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Looking Back: Merchant’s association set up fall festival

Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, authorities were looking for leads in the brutal robbery-beating of a woman in Atmore.

The Wayside Grocery on Highway 21 north was robbed and about $5,000 was taken from the lady running the store. She had just locked up for the night when she was robbed in the parking lot. The robber beat her very badly sending her to the hospital.

I know that someone has to manage stores at night, but I would not do it if there were any other way to make it.

In sports, the Atmore Blue Devils beat the W.S. Neal Eagles of East Brewton in the first game of the season.

A heavy downpour and a rain slicked highway caused a woman from Bratt, Fla. to lose control of her car sending her headlong into the path of another vehicle. She died from her injuries.

People at Staff Chevrolet got a big surprise when a frightened and angry yearling burst through the showroom window.

There was an interesting article in The Atmore Advance about the Library of Congress. It was destroyed by the British. When former President Thomas Jefferson found out, he donated his personal library to the nation as a replacement. The library now has the finest collection in the world. I found it interesting because of my love for history. I have never been to the library, but copies of my book are there.

The Walnut Hill Assembly of God Church had barbecue chicken plates for sale at the farmer’s market. The plates sold for $2.50 each.

The Atmore Merchants Association’s 10th Annual Fall Festival set up along Main Street.

Swift Supply bought Home Crafters Center of Andalusia. It was the sixth outlet they owned.

The look of the 1950’s was making a comeback for school clothes, according to the newspaper.

I remember the 1950’s and I can’t imagine bringing the look back. We wore either pencil straight skirts or full circle skirts with as many petticoats as we could handle. The length was half way down the calves. Looking back at pictures of the time doesn’t make me yearn for the “good old days.”

The Atmore Public Library unveiled a new plaque of appreciation for W.T. Neal Trust’s donation of $525,000 to build a new library.