JAN. 26, 2006
Veteran Circuit Judge Sam Welch of Monroeville announced Tues., Jan. 24, 2006, that he will run for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals as a Republican.
Judge Welch has been the circuit judge serving Conecuh and Monroe counties (the 35th Judicial Circuit) since 1989.
A clean-up for the Belleville area destroyed by a tornado two weeks ago has been planned for this Saturday, according to Belleville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sid Lambert.
The firehouse was totally destroyed when an estimated F1 strength tornado tore through the community Jan. 13, leaving a path of debris and structural damage a half-mile wide and a mile long along U.S. 84.
Conecuh County Attorney Richard Nix told the Conecuh County Commission Monday that records from the Merit Board support a change in classification for Payroll Clerk Ann Sullivan. Nix researched the issue, which has been in the headlines of the Mobile Register for two weeks, and found the Jan. 23, 2003 minutes of the Merit Board recommended that her pay be changed to a grade equal currently of $10.66 per hour. She was raised to a scale of $10.71 in October.
Heather Walton, Director of Conecuh County E911/EMA received the Advanced Level Emergency Manager certification at the 2006 Association of Alabama Emergency Managers Mid-Year Conference in Birmingham on Jan. 18.
26 YEARS AGO
JAN. 24, 1991
New officers for the Conecuh County Cattlemen Association were installed at their annual banquet held Jan. 19 at Sparta Academy. New officers are Joe Morrison, President; Thad House, Vice President; and David Jackson, Secretary-Treasurer.
The body of a Paul man who has been missing for almost five months was found Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. by some local hunters.
Larry Thomas, 37, had been missing since Aug. 28, 1990 when he was last seen on the Brooklyn Road. His body was found approximately 372 feet off County Road 42 (Brooklyn Road) next to a pine tree. Foul play has been ruled out by the forensics lab in Mobile.
United States Senator Richard Shelby will be the featured speaker at the Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce’s annual promotion membership banquet on Friday night, Jan. 25, at seven o’clock at the Quality Inn.
Weatherman Harry Ellis reports .46 of an inch of rain on Jan. 15, .32 on Jan. 18 and .35 on Jan. 19.
Southern Pine Electric Cooperative is presently in the process of upgrading the three-phase line on the Owassa-Brownville Road. This construction is part of the cooperative’s two-year work plan and should be completed by late March or early April, depending upon the weather.
41 YEARS AGO
JAN. 22, 1976
Earl Windham reports .46 of an inch of rain on Jan. 13.
The Evergreen City Council had a rather uneventful second meeting of the year Tuesday night, according to City Clerk Miller T. Sellers.
Approval was given to the painting of the fireplugs in the downtown area ‘Red, White and Blue’ in the ‘Spirit of 1776.’
The Council also voted to appropriate $500 to the city’s Bicentennial Committee. The committee has planned a number of activities during the year to mark the nation’s 200th birthday.
Miss Voncile Ingram was named ‘Miss Rubicon’ at the annual pageant Monday night at Evergreen High School and will be featured in the school’s annual this year.
The ‘top ten’ in Evergreen High School’s Miss Rubicon Pageant held at the school Monday night were Sharon Riley, Karen Palmer, Brenda Mitchell, Mollie Bradley, Voncile Ingram, Kathy Killough, Selinda Williams, Amy Gates, Cathy Hancock and Lisa Armstrong.
Melanie Stewart won first place in the eighth grade in the Alabama Private School Association’s District III Spelling Bee held at Escambia Academy on Jan. 13 and will compete in the state finals. Donna Kendrick was runner-up in the sixth-grade.
Pam Brown was crowned Miss Lyeffion High School at the annual pageant held at the school Thursday night. Rosa Boggs was second runner-up and Diane Pate was first runner-up.
88 YEARS AGO
JAN. 24, 1929
Six Confederate Veterans Pass Away During Year: Conecuh County’s rapidly diminishing list of Confederate veterans has been reduced to 21, six having died in 1928 and one to date in 1929, according to the list of pensioners for this county compiled in the office of Probate Judge S.P. Dunn and published elsewhere in this issue of The Courant.
Death removed the following six during the past year: L.W. Carter, Evergreen, Route B, died Feb. 5, 1928; Howell Crenshaw, Evergreen, Route B, died Feb. 10, 1928; T.S. Hagood, Evergreen, died March 27, 1928; R.T.C. Robinson, Range, died July 22, 1928; J.S. Crawford, Evergreen, Route B, died Dec. 19, 1928; J.P. Deason, Owassa, Route 1, died Dec. 6, 1928.
Since the first of the new year and compilation of the list, S.M. Long of Range has passed away. He died Saturday, according to information reaching the probate office.
The total number of pensioners as of Jan. 1, 1929 is 76, compared with 84 on Jan. 1, 1928. The list, which also contains the names of those who died during the last quarter of 1928 because the checks went forward as usual to bear the burial expenses, contains the names of 24 veterans and 52 widows of veterans.
Veterans now receive $150 a quarter. Widows are paid according to age, those under 70 getting $30 a quarter; between 70 and 80, $45 a quarter; and over 80, $75 a quarter.
R. Cary Ellis, who was up to Jan. 1, part owner of Ellis Filling Station, has purchased the grocery store formerly owned by M.C. Brooks, which is located on the west side of the court square.
112 YEARS AGO
JAN. 27, 1904
BOILER EXPLODES: Several Men Sustain Injuries – Castleberry, Ala., Jan. 26 – News has just reached town of the explosion of the boiler of the saw mill three miles northwest of this place, at about nine o’clock this morning. It is reported that Alfred Hines and Ed Howington, who were operating the mill, were injured and one or two others whose names were not learned. Dr. Holland was summoned at once to attend the injured.
Lewis Finch, one of our most prominent and influential citizens, died at his house on Saturday afternoon after several days illness.
Mr. Finch was a native of Virginia, but had been a citizen of Evergreen for many years, during a large portion of which he was a leading merchant.
NOTICE: We the undersigned members of the Conecuh County Medical Society, engaged in active, regular practice of medicine, agree to abide by the following charges: Day visits, town, $2; Night visits, town, $3; Country practice, $2 for first two miles, and 50 cents per mile for each additional mile. Country night practice $1 per mile. – W.F. Betts, P.M. Bruner, R.T. Holland, M. McCreary, A.A. McKittrick, E.L. Stallworth.
Castleberry, Ala., Jan. 25 – Sam Smith, a turpentine hand, shot and instantly killed another man, Charley Jackson, in the turpentine quarters here Saturday night. Smith is still at large.