Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for May 23, 2017

Congressman Lister Hill
MAY 23, 2002

The Castleberry Town Council was notified by Mayor Pro-Tem Douglas Graham that the council needed to fill the vacancy in the mayor’s office due to the death of Mayor Curtis Wolfe. Graham asked the council at their meeting Tues., May 14, to think about the matter and they would take nominations at their next meeting.

These young men and women will be graduating from Hillcrest High School this Friday night. Graduation exercises will be held at Brooks Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at Hillcrest High School.

Marie Ann Lanier, daughter of Glenn and Sarah Lanier of Castleberry, is the valedictorian of Hillcrest High School’s Class of 2002.

Avington Rebecca Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hart of Evergreen, is the salutatorian of Hillcrest High School’s Class of 2002.

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .01 inches of rain on May 13 and .88 inches on May 17. He reported highs of 89 degrees on May 13 and May 16 and lows of 48 on May 18 and May 19.

Bill Robbins was program chairman for last week’s Kiwanis Club meeting and was the speaker. Bill turned the big “60” this past April and showed the club a video he made celebrating his birthday. To celebrate this event, Bill and his daughter, Ellie, went skydiving. This was Bill’s first jump and he shared with the club what he went through.

MAY 26, 1977

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported .38 of an inch of rain on May 23, .08 on May 21 and .02 on May 20. He reported highs of 94 degrees on May 16 and May 20 and lows of 58 on May 16, May 18 and May 21.

Piggly Wiggly opens new store Monday: The Piggly Wiggly will begin operations in its new building on McGee Street at eight o’clock Monday morning, according to T.L. Sims, manager. He said that the supermarket will operate in its present building on the corner of Cooper and Court Streets until closing time Saturday night.
The new building is located on the lot where the old Aid Conecuh Commodity Building once stood and has a large parking area.

Tal Stuart Jr. was presented the coveted Rotarian of the Year Award by the Evergreen Rotary Club at its meeting last Thursday. Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key, chairman of the selection committee, presented the plaque. The award is presented to a member of the club who rendered outstanding service to the club and community and exemplified the spirit of Rotary in his daily life. Judge Key commented on Stuart’s vast contributions to the Rotary Fish & Wildlife Camp as just one of the award winner’s many contributions to young people.

Pinckney D. Bowles Chapter of the U.D.C. held its last meeting of the year at the beautiful cabin of Mrs. Pansy Ashcraft in Belleville. The 16 members present enjoyed a delicious picnic supper in this historic old cabin.

MAY 22, 1952

Identical twin sisters, Faye and Gaye Nall, are the scholastic leaders of the senior class at Repton High School, it is announced this week by Prof. E.H. Penny, principal.
Faye Nall leads the senior class with a scholastic average of 95 for the high school years. Gaye Nall is a close second with an average of 94.58.

Repton High School will graduate 27 students at exercises Friday night, May 30, in the high school auditorium, according to Principal E.H. Penny. Dr. Walter B. Jones, State Geologist, will make the commencement address and Mr. Penny will award diplomas.

Evergreen High School Will Graduate Sixth Students Friday Night: Commencement activities dominate the scene at Evergreen High School during the coming week as preparations are made to graduate 60 members as the Class of 1952. Plans for commencement activities are announced this week by C.W. Claybrook, principal.
Commencement activities will be climaxed by the Graduation Exercises on Friday night, May 30, in Memorial Gymnasium at eight o’clock. Dr. R.W. Montgomery, head of Vocational Agricultural Education at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, will deliver the address on this occasion.
Diplomas will be presented to the graduates by Prof. J.J. Finklea, former principal who left at mid-term to accept a position as City Recreation Director in Americus, Ga.

MAY 26, 1927

SSAS Commencement Ends Wed. Night: The commencement program of the State Secondary Agricultural School came to a close Wednesday night when diplomas were awarded to the 25 members of the senior class, after a very eloquent and forceful baccalaureate address was delivered by Hon. Lister Hill, Congressman from the Second District.
During the program Wednesday evening, Mr. (W.B.) Sexton introduced to the audience Prof. Paul Fisher of Abbeville, who is to succeed him as principal of the S.S.A.S. Mr. Fisher is at present teacher of Vocational Agriculture at Abbeville. He will move here about July 1.
Diplomas were awarded to the following students: Flossie Allen, Pauline Black, Ernestine Chapman, McLean Dreaden, Jno. Tom Gaillard, Addie B. Garvin, Stanley Fountain, William Hairston, Jno. Hanks, Lindsey Hart, Myra Hart, Jno. C. Holman, Lucinda Horton, Oris Jones, Mrs. Vernice K. Kelley, Joeffy Lundy, Reuben Millsap, Flowers Northcutt, Myrtle Quarles, Julien Relfe, Gladys Reynolds, Winston Stillwell, Entys Thomas, Hazel Williams and Helen Williams.

City School Closes With Program Monday: With the graduating program at the City School auditorium Monday morning at 10 o’clock, the curtain was rung down on the 1926-27 session of the City School. The graduating class numbered 29 this year. These boys and girls will enter next year, the Junior High department of the City School where they will do two years of work, before going to high school.

MAY 28, 1902

The Conecuh Guards recently received a supply of canteens, haversacks, blanket bags, straps, etc. and it is expected they will soon receive a supply of blankets and overcoats.

REPTON SWEPT BY MAD FLAMES: A telegram from R.H. Ellis of Repton to James S. Sims of this place, yesterday morning contained the news of the destruction by fire of the principal business block of that place.
It was not stated and could not be learned how the fire originated or the extent of the damage done. The message stated that every store from J.W. Gaston’s to the store of C.S. Kelly were destroyed. This includes the stores of James M. Sims, T.R. Higdon and Jesse Jay, all general stocks.

Commencement Exercises: The commencement exercises of the Southwest Alabama Agricultural School, beginning next Sunday are as follows:
Sermons Sunday morning and evening will be preached by Dr. L.O. Dawson of Tuscaloosa.
Wednesday morning, graduation exercises will be held and the commencement address to be delivered by Prof. A.A. Persons of the University, graduates will deliver their essays and orations, and diplomas conferred.
Wednesday evening, exercises of the week will close with an entertainment by the elocution and physical culture class.

(The graduates included Julia Stanly Wilson, Robert Bragg Hagood, Alma Belle Shields and James Leonidas Murphy.)

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