DEC. 9, 2011
Evergreen weather observer Betty Ellis reported low temperatures of 29 degrees on Nov. 30 and 31 degrees on Dec. 1.
First Baptist Church’s “Window Shopping” float captured first place honors in this year’s best float contest during the annual Evergreen Christmas parade. The parade was held Saturday afternoon in downtown Evergreen.
The Evergreen City Council voted unanimously this week to move forward with efforts to pave the way for a number of developments at the Fairview Commons Industrial Park, including a large FedEx warehouse off the busy interstate highway exit.
During a city council meeting Tuesday night at Evergreen City Hall, economic developer Daryl Harper told the council that FedEx was “all in” regarding the construction of a 32,000 square foot warehouse on property near the intersection of I-65 and U.S. Highway 84 that’s being developed under the name of “Fairview Commons.”
Construction of the warehouse is scheduled to begin in August 2012 and would likely open for business sometime in early 2013, Harper said.
A host of local court officials, friends and family were on hand Wednesday of last week to wish Pat Wright well as she closed out her career as an employee at the Conecuh County Courthouse.
Wright, a resident of Evergreen, began working in the Conecuh County Circuit Clerk’s Office on Sept. 13, 1972 and she closed out her 39-year career with a retirement reception Wednesday of last week.
At the time of her retirement, Wright was in charge of administering civil cases in circuit and district court as well as small claims court cases.
19 YEARS AGO
DEC. 12, 1996
This is all that remained last Tuesday afternoon of the bridge over Sandy Creek on County Road 29. The road was closed last week so that the bridge can be replaced in the next few months. Although the replacement is causing inconvenience to residents in this part of the county, the bridge was in dire need of replacement.
Judy Poole was named as the 1996 recipient of the Lois E. Reeves Memorial Award as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the annual banquet held last Saturday night in the cafetorium of Hillcrest High School. She is a member of the Sandcut Volunteer Fire Department.
The Mount Union Community Church and Center, located 10 miles east of the Conecuh County community of Evergreen, has recently been added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Dating from the turn of the century, the property contains two structures depicting a vernacular style of architecture common to the period. The c. 1890 church and the remaining portion of a c. 1900 school appear today as gable-front rectangular buildings which face east in a parallel position. The school is the single remaining room of an original four-room T-shaped structure which was gradually reduced in size during the 1930s and 40s.
34 YEARS AGO
DEC. 10, 1981
Castleberry’s annual Christmas parade will be held this Saturday, but it will begin at two o’clock Saturday afternoon rather than the previously announced time of 10 a.m.
Stores open all day on Wednesdays: Most local stores will be open all day on Wednesday s from now until Christmas, according to the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Action Committee.
Short on rain Ole Earl says: Earl Windham reports .57 of an inch of rain on Dec. 1. He also says: “We are about 14 inches short of our normal rainfall thus far in 1981. I guess we will have to get the bunch that sits at the Liars Table to do the ‘Rain Dance’ for us, but I think most of them are too old to cut the mustard any more.”
(Windham also reported low temperatures of 31 degrees on Dec. 3, 31 degrees on Dec. 5 and 27 degrees on Dec. 6.)
Mrs. Emmie Mildred Pitts Cardwell, a beloved lady of this city, died Tues., Dec. 8, in North Florida Regional Hospital, Gainesville, Fla. Mrs. Cardwell was a member of a prominent, pioneer family and lived all of her life in Conecuh County.
She attended Troy State Normal and taught in the public schools of Conecuh County for several years. Mrs. Cardwell was an active member of Evergreen United Methodist Church, where she taught a ladies Bible class for many years.
49 YEARS AGO
DEC. 8, 1966
“Dutch Christmas” entered by the Helen Keller Club won first place in the Christmas parade last Wednesday. “Christmas in Austria” by the Evergreen Study Club won second place. “Christmas Around the World” by Evergreen High School won third place.
The Evergreen District, Alabama Troopers, posted the best traffic safety record in the state in November. Here members of the post pose with the trophy they won. They are Troy Smith, Cpl. Charles Cargile, Sgt. Tom Melton, Tom Hall and Horace Parker. The post reported 85 accidents for the month with 40 persons suffering injuries in 28 of them. There were two fatalities, both in Conecuh County. Capt. A.G. Mitchell commands the division. Other supervisors are Lt. W.W. Jeffries, Grove Hill, Sgt. Melton and Cpl. Cargile.
A 20-year-old Evergreen man died Monday as a result of injuries received in an accident in Monroeville Sunday night. Larry Eugene Griffin died in a Mobile hospital, where he was taken after the accident.
According to information given to The Courant, young Griffin was driving alone in the car when the accident occurred. A pickup truck ran a “red light” and crashed into Griffin’s car.
Griffin lived on Rural Street with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ratis Griffin.
64 YEARS AGO
DEC. 13, 1951
James A. Monroe, W.M.G., now stationed at Norfolk, Va. on the USS destroyer Earl B. Hall, is spending a 10-day leave here (Castleberry) with his mother, Mrs. R.H. Meacham, also his wife in Brewton.
The Evergreen Junior Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Conecuh County Christmas Carnival held here Saturday was a smashing success with an estimated 10,000 people coming to town for the festivities. The days events were climaxed by the big Carnival Parade Saturday afternoon which featured the arrival of Santa Claus.
Miss June Weaver of Castleberry was crowned Queen Joy by last year’s Queen, Miss Alice Fay (Petie) Sullivan also of Castleberry. Miss Patricia Hardin of Castleberry and Miss Glenda Potts of Evergreen were crowned Princess Gaity. These three girls with escorts of their choice will attend the Blue-Gray game in Montgomery.
Creating considerable excitement Saturday morning was the releasing of 20 guineas. Each of these guineas, except for one named “Foul Ball,” had certificates for a number of valuable prizes attached to it. The prizes went to the lucky ones catching the guineas.
The parade was the best ever staged here. It was led by Frank Wilkerson’s Evergreen High School Band followed by Santa Claus who tossed off gifts to the hundreds of children who lined the way. The McKenzie High School Band, one of the state’s best, and the Conecuh County Training School Band added to the parade’s attractiveness.
County Tax Collector H.C. Wiggins reminded voters of the county this week that if they want to vote they must pay their poll tax by Feb. 1.