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A roller coaster market

BY CARTER E. ANTHONY, CFA   I don’t like roller coasters. Never have, never will! In 1962, on the Key Club Convention to Long Beach, Calif., we visited a huge amusement park. It had a roller coaster that “rolled and coasted” right on out over the Pacific Ocean. I couldn’t imagine riding it. Young sailors…

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OLE STUFF AND SUCH My Daddy

BY FRANCES GARNER   When I was a little girl, my daddy was a giant. I would follow him to the garden, the mailbox, or the field and try very hard to put my footprints in his. This was next to impossible due to his long stride and the fact that he never lagged around.…

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Greenville Christmas Parade is December 6

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 6 as an eagerly awaited holiday event returns to downtown Greenville. The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACOC) has slated its annual Christmas Parade to kick off downtown at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop.” GACOC director, Tracy Salter, said this year’s theme was selected from one of the…

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Local politicians sworn in

On Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, three local elected officials were sworn in to office.  Pictured (L-R) are: Chris Sells (Alabama State Representative District 90), Jesse McWilliams (Butler County Commissioner District 2), Rebecca Butts (Butler County Commissioner District 3), and Nicki McFerrin (District Judge). McFerrin had the honor of swearing the elected officials. Each official had…

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Beware of holiday scammers

BIRMINGHAM, AL- The past few holiday seasons have been different for various reasons, and this year will be no different. Scammers will look to take advantage of product shortages and an increase in online shopping to try and line their pockets this holiday season. “Scammers thrive on need all year round,” BBB Serving Central and…

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Toys for Tots campaign underway

The Lowndes and Butler County Toys for Tots program has begun taking donations for their 2021 Christmas toy drive. The toy drive runs through Dec. 18. This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, is accepting unwrapped toys, Monetary donations are also accepted. The Lowndes and Butler County Toys for Tots Facebook page will be updated with new…

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FDA holds Veterans Day Program

BY KATHY PICKENS The Greenville Standard   Lt. Colonel Scott McNaughton, Chief for Special Missions for the 226th Combat Communications Group of the Alabama Air National Guard, was the guest speaker at Fort Dale Academy’s annual Veterans Day program sponsored by the Student Government Association. McNaughton has 33 years of military service and is a…

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Election results for Butler County

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   The unofficial election results for the Nov. 8 General Election for Butler County were tallied that evening. Certification of results will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15. There are 16,696 registered voters in Butler County. In total, 5,982 ballots were cast at polling houses in the county. Of…

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Toys for Tots 2022 Toys for Tots

BY RAY VAN COR The Greenville Standard   The Toys for Tots drive is officially underway according to the Toy for Tots representative Retired Marine GySgt Bernard Rudolph. The 2022 holiday season marks the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For over seven decades, the program has evolved and grown…

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GHS School Days, 1950s-1960s, Part 5

By Carter E. Anthony   In the fall of 1961, we entered our junior year in Greenville High School (GHS). At the time, it was considered the most stringent year in all of high school. Our courses were extremely difficult and the extra-curriculars for a junior were extensive. However, as we found all through GHS,…

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