Beauty, abduction, resignation

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forty-five years ago, in 1972, the Conecuh National Forest was having trouble with vandalism. Two people had been apprehended and arrested for the crime.

Dawn Shell was picked to be the field director for Brewton Middle School to lead the band.

Building was underway on the First Progressive Bank on the corner of St. Nicholas and Sowell Streets.

Jack W. Hines joined the family business, Hines Realty Company to work with his father, Jack Hines. I remember when we first came to Brewton. Mr. Hines was one of the first people we met when we arrived. My husband thought the world of him.

The Colonial Manor Motel announced in The Brewton Standard newspaper that they were going to have a grand opening. They had lots of photographs of the newly renovated areas of the motel. Many of you will remember all those years ago when this business was one of the nicest places in town.

It is still there, but it has seen better times. The Old South Restaurant was a very good place to eat. It served old time Southern food. Now-a-days, it serves pretty good Oriental food.

Apparently the weather had been very dry for some time. The paper reported that the recent rains had brought relief for area farmers.

Two young men from Knoxville, Tenn. were caught and arrested for the abduction and rape of a young lady from Allentown.

The two men stopped at the store where the abduction took place and carried her off. They came to Brewton and the girl was raped, tied to a tree on Pea Ridge Road, and left. They were identified by some people at a service station and were arrested.

There was a story in The Brewton Standard about Jay Villa in Conecuh County. If you are not familiar, this was originally a cotton plantation and later became a cattle farm when Ed Leigh McMillan bought it.

It is a beautiful place and the history that goes with it is very interesting. I went with a group from the historical society several years ago and really enjoyed it.

Bernie Raines resigned from his position of principal of W.S. Neal High School after a career in education. He later became mayor of East Brewton.

The fire department was asking for donations of old toys that they can repair and give to needy children at Christmas.