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From the Publisher

Sherry

Digmon

March 20, 2020

I don’t know how many times I’ve started this column

in my mind. Mostly, I wonder if you remember when

you first heard of the coronavirus. The very first time.

I don’t remember when I heard it either.

This column is usually one of the last things I write in

the magazine. Usually, most, if not all, the articles have

been read and edited. Pictures have been adjusted and

are ready to be put on pages. Usually when I write this,

Myrna has some, if not all, the rest of the pages. But this

month, I don’t think I can work on the rest of this issue

without starting this column and writing what’s on my

mind. And on your mind. And on the collective minds of

all Americans.

On Thursday, March 12, I had just printed out the

bracket for the second round of the SEC basketball

tournament. Myrna and I have been to several Final

Fours and were looking forward to the upcoming SEC

tournament and the NCAA Final Four. Then the

announcement came ... no SEC tournament. It was

cancelled due to the coronavirus. Unthinkable ... or

so I thought. Then it was no NCAA tournament at

all. And no sports. Period.

In my ignorance, I was in disbelief. Little did I know

that just days later, schools would be closed, that

our restaurants would be offering take-out and curb

service only. I could not have imagined that bank

lobbies would be closed. Or that hospitals, nursing

homes and assisted living facilities would be limiting

or prohibiting visitors.

In some cases, high school proms and graduations

and college graduations have been cancelled. More

are expected as time goes on.

Perhaps the hardest to believe has been the

cancellation of church in-person services. While some

congregations are small enough to practice social

distancing (a phrase not in common use before), some

are of the age that not gathering is the best option.

Some churches are taking to social media to stream

sermons. And Sunday, March 22, Atmore First

Assembly held “drive-in” church. Bro. Don Davis

preached from under the church’s main canopy to

members and visitors in their vehicles in the parking lot.

The target date has been April 6 for flattening the

curve (the rate and number of cases) and relaxing

some of the restrictions. I pray that’s the date, but the

increasing numbers of cases would indicate that will

not be the case. Some experts are saying we are

looking at months - not weeks.

When we first heard the word coronavirus, none of us

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could have foreseen we’d be dealing with people who

unnecessarily hoarded groceries, paper products, and

cleaning supplies.

In some ways the pandemic has brought out the best

in people. In some ways - such as hoarding - it has

brought out the worst. There was never a shortage of

anything until people created one.

So, as I finish this column, it’s Tuesday, March 24. So

much has happened in the last four days. While we’re

not being ordered to shelter in place in Alabama, some

cities and states are.

There’s little traffic through town, unlike recent times

when traffic was backed up for blocks, especially when

a train came through.

There has been some humor through all this - some of

the Facebook posts crack me up.

“How long is this social distancing thing going to last?

My wife keeps trying to get in the house.”

“They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to

the grocery store. They lied. Everybody else has clothes

on.”

And the posts from the parents who are suddenly

faced with homeschooling and entertaining kids for an

additional eight or so hours a day. Some of their posts

are the funniest.

And then there are posts like this: “All jokes aside,

let’s all pray for those kids who are stuck home with no

food, and who have abusive parents, friends and family.

And their only safe place was home.”

Being out of school is not the dream of every student.

For some, school is their escape, their haven, their

place where they’re cared for and fed.

That’s another aspect of this pandemic - feeding sites

set up for kids so their parents or teens of age can

drive through and pick up food. Some kids have

breakfast and lunch at school, and that’s all they have

for a day. Don’t believe me? Talk to teachers and

administrators.

Also on Facebook, we can find numerous Scripture

references and prayers as people turn to the Lord for

strength, comfort, and guidance, and deliverance for

our country and our world. We pray for those already

sick, and we pray that others won’t get sick. We pray

for the virus to just go away. Continued on page 28

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The Staff Report

Mayor

Jim

Staff

What is great about living in Atmore? What is great

about being a part of Atmore? Just look at our downtown.

It keeps evolving and changing, and the changes

are positive! Look at the construction on South Main

Street. Citizens and organizations are involved and

taking ownership of making Atmore better. We have two

locally-owned banks and employees are residents of our

community. Retail shops are thriving and locally owned.

Our City Council recently voted on a land swap with

Escambia County Health Care Authority to build a new

hospital. The process was long and tedious, but it looks

like it will now become a reality.

I would like to welcome Tractor Supply to Atmore.

Tractor Supply is located in the old Ramey's building

on Lindberg Avenue. Tractor Supply’s plans indicates

a 26,763-square-foot building, an 18,590-square-foot

outdoor display area on Lindberg Avenue and a petwashing

station.

They are busy working with our Building and Zoning

Department to ensure that they meet all building and

zoning requirements.

I have regular meetings with Jess Nicholas formerly

of Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance,

who is now the Executive Director of the Escambia

County Industrial Authority. I meet with Jess and Tucson

Roberts, Atmore's economic development consultant, to

get updates on retail and industrial activity and new

prospects.

Recently, we have received reports regarding

fraudulent phone calls. Everyone should be mindful and

cautious about this type of fraud, but senior citizens are

especially vulnerable to these bad actors. I have shared

this information with our SAIL Center manager, but this

is worth repeating. The Social Security Administration

recently sent out an email warning Social Security

recipients about telephone scammers pretending to be

government employees.

Scammers will try to scare and trick you into giving

them your personal information and money. They may

threaten you or your family and may demand immediate

payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. Next page

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Do not be fooled! If you receive a suspicious call:

* Hang up!

*DO NOT give them money or personal information.

* Report the scam to the Social Security

Administration.

Social Security may call you in some situations but

will never

* Threaten you

* Suspend your Social Security Number

* Demand immediate payment from you

* Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit

card or wire transfer

* Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or ask you

to wire or mail cash.

I know I have mentioned the 2020 Census in several

of my columns. We are continuing to spread the word

because the stakes are so high. Accurate census

reporting will have direct impact on our city and our

community. Census results determine how many U.S.

House of Representatives represent our state, and the

distribution of more than $700 billion in federal funds.

Make sure you are counted!

As you know, the Census takes place only every ten

years, and the process is a lot easier and faster than it

was in the past. You only have to answer 10 simple

questions and it takes only 6 minutes to complete.

March 2020. You can complete your Census report

online. Go to: 2020census.gov.

April 2020 . April 1, 2020 Observance of Census Day.

June – July 2020 . Census takers begin door-to-door

contact for those who have not responded.

