Atmore airport erected beacon on strip

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Well, the day that most folks have been looking forward to is finally here. Yep, inauguration day is this Friday and Donald Trump will be sworn in as our next president.

But as this day approaches, there are rumblings of discourse and disruptions on the agenda. Right now, liberal Democrats and far left groups are making plans to do whatever they can to disrupt the proceedings.

There could actually be deep trouble on the Washington, D.C. streets because these leftist groups are bent on denying Trump the presidency. I say trouble, because a far right entourage of bikers plan to be on hand to block them. There have been reports that these bikers are preparing themselves from gunfire and other drastic retaliation. Certainly, we hope this is not the case. But if you have been watching CNN and NBC, you will detect a slant in favor of the left-wing organizations, which actually egg them on and encourage discourse.

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The leftist groups have found it most difficult to accept the fact that “America has spoken.”

And, they find it most difficult to accept the Hilary Clinton loss.

I mentioned CNN and NBC as being liberal but FOX News has some liberal personalities, too. Shepard Smith, the transplant from Mississippi, is the big lib ringleader on Fox. Now, they have added Martha MacCaullum to that leftist broadcasting group. She has been brought in to fill one of the broadcast slots that became available when true liberal Megyn Kelly took a job with NBC.

Take it from me, Fox is really hurting right now as they attempt to retain its conservative image. There is always the possibility of a new true conservative network springing up with the fear of some of its key reporters like Sean Hannity joining them.

Aside from politics, there came saddening news this week of the discontinuance of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” better known as The Ringling Brothers Circus. I suppose we should have seen the foreshadowing of this a year ago, when liberal rights groups forced the circus to take the elephants out of performances.

I remember having watched this circus loaded on a train traveling through Atmore and Perdido back in the 1950s. I remember noticing how the trained slowed when it approached the sharp curve there in Perdido. As you know, the circus used the train to travel to show sites in various cities.

Owners of this longtime entertaining organization, say the real reason for closing down was economics and the computerized age we live in.

Now, here is some news from 1970.

Dr. Harold Wilson took a leading role studying and lecturing on causes of dyslexia, a learning disorder that manifests itself with difficulties in reading, spelling and in some cases, mathematics. He worked with county school groups identifying students with these disorders and helping them overcome the problem.

The Atmore Airport erected a “beacon light” near the end of the landing strip. Airport authorities felt the light was necessary due to an increase in nighttime flying.

The airport also received a grant to expand the runway from 3,850 feet to 5,000 feet.

Poarch Creek Chief Calvin McGhee passed away that year. He and attorney Hugh Rozelle and others were credited with the tribe gaining federal recognition.

Charlotte Hopkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hopkins, was crowned 1970 “Miss Atmore League Queen.”

James Norris, appliance salesman for Alabama Power Co., took top honors in sales and was presented a plaque at the district sales meeting in Birmingham. He also earned several trips abroad for his sales efforts.

James Gulley was recognized for outstanding scholastic achievements during commencement exercises at Faulkner State Junior College.

Four local students, Clint Smith, David Chapman, Mark McKissack and Jim Johnson, were selected to attend Boys State at the state convention in Birmingham.

Winston Moseley, a Thomaston native, was named headmaster at Escambia Academy. He was a former principal at Lyeffion High School and had taught at Livingston University, and at Baldwin County high schools.

Coaches and managers of our Babe Ruth League teams that year were Johnny Coker and Billy McDonald-Martin Automotive; Frank Patrick and Bill McCrory-Greenlawn Pharmacy; Willie Bruce McKenzie-Civitan Club; and Weldon Vickery, Johnny Woods and Weber Walters-WATM.

A bit of interesting news occurred in the late 1940s and early 1950s. George Lambert, a prominent Bay Minette pharmacist and drug store owner, and Thomas Coleman, a Perdido turpentine dealer, received a patent for a new cure all tonic. For the life of me, I cannot recall the name of it, but I remember it was marketed in the same manner as Hadacol. Turpentine and alcohol were two of the main ingredients and folks who bought it claimed their ailments were diminished. It was available on store shelves and through mail order. But the main outlet was in Lambert’s popular drug store. I do not remember how long the flair for this “tonic” lasted, but it had a real good three-to-four-year run back then.

Next week, we will have more from years gone by.

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