|Evergreen native Naomi Rabb Winston|
16 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1999
Weather observer Harry Ellis reported high temperatures of 61 degrees on Dec. 20 and Dec. 24 and low temperatures of 25 degrees on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.
Local banks are prepared for Y2K: Many people have been concerned about Y2K for one reason or another, but local banks have eased the pressure on their customers. Although it has become a recent issue with the public, the banks have been thinking about the Y2K issue for over a year.
Pat Bolton, Vice President of Information Systems at the Bank of Evergreen, said she began working on the Y2K problem in September of 1998. She said their software vendor wrote new programs for all of their computer systems and the programs have been installed and all systems are ready to go.
Bolton and Nell Stuart, president of the Bank of Evergreen, will be at the bank after midnight Friday. They will turn the systems back on and make sure they are running properly.
Although no problems are expected, Bolton said they are ready for those people that wish to withdraw an extra large amount of money.
Deputy Allison Blackmon of the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department recently attended a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course taught at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. Blackmon was certified as a RAD instructor. She had to take a minimum of 30 hours, but her particular class took 35 hours of instruction.
31 YEARS AGO
DEC. 27, 1984
Young Farmers elect Dunn: Steve Dunn was elected chairman of the State Young Farmers of the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation at the annual meeting held Dec. 2-4 in Mobile. He is a well known young farmer of the Lyeffion community.
Dunn was also re-elected to a second two-year term on the State Young Farmers Committee.
Dunn serves as chairman of the Young Farmers Committee of the Conecuh County Farm Bureau Federation, and also on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board.
Full time status for Chairman: The office of Chairman of the Conecuh County Commission will change from part time to full time if a proposed piece of local legislation becomes law. The proposed bill is being advertised in The Courant now and will be introduced in the legislature early next year.
This entrance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Owens won first place in the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Decorations Contest.
The Sparta Academy Kindergarten visited the Evergreen Post Office and mailed their letters to Santa Claus. Their teacher is Mrs. Katrine Sanford. Postmaster Eugene Hyde assisted the youngsters.
John H. Pate, a well known Conecuh County farmer, was named to the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee by delegates to the county ASCS convention, held Dec. 18, 1984 in the ASCA Office.
46 YEARS AGO
DEC. 25, 1969
Beloved Citizen Dies After Brief Illness: Rufus Reid Rushton, age 79, died at the local hospital Thursday p.m., Dec. 18, following a brief illness. Mr. Rushton was born in Rutledge, Crenshaw County, Ala.
He moved with his parents to Andalusia when a young boy and resided there until he moved to Evergreen more than 50 years ago. He engaged in the contracting business till he retired about 10 years ago.
He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and a regular attendant of Sunday School and Church.
Strange things happen – especially during the Holiday Season. Employees of City Drug Store were surprised and frightened last Wednesday when a car crashed into the front of the store. The woman driving the auto reported that its brakes failed. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Proprietor Cecil Hagood said that there was some damaged stock but that damage to the store was slight.
James Ansley and Danny Petrey were co-chairmen of the Evergreen Jaycees’ annual Christmas Shopping Tour for underprivileged children. The 20 children chosen for this project and Jaycee members and their wives assembled at the Courthouse Auditorium, Sat., Dec. 20, for a party. Each child was given money and taken to town on a supervised Christmas shopping tour.
61 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1954
Prominent Citizen Dies At Burnt Corn Home: Jacob Franklin Betts Lowrey, age 73, prominent farmer and cattleman of Burnt Corn, died at his home Thurs., Dec. 23, following an illness of several weeks.
Mr. Lowrey was a native of Burnt Corn and a lifelong resident of that community. He was a steward of the Methodist Church there for the past 35 years. A cattleman and farmer all of his life, he was a well known leader in those fields in Conecuh and Monroe Counties. He also operated a store in Burnt Corn and owned a large acreage of timbered lands near Burnt Corn.
Sheriff John Brock is recovering from severe injuries which he sustained Saturday night when his car struck a cow on Highway 83, about seven miles north of Evergreen. He was answering an urgent call from the Skinnerton community when the wreck occurred. According to reports of the accident given The Courant, the cow suddenly leaped in the highway directly in front of the Sheriff’s automobile. After hitting the cow, the car turned over several times.
Sheriff Brock was rushed to the Conecuh County Hospital where examination by the doctors revealed he had fractures of the pelvis bones and a vertebra. He was carried to Mobile Infirmary later that night where he is now. Reports this week indicate he is rapidly recovering and will be able to return to Evergreen sometime next week.
76 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1939
CHARLIE M. BARRON: Atmore, Ala., Dec. 25 – Charlie M. Barron, 50, died at his home here Christmas morning at nine o’clock after a long illness. Mr. Barron was a well known employee of the L&N Railroad.
Former Citizen Is Lauded As Painter: Mrs. Naomi Rabb Winston, a native of Evergreen now residing in Washington, is being acclaimed now as one of the leading artists of the country, according to reports which have recently reached her friends here.
Mrs. Winston recently completed a portrait of Senator Lister Hill, which the friends and admirers of Mr. Hill desired her to do to be placed in the “Hall of Fame” at the State Capitol in Montgomery. This portrait has won for her wide praise among not only Senator Hill’s friends and admirers, but members of his family as well.
She has been engaged by Mrs. Hugo Black to do a portrait of Justice Hugo Black in his judicial robes, the work to begin as soon as she has completed the painting of Mrs. (T.D.) Samford (of Opelika).
Mrs. Winston and her family have been living in Washington for the past eight years where she has studied constantly at Corcoran Art Gallery, giving special attention to portrait work.
Mrs. Winston was before her marriage, Naomi Rabb, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Rabb.
About 250 Christmas boxes containing fruit, candy, toys, clothing and food items were distributed last week to needy families in this county, according to a report made this week by Mrs. J.C. Hamilton, general chairman in charge of the work.