Looking back: Grand opening held to show off new power office

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Escambia County sheriff, G.S. “Scotty” Byrne was set to square off against two new opponents. Brewton Police Chief Glen Holt and Nathan H. Jones of Dixonville had thrown their hats into the ring with the hopes of becoming the sheriff in the next election.

A grand opening was held to show off the new Alabama Power office on Church Street.

Piggly Wiggly had a really good sale going on. They had chocolate-covered cherries for 22 cents a box, mayonnaise for 29 cents a pint and six-bottle cartons of Coke or Pepsi were on sale. One could pay $1 and receive three of the cartons. I don’t believe you would find them any cheaper.

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At the same time, A&P were advertising that they were giving away a “beautiful” Philco color television.

Looking at other papers, I found that they gave away more than one of these televisions.

Do you remember the Philco name? I certainly do. It was one of the hottest lines for household appliances and was big up until the 1960s, when it began to fail. It was picked up by Sylvania and their electronic expertise is still found in the Phillips brand name.

The Atmore City School Board and the Escambia County School Board announced that the city schools would become part of the county system.

Houston Wolfe was named to replace Atmore Police Chief Hammac, who had resigned to work as a deputy fire marshal.

The Atmore American Legion presented a check for $1,000 from the local post to furnish a room in the new Greenlawn Hospital.

There was a photograph of a couple of students from Escambia County High School in the newspaper. They were dressed in period clothing in celebration of American Heritage Week. The students were Rhonda Haley and James Hanks.

Bateson Furniture Company had a grand opening at a new location on South Trammell Street.

Lastly, the first fatal traffic accident of the year occurred with the death of two people on Alabama 21 north of Atmore.