Looking back: There were no fireworks in 1992 in Atmore

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, 1992, seems like it just happened. Time really flies.

Officers of the Atmore Police Department, Gary Hazley and Doyle Lee, completed training in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.).

They became two of only 174 in the state and two of 13,000 in the country to be so designated.

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Atmore Assembly of God Church hosted a special patriotic salute to honor local vets and pows.

William Ar Kail Giles, a veteran of Vietnam announced his plans to walk from Madison, Wis. to Biloxi, Miss. to Washington D.C., to the Vietnam memorial. His purpose was to raise public awareness to the plight of Vietnam veterans.

Due to the lack of funding, there was no planned fireworks for the Fourth of July in Atmore. The cost of the fireworks used in the 1991 display was $30,000. It was said that if a new sponsor could be found, the event could be rescheduled next year.

I don’t think people realize just how much it costs to throw a big fireworks show. Those that go out and buy their own fireworks know just how much they cost.

Even though it is illegal to have them inside the city limits, I know that someone on my street had a lot of fun with them last night.

Graduation was held at Jefferson Davis Community College with 72 people getting their diplomas.

Two people were injured and carried to Atmore Community Hospital after an accident on I-65 and Jack Springs Road.

The Atmore Advance took notice that American flags were flying all around town, thanks to the custom of having the Atmore Lions Club put out flags on several holidays during the year.

People at the Atmore Nursing Care Center lost the VCR they used to watch movies when someone just walked off with it. Realizing just how much the residents enjoyed using the VCR to watch the movies they enjoyed, K-Mart came to the rescue. They presented the nursing home with a brand new VCR, adopted those who live at the ANCC and are planning other activities for them.

Technology has now moved on and today that VCR would be obsolete. I wonder what they do for old movies now.

It was found that blueberry fields were infested with a particular blueberry worm. Shipping was halted for the rest of the year.

FoodFair was selling chicken leg quarters for 29 cents a pound; three liters of CocaCola for $1.39; a two liter Pepsi for 89 cents and cubed steak for $1.98 a pound.