13 YEARS AGO
DEC. 19, 2002
Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .62 inches of rain in Evergreen on Dec. 10 and .50 inches on Dec. 12. He reported high temperatures of 59 degrees on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 and lows of 28 on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.
First Baptist Church of South Main Street took first place honors in the Groups and Organizations division at the annual Evergreen Christmas parade last Saturday with their float, “A True Christmas Story.” First place in the Business category went to Evergreen Medical Center’s “Frosty Winter Wonderland.” The annual parade was a tremendous success this year with 45 entries participating. The crowd for the parade this year was one of the largest in recent years.
Evergreen Medical Center gave a dinner last Thursday evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the hospital being owned by Gilliard Health Services, which is owned by Bill McKenzie. Gil McKenzie, who took over GHS when his father retired recently, and EMC Administrator Jim Peace presented Mary and Bill McKenzie with keepsakes of the event, which was held at the historic depot.
The Conecuh County Commission announced Tues., Dec. 17, that the opening of bids for the new courthouse has been postponed. The original opening was scheduled to be done on Thurs., Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. It has been rescheduled for Thurs., Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. with all bidders being notified of the change.
28 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1987
Winner of first place in the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Entrance Decoration Contest was Sonny Bradley of 422 Belleview Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Golson of 316 Liberty Hill Drive won Most Elegant in the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Entrance Decoration Contest.
Travis and Addie Bee Richardson of 112 Pierce St. were double winners in the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Entrance Decoration Contest, claiming prizes for Most Original and Best in Children’s Christmas.
The creation of a new division, Connie Apparel, by Connie Manufacturing Co. was jointly announced Thursday by Gov. Guy Hunt and John Law Robinson, president of CMC (at the governor’s office in Montgomery). Bert Cook, a partner in CMC, will be president and a partner with Robinson in CMC Apparel which will manufacture men’s dress slacks and employ 40 when it goes into production in January, and eventually employ 125.
Mrs. Pat Cassady, Alabama’s Math Teacher of the Year and winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence, was honored by the Conecuh County Board of Education with a reception Monday morning at the central office.
43 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1972
Joseph W. (Dick) Skinner Jr., 81, of Castleberry died Saturday at a Brewton hospital after a lengthy illness. A World War I veteran, he was a large landowner and farmer. Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in Mt. Zion Church cemetery.
Higdon’s Store is hit Friday, arrest Sunday: A black male who broke into O.L. Higdon’s Store at Brantley Switch late Friday night and got away with considerable merchandise was arrested about eight o’clock Sunday night in Brewton, according to Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock.
Brock said that Charles Brooks, 34, of Rt. 5, Brewton, has been charged here with burglary and grand larceny and evidence in the cases would be presented to the grand jury at the Spring Term of Circuit Court.
Brock said that Brewton Chief of Police Glen Holt called his office after finding a quantity of merchandise Sunday at Brooks’ home while looking for some items stolen in Brewton.
Sheriff Brock said that Brooks took a large amount of merchandise from Higdon’s Store with the total value being well over $1,000.
Friends here will be saddened to learn of the death of James Douglas Indindoli on Dec. 14 in Salisbury, Md. He will be remembered here by the nickname “Jimmy” and was a popular student at Evergreen High School, where his father, James “Doc” Indindoli, taught for several years.
(At the time of his death, Indindoli, a member of Evergreen High School’s Class of 1952, was a librarian at the Eastern Shore Division of the University of Maryland at Princess Anne.)
58 YEARS AGO
DEC. 19, 1957
The Evergreen City Council approved two building permits at its meeting Tuesday night. Robert East was given a permit for a residence on Reynolds Avenue. Knud Nielsen Co. was granted a permit for addition to its manufacturing plant.
The council also approved the placing of stop signs on Shipp and McMillan Streets.
Pupils entering Conecuh County schools will be required to take a series of immunization shots in the future, according to Superintendent of Education Guy S. Kelly. The program was approved by unanimous vote by the Conecuh County Board of Education at its last meeting.
Immunizations to be required prior to entry in public schools are for diptheria, pertussis and tetanus, smallpox and typhoid.
Monday’s sale of livestock at the Conecuh County Cooperative Stockyard was one of the largest ever held other than on special occasions such as Fat Calf shows and like events.
Monday’s sale grossed the amount of $29,418.89. There were approximately 600 head of hogs and 160 head of cattle sold. Twenty-three buyers participated in the spirited bidding and buying.
OLDEST VET 115: Houston, Texas – Walter Williams, the oldest living Civil War veteran, celebrated his 115th birthday on Nov. 14. Williams is bedridden most of the time. The only other Civil War veteran still living is 111-year-old John Salling of Slant, Va.
73 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1942
GIN REPORT: There were 6,087 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Conecuh County from the crop of 1942 prior to Dec. 1, 1942 as compared with 4,972 bales ginned to Dec. 1, 1941.
Saw Action At Pearl Harbor: First Sgt. Fred F. Dean recently spent a short furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Dean, McKenzie, Route 2. Fred has served with the Air Force in Hawaii for three years. He saw plenty of action on Dec. 7 and was “standing by” at Midway. He did not talk much on duties performed by his squadron. He was chosen to attend Officers Candidate School, Miami Beach, Fla. He is attending there now.
Announcement was made by R.H. Jones, who was named to arrange a service for next Sunday at the Baptist Church, that he had secured Hon. Dempsey M. Powell, well known and prominent attorney of Greenville, to speak at the church Sunday morning at the 11 o’clock hour. Mr. Powell is not only one of the most successful lawyers in this section of the state, but is also one of the most active Baptist Laymen. He has many friends among Evergreen citizens who will no doubt be glad of an opportunity to hear him next Sunday.
John D. Johnston, age 51, dropped dead at his home at Johnstonville Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from heart ailment. He was well and favorable known in that community and his death came as a great shock to the family and friends.