Looking back: In ‘82, Atmore was getting ready for the rodeo

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer was well underway in 1982, 45 years ago.

The Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention was held in Atmore and drew a large crowd of performers as well as those who came to listen to the music.

There were lots of photographs of the different artists in The Atmore Advance.

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Atmore was showing signs of an interest in PRIDE, an effort to promote comprehensive community planning. At a meeting, it was discussed as to what measures Atmore could take to be a part of the program.

Mayor Patricia McKenzie would not let broken bones keep her from attending the dedication of Atmore Rotary Village.

Two people were sought in a robbery of Drew’s Stop and Shop on Presley Street. One of them held a gun on the storeowner’s wife while the other grabbed the money in the cash box.

Skippy White announced his plans to run for the office that was vacated by Rep. Brooks Hines from District 91.

It is best not to mess with the United States Post Office. A large reward was being offered after Atmore Post Office was broken into.

Federal charges could be brought and postal investigators were called.

Atmore was getting ready for the annual Atmore Saddle Club rodeo. It usually drew crowds of spectators.

Piggly Wiggly had fried chicken with eight pieces for $4.99; mayonnaise for 97 cents for a 32 ounce jar; stew meat was $1.99 a pound with a sale of three pounds or more.

One businessman made charges to the city council that the police department was not doing its job.

K-Mart had a box fan on sale for $18.88. That wasn’t too bad, but I bought one recently and still got it for $18.88, so I guess, along with televisions, the price hasn’t changed that much.