NOTE: Census takers are employees of the Census

Bureau. They will provide proof that they are official

government personnel.

December 31 . The Bureau reports to the President

the population count and the apportionment of seats in

the U.S. House of Representatives for each state.

Please make sure you and your family are counted!

Be a Fountain, Not a Drain.

HIS PROMISES

As we face these uncertain times,

He can, and will restore our soul,

For He has promised to never leave us

and will continue to make us whole.

So we will look to Him for comfort

knowing He will hear our cry.

He knows the way to reach us.

His Grace we can never deny.

Oh, what wondrous love He has

for those He calls to come,

And when we hasten to Him

He helps us to overcome...

Nothing is beyond His help,

we can ask Him anything

So today go forth with a joyful heart

and to His promises cling!

© 2020 Karen Langford Brown

www.MySpiritWind.com

"The LORD is my strength and my shield;

my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks

to him in song." Psalms 28:7

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow;

it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

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Southern Gardening

Ed

Brown

Master

Gardener

Spring is here! Trees and shrubs are blooming and

starting to leaf out. The pollen from oak and pine trees

is flying. We are sneezing and coughing, must be spring

time! We all hate the pollen but it is very necessary for

our world to survive. Without pollen, our plants will not

produce seeds. Without seeds, we cannot have new

plants. This is part of our circle of life. Enjoy and give

thanks for our world.

The daffodils, paperwhites and other bulb plants

have bloomed and set their leaves. Do not remove

their leaves (no matter how bad they look.) Wait until

they turn brown and start wilting, then remove them.

While they are green, they are feeding the bulb, giving

it strength to bloom again next spring. Remove their

leaves and you will have small blooms or no blooms

next year.

Leaves and buds are very important to the plant. That

is why correct pruning is very necessary. Correct planting

and correct pruning will give you great plants.

Now that spring is here, a lot of people want to start

pruning while cleaning out their beds. Not really a good

time. Some plants need pruning before the growth

season but this should have been done during their

dormant state (late winter).

We will look at two plants this month - the French

Hydrangea and the Nandina. Both these plants had fallen

out of favor during the last few years but now they are

being used in gardens again.

You definitely do not want to cut a French Hydrangea

to the ground if you expect blooms this year. The French

Hydrangea does not require pruning. They should be

allowed to be large plants. A light pruning will keep them

in shape. This plant blooms on old wood, stems that

grew the last or past growing seasons. So do not prune

them until after their main blooming season, during the

late summer, before new buds for the next year are

forming. These plants are best pruned by randomly

removing up to 1/3 of the plant's oldest stems. Cut

them off at the ground level, shaping the plant by cutting

some of the remaining stems at varying heights, and cut

just above a bud. I would never remove more than 1/3 of

the stems each year. Let the new sprouts from the

ground fill in and shape the plant. If you cut all the stems

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off at ground level, it will resprout this year but will have

no blooms. You can either leave the old blooms on the

plant or deadhead the blooms. This may extend the

bloom season. You can remove dead or damaged

stems anytime.

Nandinas are making a come back, but these are not

the one your mother or grandmother had. They are

smaller and most do not have berries, the cluster of

bright red berries, which was the prettiest part of the

old-fashioned Nandinas. People say that these berries

are poisonous to birds and cats. There are several

thoughts about this.

I really don’t know if they are poisonous but I

personally would not hesitate to use them in my landscape.

Maybe next month we can look more in depth

on this plant. All we will talk about this month is how to

make them look great again.

Most of them tend to grow tall and leggy with just

leaves and flowers at the top of the plant 4 or 5 ft. off

the ground. If you have an overgrown plant, cut 1/3 of

the stems down to 1/2 of the plant's height and leave

1/3 uncut. Let the ground level cut sprout and grow new

stems. Put a little fertilizer on the plant and by the fall

you should have leaves and blooms from ground level

up. These are beautiful plants. They just need care.

Plant a tree!

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Trust Jesus

When times are hard and pleasures few,

When gathering clouds obscure your view,

When you don't know what you should do,

Trust Jesus.

When the seas are rough and the winds are high,

When no stars light the dark night sky,

When you only crawl, though you're meant to fly,

Trust Jesus.

When all your forecasts call for rain,

When all you seem to feel is pain,

When sadness stakes a mighty claim,

Trust Jesus.

Then, when tides turn, and life is sweet,

When blessings fall around your feet,

Then, don't be tempted by conceit,

Trust Jesus.

©2020 Celine Meador

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In the “Atmore Chamber World” there are only about

45 days a year where things are “calm” and there is

time to do personal projects without distractions.

So, with that in mind, shortly after the Chamber Gala,

I began refinishing a swing that hangs on our back porch.

The day I took the swing down, I told my husband the

project would not take more than a weekend or two and

we would be having our weekend morning coffees on it

in no time. I even went on to say that I would have time

to complete a few other things around the house before

the “Mayfest Time” kicked into high gear. That did not

end up being the case.

The “simple” project that I thought would only take a

Chamber Notes

weekend or two ended up taking me nearly a month

and a half. During this time, I experienced setbacks due

to not having enough supplies, not anticipating the right

tools, and structural challenges I had not taken into

consideration.

At the same time,

I came to realize

other things that

made me smile

and taught me a

lot. I was surprised

by the beauty of

natural wood once

I was finally able to

see what laid under

years of paint.

I got frustrated by

things not going the

way I planned and

taking so long. I felt

disappointment

when I couldn't

get it to a place

I considered

perfect. I got discouraged when certain aspects were

much harder than I felt they should've been and many

times I questioned if my decision and vision for the

project was really worth it.

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Yes, the project gave me a lot of time to think. I thought

about how the swing is like a marriage or a family. It had

imperfections but no one would really notice them unless

they spent as much time closely looking at every detail

of it like I had. I realized that even with what I considered

imperfections, the swing was still a source of joy, still

beautiful, and still a great attribute to our home. I also

came to the conclusion that though it had some structural

issues, it was still strong. The swing, with just a bit of

forgiveness for its imperfections, love, attention, and

work would last the test of time. All it would take was the

dedication to see the project through and the benefits

would be countless and last for years.

During my many hours in the shop with our swing,

another lasting impression was left on me. In the same

ways the swing was like a marriage or a family it was

also like our community.

Often times we are our community's own worst critic.

At the same time most of us are its biggest supporters.

