Looking back: 35 years ago, AFD set parking places in city

Published 10:27 am Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thirty-five years ago the Atmore Fire Department set aside fire parking places. According to Fire Chief Charles Rutherford, those caught parking there could be charged and the laws could keep the sites free for fire trucks. There was also an article in the newspaper that the fire department had hopes of a better rating on insurance, causing a reduction of cost of insurance.

Piggly Wiggly had southern fried chicken, eight pieces for $3.99.

Most everywhere these days it will cost probably twice that much.

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KMart had night gowns for $4 and shade and fruit trees for $2.97.

A new season of racing was open at the race tracks.

Atmore was having a rash of robberies and vandalizing and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) had been called in to handle some problems of stolen silver and jewelry.

Shug Jordan was named to the college football Hall of of Fame.

Gerlach’s in Atmore was looking for the best gumbo in town, so a big cook-off was planned. Three judges ( all chefs) were coming from the Pensacola and Mobile areas. Each cook was to have at least a half gallon of their best gumbo.

If anyone has ever eaten at Gerlach’s, you know just how good his food was.

A site for the new school on the corner of Craig Street and Rocky Creek Road was to be the new home of Rachel Patterson Elementary School.

Commissioners in Escambia County, Fla. were seeking someone or some company to bid on the job of tearing the old gym down at Ernest Ward High School.

There were helpful people ready to help seniors with the preparation of income tax forms by the Counsel for the Elderly (TCE).