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Looking Back: In 1998, a new softball field opened

In 1998, 20 years ago, the Atmore Utility Board planned to spend $900,000 to upgrade water and gas lines in the city.

Mayfest plans were under way at Tom Byrne Park.

A woman returning home at 9:45 a.m. found a burglar in her house. The suspect fled with jewelry, but with a good description by the homeowner, the police soon apprehended him.

I don’t know if she had the door locked, but I know that I lock my door before I go anywhere, even for just a few minutes. As I unlock and go into the house, I lock it behind me.

This is a far cry from the time of my childhood, when doors were left open all the time. In fact, we went to bed every night in the summer leaving only the screen door shut. This way, if there was even a little breeze, we would feel it. I know those days are gone, but wasn’t it nice?

A youth was injured by gunshot as he, his brother and a cousin were handling the gun. I remember years ago, a boy who lived near me and a friend of his were playing with a gun when it went off, hitting one of them. He almost lost his life.

A new softball field opened at Tom Byrne Park.

Leigh Ann Lucas was set to be sentenced for her conviction of one count of capital murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, Brandon Austin Lee Steele.

Contamination testing had begun at Northview High School. This was the result of some believing the soil was polluted.

The Strand Theatre was to get a face lift with a bigger concession area and new reclining seats.