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Looking Back… 50 years

By Staff
Thursday, March 10, 1955
The practice of making "summer cut-offs" for city gas customers was dropped this week by the City Utilities Department. Previously, the city gas department has turned off natural gas service during the warm summer months. There was a charge of $1 each for turning the gas off and on. Some customers felt they could save the minimum monthly charge of $1.25 when they did not use gas heat during the summer.
Two delegations conferred with Gov. James E. Folsom and Rep. Malcolm Edwards Friday over street and highway projects in the county, and came away with promises of help. Gov. Folsom told a group from East Brewton that the county can start paving East Brewton streets, or any other road projects that are ready.
A second delegation from Flomaton got support from the governor for an underpass on the Flomaton-Pensacola Highway under the main L&N Railroad lines.
Rep. Edwards said, "The governor said Escambia County will get its pro rata share of the money, and a little bit more, on account of I see eye-to-eye with him on his program."
Work has begun on excavation and filling for the site of the new national Guard armory to be built in Brewton.
Mrs. George Perry has been named chairman of the Escambia County crusade of the American Cancer Society for 1955.
D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital has been given provisional approval as an accredited hospital by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
The publicly-owned hospital received provisional accreditation before it had been in operation for a full year. There are only 22 accredited hospitals in Alabama, most of them located in larger cities.