The work to be done in Atmore can seem daunting,

never ending, and impossible but, friends, I am here to

tell you IT’S HAPPENING! Atmore is so blessed to have

so many who are willing to do the work, spend the time,

and lovingly bring back to life this place that has so

much joy left to share! The evidence of this can be seen

all over town in all directions! What a great time to be in

Atmore and how amazing it will be when we are all able

to share the pictures and stories of how Atmore was

restored and brought back to life! There are lots of ways

we can all play a role in our community's “refinishing”!

One way is by simply participating in the 2020 Census

to make sure #AtmoreCounts!

Governor Ivey said in her State of the State address

this year that 2020 will be a “make or break year for our

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Before Coronavirus:

The 1918-1919 Flu Kills Millions

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Kevin

McKinley

For those who think history boring, or not worth

teaching or studying, perhaps they should take a look

at history's lessons when it comes to the growing

pandemic known as the coronavirus, also known as

COVID-19. As horrible as the potential outcomes may

be, the lessons of another pandemic 100 years ago

may offer lessons which could prevent, or at least slow

transmissions.

By November 1918, World War I was at an end. As

many a war-weary family prepared to welcome their

soldier home, a new invasion was waiting to unleash its

torrents upon the nation. In the early days of the invasion

of the 1918 flu epidemic many a person probably knelt in

prayer wondering if the disease sweeping the world was

one of the plagues mentioned in the book of Revelation.

The pandemic that killed 675,000 Americans and

around 5 percent of the world's population during the

period of 1918-1919 was called the Spanish Flu. Yet the

name was misleading. At the time people believed it was

worse in Spain or that it had originated in Spain when in

reality, Spain's news media had no restrictions and was

reporting openly on the flu. However, in 1918, the media

in the US and Western Europe was heavily censored

because of the war effort. Therefore the Federal

government didn't want Americans to know how bad the

epidemic had become, nor did they want people hoarding

supplies.

Furthermore, President Woodrow Wilson would not

publicly mention the epidemic out of fear of creating a

national panic. Yet perhaps if a national shutdown of a

few weeks occurred, perhaps early transmission rates

could have been slowed. This would likely have been

similar to what the US government did in the 1930s to

save the banks (banks were in a state of panic during

the Depression and the Federal government ordered a

Bank Holiday of several days to allow the panic to pass).

Newspaper reporting locally was also affected by

Federal censorship and this slowed knowledge being

available to the general public. The Monroe Journal, in

November 1918, reported that the Spanish Flu originated

in Spain and that it was no different than what was seen

in the US during the winter of 1889-1890; this was totally

wrong but The Monroe Journal was likely reporting what

had gone out on the national news wire.

The outbreak that winter of 1889-1890 was called the

Russian Flu, yet the two types of flu were very different.

The most lasting impact of the Russian Flu epidemic was

the term “Lagrip” as a nickname for the flu. Next page


From previous page

Around the same time the trenches of WWI were

beginning to see the first cases of the flu, it also struck

mining communities in Alaska. The small community of

Brevig Mission witnessed the virus decimate 90 percent

of the population. There were scores of corpses everywhere

in the town and survivors refused to touch the

bodies or remove them. The Alaskan government

eventually hired gold miners from Nome to come in and

bury the bodies in the permafrost.

Meanwhile in Europe, the flu spread across the battle

lines and infected Allied soldiers. The sickest men on the

front lines were put on trains and sent to hospitals in the

rear and thereby spread the disease all along the way.

Men who were not as sick with the flu stayed in the

trenches at the front lines, therefore the weaker strain

of the disease did not spread to the general population

and more people caught the more dangerous strain.

What made matters worse is that a soldier may have

been healthy in the morning, come down with fever and

chills by lunch and be dead by nightfall. Such was the

dramatic nature of this strain of flu.

Locally, residents of Alabama and Florida felt the

outbreak as well.

The first reported cases in Alabama arose in Madison

and Conecuh counties on September 28, 1918. Dr. J.W.

Haygood, health officer for Conecuh County, reported six

cases which had mostly been attributed to family

members working in Pensacola and carrying the flu back

home.

Similar cases were reported in Brewton and Atmore.

Families suffering from the disease were encouraged to

wrap a black ribbon around their porch posts to warn the

passerby of the danger.

During this period there was a large amount of military

construction going on in the Pensacola area and around

Fort Pickens. Local workers, such as carpenters and

brick masons, would often go to Pensacola and work

away from home to provide for their families.

By October 7th, the governor's office had ordered all

public places closed until further notice. The flu condition

was taking a toll on the economy and local services by

this time. Stores were closed either by choice or because

employees were too sick to work. Telephone companies

had to limit their switchboard operators to only emergency

calls, because so many operators were sick, there was no

one to man the switch boards.

Meanwhile, circuit judges around the state were forced

to suspend their court calendars to control transmission

of the disease. Local newspaper accounts detail that the

Steadam School was closed due to the flu but it was not

the only one to be closed.

By October 15, 1918, Alabama authorities noted that

25,811 cases of Spanish Flu had been reported. State

officials were overwhelmed in treating the pandemic and

it is likely that these numbers were under-reported. In

some parts of the state, coffins were in short supply and

the dead had to be stored in freezers until coffins could

be shipped in.

Fast forward to 2020, some have incorrectly asserted

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From previous page

the coronavirus to be no worse than a cold or a flu. Not

only is this inaccurate information, but there is no current

treatment for the coronavirus while there is treatment for

the flu virus. Furthermore, the death rate among seniors

and those with pre-existing conditions is higher than with

the flu.

Others have asserted the virus is a hoax; yet the dead

in Italy, Iran, China and elsewhere beg to differ.

Similar to the coronavirus, there was confusion over

the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919 and what efforts could be

taken to avoid catching the deadly contagion. The

Tuscaloosa News reported on November 8, 1918 that

the Public Health Service recommended that people

avoid those who were spreading the disease by

coughing, sneezing and spitting. They also suggested

coating the nasal passages with a weak solution of

Menthol in liquid petroleum as a protective.

The flu pandemic of 1918-1919 lasted until sufficient

immunity developed in the general population and the

disease seemed to disappear as mysteriously as it

appeared.

History will judge our leaders and ourselves for our

actions during the uncertain days that lay ahead. We do

have the ability to know how previous pandemics were

handled by our ancestors and what seemed to work and

what did not. Whether the actions of those in power today

are appropriate or not enough is often left to be decided

by generations yet to come.

