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Published 8:00 am Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fifty years ago new construction was continuing on two buildings at the new site of Jefferson Davis Junior College. It was reported to be running behind with the completion of the administration building and the science building. The library was to be the next to be completed. There were 182 students enrolled at the school already with 100 of them being from Escambia County. At that time, students were attending classes being held at First United Methodist Church.

The T.R. Miller Quarterback Club elected new officers with Ed Leigh McMillan II being the president and Tommy Martin as the first vice-president. Joel Bostic was the second vice-president.

T.R. Miller High School celebrated homecoming with Candy McDowell being crowned homecoming queen. A parade downtown included the winning float built by the junior class.

Looking at grocery prices was in 1966 was enlightening. One could buy a pound of ground beef for 49 cents. Other prices included cube steak for 69 cents a pound; an apple pie for 39 cents and a head of green cabbage for 5 cents a pound.

Work began on a new shopping center in East Brewton at the corner of Snowden and Forrest Ave. Several people were on hand for the ground breaking for the center which was owned by Earl Horton. Lovelace Parker was also there and his store, Super Foods was to be one of the businesses in the shopping center.

At the Brewton City Council meeting, members considered the building of an industrial park. Stadium Street was named for the street from Douglas to Belleville by the  high school. That same street today is called Tiger Drive, if I am not mistaken. They also installed five parking meters in front of the post office. Police Chief Glenn Holt proposed a four-way stop be put at the conjunction of Sowell Road and Gordon Lane.

In 1966, vehicle tags were not sold the way they are today. Today they are sold all during the year, but back then, all tags were to be bought after October 1st. I don’t really remember how it went back then, but selling all year must make it easier on those who work in the courthouse.

The Escambia County Commission decided that all agencies located within the courthouse building were to begin paying rent or get out. Several offices were vacated because of that.

Attorneys from the Public Housing Authority appeared before the city council requesting more public housing for Brewton. They commented on, what I believe to be the first public housing on Sowell Road next to Liles Blvd.