held this Sat., Nov. 23, at 3 p.m.
This year’s parade promises to be one of the best yet. This year’s parade will feature bands from Southern Normal, Conecuh County High School and Evergreen High School. There will also be a division for horses as well as many floats and cars. There will be something for everyone.

The City of Evergreen hosted a welcome to Evergreen supper Friday night at Giuseppi’s honoring Chemi Linz Corporation of Austria which will begin construction of a $10 million manufacturing facility here early next year. Chemi Linz officials present were Anthony Baker, project manager, and Dr. Peter Woisetschlager, plant consultant.
City officials present included Mayor Pat Poole and Councilmen Aubrey Padgett, Jones Sasser, T.L. Sims and John Claiborne, City Clerk Miller Sellers, City Attorney Tommy Chapman and Chief of Police James Powell.

The TG&Y Family Center in Evergreen will hold a grand re-opening today after extensive remodeling. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at nine o’clock this morning and the store is celebrating with a big, three-day grand re-opening sale today, Friday and Saturday with many prizes to be given away and bargains throughout the store.
TG&Y opened its local center on June 8, 1978 and has served the people of this area continuously since that time.

NOV. 19, 1970

City Council approves record budget Tues.: The final half of the 1970-71 budget for the City of Evergreen was approved Tuesday night by the City Council. City Clerk Miller Sellers said that with the approval of a $268,765.15 budget for the Utilities Department the Council had approved a total budget that exceeds any in the city’s history.
The Council had earlier approved a General Fund budget for $329,189.30, making a total budget for the fiscal year of $597,954.45.

Burt commended for Vietnam service: Michael Burt, airman in the U.S. Navy, has been commended by his commanding officer Captain N.P. Foss for “outstanding performance of duty while attached to and serving in USS Hancock (CVA-19) as Ground Support Equipment Petty Officer from 1 September 1969 to 26 March 1970 during combat operations against the enemy.”
Burt has completed four years of Navy duty and he and his wife, the former Marlene Hall, are now living in Evergreen. The Lyeffion High School graduate is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Burt Jr. of Route 2, Evergreen.

Chairman Guy Mason of the Conecuh County Commission is recovering slowly at University Medical Center from burns suffered two weeks ago in accident at his Conoco distributorship here.
Mason suffered severe burns on Wednesday night, Nov. 4, when gasoline was ignited in a freakish accident moments after he had completed loading a delivery truck from a tank truck.

NOV. 17, 1955

John A. Pruitt, age 68, well known and much esteemed farmer of the Belleville community, passed away quite unexpectedly Thurs., Nov. 10, about 9:30 a.m.
Mr. Pruitt was born and reared in Butler County but moved to this county when about 18 years of age and had resided here since except for the time he spent in the service during World War I. Interment was in the Ramah Cemetery.

A meeting of alumni and friends of the University of Alabama will be held at the Evergreen High School lunchroom Wednesday evening at 7:00 for the purpose of organizing an alumni group in Conecuh County, Mack English, who is acting as temporary chairman for the local alumni, said today.

Water customers were warned today to conserve water, as the pump on one of the city’s two wells is out of order, city clerk G.L. Wilkinson said today. There is an adequate water supply, if all consumers will conserve in using water, particularly by not watering lawns until the well is put back into commission.
The situation was brought up before the council Tuesday night, and the council recommended that the Water Board look into the matter of drilling another well.
In other business at the council meeting, a resolution to place a traffic policeman at the intersection of West Front and Rural Streets during rush hours was approved. Those hours approved were from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

NOV. 21, 1940

Capt. W.D. Lewis, commander of the local national guard unit, Battery C, 117th Field Artillery, has ordered all men under his command to report to the armory on Monday morning, Nov. 25, at eight o’clock, for preparatory duty prior to the unit’s departure for Camp Blanding, Fla., where they will spend a year in intensive military training. About 99 men are expected to make the trip.
Plans are now to have the guardsmen in Camp Blanding on or near the 11th of December where they will become a unit in the regular army.
At the regular drill Tuesday night, 2nd Lt. John C. Holman was elected first lieutenant in the place of Homer F. Kindig, who recently resigned.

Frank M. Dixon, Governor of the State of Alabama, “dropped in” for a visit here on Friday of last week en route to the coast.
Governor Dixon arrived here about lunch time and visited the courthouse and other offices to chat with a few of his friends. From Evergreen, Gov. Dixon journeyed to the coast where it was said he spent some time hunting and fishing.
It has been pointed out that the visit of the Governor to the courthouse marked the first time that an Alabama governor has ever entered the courthouse after he was elected, but the authenticity of this has not been established.

In a story appearing in the Alabama Journal Sunday, Evergreen and Birmingham tied Saturday for the second coldest spot (in the state) with a low of 15 degrees.

NOV. 19, 1919

Dr. and Mrs. W.F. Betts reached home last week from New Orleans where they have been for several weeks, the Doctor taking special work in medicine and surgery. Their many friends are glad to have them back.

The violin solo at the Methodist church last Sunday morning by Mrs. F.F. Feagin was greatly enjoyed by the congregation. She is an expert with the violin.

LOST – Suitcase between Belleville and Brewton containing ladies wearing apparel. Liberal reward if returned to Rogers Mercantile Company, Brewton, Ala.

Gregville: The baptizing was postponed from last Sunday till next. Quite a large crowd was present but for some reason the pastor was absent.

The box supper on Flat Rock on Saturday night was a great success. There were people from different parts of the county. Among them were W.D. Brown Jr. of Owassa and Victor Brown of Wilcox.

Holly Grove is coming to the front. A Sunday School has been organized and is making great progress with Miss Lott as Superintendent. The enrollment increases every Sunday.

It is learned that Mr. Rhodes has sold his turpentine business to Mr. Pomer of Florida, who will take possession Jan. 1, 1920.

The school (at Bermuda) is progressing nicely. We are sorry to say that Mrs. Buffings will not assist in the school any longer than December.

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