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Looking Back: 30 years ago, changes were happening in Atmore

Thirty years ago, in 1990, changes were going on in Atmore. Some businesses were changing owners and names while others were renovating.
Jim and Julie Johnson, new owners of the Ford dealership, had taken over the business located on South Main St. Formerly known as Bell Ford, Inc. would now be called Johnson Ford.
A local veterinarian, Dr. Chuck Flowers, was urging horse owners to have their horses vaccinated as there had been a horse in the area who had tested positive for Eastern Equine Equine Encephalitis.
The Strand Theatre was showing “Die Hard II” and “Tales From the Darkside.”
Ronald Tanner Sr., the “Train Man,” was featured in The Atmore Advance. He loved trains so much, he volunteered to help people with their luggage as they traveled in and out of the Atmore depot. He had found himself out of a job and he spent more time helping. One day he got to meet a train official and asked him if it was all right to be helping with the travelers. The official told him not only was it okay, he would send a couple of luggage carriers to help make his work.easier.
Piggly Wiggly had a “Back to School” sale and had chopped sirloin for $1.99 a pound; seedless grapes for 89 cents a pound and Clorox bleach for 88 cents a gallon. By the way, I hear there is a big shortage of Clorox and it will be a while before they are readily available. Who would have guessed it?
The old Atmore Hotel, a landmark and once the only apartment building in the city, was being torn down. It was in very bad condition