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What will our Governor do about affair?

What is our Alabama Governor going to do about his “alleged romantic antics, and how does he keep conversations AWOL when he is confronted by the press?”

Most of all, his press engagements are led by writers who question him on these aspects. Up front, he tells those posing question that he will not discuss the matter.

But, he will have to address these allegations soon, will he not? I do not see how he can get any bills or legislation done with all this over his head.

Just last Thursday, Kyle Whitmore wrote a story online with more embarrassing content. You can find Whitmore’s piece at kwhitmore@aal.com. You may have to wait in line because of many other stories of this nature are filed before this one. At this point, it is difficult to determine if he is being cuddled by the elitist- anti Trump folks or the like-Trump enthusiasts.

What a mess, what a mess.

Over the last few years, we have been looking back in remembrance of friends and acquaintances we have known since the 1940s.

Today we remember the following: James Warren, Luther Fountain, Ralph Gibbs, Cliff Bethea, Clarence Bryars, Cecil White, Jark Ammons, Roy White, Houston Wolfe, Jim White, Silas Ganey, Carl Barnette, Earl Dewitt, Ray Lavalle, Claude Bouler, Julia Bryars Gibbs, Jeff Cochran, Keel Brown, Hubert Brown (Bratt area), Chester Barton, Joe Maxwell, Will Vaughan, Joe Maholavich, Earl Barbarow, Dr. Cecil Thornblom, Abner Jernigan,Tom Miniard,Bob Tucker, Loraine Byrd, Claude Steele, Mrs. Sterlin Fancher, Arthur Weekley, Hiram Cabiness, Babs Bryars, Morgan Little, Dolphus Jones, Taylor Faircloth, Ollie Baker and Bill Showwalter.

Now let’s take a look at some news from the year 1954.

A few years ago, we wrote about a group of Atmore and area young women who organized a “traveling” basketball team in 1954. They called themselves “The Red Devils.” Playing in a semi-pro league, they played teams from Cantonment, Pensacola, Baldwin County and Mobile. Fans always came out to watch them play because they were all very good ball players.

The Mobile and Pensacola newspapers often wrote of their accomplishments. Mobile Press Register Sports Director Dennis Smitherman once wrote an interesting story on these ladies.

The taller, rebounding players were Lorain English and Voncille Madison. Playmakers included Pauline McCall, Helen Hoehn, Marie Faircloth, Mary Lou Nall, Shirley Amerson, Thelma Pitts, Glennie Wiggins, Polly Cooper, Rita O’Ferrel and Betty Jo Smith. Delbert Copeland was the team manager and E.C. Copeland was the chief referee.

They played in an era prior to TV growth and fans found these games offering good entertainment back then.

Ladies discovered a sale on hair dos in early 1954. Elsie Rhodes and Alley Taylor, who operated Atmore Beauty Salon, ran a special on permanents for $7.50 each.

The Strand Theatre, which was the longest running advertiser in the Advance, came up with a free grocery giveaway for everyone who came to the “picture show” on Friday nights. Many times there were not enough available seats to accommodate all those moviegoers.

Twentieth Century Business College announced plans to begin a school here in town. It would afford many to earn high school certificates and learn an assortment of business trades such as speedwriting and shorthand. Representatives were stationed at the Burton Hotel and the chamber of commerce office. That hotel was located near where United Bank is now located. It was either a two or three story sprawling frame structure that towered skyward.

Area farmers got a big scare when a virus swept over sweep potato growing lands. Actually, quarantine was placed on the yams. Fortunately, our farmers escaped it as it extended from south Baldwin County to near Perdido.

Also, back then Adams Coffee Company ran neck in neck in sales of their popular coffees. A&P Grocery store was the hub for the Eight O’Clock brand and Adams countered with its Dixie Blend. Most coffee shops and cafes served both brands in an effort to keep all customers happy.

Just four years later, in 1958, Atmore’s Paul Smith paid a visit to his hometown to visit relatives. That was the year his TV series, “Cannonball” debuted on a national television network. Smith, who was known in Hollywood films as Paul Birch, played the role as a cross-country trucker helping folks in distress along the way.

I would like to apologize for my error in last week’s runoff tribal election story. I wrote Charlotte Meckel was elected treasurer of the tribe. It should have been elected secretary. I appreciate this lady’s husband pointing out my mistake. Since this lady and her husband are new to the tribal office they probably were not aware of my countless previous columns where I promoted the tribe and many of their members.

More next week.