It can be hard to predict the outcome and severity of

today's coronavirus, even with the hindsight of history as

our guide. Yet as Jesus said in Matthew 24:32-33, “Now

learn the parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet

tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is

nigh: So likewise ye, when you shall see all these things,

know that it is near, even at the doors.” Jesus was

speaking of the end times. Our modern times require

us to remain vigilant to ourselves and our families.

Stay safe.

A wartime ad equating the flu as a dangerous weapon

of war from the Monroe Journal

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Quarantine at the Beach

Curtis

Parker

Without people, the beach looks like

a useless strip of sand.

But it's beautiful.

This shot from our balcony of an empty

beach is something we rarely see. When

Kay Ivey closed the Alabama beaches, it

sort of put us into a reverse quarantine.

We stayed, and everyone else left.

This quarantine stuff is nothing new. It

was quite common, back in the day. When

the word got out that they had the mumps, measles,

croup, whooping cough, smallpox, or some other illness,

over at so-and-so's house, no one would go near the

place.

And if one kid brought something home from school,

it was pretty certain that the whole family would catch it.

But no one really worried because it gave them an

immunity. You couldn't catch most things a second time,

we were told.Still, they lined us up at school and gave

us all a bevy of shots. Everyone vowed they wouldn't

cry — but many did.

That smallpox shot was the killer, and it left a scab

and a scar on your left arm. I don't think I ever had one,

but if I did, the scar must have gone away with time.

I wasn't above slipping through the crack on shot day.

The military also lined everyone up for shots,

periodically. Everyone, that is — except me. I had the

job of updating the shot records for the whole squadron.

So I sat there quietly at my little table signing the

Lieutenant's initials to each man's Official Shot Record

as they popped him with the needle. I had no problem

signing my own shot record — without the pop. Who

was going to infect me? If everyone else had the shot,

I figured I was safe.

What a bit of irony today. As kids, we had to eat

everything on our plates because the poor little kids

overseas were starving. Now, we can't even go out for

a hamburger because of the virus that supposedly

came from overseas.

We wonder how many of the people we save will be

left to starve when our economy crashes. I believe that,

with God's help, we'll come out of this trial stronger than

before.

But, as old Waylon would say — Don't y'all think this

virus bit's done got out of hand?

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The Pleasure of Tea Parties

Nancy

Karrick

Recently I had the chance to attend a Sunday afternoon

tea party at the Richards DAR House in Mobile.

It was not only a literal trip back in time, but gave my

mind time to travel backwards to childhood and

memories of earlier tea parties.

But before I go backwards, let me describe this lovely

Mobile event. The Richards House in Mobile is an

antebellum house which was donated to the city and

is under the custody of the Mobile chapters of the

Daughters of the American Revolution. It is fully

furnished and is available for events and tours.

This lovely home was beautifully decorated for tea,

with tables for four laid with tea linens and pastel

patterns of china. Each table had a tiered tray which

featured small sandwiches, with the crusts removed,

naturally, petit fours, fresh strawberries, cheese straws,

scones and clotted cream, miniature cookies, mints, and

other confections. It was not only delicious, but a feast

for the eyes.

usually a Coca Cola and an Oreo. I vividly remember my

mother having our next door neighbor over for some of

these tea parties. We would spread an old bedspread on

the ground next to the azalea bushes and bring out three

bottles of Coca Cola and a bag of Oreos. The two ladies

would talk and visit and, after I finished my refreshments,

I would go and swing on my swing. After they had taken

the bottles inside, I would take the bedspread by the

edges, run with it in the air, and then fall to the ground,

with it falling on top of me. I usually ended up on my

back on top of the spread, looking up at the sky and

often watching the Blue Angels as they practiced

overhead.

Like most little girls, I had a tea set and would often

have tea parties with my dolls. We usually sipped makebelieve

tea, but would sometimes have water in the cups.

I have two tea sets now which belonged to my mother

and aunt when they were little, both of which were made

in Japan before the war. Additionally, I have the Peter

Rabbit tea set I bought for my daughter and with which

we had many tea parties, always with Coke instead of

tea, and usually miniature animal crackers instead of

the larger Oreos. I also have a Chinese tea set which

we did use for hot tea. All of these, of course, are of a

miniature size.

Every day at 3:00 in the afternoon, my grandmother

would have a tea party with me and we always had

Coca Cola and whatever sweet was available, either

pound cake slices or cookies, with homemade cheese

straws being a special treat. Little did I realize the social

graces I was being taught as a child would keep me in

good stead as an adult.

Of course, the star of the day was the individual tea

pot which was placed on each table after the tea was

poured by one of the hostesses. An exquisite afternoon

event with Southern hospitality and graciousness at its

finest!

Compare that experience with my earliest memory of

a “tea party” and you will see that they are quite different.

As a child, having a tea party meant two or three people

getting together for something to drink and nibble on,

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One of the tea sets passed down in Nancy’s family

In 1971, thanks to Uncle Sam, my husband and I

were off to Belgium to a NATO facility. We lived in an

international housing unit and all of my neighbors were

British. Friendships were formed then which are still

ongoing today. It was their thoughtfulness that taught

me the fine art of a British tea and how to properly

make a “cuppa” of tea. No little swish of a teabag

through warm water would do for them. These kind


ladies provided me with a proper tea pot, tea cozy, tea

strainer, and some loose tea. With the needed items in

hand, I was ready to invite them to my house for afternoon

tea. I'm sure they laughed at my first efforts, but

they were patient with me. Over the years, I shared

many cups of tea with them and grew to love their

strong brewed beverage.

If you think all tea parties are formal affairs involving

china, cloth napkins, and fancy cakes, think again. The

most famous tea party ever took place in the Boston

harbor on December 16, 1773. No invitations were sent

and it was not a celebration, but a demonstration, and

the beginning of the American Revolution. I'm sure most

of you remember stories you heard in school of patriots

in Indian costumes climbing aboard British ships,

hacking open crates of tea, and dumping them into the

harbor. The colonists were resisting the taxes on tea

over which they had no control.

The tea party as we know it today, refers to the British

custom started by the seventh duchess of Bedford in the

early 1800s. This was a time when the British ate only

two meals a day, a hearty breakfast and huge dinner.

By mid afternoon, the duchess began to have an empty

feeling in her stomach, so started preparing small snacks

accompanied by tea. Soon she was inviting friends over

and the practice was soon picked up and copied by

other upper-class women. Once Queen Victoria

accepted the practice and gave it her royal stamp of

approval, afternoon tea soon spread all over the country.

