Looking Back: United Fund tallies $74K

Published 9:22 am Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Thirty years ago, in 1991, in a man on the street interview, people were asked if they agreed with the actions of President George H.W. Bush in the Middle East. Most of those asked favored the military action. Some thought the action didn’t go far enough.

The president had given Saddam Hussein until midnight of Jan. 15 to pull his troops out of Kuwait. Almost everyone was on pins and needles, waiting to see what was going to happen. Locals were in harm’s way and their loved ones at home were praying.

It just so happened that it was the same day as FoodFair held its grand opening in Douglas Square Shopping Center. My husband was to be the co-manager of the store and was rather busy, so I had to keep up with the news. I remember watching those bombs falling on Baghdad. I wondered just how bad it was going to get. It would take the horrors of watching The World Trade Center come down, and the crash of planes in a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon.

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In other news, the tally for the United Fund totaled $74,000 for Atmore’s 1991 drive.

Escambia County commissioners were sworn in and Tommy Fields was re-elected chairman.

The Atmore police decided that they had to begin cracking down on unauthorized vehicles being driven on  city streets.

The Progresive, Civic Recreational Club was to have a program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church.

One bystander died from a stray bullet and another man hurt in an altercation.

There was a very good story in The Atmore Advance about the soldiers and those left behind and how they are getting along during these stressful days.

The Escambia County Square Dancers were to perform at Gov. Hunt’s inauguration.