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The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for June 7, 2016

JUNE 10, 1999

Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .02 inches of rain on June 4 and .07 inches on June 5. He reported a high of 93 degrees on June 4 and a low of 65 degrees on June 4. Total rainfall for the month of May 1999 was 5.17 inches.

Retired longtime City of Evergreen Assistant Street Superintendent Sanford Moye was tragically killed when his Ford Expedition was struck by a southbound train Tuesday morning. The crossing near the depot has been the scene of several collisions over the past several years. This was the first one to involve a fatality in many years.

Saturday night in the Wiley Salter Auditorium at Reid State Technical College, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss for the 2000 was crowned. Cassie Crane, daughter of David and Mildred Crane, will represent Conecuh County as their Conecuh County Junior Miss for 2000.
(Other participants in the program included LaJuana Johnson, first runner-up; Kristie Faulkner, second runner-up; Kristen Godwin; and Jamie Neese.)

A ribbon-cutting was held Wed., June 2, at 1 p.m. for Various Supplies, owned by Bonnie and Bobby Stokes. Shown with Bonnie is Wendell Byrd, chairman of the Conecuh County Commission, and Jatricia Pugh, president of the Chamber of Commerce. They offer discounts on all fishing and hunting supplies, office supplies and equipment, and much more. They are located across from the Conecuh County Courthouse.

JUNE 14, 1984

Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .08 inches of rain on June 8. He reported highs of 92 degrees on June 6 and June 8. He reported a low of 55 on June 3.

Troy State University will be well represented in the 1984 Miss Alabama Pageant this next week. Four TSU coeds will be trying to capture the coveted Miss Alabama title June 16 in Birmingham.
The girls, Cordella Johnson from Evergreen (Miss Troy State University), Juaneysa Wilkins from Warner Robbins, Ga. (Miss Deep South), Miss Marla Franklin from Birmingham (Miss Spirit of 76) and Miss Pam Love from Decatur (Miss World Celebration), will all travel to Birmingham Sun., June 10, to begin a week of competition. The final night of competition is scheduled for Sat., June 16.
Miss Johnson, a graduating senior at TSU, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Johnson of Evergreen. She majored in speech and debate with minors in general business and management and broadcast journalism while at TSU.

William Ward was selected by the Conecuh County CowBelles as the 1984 Father of the Year. The plaque was presented by Mrs. Lynn Davis, vice president of the Conecuh County CowBelles, at their annual Father’s Day Banquet on Saturday night, June 2, at the Lyeffion High School lunchroom.

JUNE 12, 1969

Pfc. Pettis killed in Vietnam: Army Private First Class Billy W. Pettis, 21, of Rt. 2, Castleberry, died on May 31 of injuries received in Vietnam. Pettis is the fifth young hero from Conecuh County to lose his life in Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam on March 10, 1969.
Funeral services were held June 7 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. L.L. Smith and Rev. Cobb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Craver Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

See Historical Display at library: Several items of historical significance are on display at the Conecuh Public Library. Newspapers dating back to 1802, numerous Civil War papers, two editions of Harper’s Weekly depicting uniforms of the Confederate forces and an article on the Rebels’ infernal machine, the submarine, are of special interest.
The display is the courtesy of C.L. Rogers and also contains a ladies’ book of 1864 with stories and latest fashions, a youth’s history of the Civil War from the Rebel viewpoint and a map of the southern states showing Sparta as Conecuh’s county seat.
Be sure to see these and other interesting items during June.

Col. Floyd Mann, Director of the Department of Public Safety, announced that on June 6, 1969, graduation exercises were held for the 30th session of the Alabama Police Academy.
Among those graduating from this session were Larry C. Morrison, patrolman, Evergreen Police Department.

PIX THEATRE – Proudly Presents This General Audience Hit Of All Time! – Starting Next Thursday, June 19th for one week – “GONE WITH THE WIND” – Showing For The Last Time In This Area! Will Not Be Seen Again For Seven Years.

JUNE 10, 1954

Little business was considered by the Evergreen City Council at its meeting Tuesday night in the City Hall.
“The council voted to install another street light on Williams Avenue, part of the new subdivision being developed by J.R. Canterbury off Rural Street.
The city is contacting the L&N Railroad and asking for permission to place the parking meters on the railroad side of West Front Street behind the curbing and on railroad property. At present these meter posts are in front of the curbing and serve as collectors of dirt and trash.
The city has received authorization for two-way radios for the police car and city superintendents’ trucks. Equipment is now on order and will be installed on arrival. The city system will connect with the Alabama Highway Patrol and will be part of the civil defense setup.
City Clerk G.L. Wilkinson has been authorized to begin rewriting the city license schedule and bringing it up to date, including cross filing. Certain rate increases may be in order, too, but most rates are expected to remain the same.”

The Courant is in receipt of a letter from Asa Rountree Jr., director of Department of Aeronautics for the State of Alabama, which quotes a telegram from Senator Lister Hill indicating that there are excellent prospects for the Evergreen Airways Communications station to be continued.

JUNE 8, 1939

The board of directors of Southern Pine Electric Membership Corporation, sponsor for the REA lines now under construction in Conecuh, Monroe and Escambia counties, announced the following rate schedule for the approximately 600 subscribers on the several lines.

The Mayor and City Council at the regular weekly meeting Tuesday night awarded contract to the Lane-Central Co. of Memphis for the installation of a new well. Work will begin within the next week and it is expected that it will be ready for use not later than July 15.
The well will be located on the triangular lot in front of the City School next to the overhead bridge. The contractors expect that it will be necessary to go a depth of approximately 300 feet to secure ample water supply. This is about the depth of the old well.
T.O. Langham, newly elected member of the council, was sworn in and participated in the proceedings of the meeting.

Mills Brothers Take Over Crystal Café Tues. Morning: Messrs. Carl and Thomas Mills announced Tuesday of this week that they had taken over the Crystal Café which has been operated for the past year by ‘Skin’ Hyde. They announce that a number of interior improvements will be made at an early date.

Effective June 1, Harry L. Riley Jr. became owner of the grocery business which formerly was owned and operated by J.T. Gaillard. Mr. Riley purchased the entire stock and fixtures and will continue to operate the business at the same location under the firm style, “Riley Grocery.”

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