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The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 28, 2017

MARCH 4, 1999

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .03 inches of rain on Feb. 23 and .55 inches on Feb. 27. He reported a high of 78 degrees on Feb. 26 and a low of 28 degrees on Feb. 22. Total rainfall for the month of February was 1.51 inches.

The 54th Annual Conecuh County 4-H/Future Farmers of America Steer and Heifer Show will be held this Sat., March 6, 1999 at the Evergreen Stockyard Livestock Arena.
Exhibitors this year in the Steer category are: Brandon Coleman, Christopher Garner and Ashton Garner, all of Castleberry; Clint Casey of Bermuda; Noel Goneke and Chip Stacey of Lyeffion, Michael Landon and Chris Landon of Evergreen; and Carolyn Pritchett of Brooklyn.
In the Heifer show, exhibitors will be Noel Goneke and Chip Stacey, Georgeanne Pritchett and Christopher Garner.
The event begins promptly at 9 a.m. with the official weigh-in. The Heifer Show follows at 1 p.m., which is immediately followed by the Steer Show.
At 6:30 p.m., following the steer show, the sale will be held.
The annual event is sponsored by the Conecuh County Steer Show Committee and the State Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the State Department of Education Agri-Science and Technology Education.

In honor of Evergreen being named a Tree City USA Forester Victor Howell planted a tree with the aid of some special guests at Evergreen City School. Pictured Anita Watson, principal at ECS; Peggy Howell, City of Evergreen; Chief Lynn Taylor, James North, Forestry Commission; Mayor Lomax Cassady and Smokey Bear.

MARCH 7, 1974

Young black man reported missing: Allen Sanders Jr., 25-year-old black male, has disappeared according to members of his family. He was last seen Feb. 24. At that time, he was wearing a western jacket and western jeans.
Sanders is five feet, five inches tall and weighs 115 to 120 pounds. He has a light black complexion, black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone having any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Sheriff James M. (Shorty) Brock’s office.

Booker graduates police training, receives honors: BAY MINETTE, ALA. - Edwin L. Booker of the Evergreen Police Department recently received his diploma after completing a six-week course in Basic Police Training at James H. Faulkner State Jr. College here.
Booker was elected president of the class of 37 and was presented a certificate of achievement for outstanding service and accomplishments as a student in the Law Enforcement Training Program. Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key of Evergreen, the commencement speaker, made the presentation to Booker.
Booker was also commended by his instructors for maintaining an average of 96 out of a possible 100 in the course.
Evergreen Mayor and Mrs. Henry Sessions, Chief of Police James Ellis and two sons, Policeman Ernest Sexton and Booker’s wife, Ruby, and their two daughters attended the graduation program.

The Spring Term of Circuit Court will begin here Monday morning in the Conecuh County Courthouse with Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding.

MARCH 3, 1949

CARL L. NALL: Funeral services for S 1/c Carl L. Nall, who was killed in action in the Pacific theatre in the recent World War, will be held from Ramer Church Saturday at 11 a.m. with full military honors. Officiating will be Rev. J.L. Higdon and Elder A.J. Parrish with Cope Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Conecuh County grand jury in session last week examined 48 witnesses and returned only six true bills which was probably the smallest number of indictments ever returned by a grand jury in this county.
Among the indictments returned were two for second degree murder against Mrs. Mary Sue Waller and her son, John D. Chunn, who are charged with killing Willie Blake on Christmas Day. Blake was Mrs. Waller’s son-in-law. This case has been set for trial next Wed., March 9.
Other cases of general interest to be tried at the criminal session next week are:
The State of Alabama vs. Ebb Hoomes, who is charged with murder, moved here on a change of venue from Escambia County. The case was reversed by the Supreme Court and is set for retrial next Thurs., March 10.
The State of Alabama vs. Clyde Johnson, charged with murder in the second degree, is set for Mon., March 7.
The State of Alabama vs. Burley Jackson, charged with manslaughter in the first degree, is set for Tues., March 8.

MARCH 5, 1924

Birmingham Flyers Land Here Saturday: Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock, the Birmingham escadrille, 106th Observation Squadron, Alabama National Guard, from Roberts Field, Birmingham, landed on the field of Troop 55, Machine Gun Squadron, here. The flyers were guests of the local guard officers. The four planes were in command of Capt. Sumter Smith and with him were lieutenants Price, Jonds, Babson and Kirkham and sergeants Parsons, Gobbert and Elder. The aviators were shown around the city and were luncheon guests at the Evergreen hotel. Their departure was made at 1:30 p.m. Capt. Smith and his officers were on their way to Mobile for the aerial meet at Mardi Gras.

Leon Layfield pleaded guilty to the murder of Melvin Brantley in the circuit court at Mobile last week and was sentenced to imprisonment for life in the state penitentiary. The youthful murderer refused to reveal the reasons that prompted him to take the life of his companion. Young Brantley’s body was found about a week after the crime in a swamp near Tensaw river with eight bullet wounds from a 22-calibre rifle in his head. The murder was committed in November last. Young Brantley was born and reared in Beat One of this county.

Charles B. Savage, long a prominent citizen of Evergreen, died on Monday at his home in Brundidge. The news of his death came in a telegram to Judge Dunn from Mrs. Savage. The funeral occurred on Tuesday morning at Brundidge.

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