|Ralph "Shug" Jordan|
16 YEARS AGO
MAY 23, 2002
Basketball Camp: NBA star Wesley Person of the Cleveland Cavaliers will put on a youth basketball camp in Evergreen for all boys and girls interested in playing basketball, age nine to 18. The camp will be held June 3-5 at Hillcrest High School.
Discussion of Carver ends council meeting: The Evergreen City Council meeting ended abruptly Tuesday night, as it has several times in the past year, with council members walking out of the meeting. The meeting ended this time over the closing of Carver Recreation Center.
After conducting a portion of the business on the agenda for the evening, Councilwoman Tanisha Booker requested that Carver Recreation Center be added to the agenda for the meeting. Mayor Lomax Cassady said that he had changed the procedure for the meetings and the council members could not add anything to the agenda without a vote of the council.
Councilwoman Booker said she wanted Carver Recreation Center added to the agenda because she wanted to know why the center was going to be closed for the summer without it being discussed by the council. The Mayor said that they had not passed a budget and there was not funding for the center to be opened for the summer.
At one point, Councilwoman Booker made a motion to add the item to the agenda. Her motion was seconded by Councilwoman Maxine Harris but failed to pass when Councilmen Lynn Blackmon and Homer Chavers along with Mayor Cassady voted against the motion. Councilwoman Joye Fordham abstained from voting because she said she did not want to get in the middle of the argument. She later requested that the Carver Recreation Center be placed on the agenda for the next meeting and the mayor agreed to do so.
During the discussion, Booker told the other council members that they did not care enough about the children to discuss it. Councilman Blackmon said that he and Councilman Chavers had been over to the park three times last summer and there were just over a hundred kids at the center.
“To heck with Carver as far as I’m concerned,” said Blackmon.
“We just paid one million dollars to the hospital, but we can’t spend any money for Carver,” Booker said.
The exchange of words continued as the mayor attempted to move on with the agenda. After approving several items, the mayor made a motion to adjourn and he and several council members left the room.
41 YEARS AGO
MAY 26, 1977
Junior League ball is cancelled this summer: The Evergreen Junior Baseball League will not be in operation this summer, according to President Matthew Davis, because of problems with insurance.
Davis explained that Greif Bros., owners of the Evergreen Heading Co. property where the League’s Ward Alexander Memorial Park is located, required the league to secure a large amount of liability insurance. He said that the league had been unable to secure the insurance.
Davis said that league officials regret very much having to cancel this summer’s activities, but found the insurance matter beyond their control. He said that efforts would be continued to try to arrange for play in future years.
Davis is chosen all-star team: Kelvin Davis of Lyeffion High School has been chosen by the coaches in Region 1 to represent this area in the yearly all-star game. Davis won this honor by his all-around play this season. He will travel to Tuscaloosa on July 23, and will play in the Memorial Coliseum at the University of Alabama.
This past year, Davis won the Most Valuable Player in the County Tournament, when he and his team defeated the Evergreen Aggies, 44-39. He also has made all-tournament teams in three tournaments.
Davis says he is very thankful to his teammates because without them he wouldn’t have gotten this award.
He is the son of Mrs. Verba Davis and the grandson of Miss Rachel Rodgers.
The Lyeffion High School Girls Track Team won the championship of the first county track meet in history.
Nine Sparta athletes earn all-district honors this year: Nine Sparta Academy athletes – five girls and four boys, earned all-district honors in various sports and were honored at the Alabama Private Schools Athletic Association District III All-Sports Honors Banquet held here last Thursday night at the Holiday Inn.
Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Auburn University’s all-time winningest coach, was the featured speaker at the banquet. Coach Jordan, generally considered one of the finest gentlemen ever associated with major athletics, charmed his audience with his wit and humor and also gave them some inspirational and educational thoughts from his lifetime in athletics. Coach Jordan retired at the end of the 1975 season.
Donna Salter of the girls basketball team, Bobby Johnson, Jerry Peacock and Johnny Cook of the football team, Tim Johnson of the basketball team, and Janice Pugh, Donna Miller, Nancy Price and Cheryl Hutcherson of the state championship track team of Sparta were all honored as all district.
Head Coach Danny Covin of Lyeffion High School was named Conecuh County Basketball Coach of the Year by the County Coaches Association. Covin’s team had an outstanding record this year. The Yellow Jackets won 20 and lost only six and won three tournaments, Repton High’s Thanksgiving Tournament, Lyeffion High’s Christmas Tournament and the County Tournament. The Jackets finished second in the Area losing to Frisco City in the finals. They also defeated Evergreen for the first time in 17 years.
Dick Longo, director of the Southern Region of the Physical Fitness Institute of America, presented the program at the meeting of the Evergreen Rotary Club last Thursday. Longo, former head basketball coach at Tulane University, gave an exhibition of the exercises the Institute developed for the physical fitness program for the Apollo astronauts. A similar program is now available to the public that requires only six minutes of exercise a day for the cardiovascular and body contouring purposes. A number of overfed Rotarians signed up for the program after the meeting.
Evergreen Rugby Team wins 10-6: The newly-formed Evergreen Rugby Team got off to a roaring start Sunday afternoon by winning its first game, 10-6, over the University of West Florida in Pensacola.
The local team is composed of Player-Coach Jim Andrews, Bruce Hutcheson, Darwin Cook, Walker Scott, Stan Johnson, Greg Still, Joe Andrews, Homer Holland, James Holland and Greer Horton.
66 YEARS AGO
MAY 22, 1952
Baseball Season Ends For Aggies: The baseball season for Evergreen High School’s team has come to an end with six wins and five losses for this season. Lyeffion and Castleberry were defeated by the Aggies twice and Monroeville and Brantley account for the other two wins. Those who defeated the Aggies were Repton, T.R. Miller and Brantley. Repton and T.R. Miller took two each from us. The wins were divided equally between the pitchers, Lavon “Cotton” Quinley and Cullen Edson. Heavy hitters for the Aggies were Ward Alexander, Cullen Edson, Donahue Edson, Shirley Frazier and Roger Peacock.
91 YEARS AGO
MAY 26, 1927
Coach N.C. Henderson leaves Thursday for his home in Starkville, Miss. We are sorry Mr. Henderson is not coming back here next year. He has accepted a position with Investors Syndicate Co. and will be located in Texas.