This afternoon tea should not be confused with “high

tea” as they are quite different. The latter is an evening

event and would include meat, bread and butter, cheese,

pickles, and tea.

I remember on one trip to England, my husband,

daughter, and I were staying with a British friend and

she said we would have high tea about 6. Thinking

supper would follow around their usual eating time of 8,

I told Charles and Nancy not to eat too much because

supper would follow. The joke was on me as this high

tea ended up being supper. I must admit I'm glad I had

the chance to experience this British meal, but the three

of us did go to bed hungry that night.

One of the most famous tea parties ever was the one

in Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's Alice in Wonderland.

Dodgson, who used the pen name of Lewis Carroll,

gives a vivid description of the Mad Hatter's tea party

where Alice “came upon a long tea-table, covered with

steaming teapots all playing a tune!”

We all remember that Alice had no tea at this most

unusual tea party and probably remember John

Tenniel's wonderful black and white illustrations. Tenniel,

by the way, was knighted for his artistic achievements in

1893.

I also visited an English tearoom in Covington,

Louisiana, for an Indian tea. I will admit that it was an

interesting experience, but the food was somewhat

lackluster and I don't like milk in my tea and it was

served that way. Won't be going back there.

There is a lovely teahouse in Montgomery called the

Gazebo on Perry Hill Road. A friend of mine took me

there for my birthday several years ago and we had a

fabulous time. The food was good and the tea was outstanding.

It was raining that day and it was so pleasant

to look outside at the rain while sitting inside sipping on

a cup of hot tea.

While we were on a family trip to Canada, our

daughter asked to go to Prince Edward Island as she

was in love with the Anne of Green Gables books and

wanted to see where they took place. We obliged and

even treated her to a theatrical production as well as

tea with Anne. The tea experience itself was nice, and

it was so much fun to watch Nancy interact with Anne

as she rotated around to our table. It was a pleasant

afternoon for all of us.

The last event I want to tell about was the Royal Tea

I had to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and

Meghan Markle. I still have several friends from

European military days in England so wrote and asked

for ideas for a British tea party. I got recipes for a Bakewell

Tart as well as for the cake used at William and

Catherine's wedding. Armed with those recipes, plus

some I found in Tea Time magazine, I started cooking.

When I issued the invitations, I did request the ladies

wear hats to create a more formal atmosphere. It was

quite a sight to see those dressed up ladies, having tea

on British china, with food made from British recipes,

and drinking British tea.

I'd like to end this treatise on tea with two poems,

one of which is a childhood memory: “Polly, put the

kettle on. Polly, put the kettle on. Polly, put the kettle

on and we'll all have tea.”

The other sums up one of the benefits of afternoon

tea.

My copper kettle

whistles merrily

and signals that

it is time for tea.

The fine china cups

are filled with the brew.

There's lemon and sugar

and sweet cream, too.

But, best of all

there's friendship, between you and me.

As we lovingly share

our afternoon tea.

– Marianna Arolin

I think it's about time to go and make a cuppa and curl

up with a good book. All of these memories have me

ready for a good cup of Earl Grey.

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School Days

Doris Van Pelt shared a photo album of Rachel Patterson Elementary

School pictures with us. Most of the pictures have names written on

them. These are only a few of the pictures. We’ll run more in the coming

months.

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National Day of Prayer

Pray God's Glory Across The Earth

Dale

Ash

Theme Scripture: “For the earth will be filled with the

knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover

the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

Our 69th Annual National Day of Prayer will be

observed on Thursday, May 7, 2020. At this time of

uncertainty with the coronavirus, specific details will be

announced at a later date.

Our 2020 Theme: Pray God's Glory Across the Earth!

What a most appropriate theme for these unprecedented

times. Times similar to what Habakkuk experienced.

God made a promise to the prophet Habakkuk during

some very deep and troubling times in Israel's history. It

was a time marked by darkness and disobedience from

the culture and God's people. The prophet cries out to

God for hope and help and God answers in a most

unexpected way; to use a wicked, idol-worshipping

nation's army to come and execute His judgement on

His people. Habakkuk could not believe what he was

hearing as God began to detail the “woes” that would

come to pass, but in the middle of the pronouncement

of woes God pauses to make a profound promise that

would eventually be seen in the face of Jesus Christ

and spread by Christ-followers until Christ returns.

God's promise, “For the earth will be filled with the

knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover

the sea” echoes into the New Testament as the apostle

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said,

‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has

shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge

of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

It is this knowledge, the knowledge of Jesus, the

knowledge of the gospel, that we pray will spread

across the earth. It is through every follower of Jesus

living a prayer-care-share lifestyle that His glory will

cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

A few examples are when we worship instead of worry,

when we bring unity instead of division, and when we

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show and share the love and message of Jesus with

others. We exist to give God glory; we are commanded

to spread His glory in all we think, say and do.

(1 Peter 4:11) We get to experience His glory in every

breath and then we decide if we are going to respond

obediently by reflecting His glory back to Him, to live in

great awe and honor of Him or if we are going to steal,

stifle, or in some way try to store it up for ourselves. We

pray that you will join us this year wherever National Day

of Prayer is to pray and proclaim the knowledge of God's

glory across the earth.

On Sunday, March 15th, our President proclaimed

Sunday as a National Day of Prayer. His words were

heartfelt and are worth repeating each and every day

during this unprecedented time. His following request

for prayer is desperately needed today and for the days

to come:

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always

turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and

periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique

challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions

of Americans are unable to gather in their churches,

temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of

worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God

for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must

especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who

have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of

prayer for all people who have been affected by the

coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God's healing

hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health

and well-being of your fellow Americans and to

remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.

We should all take to heart the holy words found in

1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he

careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by

the virus will feel the presence of our Lord's protection

and love during this time. With God's help, we will overcome

this threat.

On Friday, (March 13th) I declared a national emergency

and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power

of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to

combat the coronavirus pandemic. I now encourage all

Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the

response, especially our Nation's outstanding medical

professionals and public health officials who are working

tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and

treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first

responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals

who are working to ensure the health and safety of our

communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.

