It was hot then

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, August 16, 2017

During the last days of July, in 1987, the weather was very hot, so hot that advice from Dr. Joe Terrell was given as what to do to avoid heat stroke.

The temperature was so high that Alabama Power was handing out fans to the needy.

Little children were flocking to the ice cream truck to get a little bit of relief from the hot weather.

Arrests were made after a shootout between a Brewton man and a Sellersville, Fla. man.

The father of a teen murder victim was arrested by the sheriff’s department and a body was found by the side of I-65 north of Atmore.

Good news came in the form of some work on the water tank located in Alco. Residents were complaining oily residue was in their water, so the tank was taken dpwn, drained and the inside was painted with several layers of paint.

The Junior Miss contest was held where contestants were trying to win the top spot in Escambia County.

This is the same contest that is now the Distinguished Young Women contest. It is still held at about the same time every year.

A new feature of downtown Brewton was the opening of a turning lane on St. Joseph. This meant that drivers coming south had their own lane for turning on Mildred Street. This was greatly needed because drivers trying to turn could not make the green light before it changed.

The Escambia County School Board decided to have a Saturday school for those students who committed minor infractions instead of expelling them.

Another sign of Summer was the showing of a 75 pound watermelon grown by Buddy Barrentine of the Bethel community.

The top of a car was decapitated when it plowed into a mobile home on Ridge Road. The driver was not injured but the top of car was gone.

Last, and certainly not least, Frank Cotten was named principal of T.R. Miller High School.