SEVEN YEARS AGO
APRIL 16, 2009
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported 3.45 inches of rain on April 12, 2009. He also reported 80 degrees on April 12 and lows of 32 degrees on April 7 and April 8.
The citizens of “The Strawberry Capital of Alabama” are gearing up for the 23rd Annual Castleberry Strawberry Festival to be held Saturday in the town’s downtown area.
U.S. Representative Bobby Bright (D-Montgomery) told a crowd of around 40 people last week that he is against a proposed landfill in Conecuh County.
Bright, who took office about 90 days ago, held a “Congress on Your Corner” meeting at Repton Town Hall last Thursday morning and told the crowd that he’s aware that a “vast majority” of people in Conecuh County are against a landfill.
Bright’s remarks followed questions from the audience about his stance on a proposed venture to bring a multi-state solid waste landfill to southwest Conecuh County.
Conecuh County attorney and former state representative Greg Albritton won Tuesday’s Republican primary and will face Democrat Marc Keahey for the Senate District 22 seat.
Albritton and Keahey are running for a seat that became vacant when Sen. Pat Lindsey (D-Butler) died unexpectedly in January.
Published reports yesterday showed that Albritton beat (Judy) Belk and (Danny B.) Joyner in all but one of the eight counties in the district, and state party officials reported that Albritton received 57 percent of the vote on Tuesday.
22 YEARS AGO
APRIL 21, 1994
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.85 inches of rain on April 12, 0.41 inches on April 14 and 1.50 inches on April 15. He reported a high of 85 degrees on April 11 and lows of 49 degrees on April 16 and April 17.
Clayton Cobb announces he is a candidate for the office of coroner of Conecuh County in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Cobb is a lifelong resident of the Brooklyn-Paul community. He is self-employed and operates Brooklyn Machine, Inc. He is a Blue Lodger and Scottish Rite Mason.
The spring term of Civil Jury Docket will open Monday morning at 9:00 with Circuit Judge Sam Welch presiding. Judge Welch has four cases set for trial next week.
A large crowd was on hand Saturday for the Eighth Annual Strawberry Festival. The festival is held in downtown Castleberry each April and there are always plenty of arts and crafts and delicious strawberries for everyone.
When Conecuh County voters go to the polls this June they will be electing a new sheriff for the first time in 20 years. Conecuh County Sheriff Edwin L. Booker will not seek an unprecedented fifth term of office. He will retire when the new sheriff takes office next January.
37 YEARS AGO
APRIL 19, 1979
John P. Bewley, retired Soil Conservation Service technician, was recently presented a gold emblem by the Alabama Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons, in recognition of his 50 years membership as a Mason. The presentation ceremony was conducted at Greening Lodge No. 53 of which Bewley has been a member since Aug. 13, 1943. He joined the Mt. Hermon Lodge No. 179 in Maryland on March 31, 1928. The 50th anniversary emblem was presented by District Lecturer Jesse L. Byrd of Greenville. Bewley served Greening Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1972-73 and has held other offices. He is currently serving as Tyler of the local lodge.
Cook Morrison of Lyeffion exhibited the Grand Champion at the 34th Annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show held Monday in the show arena at Conecuh Stockyards. Jerolyn Dean of Burnt Corn exhibited the Reserve Champion.
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .007 of an inch of rain on April 9 and 1.13 inches on April 13. He reported a high of 87 degrees on April 12 and a low of 46 of April 15.
Lula North won the Conecuh County Spelling Bee and her instructor and sponsor, Mrs. Edwina Sullivan, proudly shares the honor with the Nichburg Junior High School student.
Sally Morris of Repton High School was runner-up in the recent Conecuh County Spelling Bee. Her instructor and sponsor is the Rev. Bert Wiggers.
52 YEARS AGO
APRIL 16, 1964
Fat calf show here Monday: County 4-H’ers and FFA’ers will exhibit some 50 fine, fed fat calves in the annual Conecuh County 4-H & FFA Fat Calf Show here Monday. The show gets underway at 9 a.m. in the show ring at Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard on North Main St. Spectators are welcome.
Gov. George C. Wallace was most pleased when this group of Conecuh Countians presented him $1,751.50 in truth campaign funds last Friday which were contributed by some 287 county families. Shown making the presentation of funds is W.H. Sessions, who served as chairman of the committee working to raise funds for the governor’s campaigns in Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland and other places over the nation. Looking on are Bob Bozeman, E.L. McInnis, Mrs. Mabel Amos, W.T. Wild, O.C. McGehee and Bob Kendall. Mrs. Amos, corresponding secretary to the governor, and Kendall, assistant state highway director, joined the local group in the governor’s office.
Announcing the completion of MERRIEWOOD subdivision, a planned neighborhood: Restrictive Covenants, Utilities Stubbed to Lots, Hard Surfaced Curbed Streets, White-Way Lights, Lots Minimum 125 Ft. Front, No Poles on Streets, No Thru Traffic, Financing Available – Nielsen Bros. Development Co.
Bill Griffin, ship’s serviceman third class, USN, son of Mrs. Laura Griffin of Evergreen, Ala., is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La, operating out of Mayport, Fla.
67 YEARS AGO
APRIL 21, 1949
Castleberry Girl’s Calf Is Grand Champ Conecuh County Fat Calf Show: It was ladies first at the Fourth Annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show in Evergreen Monday. Miss Jeanell Booker, Castleberry 4-H Club, owned and exhibited the Grand Champion 1,000-pound Hereford Steer, and her sister, Angie, copped third place in the show. The girls thought it a fitting climax for their brother, Isaac, to own the Reserve Champion of the show.
Governor Folsom Inspects Brooklyn Road Saturday: Following his speech in the Conecuh County Courthouse last Sat., April 16, Gov. James E. Folsom was conducted on a tour of the State Highway to Brooklyn. Resurfacing operations preparatory to blacktopping the entire 20 miles to Brooklyn are now underway. Accompanied by County Solicitor Edwin Page and State Senators Broughton Lambreth of Tallapoosa County and R.G. Kendall Jr. of Conecuh, the governor examined the new bridge across Bottle Creek, which has just been completed at a cost upward of $40,000.
The Wonder Show of All Time – In Person – DR. NEFF – Mystifier of Magicians! - presents his original MADHOUSE of MYSTERY – Big Company Ghosts and Gorgeous Girls – Screen Show 9:30 – Stage Show 10:30 – PIX THEATRE – Friday Night, April 22, 1949.
Effective Wednesday, April 20, H.L. Riley assumed his duties as policeman for the City, succeeding R.Z. Wells, who resigned last week to enter business for himself. Mr. Riley has been assigned to daytime duties. He was elected at a special meeting of the City Council held Monday morning.
Mr. Riley is no novice at this job, he having served the City in this capacity for a number of years once before.