EIGHT YEARS AGO
JULY 3, 2008
“Conecuh County suffered its second traffic fatality of 2008 last week when a 77-year-old Brundidge woman died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on June 22.”
“Out-going Conecuh County Junior High School principal Patsy Smith was recognized by the state legislature for her outstanding career during a special ceremony last Thursday afternoon at the Castleberry school.”
“Former classmates and graduates of Evergreen High School Class of 1958 held their ‘Golden Class Reunion’ on June 21, 2008.”
Those in attendance included Dennis Bailey, Laurice Adams Baggett, Nelda Lewis Brown, Sara Pate Bryan, Wayne Carrier, Annette Bingham Cates, Howard Claybrook, Susan Bozeman Cook, Robert Daniels, Glenda Frazier Eskew, James Foley, Richard Geck, Lawrence Gladwell, Jenny Feagin Golson, Billy Grace, Johnny Hagood, Bill Ivey, Ann Jones Johnson, Billy Wayne Johnson, Barbara Bewley Lee, Sam Mason, Janice Ryan McDowell, Bobby Melvin, Shirley Daughtrey Mixon, Jimmy Moorer, James Nelson, Frances Davis Nobles, Billie Jean Salter Parsons, Don Pate, Eddie Bell Kindig Persons, Joe Powell, Julian Presley, Erin Cook Saunders, John Sheffield, Palmer Smith, Ruby Seale Steele, Earlene Hammonds Stuckey, Mary Helen Downs Thomas, Ronald Thomas, Oleene Black Williams and Buddy Zukowski.
23 YEARS AGO
JULY 1, 1993
Local weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .05 inches of rainfall on June 21, 1993, .24 inches of rain on June 24, .03 inches of rain on June 26 and .02 inches of rain on June 27. He reported a high temperature of 90 degrees on June 27 and a low of 63 on June 22.
“Monday saw the end of an era and the beginning of a new one as Carter Hardware officially became Home Center Plus. Twenty-two years after he purchased what was then Persons Hardware, Alvin Carter sold his business to Gerald Salter.”
“FORT WAINWRIGHT, Fairbanks, Alaska – Master Sgt. Larry D. Hessell has returned from a desert warfare training exercise at Fort Irwin, Barstow, Calif. The NTC, located in the Mojave Desert, is one of the Army’s four combat training centers.
“The sergeant is a 1974 graduate of Lyeffion High School.”
“Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Maurice L. Jackson, son of Leon Jackson of Evergreen, Ala., recently reported for duty at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Naval Station, Mayport, Fla.”
“Owassa will be the featured band during Sunday’s annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Evergreen Municipal Park. Owassa is comprised of Mitch Crutchfield, Pat Poole, Phil Mika, Denise Jones, Teresa Eversman and Grover Hart. The event is sponsored by the City of Evergreen, the Conecuh County Commission and the Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce. Five local bands will be performing, beginning at 4 p.m.”
38 YEARS AGO
JULY 6, 1978
“The current ‘heat wave’ may have dropped some folks into the doldrums, but it got Ole Earl Windham to talking again. He wrote on his weekly weather report: ‘Dear Old Bob: Those hot days that I have owed you since last winter have been paid.’
“Well, not even a country editor can argue with that statement. Please, Earl, will you let us have some rain and at least a few days when the mercury doesn’t hit 100 degrees or more?”
Windham reported no rainfall that week, but did report a high temperature of 100 degrees on June 20, 1978. He reported lows of 71 on June 27 and July 2.
“Dr. E.A. Price of Evergreen has qualified to seek re-election as County Coroner. He is seeking nomination in the Democratic Primary Elections of Sept. 5 and 26. He has served in this office for nearly 40 years.
“He was appointed County Coroner in the late 1930s and has been re-elected each time the office came up for election since then, all but once without opposition.”
“Frank Chavers qualified last Thursday to seek re-election to the Conecuh County Board of Education, Place 2, in the Democratic Primary Elections of Sept. 5 and 26.”
“Harry Booker of Belleville has qualified as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Member of the Conecuh County Commission, District 1, Place 2.”
53 YEARS AGO
JULY 4, 1963
“The new postal code numbers (zip code) have been assigned to the post offices at Repton, Range and Lenox.
“Mrs. Frances J. Davis, postmaster at Repton, lists her number as 36475. The number for Range, according to Mrs. Iva Lee Jackson, postmaster, is 36473, while Postmaster James Pierce says the number for Lenox is 36454.”
“Guard Will Leave Sunday For Camp: The local National Guard will leave from Fort Dave Lewis Sunday morning for two weeks annual summer camp at Fort McClellan, Anniston. A total of 46 men, 43 enlisted men and three officers, will take part in the camp.
“The local unit is comprised of three platoons of the 131st Quartermaster Co. (Petroleum Distribution). The other units are located at Jackson.
“1st. Lt. Elbert Williams is company commander. Other officers are 1st Lt. Marcus O’Gwynn and Chief Warrant Officer Hunter Hines. Williams states that a number of other guard units will be moving through this area Sunday on their way to camp.”
“The fourth annual Evergreen Rotary 4-H Fish & Wildlife Camp was held Tuesday and Wednesday at Tal Stuart’s Pond near Belleville. A total of 46 county 4-H boys took part in the camp.”
“Non-Jury, Equity Cases Set Monday: Non-jury equity cases on the Circuit Court docket will be heard Monday morning starting at 9 o’clock. Circuit Judge A.H. Elliott of Brewton will preside.
“According to Circuit Clerk Ralph Crysell, a total of 140 cases are one the docket, 52 non-jury cases and 68 equity cases.”
68 YEARS AGO
JULY 1, 1948
“Funeral services were held from Oak Grove Church near Repton Saturday afternoon for Grady H. Johnson who was killed in action in North Africa in March 1943.
“He was buried with military honors under the direction of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Guard.”
“Miss Ethel Coleman, County Health Nurse, announced this week that five cases of scarlet fever, one case of typhoid and one case of small pox have been reported in this county in the past two months. In addition to these there has been one death from diphtheria.”
“Robison, Kendall Win; Four New Councilmen: In an election, marked by an unusually heavy vote, held Tuesday, Mayor J.H. Robison was re-elected over his opponent, M.M. Cardwell. Robison received 291 votes to Cardwell 199. R.G. Kendall, member of the present council, was re-elected and led the ticket with 340 votes. Other councilmen elected in the order of votes received were H.J. Kinzer 327, H.H. Beasley 312, Zell Murphy 301, O.B. Tuggle 267. All councilmen received clear majorities and no runoff will be necessary.
“Votes received by other candidates were as follows: Ward C. Alexander 200, H.A. Deer 184, A.G. Bolton 157, J.W. Shannon 131, D.T. Stuart 128, C.L. Kamplain 109.”