Looking back: I remember the old grocery store here

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fifteen years ago in 2005, there seemed to be both good news and bad news. Foodfair, the grocery store, got a facelift and a new name as it was changed to Southern Family Market.

This caught my eye in the Atmore Advance, mainly because my husband managed the store for a few years. Foodfair belonged to the Bruno’s chain of grocery stores but since 2005, there have been even more changes.

School lunchroom workers were honored around town as National Lunchroom Week was celebrated.

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I don’t know how the lunches are at school these days, but we had really good ones at the school I attended back in the day. I especially remember the spaghetti they served.

Every time I think about lunchroom “ladies” (as we called them,) I remember one in particular. Miss Lottie Riley worked in the lunchroom and rode the bus that was driven by her husband, Lige Riley. Now Mr. Lige was clearly not the best driver in the world. We children used to say that he was blind in one eye and couldn’t see out of the other.

Back in the 1950s, school buses were used anytime a community event came up. That is something that doesn’t happen today. One time I remember a large revival was held at the baseball stadium and the buses ran for all of those who wanted to attend. Mr. Lige scared me to death that night. To begin with, he ran over someone’s mailbox while he was turning around. Then when we got to town, we had to park on the yard of the school building and we had to walk to the stadium.

Poor Mr. Lige backed into one tree and side swiped another. We kids were laughing so hard, we were almost in the floor. Miss Lottie jumped to her feet and screamed. “Lige, what are you doing?” It was hilarious.

Fifteen years ago a man in Atmore was recovering from acid burns after someone threw acid in his face.

An Atmore woman was arrested and charged with arson and a man was found dead in a local motel. Drugs were found in the room. A drug bust netted the task force 306 pounds of marijuana valued at $489,000 in Brewton during a routine traffic stop. The vehicle had been spotted inseveral different places and police were suspicious.

In good news, Edna McCorvey celebrated her 99th birthday and the 14th Annual Williams Station Day was considered a huge success with a record number of visitors in town.

This is an annual event that should not be missed. There are always plenty of food, crafts, and entertainment to be had by all.

The Escambia Academy Cougars beat the Abbeville Generals 41-0; and the Blue Devils beat Choctaw County 34-22, while the Northview Chiefs beat John Paul Catholic 48-6.

This was a good week all around in the world of football for our area.