Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 15, 2017

Benjamin M. Miller
AUG. 17, 2006

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .55 inches of rain on Aug. 8 and .08 inches on Aug. 13. He reported highs of 96 degrees on Aug. 7, Aug. 8, Aug. 9 and Aug. 12 and lows of 70 degrees on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.

Television venture by Sheriff Hawsey draws ethics questions: Conecuh County Sheriff Tracy Hawsey has found himself in the midst of a controversy over a television show he and WAKA CBS 8 reporter Mike Smith have created called “Alabama 9-1-1.” Articles that appeared in the Mobile Press-Register this week allege that Hawsey has a conflict and could be in violation of ethics laws in the state.
Sheriff Hawsey claims that he has already discussed the matter with the Secretary of State’s office and they had no problems.

Bobby Balogun, President of W&B Trading, appeared before the Conecuh County Commission to voice his displeasure with the progress in acquiring the land and other incentives promised him by the county and City of Evergreen to bring his biodiesel plant to Conecuh County. Balogun began by saying his company is happy to be in Conecuh County and feels like the county has welcomed him here.
He told the county there are several issues they are not happy with on the project. He stated that since the contract for the project was signed on June 8 too much time has passed without activity on items like the temporary industrial access road to the site.

AUG. 20, 1981

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 0.56 inches of rain on Aug. 10, 0.04 inches on Aug. 13 and 0.12 on Aug. 16. He reported a high of 96 degrees on Aug. 16 and a low of 68 on Aug. 11.

C. of C. moves into The Depot: The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce has moved its offices into the “agent’s office” of the historical L&N Depot, it is announced today by President Bill McKenzie. The C. of C. has had its offices in the old library building.
Mrs. Jackie Barlow, secretary, will continue to maintain the same hours, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.
The Chamber has also taken over the management of The Depot, according to Mrs. Wiley (Ouida) Salter of the Murder Creek Historical Society, although the Society will continue to own the building.

Civil Court term will begin Monday: The Fall Term of Circuit Court, Conecuh County, will begin Monday morning at nine o’clock at the County Courthouse here. Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key will preside and after Court is opened will empanel the Grand Jury, following which trial of the cases on the Civil Bar Docket will begin.
The Grand Jury will be assisted in its deliberations by District Attorney Ted Pearson of Monroeville and Assistant District Attorney David T. Hyde Jr. of Evergreen.
There are a total of 17 cases on the Civil Docket, according to Circuit Clerk Mrs. Jean Ralls.

AUG. 16, 1956

Conecuh’s First Bales Auctioned Saturday: Conecuh’s first two bales of cotton were auctioned off Saturday afternoon in Evergreen for the fancy price of 43 cents per pound. The two bales were purchased by Kendall and Kendall of Evergreen.
The first two bales were ginned this year on Aug. 4 at Evergreen Gin. Arriving almost simultaneously in the race for first bale honors were Grady Ralls of Evergreen, Route D, and J.T. Ward of Evergreen, Route C.

Conecuh’s New Maid of Cotton and Alternate: Shown above, right, is Miss Willie Anna Hanks, daughter of Mrs. Opal Hanks of Annex, who was chosen Conecuh County Maid of Cotton at the annual Farm Bureau meeting here last week. At left is Miss Nell Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Freeman of Old Town, who was chosen alternate.

Castleberry’s municipal election will be held on Sept. 17, according to an announcement today by Mayor Jack Holland.
Officers to be elected in the general election will be the mayor and the five councilmen.
Qualifying began on Aug. 8, and will be open until Aug. 28. No primary will be held this year.
Incumbents are: mayor, Jack Holland; councilmen, Joe H. Carr, B.H. Mahoney, Henry Kirksey, R.T. Baggett and C.J. Jackson.
So far, only one man has qualified for office. Hassett Green has qualified for mayor. He owns a grocery store in Castleberry, and is a retired electrician. He is a well known and respected citizen of Castleberry.

AUG. 13, 1931

HERE’S A PRIZE STORY, ‘BELIEVE IT OR NOT’: Mr. J.H. Dickerson, well known farmer living about five miles north of Evergreen, informs a representative of The Courant that a phenomenal incident occurred at his home last Wednesday afternoon. While seated on his back porch, watching a heavy downpour of rain, he suddenly was attracted to a small object about the size of a man’s fist which had fallen, apparently out of the clouds with the heavy rains. Closer observation disclosed that it was a terrapin. Mr. Dickerson says that the fall stunned the creature to such extent that it did not seem to have much life and later was able to make his or her departure down through the field nearby.
Mr. Dickerson says that he saw the terrapin when it hit the ground and he is positive that it fell out of the clouds just as did the rain. In his mind there is no doubt about it. It is his opinion that the little animal was picked up somewhere by a storm and brought that far before being dropped.

Gov. B.M. Miller late Thursday, Aug. 6, appointed Leonard W. Price of this city Probate Judge of Conecuh County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge S.P. Dunn.

Cap Edson and son, Hubert, are lodged in the county jail charged with the murder of Jim Merritt, brother-in-law of Edson, the killing having occurred in the vicinity of Grange Bridge on Pigeon Creek shortly after 12 o’clock Tuesday.
According to reports, the difficulty arose over the shooting of some cows, Edson having accused Merritt of doing the shooting. The trouble had been brewing for about a week it seems. Merritt and another brother-in-law, Andrew Terry, were returning from Red Level when the trouble ended in the fatal killing. Merritt were cut twice, once in the breast, the gash severing a rib and entering the heart, the other on the arm. He died almost instantly it is said.

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