DEC. 25, 1997
School Board has free coal to give away: Modernization can take its toll on everything, and it can also leave you with a surplus of items left that are no longer needed. Also, at this time of year, coal can be a blessing.
Case in point is something the Conecuh County Board of Education is giving away: Coal. With the schools no longer using coal burning heaters, a supply is left and Superintendent Ronnie Brogden wants it gone.
He said this is surplus coal left from the system’s coal burning days. He also said it is free to anyone who will remove it.
Richard Cobb, seven, won the World’s Largest Christmas Stocking recently in a drawing held at the Shell Food Mart. Presenting the stocking was Ozetha Grace, manager of the store. Cobb is a student at Lyeffion Junior High School.
Winners of Christmas in the Park decorating contest were first place, Evergreen Technologies, Inc. Second place was Aubrey Padgett’s Garage and third place went to Pugh & Son. The festivities began Thursday evening and continued until Saturday. The festivities are hosted annually by the Conecuh Children’s Foundation, and proceeds benefit area schools. This year, the recipient of funds is Evergreen Junior High School.
(During a Conecuh County Commission meeting on Dec. 22), County Attorney Fred Stevens told the commission he was giving them an early Christmas present by foregoing his regular comments.
34 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1982
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported .05 inches of rain on Dec. 24 and 1.04 inches between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 28. He reported highs of 72 degrees on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 and a low of 28 on Dec. 20.
Winston Pierce was recently presented a plaque by City Councilman Lomax Cassady in recognition of Pierce’s 35 years of dedicated service with the City. Looking on are Street and Sanitation Superintendent Matthew Davis and Mayor Lee F. Smith. Winston, a member of the Class of 1943 at Evergreen High School, served with the U.S. Army Infantry in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II and was decorated for his courageous service. He is married to the former Gertrude Perdue of Evergreen, and they live on Pierce Street. Winston started working with the City of Evergreen in November 1947.
Mrs. Ellen Winifred Weaver Key, 96, of Evergreen died Fri., Dec. 24, in a Monroeville nursing home after a long illness. She was a member of a prominent pioneer county family and was much loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a longtime resident of Evergreen and her late husband was an educator who served this county as superintendent of education.
Survivors include one son, Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key, Evergreen; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Scott Key Bateman, Lexington, Tenn.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
49 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1967
Miss Elizabeth Ann Key is Conecuh County’s 1968 Junior Miss and Miss Patricia Montgomery is the first alternate. They were selected at the Evergreen Jaycees’ Junior Miss Pageant last Thursday night. Miss Key is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Robert E.L. Key. Miss Montgomery is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Don Montgomery. Miss Key will compete in Birmingham to become Alabama’s 1968 Junior Miss.
Coburn earns Combat Badge: Dau Tieng, Vietnam – The Combat Infantryman Badge, mark of distinction for the fighting soldier, was awarded to Staff Sgt. James E. Coburn, 26, near Dau Tieng, Vietnam, Dec. 9.
Sgt. Coburn, son of Mrs. Lillie M. Coburn, 251 Pecan St., Evergreen, is assigned to Co. B, 2nd Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division’s 12th Infantry as a squad leader.
Brewton man dies in accident on ‘Coal Kiln’ curve: A Brewton man was killed and a local woman was injured in an accident Friday night on “Coal Kiln” curve some 5.5 miles south of Evergreen on U.S. Highway 31.
George Thomas Barrentine, 23, died in the one-car crash when he lost control of the car he was driving. Miss Dorothy Mason suffered lacerations and bruises and was admitted to the Conecuh County Hospital.
According to State Trooper Charles Cottingham, who investigated, the accident happened at approximately 8 p.m. Friday night.
64 YEARS AGO
DEC. 25, 1952
City To Advertise On New Water Tank: The City of Evergreen will do a little advertising of itself on the new elevated water tank. The council last week proposed to install floodlights on top of the tank and paint the city’s name on it. Then, day or night, tourists and others passing through Evergreen will know that they are in Evergreen, Alabama.
The new tank with 250,000 gallons capacity went into operation this month when the installation of the first of two new pumps was completed.
City’s Future Growth Comes Under Zoning Ordinance Next Week: The future growth of the City of Evergreen will be regulated under the provisions of a proposed zoning ordinance which will become law next week. Final hearing on the zoning plan was held by the council last week and there was no one present to lodge formal complaints against its provisions.
Passing of this ordinance follows a year’s work by the City Planning Commission which was organized about a year ago with Byron Warren as chairman.
Lt. Nielsen Stationed At Camp Rucker Now: CAMP RUCKER, Ala. – Lt. John M. Nielsen, son of Mrs. Mary R. Nielsen of Evergreen, assigned to the 47th “Viking” Infantry Division in training here.
His new unit, the 47th, was called into active service in January 1951. A Minnesota-North Dakota National Guard Division, the 47th is now composed of men from all 48 states and three territories.
79 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1937
Holidays Pass Here In Quiet Manner: The holiday season passed in Evergreen in a quiet manner. Officers of the law report that the large crowds which thronged the streets on several days before Christmas was perhaps the best behaved in the history of the city. They report a minimum number of arrests and these were for minor infractions of the law. No doubt the vigilance of these officers in discharging their duties was largely responsible for the good behavior.
L.B. Craig returned to CCC camp at Chatom Sunday after spending the holidays here with Mrs. Craig.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hagood were weekend guests of Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Hagood leaving Sunday for Atlanta, where Mr. Hagood has been transferred as manager of the Singer Sewing Machine office.
Local Merchants Enjoy Good Christmas Business: The majority of the businessmen who were seen by The Courant representative this week stated their holiday business was good. Some were a little pessimistic over the outcome but on the whole merchants were found with their chins up and in a good frame of mind.
Holiday business was a bit slow in getting started but last week saw it gain in momentum to climax and overflow crowd in virtually all stores and shops on Christmas Eve day.
Nearly all stores are engaged this week in taking an inventory of their stocks in preparation for closing their books for the year.