Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for July 12, 2016

Col. Woolsey Finnel
JULY 12, 1990

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported two inches of rain on July 2 and .35 inches on July 8. He reported a high of 97 degrees on July 8 and lows of 68 on July 2 and July 4.

The Bank of Evergreen closed early Tuesday afternoon, July 3, after receiving a phone call stating that a bomb had been placed in the Bank. The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax and the Bank reopened for business Thursday morning, July 5.

The Evergreen City Council held its regular meeting on Tues., July 3, with all members present.
Geary Risher, owner of The Conecuh Countian, was recognized by the Mayor in the first order of business.
Risher told the Council that several weeks earlier an accusation had been made by a member of the police department concerning his possibly breaking in the Mayor’s house. He said he asked for an apology but had not received one. He said he wanted to know the reason why he had not received an apology.
Mayor Smith told Risher that he had already apologized to him.
Risher told the Mayor that he did not understand what the Mayor had told him was an apology.

Local members of the Tact Team of the Department of Public Safety and members of the Conecuh County Rescue Squad met Monday night at Mr. Pizza for a meal before going to the Evergreen Airport to conduct a drill.

JULY 10, 1975

Weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.3 inches of rain in Evergreen on July 3 and .7 inches on July 6. He reported a high of 98 on July 4 and lows of 71 on July 1 and July 6.

The summer reading program of the Conecuh County Public Library will be highlighted by a visit next Wednesday by Mrs. Kathryn Windham, noted Alabama author.
Mrs. Windham will be at the library from 10 to 11 o’clock Wednesday morning to tell some of her favorite ghost stories. She has compiled and written several collections of Alabama ghost stories, which had been handed down from generation to generation.
(Clara Trawick was Evergreen’s librarian at the time.)

Banker-farmer Tal Stuart III killed this big rattlesnake while working in the “Brassell Field” of the Newton Plantation on Tuesday afternoon of last week. The rattler measured 4-1/2 feet and had eight rattles and a button.

A Milton, Fla. woman lost her life in an accident Monday morning at about 11:30 on I-65 some 7-1/2 miles north of Evergreen. Mrs. Norma H. Redmond, 42, of Rt. 5, Milton, was killed and her husband and son were injured in the crash. The Redmonds were traveling north in a pickup pulling a camper trailer behind them when a tire blew out and control of the vehicle was lost. The truck and camper left the highway and overturned in the median. State Trooper John E. Hooper investigated the accident.

JULY 14, 1960

Mayor Zell Murphy was swept back into office by a majority vote in an election Tuesday that was full of surprises (for some) and one oddity.
Carrying every box, Murphy romped to victory in his bid for a second term, piling up 52 votes more than the combined total of his opponents, former Mayor J.H. (Hub) Robison and former Councilman Guy Mason.
The voters returned two present members of the City Council to office, turned down the bid of the other and put in three new men.
Henry Sessions was the leader in the council voting as he piled up heavy totals in all four boxes for 522 votes. Right behind him was Jack Wild with 503. Both were making their first bids for office.
Incumbent Councilman Aubrey Griffin was next with 440 votes. Newcomer Walter Poole took fourth place with a 398 total. Dr. Joseph Hagood, present mayor pro-tem, won the final spot with a 387 vote total. Bob Bozeman received 378 votes, Cumbie Snowden, an incumbent, 310, and John Raines, 289.
The oddity occurred in the council race with six of the eight candidates receiving a clear majority of the votes cast. The fifth and sixth men, Dr. Hagood and Bob Bozeman, were separated by only nine votes.

John W. Crutchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Crutchfield, Lenox, enlisted in the Regular Army recently under the Graduate Specialist Program, Master Sergeant Gerald Horne, US Army Recruiter for the Evergreen area, announces.

JULY 12, 1945

Pfc. Fred L. Stuckey Jr. Killed In Action June 16: A telegram from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Stuckey of near Skinnerton was received the latter part of last week announcing the sad news that their son, Pfc. Fred L. Stuckey Jr., was killed in action on Mindanao, Philippine Islands on June 16, 1945.

Laula Middleton Airport Is Now Nearing Completion: The finishing touches are now being administered to the Laula Middleton Airport by Nolan and Dickerson, general contractors, and it is expected that within the next few days it will be ready to turn over to the Navy. Warren Brothers Road Co., who had sub-contracted to lay the bituminous surface on the tremendous runways and auxiliary runways, completed their work last week and are this week moving all equipment to Savannah, Ga., where they are beginning work on another contract.
The contractor is now completing final grading and sodding on the grounds adjacent to the runways.

William Rivers, well known citizen living near Belleville, sustained fatal injuries last Friday morning when his team of mules ran away with him. He was taken immediately to the hospital in Repton where he died late that afternoon.

Prominent Citizen Of Repton Dies Sunday: Following a long period of ill health, H.L. Dees Sr., widely known and successful citizen of Repton, passed away at his home Sunday morning, July 8. Mr. Dees was born in Monroe County on Dec. 4, 1869.

JULY 10, 1930

Ten Candidates In Castleberry Race: A total of 10 candidates have qualified for entrance in the primary election to be held at Castleberry, July 22. Two are for mayor and eight members of the council. Those who qualified are as follows: For Mayor, A.N. Riggs and P.M. Skinner; For Councilmen, Allen Page, G.T. Young, A.P. Griffin, J.J. English, J.S. Holland, L.H. Riggs, W.B. Brewton and W.E. Pate.

Conecuh County Masons In Conference Here: The annual session of the Conecuh County Masonic Conference is being held here Wednesday and Thursday with Greening Lodge No. 53. Something like 50 delegates representing the nine lodges in this county and a number of visitors from lodges in adjoining counties are in attendance. The lecture sessions are in charge of J.W. Thurmond of Castleberry. A fuller account of the conference will be carried in next issue.

Col. Finnel Heard In Speech Here: Col. Woolsey Finnel, Chairman of the State Highway Commission and candidate for Governor in the primary election to be held on Aug. 12, 1930, spoke at the courthouse Tuesday night. He was introduced by Robt. H. Hones, local attorney and Chairman of the Conecuh County Democratic Committee.

Scattered Rains Over This County: This week had seen scattered rains over this county but perhaps the vast majority of the county is yet within the throes of an extreme drought. Corn crops are suffering greatly in the dry areas so are most all other crops except cotton.

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