We are confident that He will provide them with the

wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take

decisive actions to protect Americans all across the

country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we

remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my

refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is

no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to

bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with

God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are

just as true today as they have ever been. As one Nation

under God, we are greater than the hardships we face,

and through prayer and acts of compassion and love,

we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and

more united than ever before. May God bless each of

you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President

of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim

March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All

Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and

for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of

all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to

offer prayers for all those affected, including people who

have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand

this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two

thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United

States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

May we serve our Lord and Savior with Gladness

standing on Psalm 91, The Psalm of Protection while

wearing our Full Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-20.

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Featuring the Nalls

In a recent issue of the Auburn Alumni

Association magazine, Spring 2020, Ken

and Earlene Goldsmith Nall were featured

in the Class Notes section for graduates in

the 1950s.

Earlene Goldsmith Nall '52 and husband

Kenneth L. Nall '53 celebrated their 64th

wedding anniversary Sept. 2, 2019. Both

are from Atmore, Ala., and while in Auburn

they taught courses as graduate assistants

and were each elected to Phi Kappa Phi

honor society.

Ken graduated ROTC as a DMG

(Distinguished Military Graduate) and was

the Cadet Commander of the Auburn ROTC

Corp of Engineers Battalion.

After leaving Auburn, Earlene taught

elementary education while Ken was

employed in engineering and management

at several Fortune 500 companies. He also founded several companies, including Hercules Waste Equipment

Company, a successful national equipment manufacturing company.

They have had season tickets to Auburn Football for many years and remain avid fans of Auburn sports.

Earlene and Ken currently live in The Woodlands at Furman Retirement Community in Greenville, S.C.

by SHERRY DIGMON

Barnes Boys Reunion Cancelled

Usually Ted French starts circulating emails fairly early in the year about the upcoming Barnes Boys reunion which

always takes place in April. When I had not heard anything in March, I emailed Ted. I didn’t realize they were planning

to make last year’s reunion the last reunion. However, Ted said several members of the group wanted to get together

again this year, so the reunion was on for April 25.

Then, Ted sent out this email. “I called Betty Bartel Adams today and she said that David’s Catfish House is closed

except for carryout business. I don't see any way possible for this to get any better in a few weeks remaining before

April 25. For safety reasons, I am cancelling the Barnes boys reunion which would have been the 26th gathering.

Keep your chin up, there's always next year ...”

So, we’ll look forward to meeting everyone at David’s next year and getting a group picture for the magazine.

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Dewitt Lowery and His Band of Brothers

Josh

Frye

The events that took place on the morning of

December 7, 1941 sparked a flame in many young

hearts to avenge the catastrophe that our nation

suffered at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Forces.

One of these young men who decided to take up the

uniform was Atmore native Dewitt Lowery. Dewitt,

growing up on a farm, was just a regular, 17-year-old

small-town boy who had not experienced life outside

Atmore. His older brother was one of the first young

men from Atmore to be drafted and fight in the Pacific

Theater of Operations.

Dewitt, eager to do his part and with a desire to defend

our country, decided to volunteer for the Navy. However,

due to being color blind, he was rejected. After being

deemed unfit for Navy service, he devised a new plan.

Dewitt decided he would wait a month and return to

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Lowery

volunteer for the Air Force. During this time, he learned

of a new branch of the armed forces, the United States

Army Paratroopers, which targeted young, athletic men

with the promise of more pay. No one really knew what

the Paratroopers were, but were eager to jump at the

opportunity of adventure and more money. The main

bonus for Dewitt, however, was that the Paratroopers

wouldn't reject him due to his color blindness. Dewitt

thus began the process of enlisting.

“I met with a recruiting sergeant in Atmore,” Dewitt

said. “He carried me to get my papers signed. At that

time, I thought I was ten foot tall and bulletproof.”

After enlisting, Dewitt traveled back to Atmore where

he boarded a train that night bound for Atlanta and with

that small step onto a railcar, his WWII journey began

as a member of the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion,

506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, better known from

the multiple award-winning, 2001 film, “Band of Brothers.”

The train carried Dewitt to Fort McPherson, Georgia

where he then boarded for the famed Camp Toccoa,

Georgia, 90 miles from Atlanta. Camp Toccoa was a

small town with a train station and a commanding

mountain called Currahee, which in the Cherokee

language means “stand alone.” This would ultimately

become the battle cry for Dewitt's unit. Camp Toccoa

was known for its hard, rigorous training and for Dewitt,

this was no exception.

“I was in good physical shape,” he said. “It was in a

way hard, but also easy for me.”

He explained that training began with leaping off a

12-foot tower into a pile of sawdust and tumbling in a

way not to injure yourself. This was key training for

parachute landings. The most vigorous part of the

training at Toccoa was running Currahee. Dewitt said the

men would run two or three times a day up and down the

mountain.

He recalled the first time he ran Mt. Currahee an

ambulance was behind the men, following them up the

mountain.

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“If a man could not run Currahee, that ambulance

picked them up and took them back to Camp. They were

then taken out of the Paratroopers,” he said. “I was in

good physical shape and running was my hobby. I had

no trouble with that part.”

According to Dewitt, Paratrooper training lasted for a

better part of a year. After a time at Camp Toccoa, the

men were transferred to Ft. Benning, Georgia for jump

training, but not before making a long, forced march to

Atlanta.

“Some say that march was 115 miles and others say

it was 120 miles. I say it was a long walk,” he said.

It was during the march to Atlanta that Dewitt became

one of the most famous members of the company. As

the men were marching, Lowery noticed a small puppy

walking with a limp, which had been following the men

for miles.

According to Dewitt, the small dog had no claws and

was in bad shape. With the help of a few comrades,

Dewitt picked the puppy up and loaded him into his

rucksack and carried him all the way to Fort Benning.

The small companion, “Draftee,” as the men dubbed

him, was named an honorary member of the unit.

Photos of Dewitt and the small pup graced newspaper

front pages after the event.

Dewitt with Draftee in his rucksack

While at Fort Benning, Dewitt and the rest of the men

of the 506th completed jump training prior to being

shipped to England. Jump training involved hooking up

to 250-foot towers to simulate a parachute jump.

“The mat on the ground looked like a postage stamp

from 250 foot,” Dewitt said. “I was not scared. I really

enjoyed jumping from the towers.”

After several weeks of jumping from the towers, the

men began a series of five actual jumps which was

required in order to receive their jump wings. According

to Dewitt, the jumps from an actual plane consisted of

one night jump and four day jumps.

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“It wasn't bad, besides the fact that I was scared,” he

said. “It is not natural for someone to jump out of a

perfectly good airplane into space.”

