AUG. 6, 2009
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.59 inches of rain on July 28, 0.32 inches on July 29, 1.42 inches on July 30, 0.57 inches on July 31, 0.37 inches on Aug. 1 and 0.90 inches on Aug. 2. He reported a high of 91 degrees on July 27 and lows of 69 degrees on July 27 and July 29. Total rainfall for the month of July 2009 was 7.91 inches.
The Conecuh County Commission announced Friday that the county’s roads ranked among the state’s best and patted the county engineer on the back for a job well done.
During a commission meeting Friday morning in Evergreen, Commission Chairman Jerold Dean reported that the Alabama Department of Transportation gave Conecuh County roads an average grade of 89.38. Of the 67 counties in Alabama, Conecuh ranked No. 15, putting them in the top ten percent when it comes to the quality of public roads.
Lightning struck a house in Evergreen last Thursday, but a quick response from Evergreen firefighters kept the resulting fire from spreading throughout the house.
Last Thursday around 12:58 p.m., 14 Evergreen firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 601 Wild Ave. in Evergreen. Firefighters took two engines and a service truck to the house, where witnesses told them that the house had been struck by lightning, Evergreen Fire Chief Ricky Nobles said.
33 YEARS AGO
AUG. 2, 1984
Padgett, Sims and Claiborne elected Tuesday in Evergreen: Evergreen will have an almost new city governing body come Oct. 1, the “old” being veteran Councilman Aubrey D. Padgett who staged a come-from-behind victory Tuesday.
Padgett, who is also currently mayor pro-tem, defeated Jimmy Johnson 109 to 69 to win his third term on the city council.
John E. Smith, the only other incumbent involved in Tuesday’s voting was defeated by T.L. Sims in District 3.
John “Fat” Claiborne pulled the upset of the day when he defeated front-runner Patrician L. Dailey in District 5 with a vote of 169 to 140.
Pat Poole, 29, defeated incumbent Mayor Lee Smith and W.B. Epperson on July 10 to win the office of Mayor.
The make-up of the city governing body come Oct. 1 will be Poole as mayor, and members of the city council: District 1, Padgett; District 2, Jones B. Sasser; District 3, Sims; District 4, Larry Fluker; and District 5, Claiborne.
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 0.14 inches of rain on July 27. He reported a high of 93 degrees on July 28 and a low of 67 on July 26.
Lawrence Ryals came from behind to win an overwhelming victory in the race for mayor of Castleberry on Tuesday. Ryals had 230 votes to defeat Billy Wayne Godwin who had 100.
Castleberry’s governing body come Oct. 1 will be composed of Ryals as mayor and city council as follows: Place 1, Bill Seales; Place 2, Phelan Findley; Place 3, Mitt Sullivan; Place 4, Larry Bethune; and Place 5, Bill Moncrease.
83 YEARS AGO
AUG. 2, 1934
The Evergreen Public Library has ordered a copy of the much discussed book “Stars Fell On Alabama” written by Dr. Carl Carmer, formerly connected with the University of Alabama. The book will be available within the next few days.
Dr. R.W. Hendrix Opens Office Here: Dr. R.W. Hendrix, a native of Tuscaloosa, opened an office in the Ford building Wednesday and will practice medicine in Evergreen and surrounding territory.
Dr. Hendrix, who is the husband of Mrs. Helen J. Hendrix, teacher of piano in the city school for the last three years, obtained his M.D. degree from the Tulane School of Medicine and served his internship at the Baptist hospital in New Orleans. Previously, he had graduated from Starke’s University school and obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Washington & Lee University. He is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Chi fraternities.
Mrs. Hendrix, who is the daughter of Dr. P.V. Speir of Greenville, expects to resume her classes here when school opens next fall.
Paving Near End: Greenville, Ala. – The eight-mile paving project leading west from Greenville towards Pine Apple will be completed by early Fall, according to information given out in Greenville.
The project is a link of the Brandon Highway, leading towards Mississippi across the Lee Long Bridge near Kathrine.
The eight-mile project on Highway No. 31 at McKenzie is also progressing well and it will be completed before the Winter sets in.
58 YEARS AGO
AUG. 6, 1959
Riley Brings First Open Cotton Boll: The cotton-picking season is here!
Alvin Riley, a good farmer of Pine Orchard came into the office of The Courant Saturday morning with the first open cotton boll of the 1959 season.
The acreage where the discovery was made is located at the north end of the county, near the Dr. W.A. Stacey plantation.
Lightning Bolt Sets Fire To Mason Home: At six o’clock Saturday evening a fire, started by lightning going down a wire, caused damage to a house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mason, Highway 31 North, seven miles from Evergreen in the King community.
The house is one of the older houses of Conecuh County, about 100 years old, built by the Aaron family. The house has heart pine floors and when ignited burned quickly.
Col. Pritchett Is Executive Officer: Lt. Col. Claud S. Pritchett, a former resident of Evergreen and a graduate of Evergreen High School and Auburn, is the executive officer of the 395th Medical Convalescent Center. The unit is in training at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Annville, Pa.
The Reserve Medical Unit is from Washington, D.C. and during this encampment Lt. Col. Pritchett also served as Nutrition Officer of the 805th Hospital Center, parent organization of the 395th and was responsible for all the messes serving six reserve units under the 805th jurisdiction.
133 YEARS AGO
AUG. 7, 1884
THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR
Attention Conecuh Guards: You are hereby commanded to assemble at the armory Mon., Aug. 18, at 7:30 o’clock p.m. for the purpose of electing non-commissioned officers for the ensuing year, and for regular monthly meeting and drill. By command of M.A. GANTT, Captain, Co. K, 1st Regiment, Alabama State Troops; R.L. WATKINS, Acting First Sergeant.
NOTICE: There have been reported to me four white children residing in Conecuh County as being fatherless and their mother’s unable to support them. It is my duty under the law, when such children are reported to me, to have them apprenticed when I can find suitable homes and masters for them. If anyone seeing this notice should like to provide one of these little ones with a home, please apply to me at once. There is one girl about 10 years old, one about six, a boy about three years old and an infant about two months old. – P.C. Walker, Probate Judge.
Hon. H.A. Herbert, our popular congressman, gave his friends a short call last Saturday night. Col. Herbert was returning from Repton, where he had addressed fellow citizens on the political issues of the day.
John Morrill, better known as “Red Horns,” has been elected constable in the city of Montgomery.
Robt. Rabb, formerly of this place, is on a visit to his old home. He is accompanied by Mr. W.H. Adams, Pine Apple.