Grimes column: It lit up the sky
This is the last week in the old year, and all things are possible in the new year. It is true now. just as it was 15 years ago in 1999.
Probably the most interesting thing I saw in the newspaper at the time was the reporting of a fireball light streaking across the sky. It lit up the sky over Escambia County on Dec. 29, 1999. Many thought it was a plane crashing while others thought it was a meteor. Nothing was confirmed although the first responders from around the county met up and were prepared for whatever it was.
A search was made to see if a plane had crashed and it was determined that there was no report of one anywhere in this area. Someone said at the time that at least they knew that if first responders were needed they really came through.
Heather Stone wrote an editorial about the dangers of drinking and driving. She was an editor with the newspaper at the time. We would all do well to remember that it is best to abstain from drinking and driving tonight on New Year’s Eve.
In sports, basketball kicked off with several tournaments around during the Christmas vacation.
I love sports, but some better than others. I don’t understand basketball at all, but I know many people who love it. I hope they will go out and support the kids during the season.
In other sports, there was a nice picture featured with Patrick Jernigan killing his first deer, which weighed 135 pounds. Now there is a sport that I don’t understand. I went on one hunt one time when I was much younger. It was a coon hunt and I quickly decided that it was not for me. There has be something wrong to spend the night chasing an ugly animal like a coon. That is just one woman’s opinion.
Advertisements were all in the newspaper the last week of the year, mostly those of vehicle dealers. It must be a good time to buy a new car. Jim Peach was honored and recognized for being a Ford dealer for the past 25 years.
Although Christmas was a thing of days past, there were those who were enjoying their presents on Belleville Avenue. The Hubbard family were all photographed on their new in-line skates.
Probably the biggest thing that happened during this time was the occurrence of the coming of a new millennium. We all heard the horror stories of what was going to happen. Some thought that all the current computers were going to go berserk and we were going to be in a mess. I remember the night of Dec. 31. I, who had never attended the Blueberry Drop, decided to, not only go, but to take my grandchildren. That was the biggest something about nothing that I can ever remember. Everything went off without a hitch.