Dewitt said the men of Easy Company had a slew of

good officers. The notably most hated officer of Easy

was Captain Herbert Sobel, the training officer, a colorful

character with questionable training tactics.

“I actually liked Sobel,” Dewitt said. “He did what he had

to do to get us prepared and while not understanding it

at the time of training, we were grateful later when we

entered the combat zone.”

Dewitt also expressed his love for the rest of the

officers of the company such as Dick Winters, who went

on to become the famed company commander of Easy

Company.

The small pup the men had come to love unfortunately

had to be left behind in the care of Red Cross nurses

when the men were to be shipped to England in support

of an upcoming invasion.

“I hated to leave him behind,” Dewitt said. “He was a

pretty little dog.”

From Benning, Dewitt and the rest of Easy went to

Fort Bragg, N.C., where they made a few more training

jumps. After a brief stint at Fort Bragg, Dewitt loaded a

train and made his way to New York where the men

loaded onboard a boat bound for England.

While in England, the men of Easy trained for the

upcoming D-Day invasion. Dewitt said maneuvers for

combat training were performed day and night. After a

long wait, the men of Easy Company jumped into

France in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944.

“We jumped at two in the morning,” Dewitt said. “You

could see tracers and bullets all around. When a lot of

the boys landed, they were either shot before they hit

the ground or had their throats cut by the Germans as

they struggled to get out of their parachutes.”

As the men of Easy landed in France, combat started

immediately. To make matters worse, all the men missed

their intended drop zones and were scattered all over.

Dewitt landed in the top of a tree under enemy fire from

two separate machine gun positions.

“The tree that I had landed in had huge leaves,” Dewitt

said. “As the bullets cut through the leaves, it sounded

like twice the number of bullets that it actually was.”

The thought crossed his mind to take out the machine

gun positions, but he was afraid that if he fired, his

position would be noticed and he would be killed so he

waited. To make matters worse, Dewitt was held in the

tree by a huge dog.

“After a while a lady come out from a house and got

the dog,” Dewitt said. “I would give anything to meet her

and thank her. I was just plain scared. I was scared of

the dog and scared of getting killed. I was just scared.”

Dewitt was armed with a .30 caliber machine gun and

had to cut the machine gun off himself, along with a

musette bag of ammo. The machine gun that had fired

on his position had silenced and he then proceeded to

cut himself from the tree. Dewitt rolled down the limbs

of the tree, unhurt, and his combat experience in France

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began. As he made his way away from the tree, he

heard two voices.

“They were talking in English,” Dewitt said. “We were

taught in training that some of the Germans could speak

perfect English. We were outfitted with a clicker called

a cricket. These were clicked a number of times and you

would get a response back from an American soldier.”

As Dewitt drew closer to the group of men, they were

now speaking in German.

“I snuck up and killed two of them with a knife,” he said.

“I had to do what I had to do to get home. I eventually

cut the other two as well.”

Dewitt eventually found his comrades and made it

through his stint in France.

“I had to do things that I didn't like,” he said. “In that

situation you have to do what you have to do to get

home. If you didn't kill them, they would kill you.”

Dewitt recalled one upsetting event when the men

passed by a small baby lying on the ground, crying.

Lowery said that the mother of the child was lying next

to him, dead.

“War is a horrible thing,” he said. “It costs a lot of lives

and despair.”

After 10 days in combat, Dewitt geared up for another

combat jump, Operation Market Garden. The objective

of Operation Market Garden was to drop the men in

Holland and the allied forces would continue to fight

back the Germans. As the men were loading the plane,

German artillery zeroed in on his position and Dewitt

was hit in the head by an artillery shell fragment.

“Doc Roe, our medic, took care of me. I remember that

the jeep driver drove like he was a professional race car

driver,” Dewitt said. “The nurses started working on me

when we reached the aid station and I do not remember

much else.”

Following his injury, Dewitt was sent back to England

and eventually back to the States, while the rest of Easy

Company fought their way into Germany. The injury

plagued Dewitt for the rest of his life and required two

brain surgeries.

After recovering, Dewitt came back to Atmore where

he met the love of his life, Barbara Drew, also an Atmore

native, while out dancing. They married December 6,

1946 and had one son and one daughter.

Dewitt set off for college to fulfill his dream of

becoming a CPA lawyer, but his dream was hindered

by his injury from World War II so he settled in with a

company as a shoe salesman in Montgomery. He

suffered with severe headaches and seizures most

of his life. Barbara passed away a few years before

Dewitt who passed away on July 8, 2015.

Dewitt left a word of advice for the younger generation.

“This generation is smart,” he said. “They will do great

things, but I offer one piece of advice, take interest in

government. Know what is going on and know how

important it is to vote and be up to date with what is

going on in the world.”

Information taken from 2010 oral interview conducted

with Dewitt Lowery by Angela Broyles and achrives.

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About the Cover

by SHERRY DIGMON

Ditto, Myrna and I collaborated on the cover for this

month. Actually, Ditto and I came up with the idea and

ran it by Myrna to make sure she was good with it.

We usually have something pretty on the cover -

something that reflects Atmore and the community.

When Ditto and I were talking about having pictures of

closed businesses or businesses changing their way of

doing business, Ditto said, “This is our reality right now.”

Myrna looked at a proof of the cover and though at

first she was dubious, she studied it for a few minutes

and said, “This tells the story ... and it isn’t pretty.”

Spring 2020 will be remembered as the time of the

coronavirus, as depicted in the “o” in “atmore” on the

cover.

On our cover, clockwise, from bottom left, Escambia

County High School closed; Dixie Catfish closed; the

Atmore SAIL Center closed; Atmore City Hall closed;

Bro. Don Davis, Atmore First Assembly of God, Sunday,

March 22, preaching from a portico to members and

visitors in their vehicles; Buster’s Restaurant closed;

Atmore First United Methodist Church closed; David’s

Catfish serving carry-out orders only but still open.

Dean’s Grill is open for business. With no dining room

and drive-thru only, they’re built for this, as Ditto said.

We know these closings are temporary, and when life

gets back to normal, let’s all support these businesses

and employees who have had to close.

A number of our retail advertisers and offices are

still open, so it you’re thinking about going to one of

them, you may want to call first. Some are open with

their regular schedule, some have shorter hours.

You may have noted the picture of Bro. Don Davis on

the top right and thought we ran that on the front page

of Atmore News March 25. You’d be right. We did run

it. Of all the images from this time in our lives, this one

will stay with me.

