JULY 23, 1998
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .95 inches of rain on July 13, 1.15 inches on July 14 and .50 inches on July 16. He also reported a high of 94 degrees on July 19 and lows of 71 on July 13, July 18 and July 19.
LaFrancis Davis was recently hired as the new band director at Hillcrest High School. A reception welcoming him to Evergreen will be held Thurs., July 23, at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium at the school.
Landstar Systems, Inc. agrees to sell Poole to Schneider National: If all goes well, Landstar Poole will be under new ownership by late August, after agreeing to sell out to Schneider National, Inc.
Landstar Poole is a wholly owned subsidiary by its parent company Landstar Systems, Inc. The announcement was made Thurs., July 16.
Poole has its headquarters in Evergreen and is the third acquisition made by Schneider National in the last several months. Prior acquisitions were Highway Carrier Corporation of Des Moines, Iowa and Builders Transport of Camden, South Carolina.
(Purchase price for the Poole-Schneider National deal was $42 million.)
Clint Casey exhibited the 1998 Grand Champion market hog at his year’s County Market Hog Show held June 13, 1998. This year’s judge was Mr. Derek Bryan, County Agent, Crenshaw County.
33 YEARS AGO
JULY 28, 1983
Incident at City Hall: Ill feelings between Mayor Lee Smith and City Councilman Lomax Cassady that have long simmered came to a boil Wednesday morning of last week. After a verbal exchange, the two men swapped blows in the council meeting room at City Hall.
The mayor received treatment including stitches on the head and lips at the emergency room of Evergreen Hospital. The councilman also had a “fat lip.”
Both men said that they regretted the incident and were embarrassed by their participation in it.
Kenneth Lavon Ausby takes the oath of office as a policeman with the Evergreen Police Department. The oath is administered by Conecuh County Judge of Probate Frank T. Salter. Taking part are acting Chief of Police James Powell and City Councilman John E. Smith.
Douglas Edward Griffin, 25, of Rt. 1, Box 106, Evergreen, has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Patrick Frank Dale, 27, also of Evergreen, whose decomposed body was found near Camden last week.
Griffin, who was arrested July 22 in Evergreen, is being held in the Dallas County Jail, but will be tried in Wilcox County.
Dale was shot twice in the upper body with a shotgun on July 16, and his body was found in a wooded area just of Alabama 89 in Wilcox County, according to Wilcox County Sheriff Prince Arnold. His 1977 Chrysler was later found in Tuscaloosa.
48 YEARS AGO
JULY 25, 1968
The schedule for Conecuh County schools for the 1968-69 school year has been approved by the Conecuh County Board of Education, according to Harvey G. Pate, superintendent of education.
The opening of the Fall Term has been set for Fri., Aug. 30, with a half-day session scheduled. Prior to that, teachers will meet in their respective schools on Aug. 28 and 29.
Varner leaving for Vietnam: Spc. 4 Randle Varner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Varner, leaves tomorrow for Fort Lewis, Washington and will go one from there to Vietnam. He has spent a 30-day leave here with his parents after being assigned from Hunter AFB, Georgia to overseas duty.
A 57-year-old pedestrian Mrs. Bessie Lampley of Repton was killed in one of three accidents on Conecuh County roads during the past week. The accident occurred on July 21 at 3 p.m., 0.2 miles south of Repton on Alabama 41. Edward L. Maness of Greenfield, Tenn. was the driver of a 1963 Buick sedan (involved in the accident.) Trooper Cottingham investigated.
Fort Benning, Ga. – Private Sterling W. Lett, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lett Jr., Route 2, Evergreen, has been awarded a plaque for scoring highest in his basic combat training battalion on the physical combat proficiency test.
Pvt. Lett is a 1967 graduate of Marshall High School. He has been assigned to Ft. Sill, Okla. for advanced training.
Pvt. Lett, Co. E, 2nd Brigade, U.S. Training Center, Infantry, earned the award by scoring the maximum 500 points on the test. His perfect score admitted him to the Training Center’s exclusive “500 Club.”
63 YEARS AGO
JULY 23, 1953
Council Votes To Install Traffic Light At Rural-West Front Intersection: At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Evergreen City Council decided to take action in spite of State Highway Department opposition and install a traffic light at the intersection of Rural and West Front Streets at the foot of the overhead bridge. The city had asked for permission from the State Highway Department as this intersection is on Highway 31 but had not been given it.
The action followed another “close miss” at the intersection Tuesday noon when a car speeding through the intersection bashed a local car which was backing out into the street from a parking place on Rural Street.
Prominent Physician Passes At Home July 15: The town and county were saddened last Wednesday, July 15, by the death of Dr. John Waller Hagood, which occurred at his home on Bruner Avenue, at seven o’clock in the morning.
Dr. Hagood was born at Braggs, Ala. in Lowndes County in 1875, son of Thomas Smallwood Hagood and Cynthia Demoval Hagood. He received his medical education at the University of Alabama, when it was located in Mobile, Ala. He practiced medicine in Lowndes County until he came to Evergreen in 1904.
Prior to coming to Evergreen, he took graduate work at the University of Chicago. In 1948, he was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for 50 years in the practice of medicine. He served for five years as Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge.
78 YEARS AGO
JULY 28, 1938
Andrew R. Pierce, 52, well known and respected citizen of Repton, died suddenly about eight o’clock Friday morning from what was generally supposed to have been a heart attack. Mr. Pierce was engaged in running some land lines near the place of Ike Bradley, farmer living four miles from Evergreen on the Montgomery highway when he died. A young man who was helping him was the only one present and according to his statement he fell over and died without saying a word.
Deceased was born near Old Salem in Monroe County. He moved to Lenox in this county when a boy and lived there until he married. Since his marriage, he had lived in Repton. He engaged in farming, timbering and surveying. He did quite a bit of timber cruising and estimating. He was known throughout this county and adjoining counties and had many friends who are saddened at his passing
Conecuh County’s population has been estimated at 26,105 as of July 1 by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the State Department of Health.
Boy Scout Bulletin: Monday night was one of the biggest nights the local troop has enjoyed in a long while. Before the regular business meeting, the boys played games and had a watermelon cutting that everybody enjoyed to the utmost. A short business meeting was attended to in quick order.
The efficiency contest saw an upheaval in the standings as the Golden Eagle patrol passed the Beaver with a cool 136 points. The Silver Fox patrol remained in the third slot while the Pioneers kept the cellar clean.