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A lot happened here this year

2018 brought a lot of stories to the local area. Here are some of our favorites.

January
Bringing in the new year, Zymir MeKhi Love was born to Tamara Grimes and Roberto Love of Atmore at DWM on Jan. 1, at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19.5 inches long.
TRM junior Michael Floyd organized a White Out against Hillcrest-Evergreen.
Long-term Judge Bert Rice announced he would retire after his terms ends.
Shiloh Ministry opened its doors on Jan. 21.
Brewton City Schools range among top 50 in state at No. 33, according to Niche.
The City of Brewton also installed new wayfinding signs through the city.

February
The cities of Brewton and East Brewton received a combined $800,000 in Community Development Block Grants from ADECA for sewerage improvements.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from Gov. Kay Ivey for new weapons and equipment.
Brewton Elementary School received the highest grade in county on the state report card earning an 86.
Chris Guthrie of Brewton earned his Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was able to distribute Narcan spray for overdoses in law enforcement vehicles in the county and they were available to the local fire departments as well.
Golden Rule Senior Care opened on Mildred Street.
Students Ashlee Caine, Colby Dehoff, Sydney Lucas were named to the Auburn University Middle School Honor Band, while Andrew and Caleb Ray were named to the Samford University Middle School Honor Band.
Missoula Children’s Theatre was in town and local students performed in “Gulliver’s Travels.”
TRM Scholar’s Bowl Team went undefeated in the ASCA High School District Tournament.
Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace and Airport Director Earl Lambert witnessed flight training aboard the U.S.S. Truman.
Louie’s Italian Restaurant announced its opening in Douglas Square.
The TRM student council participated in a bring the change drive for WSN’s Crispin Few, who had been diagnosed with a blood disease.

March
The City of Brewton was among 16 towns selected as part of a competition to find the most successful, resilient community through Strong Towns.
TRM earned grant to add AP courses.
Joey Shell was named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
The city of Brewton announced a $877,000 repaving project of Sowell Road.
Little River State Park reopened.
Brewton Police Officer Brock Holt completed the FBI academy.
Mayor Yank Lovelace announced the city would bring an arcade to Dogwood Hills and the city announced plans for a Maker Market.

April
Several local Brewton residents were cast in the spring performance of “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Locals went crazy over Dash-4-Cash scavenger hunt.
The Chamber’s Kick It at the Creek event had a record crowd despite the rain.
Gov. Kay Ivey Came to town.
TRM Scholars Bowl Team won State. Members were Matthew Bishop, Neelee Harrison, Garrett Cave, Tucker McDaniel, Ora Nelson, Cole Jernigan.
Ten-year-old Tyler Carach of Bratt, Fla., also known as the Doughnut Boy, was in town giving away doughnuts to local law enforcement officers Peach Chevrolet.
City’s new rodeo arena was nearing completion.
The Brewton Elementary School Courtyard received a makeover.
WS Neal alumni established a FFA alumni association.
Ceola Lyons turned 100 years old on April 23.
The First United Methodist Men build their 360th ramp in April.

May
Christian Carlson, a Troy University student and Brewton native, was in “Dollhouse” and played Terry.
Factory Connection announced plans to open new store in Douglas Square.
Drexell and Honeybees, Lisa McMillan’s donation-based restaurant, opened its doors.
The city of Brewton held its first Gospel Concert at Municipal Stadium.
Pollard-McCall held annual eighth grade play called “What Happened after Once Upon a Time.”
The City of Brewton and Ridge Road Water Authority announced the city would take over the water authority, providing water to those customers serviced by Ridge Road Water.
A group of W.S. Neal High School students took a trip to Washington, D.C.
Brewton Police and Brewton City Schools announced plans to work with a consulting firm to evaluate the safety of each campus and BPD officers scheduled time to train at the schools.
World War II veteran Scotty Byrne honored.
Portion of Hwy 31 were name for Cpl. Sydney Earnest Manning, and Sgt. William W. Seay
Mamie Hamilton retired as the crossing guard at Brewton Elementary.

June
June primaries were held on June 6.
East Brewton turned a century.
W.S. Neal graduate Tyler Joyner signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Provalus announced it hit 50 employees.
Franklin Primary held a sidewalk dedication.
The annual Blueberry Festival was held.
Noami Jahnke turned a 100 on June 14.

