27 YEARS AGO
AUG. 3, 1989
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .40 inches of rain on July 24 and .82 inches on July 26. He reported highs of 90 degrees on July 26, July 29 and July 30. He reported a low of 68 on July 24. Total rainfall for July 1989 was 6.73 inches.
The Conecuh County Commission has named Percy C. Nixon its new County Engineer. On hand to welcome Nixon at the Commission office Tuesday were Commissioner Percy Salter, Senator Rick Manley, Commission Chairman Jerold Dean, Nixon and Commission Hugh Barrow. Sen. Manley and Nixon are old friends having gone to school together in rural Sumter County. Nixon comes here from Baldwin County.
A member of the Hillcrest High School band was killed in this vehicle when it left County Road 29 and crashed into a wooded area about 6:30 Friday morning. Members of the Conecuh County Rescue Squad are shown using their “jaws of life” to remove the body. Patricia Ann George, who lived in Beat One, near the Butler County line, was killed instantly in the one-car accident. The wrecked automobile was discovered by Conecuh County Chief Deputy Sheriff Leroy Farrell, who lives in the area as he was driving to work. Miss George was driving the car and was alone. Some authorities believe that she probably fell asleep at the wheel. It is known that she had worked the night shift at a Georgiana 24-hour restaurant. State Trooper Marty Griffin investigated.
42 YEARS AGO
AUG. 1, 1974
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 2.4 inches of rain on July 23, 1.4 inches on July 26, 1.1 inches on July 27 and 0.2 inches on July 28. He reported a high of 95 degrees on July 27 and a low of 71 degrees on July 22. He reported that total rainfall for the first seven months of 1974 was 45.8 inches, compared with 63.5 inches for the same period in 1973.
Artis Wright held on murder charge: A shooting in the Johnstonville community early Sunday morning resulted in the death of a man, serious wounding of a woman and the arrest of her husband.
Artis Wright, 46, is charged with murder and assault to murder and being held in the county jail. Bond has been set at $10,000 and action waived to the grand jury.
According to investigating officers, the shooting took place in Wright’s yard. He told officers that he came home from church around 11 or 11:30 and his wife was not there. He decided to wait up and see “what was going on.”
L.J. Walker, 38, drove up into the yard about 2:30 a.m. and in the car with him were Wright’s wife, Roberta, 41, and Luesandy Samuels, Wright opened fire with a .38 pistol and his first shot hit Walker in the head, killing him instantly.
The two women jumped out of the car and ran and Wright shot twice more hitting his wife in the back and arm. She was carried to McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton where her condition Wednesday was reported as guarded.
The Wrights and Walker all live on Rt. 1, Castleberry. The Samuels woman is from Detroit and was visiting the community.
57 YEARS AGO
AUG. 6, 1959
Riley Brings First Open Cotton Boll: Alvin Riley, a good farmer of Pine Orchard, came into the office of The Courant Saturday morning with the first open cotton boll of the 1959 season.
The acreage where the discovery was made is located at the north end of the county, near the Dr. W.A. Stacey plantation. Riley’s boll of cotton is on display in the front window of The Courant.
Lightning Bolt Sets Fire To Mason Home: At six o’clock Saturday evening a fire, started by lightning going down a wire, caused damage to a house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mason, Highway 31 North, seven miles from Evergreen in the King community.
The house is one of the older houses of Conecuh County, about 100 years old, built by the Aaron family. The house has heart pine floors and when ignited burned quickly.
Circuit Solicitor Robert E.L. Key represented Alabama in an extradition hearing before the governor of Ohio Monday.
Key was appointed by Attorney General McDonald Gallion’s chief assistant, Bernard Sykes, to appear for the state. He was prosecutor in the case of the convicted man, Burns Monroe Bradley.
Gov. Michael DiSalle, Federal OPA administrator in World War II, conducted the hearing in Columbus, Ohio. Alabama seeks to have Bradley returned to the state to serve a prison sentence.
Bradley was convicted in Escambia County in 1956 on a manslaughter-first degree charge. He was driving a car involved in an accident in which a woman was fatally injured.
Bradley took an appeal which was dismissed in 1957. After the dismissal of the appeal, (Bradley) jumped his appeal bond and fled to Ohio where he was recently arrested.
72 YEARS AGO
AUG. 3, 1944
Somewhere in France: Cpl. Leroy Mooney, who was inducted into the Army in November 1940, took part in the invasion on D-Day. He began his training at Ft. Benning, Ga. and received further training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. before sailing from New York, N.Y. for overseas duty. He landed overseas Nov. 8, 1942.
Cpl. Mooney has served with the 41st Armed Infantry in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England and now he is proud to be serving his country somewhere in France.
Lyeffion Community Gets Canning Plant: The Lyeffion community has been selected as one of the 20 communities in the state for locating a community canning plant, according to H.D. Weathers, county superintendent of education. This plant will be of cement block construction, 30x62 feet, cement floor and composition roof. The materials for this building will be furnished by the board of education and the equipment will be furnished by the OYSA war production training program.
Pvt. W.G. Johnson Jr., an A.P.I. student until his enlistment, is with the Marines in Hawaii. He writes he likes that branch of service fine and is suntanned “brown as a pancake.” His sister, 1st Lt. Juanita Johnston is assigned with Recreational Personnel of Troop Carrier Command, Alliance, Nebraska. She was home recently on furlough for first leave in 10 months.
87 YEARS AGO
AUG. 1, 1929
Evergreen Streets Receive Markers: It is possible that there are some citizens of Evergreen who have not known the name of the street they were living on. There is no excuse for such ignorance any longer. Every street in town has a name and somewhere at a corner or intersection is a marker which bears its name. This step by the city officials will no doubt be received with pleasure by the majority of the citizens. Markers are required in order to secure the establishment of city delivery of mails.
K. of P. Convention Held Here Tuesday: The District Convention for the Tenth District Knight of Pythias was held with the Armour Lodge No. 31 Tuesday evening. Grand Keeper of Records Joe King Stanley of Montgomery presided over the meeting.
The convention was well attended by local Pythians and quite a number of visiting members. Among those from out of town were Grand Chancellor T.A. Godwin, Florala; Judge E.S. Thigpen, Andalusia; Past Chancellor Burleson of Mobile; and Grand Prelate Wood, Mobile. There were a number of members of the Castleberry lodge present also.
Considerable interest and enthusiasm was manifested during the meeting. The local lodge has as its Chancellor Commander, W.A. Suddith, and W.B. Northcutt is Secretary.
SOCIETY HILL: There will be an Ice Cream Supper at Society Hill Saturday night, Aug. 3. Everyone is cordially invited. Proceeds for the church.