Next month’s cover? Hoping we’ll have flowers or

something like that. Maybe a rainbow. After the storm

After this storm.

“ ... whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue,

and if there be any praise,

think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

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Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the elderly

and those with underlying health issues. Some retail

businesses are designating certain times for older

customers only.

We practice social distancing. We wash our hands

constantly. We cough or sneeze into our elbow. We

don’t gather in groups.

And we pray. Prayers go up for President Trump and

his task force who meet constantly and try to figure out

how best to combat this enemy. We pray for our loved

ones, our friends, and for people we don't even know.

For us at “atmore” magazine, we are faced with how

best to distribute the magazine in April. We go to press

the last week in March in order to get the magazine

back for the home delivery papers on March 31.

Under normal circumstances, we would deliver

magazines to the advertisers on April 1. But on that

date, a number of businesses will likely still be closed

to the public - restaurants and banks, for instance.

After checking with several advertisers, we’ve decided

to put this issue of the magazine online, as well as

distribute magazines to the businesses which are open.

We want the advertisers to get the full benefit of their

ad and this is the best way we know to do that under

these circumstances. So, we’re all learning to do

business differently.

What will we take away from the coronavirus

pandemic? We don’t know. The stock market has

tanked in the last couple of weeks. More of us are

working from home. And many are looking at being

laid off or let go as business owners have to make

tough decisions.

I can’t even imagine what will happen between now

and the time this issue comes out in 7 and 8 days. I’d

like to think we’ll be getting back to normal, but I also

think it will be too soon for that.

As of right now, March 24, there are no confirmed

cases in Atmore. I’d like to think we’ll get through this

unscathed. We can pray it will be so, but it’s doubtful.

And as we pray, remember the people on the front

line - nurses and doctors, paramedics, all those in the

medical field. Remember the truckers trying to get

goods to everyone. Remember the overworked stock

clerks in the stores. And there are so many others.

This month, we’ll celebrate Easter. We may celebrate

it differently. In-person church services may still be

cancelled. But one thing remains true, virus or not,

Christ was crucified, dead and buried. On the third day,

He rose from the dead.

His resurrection is our hope. In times of peace and

calm. In times of the storm. In times of uncertainty.

God bless. Take care of yourself and your neighbors.

Joshua 1:9

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state.” She reminded us all that “These numbers have a

direct impact on our state's representation in the U.S.

House of Representatives as well as on the billions of

dollars in federal funding.”

Kenneth Boswell, Director of the Alabama Department

of Economic and Community Affairs, said,

“Alabama stands to lose more than $13 billion in federal

funding for a variety of programs, including health care

and education. This is not millions, but rather billions of

dollars that come into this state,” Boswell went on to say.

“You add that to losing one or maybe two advocates in

Washington, then you understand why this is one of the

most important censuses that Alabama has ever seen.”

Alabama risks losing at least one congressional seat

and billions of dollars in federal funding, including

funding that supports education, if census participation

is not at or above 80 percent. Alabama Secretary of

Labor Fitzgerald Washington said low participation in

the census could easily stunt Alabama's record

unemployment and job growth.

In addition to the previously mentioned reasons there

are countless others that make it imperative for anyone

living in Atmore on March 13, 2020 to complete the

census whether online, by phone or by mail. In addition

to completing the census for your family, each of us

regardless of age, race, gender, or ability can help by

spreading the word how very important to make sure

all of Atmore's families, friends and neighbors are

participating. Ask your neighbor if they've filled it out.

Encourage your social groups. Make sure that Church

ministers talk about what it means to Alabama, Atmore

and, to all of us. The official census opens for completion

April 1, which is “Alabama Census Day.”

For more information, visit census.alabama.gov. You

can also sign up to receive reminders and information

on the Alabama 2020 census by texting COUNT or

CENSO to 205-304-5505.

SAVE THE DATE! The Chamber is working hard

planning for many fun and exciting events in the next

few months. Here are just a couple to be sure you mark

your calendar for:

* Mayfest - Saturday, May 2nd – Tom Byrne Park

* Market In The Park – Saturday, June 13th, 29th,

and August 3rd – Heritage Park

Until next month.

Emily Wilson,

CHSO,

Executive Director,

Atmore Area

Chamber of

Commerce

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Precious Memories

February 15, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Christian (Chrissy) Marie Atkins

March 11, 1982 – February 15, 2020

John Steven Watson

March 2, 1944 – February 17, 2020

Rev. Paul D. Enfinger

September 14, 1938 – February 18, 2020

Dr. John Willard Neff

June 8, 1929 – February 18, 2020

Lynn Ervin Powell

May 8, 1954 – February 18, 2020

William "Bill" Brandt

October 7, 1944 – February 19, 2020

Charles (Charlie) Monroe Jones

February 4, 2002 – February 20, 2020

Rudy Clay Cooper

January 14, 1964 – February 21, 2020

Mary Helen Hall Dortch

January 9, 1939 – February 21, 2020

Leola Cunningham

November 30, 1931 – February 22, 2020

James "Jimmy" Dean

June 27, 1966 – February 22, 2020

Mitchell Hall

May 14, 1962 – February 22, 2020

Rodney Eugene Howell

January 23, 1967 – February 22, 2020

Claxton Likely

March 15, 1946 – February 22, 2020

Brandon Amin Brye

April 5, 1979 – February 24, 2020

Troy Eugene Byrd

September 5, 1930 – February 24, 2020

Don Theodore Chunn

March 18, 1939 – February 24, 2020

Peggy A. Moye

November 19, 1935 – February 27, 2020

Cynthia D. Bush

June 28, 1965 – March 5, 2020

Roxie Anna Williams

July 17, 1927 – March 5, 2020

John R. "Johnny" Broughton

December 18, 1964 – March 8, 2020

Glenn Douglas Jones

December 1, 1947 – March 8, 2020

Kelvin "Andy" King

March 20, 1973 – March 8, 2020

Mary Lee Gibbs

May 15, 1935 – March 9, 2020

Wanda Wright Marshall

July 29, 1966 – March 13, 2020

Lucille Carlie Conway

July 12, 1928 – March 14, 2020

“The bitterest tears shed

over graves are for words

left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)

Obituary information provided by Atmore Memorial Chapel; Christian Memorial Funeral Home;

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home; Mayberry Funeral Home; Petty Eastside Chapel;

Turner Funeral Chapel; Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo, Ala.

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