Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Dec. 20, 2016

ONE YEAR AGO
DEC. 24, 2015

Evergreen weather observer Betty Ellis reported .23 inches of rain on Dec. 14, 1.30 inches on Dec. 16 and .11 inches on Dec. 17. She reported highs of 72 degrees on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 and lows of 28 on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.

The Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce presented Burger King with the Business of the Month Award for the month of December Monday morning at the restaurant in Evergreen. Pictured at the award presentation are Burger King employees Dontek Perry, Kenjarvis Parrish, Cammie McKenzie, Lisa Parrish, manager Lee Stallworth and Chamber president Jeremy Wolff, Chamber board member Jeremy Anderson and Chamber staff members Mercedes Harper and Ava Samuel.

Castleberry Police Sgt. Michael Bishop recently completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Public Agency Training Council’s Hostage-Crisis Negotiator Course at the Gwinnett County Police Department in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Truck hits I-65 bridge Tuesday: An 18-wheeler accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate Highway 65 led to the partial closure of the busy highway after the truck involved in the crash lost the load of poles it was carrying.
According to Evergreen Fire Chief Ricky Nobles, 14 Evergreen firefighters responded to the one-vehicle accident Tuesday at 4:01 p.m. near the 94-mile marker on I-65.

16 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 2000

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .33 inches of rain on Dec. 18 and .45 inches on Dec. 21. He reported a high of 58 degrees on Dec. 24 and lows of 15 degrees on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20.

E’green Chamber Banquet to be held Jan. 25: The 2001 annual Evergreen-Conecuh Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Thurs., Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Hillcrest High School cafetorium.
The guest speaker for this year’s event is Dr. David Himelrick, an engaging entertainer, who presents a dynamic and captivating show with tasteful humor and charm. Dr. Himelrick is a scientist, an author, a speaker, consultant and international traveler, who has lectured from China to Brazil.

Over 20 Conecuh County kids received gifts from the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Conecuh County FOP Lodge No. 16. All funds were raised within the county by the FOP Lodge. Detective Sean Klaetsch reminds citizens that, if they receive any calls from other FOP Lodges, donations made to those lodges do not benefit local children. The FOP Lodge also delivered 50 meals to elderly residents on Dec. 23. The meals were donated by Famous Floyd’s Restaurant.

The Conecuh Women’s League recently presented a check and gifts to clients of the Conecuh Activity Center. Accepting the donation on behalf of the activity center was Activity Center Director Leonard Millender. Shown with Millender are Angie Hendrix and Jennifer Cook, Women’s League members.

31 YEARS AGO
DEC. 26, 1985

Kelley Searcy of Sparta Academy has been selected State Finalist to represent this area in the State Homecoming Queen Pageant, sponsored by America’s Homecoming Queen of Memphis, Tenn.

Leon Webb Randolph, 71, retired educator of Evergreen, died Mon., Dec. 16. He was a member of a well-known Evergreen family, born here on Oct. 6, 1914 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Randolph Sr. He received his education in the public schools of Conecuh County and his B.S. degree from Alabama State University, Montgomery.
He taught in the schools of this county for 45 years and retired from his teaching position at Southside Elementary School.

Weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain between Dec. 15 and Dec. 21. He reported highs of 55 degrees on Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 and a low of 18 degrees on Dec. 15.

Sgt. Randy R. Hildreth, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hildreth of Rt. C, Evergreen, has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was presented his medal by Capt. John F. Bartsch, 4450th Tactical Group Headquarter Squadron Commander, on Oct. 25.
Sgt. Hildreth distinguished himself by meritorious service as Assistant Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Logistics Administration Section, Logistics Division, 3800th Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., from May 21, 1981 to May 30, 1985.

46 YEARS AGO
DEC. 24, 1970

Miss Elizabeth Riley was honored with an autograph party held at The Nannette Shop on Friday night, Dec. 18, from 5 to 8 to celebrate her book, recently published. This book, “The Old Evergreen Historical Cemetery,” is composed of interesting and authentic facts about the people who rest in this old cemetery. Miss Riley’s style of writing revives fond memories of those who are resting in this hallowed ground.

Labe Turk Johnston, age 76, of Rt. D, Evergreen, died Fri., Dec. 18, 1970 at his home.
Mr. Johnston was a semi-retired farmer and lifelong resident of Conecuh County. He was a member of the Brooklyn Baptist Church, a World War I veteran, member of the American Legion, chairman of the County Board of Equalization and a member of the Democratic Executive Committee.

David T. Hyde Jr. will serve his second term as campaign chairman of the March of Dimes. Hyde states that Conecuh County residents have been sent mailers requesting contributions and asks for a generous response. Plans for the Mother March in January will be announced later.

Postmaster Bill Salter announces that there will be no window service and no rural or city mail delivery on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.

61 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1950

Prominent Attorney Dies Here Early Sunday Morning: Following a lingering illness of many months, Ernest Edward Newton, age 83, well known and prominent local attorney, died at his home on Main Street at an early hour Sun., Dec. 24.
Mr. Newton was a native of this county, the son of the late Charles Adelbert Newton and Lucy (Ballard) Newton. He was born at Belleville and received his early education in the schools of this county, later receiving the LLB degree from the University of Alabama. Upon being admitted to the bar, he came to Evergreen to practice his profession. He continued his practice until failing health forced him to retire early this year.

The Evergreen Police Department has recently acquired a new chief and a new patrol car. R.A. Emmons of Brewton is the new chief of police here. The new patrol car is a black Plymouth especially designed and equipped for this type use.
Policeman W.H. Williamson has resigned from the city force effective Dec. 15. Policeman Sidney K. Smith of Bay Minette has been hired in his place. Policeman H.L. Riley will continue on the force, giving the city a three-man force.


Desplous Street has recently been widened by some 10 feet. Desplous is the street on which the Methodist Church is located. The curb of this street was moved 10 feet in order that the heavy flow of traffic may be handled. Before this widening if a car was parked on either side it meant one-way traffic. The additional 10 feet is to be black-topped at an early date.

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