EIGHT YEARS AGO
MAY 22, 2008
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .57 inches of rain on May 15 and .41 inches on May 16. He reported a high of 85 degrees on May 14 and a low of 51 on May 12.
Nearly 120 Conecuh County seniors will receive their high school diplomas tomorrow (Friday) night at Hillcrest High School and Sparta Academy in Evergreen.
Hillcrest’s graduation exercises will be held at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen, and Sparta’s graduation exercises will be held at Richard Brown Gymnasium in Evergreen. Both ceremonies were set to start at 7 p.m.
During tomorrow night’s commencement ceremonies both schools will honor their respective valedictorians and salutatorians. Pia Marie A. Cumagun is this year’s valedictorian at Sparta, and Jonarius Antoine Stallworth is the valedictorian at Hillcrest. Hayden Armuelles is the salutatorian at Sparta, and Willie Keontra McCaskill is the salutatorian at Hillcrest.
The Conecuh County Health Department officially dedicated its new building on Wild Avenue Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the building’s lobby. Cutting the ribbon were Clinic Supervisor Debra King, State Health Officer Donald Williamson and Home Health Supervisor Jean Brawner.
23 YEARS AGO
MAY 27, 1993
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .22 inches of rain on May 19. He also reported highs of 85 degrees on May 17 and May 18 and lows of 45 degrees on May 21 and May 22.
James Powell and Kristy Sims have been leaders in their class at Hillcrest High School throughout the year. At graduation ceremonies, the two will lead their classmates one last time… as valedictorian and salutatorian.
Commencement exercises for the graduating class will be held Tues., June 1, beginning at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Stadium.
Mack Roberts, Alabama Highway Director, announced today that the contract for repairing the bridge on I-65 was let. The apparent low bidder was McInnis Corp., Montgomery, with an apparent low bid of $283,000.
The bridge, which collapsed after an 18-wheeler hit the concrete support, fell on I-65, blocking the entire southbound roadway. The accident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday (May 19) morning. The roadway was opened to traffic that evening by 7:30 p.m.
Mandy Riley was awarded the Joe Wayne Wright Jr. Memorial Scholarship during Honors Day ceremonies at Sparta Academy on May 20. Presenting the award to Mandy was Mrs. Pat Wright, mother of Joe Wright Jr. This is the second year this scholarship has been awarded.
38 YEARS AGO
MAY 25, 1978
Evergreen High School will hold graduation exercises Friday night at eight o’clock in Brooks Memorial Stadium, according to Principal John W. Floyd.
Amy Gates is valedictorian of the 1978 graduating class at Evergreen High School. Mary Howard is salutatorian.
Lyeffion High School baccalaureate-graduation exercises will be held Friday night, May 26, at 7 p.m. The exercises will take place in the high school gymnasium.
Steve Searcy, age 17, has been selected valedictorian of the 1978 graduating class of Lyeffion High School. Vickey Goldthrip, age 18, has been selected salutatorian of Lyeffion High School.
Graduation exercises will be held at Repton High School at eight o’clock Friday night in the school gymnasium.
Maxine DuBose has been named valedictorian of the graduating class at Repton High School. David Bell has been named salutatorian of the Class of 1978.
Haskew Page Jr., principal of Conecuh County High School, announces that graduation exercises will be held in the high school auditorium at Castleberry at 7:30 Friday evening, May 26.
Picked on the highest grade point average, Darryl Crane is this year’s valedictorian of the graduating class at CCHS. Juanita Baggett was selected as salutatorian with the second highest grade point average in the class.
Graduation exercises (at Sparta Academy) will be held Friday night, May 26, in the Sparta gymnatorium.
Gray Stevens has been named valedictorian of the 1978 graduating class of Sparta Academy. Harry Crabtree is salutatorian.
53 YEARS AGO
MAY 23, 1963
Graduation exercises (at Repton High School) will be at eight o’clock Friday night, May 31.
Betty Jo Richards was named valedictorian of the graduating class of 1963, which was announced by H.E. Penny, principal of Repton High School. Faye Ellis has been chosen as salutatorian of the 1963 graduating class of Repton High School.
Alva Nann Cary has been named valedictorian of Conecuh County High School with an average of 94 for the past four years. Judy Worrells has been named salutatorian of Conecuh County High School with an average of 93 for the past four years.
Glenn Calvin Cook, well known local insurance man, died late Tuesday afternoon, a victim of a heart seizure. He was 52 years old.
Mr. Cook was stricken while driving in his automobile on Spring Street just off Bruner Avenue around six o’clock p.m. His car crashed into one parked on the street after the attack caused him to lose control.
An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, but was dead on arrival.
A native and lifelong resident of this county, Mr. Cook was well and favorably known. For a number of years, he had operated his own general insurance agency. At one time, he was employed at the local post office.
Mr. Cook was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was called back to duty during the Korean conflict.
68 YEARS AGO
MAY 27, 1948
53 To Receive Diplomas At C.C.T.S. Friday Night: Graduating exercises (at Conecuh County Training School) will be held in the auditorium Friday night at 8 p.m. Dr. Robert C. Hatch, Supervisor of Instruction of the Division of Negro Education, State Department of Education, Montgomery, Ala., will deliver the commencement address.
City Politics Warming, Five Announce This Week: The local political front was broadened by the entry of five new candidates for places on the city council. The total now in the race for council posts is nine with five to be elected. Tues., June 1, is the last day for qualifying.
The five announcing for council posts this week are J.W. Shannon, H.H. Beasley, H.J. Kinzer, H.A. Deer and D.T. Stuart.
There were no further announcements for mayor. Present mayor, J.H. Robison, and M.M. Cardwell announced for this office last week.
The first primary of the municipal elections will be held on June 29. A second, if necessary, will be held on July 27. Candidates nominated in the primary elections will be entered in the general election to be held Sept. 20. New officials will take office Oct. 1, 1948.
Frank M. Hart, age 72, beloved citizen of the Old Town community, died at his home Wed., May 19, following an illness of many months.
Mr. Hart was a native of the community in which he died, and had lived his entire life there.
He is survived by a wife and one son, Wendell Hart of Evergreen.