Looking Back: Standard publisher inducted into state HOF

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, the publisher of The Brewton Standard newspaper in Brewton was inducted into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Fame.

William Emmett Brooks had a degree in law, but most of his life was spent in the newspaper and radio business.

If you are a reader of this column, you will have read some of his work in some of my writings. He was very involved in the community and was very down to earth.

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The city of Atmore had adopted a budget of $2.5 million.

An inmate in the prison was asking $300,000 in a lawsuit he had against the sheriff’s department because he said law officials didn’t feed him the right food and wouldn’t take him to the doctor when he thought he should go. The sheriff’s department denied the charges. Officers said the man demanded a special diet and frequent trips to see a doctor.

I read an article in The Atmore Advance about killer bees and how they were headed to our area. Did they ever arrive? Maybe they did and I just didn’t know about it. I have been out and taken photographs of huge swarms of bees.

If you have little girls, you know how expensive dolls are these days, but in 1983 K-Mart had a really cute doll on sale. Her name was Melissa and she sold for $3.48. She had moveable eyes and a soft body.

Some residents were angry because they said no warning siren alerted them of bad weather the way it should.

Florida officials were investigating a fight that broke out between coaches at the football game between Century and Baker. The argument was taken up by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).

Amber Shea Gordon, daughter of Don Gordon and Ann Peacock Gordon won the Beautiful Baby contest.