July
Dash Bash 2018 was all the buzz.
Katie Ruth White turned 100 on July 4.
Factory connection held its ribbon cutting
The city of Brewton had several repaving projects under way and CSX was working fix the railroad crossings.
Local natives Trinidad Miller and Yancey Jernigan completing Washington, D.C. internships.
Fourth of July celebration East Brewton drew many to Fort Crawford Park.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was held at the Woodfin Patterson Auditorium.
Escambia County Schools launched a virtual school.
Local retailers reported a good sales tax holiday weekend.
Eleven-year-old Gavin Galloway volunteered at Drexell and Honeybees.
The Rev. Willie Blue was honored for 46 years a pastor Second St. Siloam.

August
Matthew Hodge was named W.S. Neal High principal.
Escambia Academy’s Mary Thompson Lancaster was named Escambia County Distinguished Young Woman.
Connie Baggett was named outstanding Alabama Communities of Excellence coordinator.
Brewton Municipal Airport received $300,000 for a new beacon light.
The city discussed purchasing the Ritz Theater.
Munchbox Café opened its doors.
The Vape Shop opened on Douglas Avenue.
Economic Development Administration awarded $2.8 million to the city of Brewton for the Provalus project.
The new T.R. Miller tennis courts opened.
Second phase of WSNHS construction project was set to begin.
Houston Hartley was named secretary of the order of arrow for the Boy Scouts.
Dr. Kenneth Woodward Jr. joined Dr. Keith Miller’s dentistry.
Brewton Fire Department pained fire hydrants.

September
PorchFest was held on Evergreen and Belleville avenues with Sweet Tea Trio as the headliners.
City of Brewton claimed a $300,000 grant for workforce development projects.
City awarded $800,000 for sidewalk improvements in Alco.
Artist Wes Hardin painted a new mural depicting logging on Mildred Street.

October
Nursing and trucking jobs continued to be at the forefront of the job market in Escambia County.
W.S. Neal FFA earned spot at state competition.
City of Brewton won America in Bloom Community Vitality Award.
Catawaba Springs Baptist Church celebrated 200 years.
Local World War II and Korea veteran OJ Blount traveled with the Covington Region Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II memorial.
The annual Chamber of Commerce rodeo was held in the city’s new arena.
Lil B’s Produce Market opened on Mildred Street.
Pollard-McCall received grant for science center.
Both Escambia County Schools and Brewton City Schools reported level enrollment numbers in their average daily membership numbers.
Local lineman traveled to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
A group of locals traveled to Wewahitchka, Fla., to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

November
Local pharmacist and business owner Danny Cottrell announced he would open a new pharmacy in East Brewton.
Republican Heath Jackson defeated Democrat Mike Lambert in the Escambia County Sheriff’s race. Alan Baker defeated Susan Smith in the House District 66 seat, and voter turnout was high.
New commissioners Karean Reynolds and Scottie Stewart took office.
Sidewalks were announced to come to East Brewton thanks to grant money from State Farm in honor of Devon Spencer.
City employee Steve Layton was selected to the Delta Leadership Institute.
A new Dollar General store was announced to be completed in the summer of 2019.
The Brewton Public Library moved to its temporary home at the John L. Fisher Center, while renovations were taking place at its official location.
Councilwoman Cheryl Barton was honored by Gov. Kay Ivey for being Brewton’s first African American councilwoman.
Holiday Kickoff was held in Brewton on Nov. 15.
Hal Parker retired from the Brewton Police Department.
Local veterans honored with special lunch at Brewton City Park.
Lions Club holds car show.

December
DWM Ambulance Service stays as Brewton’s EMS service.
The Brewton PD held its annual Shop with a Cop at Brewton Walmart.
The Oak Ridge Boys performed at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral service in Houston.
Sportsman’s Club spread Christmas cheer by buying gifts for local children.
Brewton’s Christmas Parade was held.
Brewton Dance Studio held its annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” Claras were played by Aaliyah Bedsole, Taylor Barrow and Anna Watson.
Gas prices were down to $2 a gallon in some places locally.