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Looking Back: The Strand was playing ‘Return of the Jedi’

In 1983, the movie, “Staying Alive” starring John Travalta was on the schedule for playing at The Strand. I am sure that most of you remember that one, even if you are a youngster.

Thirty-five years ago we were in the middle of summertime. It was hard to stay outside and have fun because of all the bugs and other critters.

State inmates from the Atmore Release Center were busy working on approximately 190 acres of undergrowth in the industrial park. They still have about 150 more acres. The City of Atmore expressed its appreciation for all the work they were doing.

The Atmore Advance, after 52 years, was planning to go from a weekly paper to a bi-weekly paper.

Thursday, Aug. 8, was set for the Miss Agriculture and Maid of Cotton Contest.

The Atmore Saddle Club was to hold its 18th Annual Rodeo.

Escambia County High School junior, Dana Hamilton, received the Outstanding Camper honor at Troy State University Flag Corps. She was a Blue Devil Band flag captain.

K-Mart had a sale on a cassette recorder for $17.88.

Now that is a thing of the past. You probably can’t even buy them anymore.

The Jaycees were bringing a magic show to the Escambia County High School auditorium. The cost of an adult ticket was $4 and $3 for students.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Jeter of Bratt, Fla., grew a 186-pound winter squash. It was a big vegetable.

The Strand Theater was planning its next movie showing, “The Return of the Jedi.”