EIGHT YEARS AGO
MARCH 26, 2009
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) will visit Evergreen Saturday afternoon as part of the state’s “Year of Alabama History” campaign.
Sessions is scheduled to arrive at the Old Train Depot in downtown Evergreen at 2 p.m. and will be on hand until 4 p.m. His visit will coincide with a Conecuh County Historical Tour, organizer Sherry Johnston said.
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .43 inches of rain on March 16. He also reported a high of 78 degrees on March 19 and a low of 43 on March 22.
Election lawsuit returns to court: The next chapter in the ongoing lawsuit over Evergreen’s disputed mayoral election will unfold today (Thursday) at the Conecuh County Government Center in Evergreen.
According to officials with the Conecuh County Circuit Clerk’s Office, an evidentiary hearing in the case is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in Courtroom B.
Judge Edward McDermott, a retired Mobile judge who was appointed to hear the case, filed an order on March 11 that called for subpoenas to be issued to a number of individuals, including members of the Conecuh County Board of Registrars, who were in office at the time of the mayoral run-off election.
Sellers gets Class Act award: Sparta Academy sixth-grade teacher Cecelia Sellers was presented with the WSFA Channel 12 News Class Act Award Wednesday of last week at the Evergreen school.
33 YEARS AGO
MARCH 22, 1984
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported .06 inches of rain on March 12. He reported a high of 85 degrees on March 17 and a low of 33 degrees on March 11.
Pvt. Tracy L. Hawsey, son of Jimmy A. and Glenda Hawsey of 113 Desplous St., Evergreen, has completed an ammunition storage course at the U.S. Army Missile and Munitions Center and School, Redstone Arsenal.
During the course, students learned to ship, store and issue ammunition and military explosives under battlefield conditions.
He is a 1983 graduate of Evergreen High School.
Mrs. Lelia Salter celebrated her 101st birthday on March 20. She is the mother of 13 children, 11 of whom are living. She has 90 grandchildren, 190 great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-grandchildren and 100 great-great-great-grandchildren. She lives with her daughter, Mrs. Jane Grace, 202 Wild Ave., Evergreen, and has one living sister, Mrs. Willie D. Dailey of Greenstreet.
Kenneth Ausby, son of Mrs. Dot Floyd of Evergreen, graduated from the Southwest Alabama Police Academy at Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette on March 2. While in attendance there, he maintained a high record and upon graduating was listed in the top four of his class.
Officer Ausby holds a degree from Alabama A&M in psychology and criminal justice.
60 YEARS AGO
MARCH 28, 1957
Unidentified Gigantic Balloon Found On Needmore Farm Monday: No Clues Are Given On Object’s Identity: A huge plastic balloon at least 150 feet long was found near Needmore Monday afternoon by the wife of a farmer. Upon being notified, the balloon was investigated immediately by the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Office.
The gigantic balloon had fallen in a densely wooded area on the farm of Wilson and Martha Cross and was draped over several scrub pine trees. It looked like a huge tent, at least 40 feet long, and at the widest part about 25 feet. The remainder of the balloon was called up on the ground.
On following up the call by Martha Cross, Deputy Mancil Pearce called for the assistance of Probate Judge Lloyd Hart, game warden W.A. Thames and Leon Salter, who is a Colonel in the National Guard, and several men to help bring the object back to the Court House.
Officials were very puzzled with the only explanation being offered that perhaps it was a weather balloon of some type. Local officials were not the only ones perplexed however as officials of the U.S. Weather Station in Montgomery and Maxwell Air Force Base could offer no explanation either.
Deputy Sheriff Mancil Pearce expressed the desire to unfold the object and see just exactly how big it would be. Speculation by witnesses on the scene was that if unfolded, the plastic would be big enough to cover the Conecuh County Courthouse.
83 YEARS AGO
MARCH 22, 1934
Beat One Man Is Killed By Neighbors: In a difficulty, the details of which are somewhat conflicting, David L. Wallace, age 43, was shot and almost instantly killed late Monday afternoon, the fatal shots alleged to have been fired by his neighbors, Neal Stevenson and sons, Paul and David. The shooting took place on Wallace’s farm in Beat One near Butler County’s line, something like a quarter of a mile from his house where he was repairing a fence. With him at the time of the shooting was his seven-year-old son. According to reports, Stevenson and four of his sons and two negroes were present when the difficulty took place.
Wallace was shot twice with a shotgun, the load being bird shot. One load took effect under the right arm and the other in the upper portion of the chest. The shots were apparently fired from a distance of 15 to 20 steps. He died before any other members of the family reached him.
According to the story told by Wallace’s young son, his father was digging a hole for a fence post when, without warning, a shot was fired upon him. Immediately afterwards another shot came from another direction. He said he saw the persons who fired the shots and that they were Paul and David Stevenson. He states that after his father was shot the last time, he broke and ran down the fence about 15 or 20 steps to where he fell. He says that Neal Stevenson ran after him with a stick and when he came to where he had fallen began beating him. The boys states that in addition to Stevenson and his four sons there were two negroes present and that the negroes ran off through the woods.
108 YEARS AGO
MARCH 24, 1909
Geo. M. Leigh, for many years a resident of Evergreen, died on Wednesday last at his home in Geneva. His remains were taken to Brewton for interment.
Chas. J. Crawford returned home last week from Louisville, Ky. where he has been attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for the past several months.
Mrs. M.B. Salter has been in Repton for several days past at the bedside of her son, Dr. W.M. Salter, who has been and is yet critically ill.
Circuit court will convene on April 5 and be in session two weeks. We extend the usual cordial invitation to our friends and court visitors to make The Courant office headquarters and feel at home, and if any desire to have their subscription moved up a notch or two, we want to put them on notice in advance that we have some nicely printed receipts and plenty of room in our purse for all the dollars coming our way.
J.R. Wiggins of Effie was here yesterday. He says the farmers in his community are planting a large acreage of corn. Two of his neighbors, he says, will plant no cotton at all this season.
Dr. J.R. McCreary, who has been confined to his bed for some weeks, continues quite low.
Rev. H.T. Walden preached at the Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon and on Monday morning at 10 o’clock.