16 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 1999
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .07 inches of rain on April 14 and “scattered frost” on April 17. He reported a high of 87 degrees on April 14 and lows of 36 on April 17 and April 18.
Castleberry held its annual Strawberry Festival this past weekend with a nice, large crowd that turned out. Games, music, a street dance and family fun was the rule of the day and a good time was had by all.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will visit Conecuh County this Fri., April 23, at 4 p.m. for a town hall meeting.
Sessions will meet the people of Conecuh County at the renovated historic depot in Evergreen. He will make a few remarks and then take some questions.
Small Loan, Inc. recently held its grand opening and ribbon cutting in conjunction with Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce. The company specializes in small, quick approval loans and is located next door to Dollar General across the street from the A&P.
Members of the Allied Community Development Corp., which was organized by the late Jack M. Wainwright III, formerly of Evergreen, established a scholarship at Birmingham-Southern, his alma mater, as a memorial in his honor. He was a former loan officer at First Alabama Bank.
31 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1985
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .62 inches of rain on April 15. He reported highs of 86 degrees on April 19-20 and a low of 49 degrees on April 17.
David Lancaster of Repton exhibited the Grand Champion of the 40th Annual Conecuh County Steer Show here Monday. First Alabama Bank of Conecuh County, represented by Tom Salo, paid $1.50 per pound for the 1,230-pound champion, a total of $1,845.
Steve Lancaster of Repton had the Reserve Champion of the Conecuh County Steer Show. The 1,140-pound steer sold for $1.28 per pound to the Conecuh-Monroe Counties Gas District, represented by Morgan Holley, for a total of $,1459.20.
Winners in Senior Showmanship at the Conecuh County Steer Show are Chris Godwin, Steve Lancaster, Tim Covin and Tommy Shipp.
A delegation of the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation recently visited Washington, D.C. Shown above with Congressman Bill Dickinson are John Cook and James Cook of Conecuh County. Dickinson talked to the members of the Bureau about the 1985 Farm Bill, which is up for renewal this year, and major agriculture concerns in the Second Congressional District.
Paul M. Harden, Attorney at Law, announces the opening of a branch office in Evergreen on Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Court Square.
46 YEARS AGO
APRIL 23, 1970
The 25th Annual Conecuh County 4-H and FFA Calf Show will be staged at the show arena at Conecuh Stockyards Monday. Fed calves will be shown by 55 young men and women starting at eight o’clock.
The show is sponsored by the Conecuh County Fat Calf Show Committee, an agency of the United Fund, and the State Dept. of Agriculture & Industries in cooperation with the Auburn University Extension Service and State Dept. of Vocational Agriculture.
There have been a number of changes in personnel in the Evergreen Post of the Alabama State Troopers in recent months. This picture gives you an opportunity to know the men who are patrolling the highways in Conecuh and Monroe counties. They are Lt. W.W. Nettles, assistant district commander; Post Sgt. O.J. Nelson, Troopers R.H. Cottingham and T.W. Hall, Evergreen, Trooper J.D. Stuckey, Monroeville, Troopers W.E. Gill and F.D. Brackin and Cpl. B.E. Bozeman, Evergreen. Not present with the picture was made were Capt. W.O. Nichols, district commander, and Trooper M.E. Craft of Monroeville.
The March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to David T. Hyde Jr. and Mrs. H.A. Deer in grateful recognition of their devoted and energetic efforts toward realizing the National Foundation’s mission of preventing birth defects and their disabling after effects. Making the presentation is Julian H. Maynard, field representative of the Foundation.
61 YEARS AGO
APRIL 28, 1955
“Outstanding!” “Best Show in the state!” and “Finest quality!” were just a few of the remarks that cattlemen and visiting authorities had to say about the Tenth Annual 4-H Club and F.F.A. Fat Calf Show held in Evergreen last Thursday in which Marilyn Dees and her brother, Alvin, walked away with top honors. Seventy-two calves were shown, entered by some 67 F.F.A. and 4-H Club members.
Thirteen-year-old Marilyn, a member of the Evergreen 4-H Club, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Dees, showed the Grand Champion for the second time, having won this coveted award in 1953, and the Reserve Champion in 1954. Her winner was a 1,015-pound Hereford. The T.R. Miller Mill Co. paid a record price of 68 cents per pound for the Grand Champion.
Jack B. Kinzer, chairman of the Boys and Girls State Committee of the Alma Martin Post No. 50 announced today the names of the representatives from the four Conecuh high schools that will represent their schools at these statewide events.
Representing Conecuh County High School will be Louise Bradley and Comer Beasley. Repton High School will be represented by Jean Armstrong and Comer Bonds, and Lyeffion will send Sarah Hardee and Clarence Riley. Evergreen High will be represented by Patty McGehee, Clinton Claybrook and Buck Lewis.
Boys State will be held at the University of Alabama May 28 through June 3. Girls State will convene on June 12 and close on June 18.
76 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1940
Pix Announces Third Anniversary Program: A special program for the observance of the Pix Theatre’s third anniversary on Fri., April 26, was announced this week by Manager Haywood Hanna.
On the screen that day will be seen “The Farmer’s Daughter,” starring comedienne Martha Raye, that promises fine entertainment.
The lobby of the Pix will be beautifully decorated with flowers by the Evergreen Garden Clubs, which will add greatly to the occasion.
Burns Prove Fatal To State Highway Employee: Walter Ramer, 34, of Repton died Tuesday night at St. Margaret’s in Montgomery from burns received while working as patrol driver for the state, 15 miles from town on the Evergreen-Midway highway.
According to details received here, it seems that a vehicle, presumably a truck, had given out of gasoline and Ramer had poured some into the supply tank, but as the motor was slow in picking up the fuel, Ramer attempted to hasten the action by standing on the running board of the truck and pouring gasoline into the carburetor. The truck on which Ramer was standing was being pushed from front by another vehicle, trying to start the stalled motor.
While he was thus occupied on the running board, the truck ahead backfired, sending out a spark that ignited the flowing gasoline. Attempting to get out of the way, Ramer jumped backward from the running board, tilting the fuel container, drenching himself with the flaming liquid.
In his first moments of fright and pain, as is common with most people whose clothes catch fire, Ramer’s first impulse was to run, which of course increased the fury of the flames. When the other members of the crew finally stopped the flaming figure of Ramer, the whole of his chest and arms were badly burned.
Ramer was immediately put under a doctor’s attention, but as his condition called for more extensive medical care, he was removed Friday to St. Margaret’s hospital in Montgomery, where he died Tuesday night.