Col. Sanders took over at Lowery’s Drive-In in 1967

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Well, here we are in a new year. Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

This also means I have to dig some new bound volumes out of the back room to get my information. I just hope the books will be a little bit lighter because my back is not what it used to be.

The first baby born in the new year of 1967 was Lamenda Lynn Johnson and “When the Boys Meet the Girls” was playing at The Strand.

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Now I don’t remember this movie. That may be due to my memory or maybe it just wasn’t the most exciting movie to come along.

Nineteen year-old Danny McGlothren of Atmore was credited with saving the lives of a Saraland woman and her two children when their vehicle plunged into a deep drainage ditch on U.S. 31 south of Atmore. McGlothren gave some of that credit to a Miss Kearley of Atmore who was traveling with him.

It had been raining hard, causing the road to be slick when the accident occurred. The drainage ditch was full of rain water and the car was sinking. The rescue came just in time to prevent the victims from drowning as the car sank.

Piggly Wiggly was selling a full pound of bacon for 48 cents and one could also buy four cans of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup for 89 cents. We will probably never see prices like this again.

The Bank of Atmore announced a 5 percent interest rate on a one year savings certificate. Passbook savings were four percent.

C. Cecil Martin Development Company were advertising three-bedroom homes for $8,000 to $40,000.

When my husband and I moved here in 1966, a lady offered to sell us her house for $17,000. It was a really nice house and located in one of the best neighborhoods in town, but we no more could spend $17,000 than we could twice that much.

There was an announcement that Billy Ray Knowles, 15, a resident of Century, had been killed when his motorcycle collided with a car. I don’t know about you but motorcycles scare me. The drivers think they can fit just anywhere.

Don Chunn was selected as Escambia County 1966 Outstanding Young Farmer.

Do you remember a place in Atmore with the name of Lowery’s Drive-In? Well in 1967, it was announced in The Atmore Advance that “Heavenly Fried Chicken” was coming to the drive-in. This was apparently a nationally known franchise.

I have to admit that I never heard of it. I guess Col. Sanders came along and took over.

Ernest Ward Quarterback Club announced plans to hold a spaghetti supper. Adult plates were 75 cents each and the price included entertainment. You can’t find deals like that anymore.