Looking Back: Castleberry set to host Strawberry Festival

Published 10:33 am Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Twenty years ago, in 1999, Champion International was considering opening a $60 million facility at Wawbeek. The decision could be made within 30 to 45 days.

The United States Postal Service congratulated Atmore for its Celebrate the Century Train on the only stop made in Alabama. Not only did a large crowd come to the event, those that came were treated with entertainment and food.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a shooting near Flomaton. When law enforcement officers arrived, they found a body lying in the yard with a gun next to it. Sheriff Hawsey and his department are investigating, but there is a possibility that the shot was self-inflicted.

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Castleberry was set to host the 13th annual Strawberry Festival. They promised plenty of strawberries, entertainment and food.

I have attended several of these and if you love strawberries, you will enjoy it.

The Atmore Advance showed lots of photographs taken at the Healthy Kids Day at the Atmore YMCA.

Leadership Atmore banded together to save the sand bars on Big Escambia Creek.

At the Escambia County Commission meeting, it was announced that the loss of the power plant by Alabama Power at Damascus would be a real blow.

Bryant Smith resigned as coach of Escambia County High School after coaching for the past three years.

Northview High School had a new coach, Ken Rollins, coming from Woodham High School in Pensacola, Fla.

A campaign promise by Matt Ash led to new playground equipment for Escambia Academy Elementary School.

Larry White, chairman of the Escambia County Commission, was very optimistic that the plan to dredge Big Escambia Creek, would not be carried out.

Miss Atmore contestants were making applications to enter the contest.

A Rachel Patterson Elementary School student, an eight-year old girl unexpectedly died after being injured in a traffic accident.