Area News

Swann crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA

Dailyn Swann was crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA 2021 Sunday, Jan. 10. She was among 41 contestants from the state who competed for the title. The event was held at the Auburn Hotel Grand Ballroom in Auburn and began Saturday, Jan. 9. Swann already had won titles of Miss Fort Dale Academy, Miss Butler County…

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Shots fired as carjacker bolts

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   An armed carjacking spree by Rodrigues Xalate, a 25 year old Hispanic male, last Thursday involving the cities of Wetumpka, Evergreen, Greenville and Atmore in South Alabama ultimately ended with Xalate being shot by Poarch Creek Police in the Atmore area. Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn stated in…

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Free online civil legal advice available

To help low-income Alabama residents navigate civil legal issues, Alabama Free Legal Answers program provides free qualified legal advice through the website https://alabama.freelegalanswers.org/. The website gives eligible users the ability to pose civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys and receive answers on the site. The users of the service must meet income eligibility guidelines that…

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Richie and Me, part 4

BY CARTER E. ANTHONY   On a Halloween night in the late 1950s, a group of boys, seventh and eighth graders, got together to walk around on Fort Dale, Hamilton, Oak and other nearby streets.  We were too old to be trick-or-treating but were out on Halloween night. All of a sudden a police car…

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COVID-19 closes two county offices

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   COVID-19 has temporarily closed the Probate Office and the Revenue Commissioner’s Office in the Butler County Courthouse. Probate had two employees in the office recently test positive for the virus and Probate Judge Gregory temporarily closed the office from Jan. 4-11. She stated, “In accordance with the County…

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Manhunt leads to arrest

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   A manhunt on Sunday, Jan. 3, which began around 11 a.m. and lasted until around 3:30 p.m., by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) resulted in the arrest of Brian Yertzell, age 29 and from Butler County, for Unauthorized Use of Auto and Attempting to Elude Police. The…

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JAN. 7 IS CAMELLIA DAY

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Several early blooming varieties of Camellia japonica bushes have started to flower in Greenville, the Camellia City. A long history, with efforts by Butler County residents, surrounds how Greenville came to be known as The Camellia City, how the Camellia japonica Linnaeus came to be the State Flower…

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COVID temporarily closes Probate Office

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   The corona virus SARS-CoV-2 keeps playing havoc in the county with the effects of its symptoms, called COVID-19 One of the latest is the closure of the Probate Office in the Butler County Courthouse from Jan. 4 until Jan. 11. Two employees in the office recently tested positive…

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The Higo camellia

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   A bit of a cold snap has caused the early blooms of the different cultivars of Camellia japonica bushes to wither somewhat, but new buds are opening and the color they offer to winter will continue. The Higo camellia bloom picture taken for this article on Dec. 17…

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