Lydia’s Looking Back
Thirty years ago, in 1989…
•There was an announcement that Judy Bond was expanding. It was to employ 50 new workers making a total of 475. It sounded like good news, but it could have been the beginning of the end for Judy Bond. While adding the new workers in Brewton, the doors were closed at the facility in Ozark. All of this closing and adding led those in the know that times were not being kind to Judy Bond.
I can’t remember how much longer the factory stayed in operation, but I do remember the good times I enjoyed when it ran sales of fabric at the factory location. They would have large boxes set out in the warehouse and people could “dive” into the boxes and get fabric. Boy, those women would be grabbing whatever they could get their hands on. It was like the day after Thanksgiving when everyone hits the stores.
•In other news of that week was of the football field. T.R. Miller won the game against W.S. Neal (19-8) to try to claim bragging rights for the Brewton area. Later, Miller beat Calhoun County 41-8 and Neal lost 28-25 to the South Choctaw Indians. Miller was to go to the 4A area playoff.
•Damascus Baptist Church was to have homecoming services with Pastor Thomas White, current pastor at Cedar Creek Baptist Church bringing the message.
•North Brewton Baptist Church was also having homecoming with former pastor, Frank Hixon bringing the message.
•O’Neils was having a fur sale. From the prices it had to be real fur, but nothing was said about the killing of animals for their fur. I guess that was before it was taboo.
•Remains found in New Mexico were determined not to be those of a man native to Brewton. He disappeared in August. He was last heard from by his wife, who talked on the phone with him. She became concerned when he didn’t come home from work. The police were contacted and they found his work shop closed and locked, his van was gone and some blood was found inside the store.
•Since Halloween was over, thoughts were turned to the Christmas parade.
•People got a first look at the new stockyard that cost $400,000 when a grand opening was held.
•County and state unemployment was down.
•Skinner’s Furniture had recliners for $98, bunk beds for $129 and full size mattresses for $129 each.
•Piggly Wiggly had ground beef for $1.09 a pound and turkey breasts for 99 cents a pound.
•A man was arrested for stealing collards at a local produce sale on Mildred Street. Now what do you say about that? I can think of nothing to explain.
•There was an editorial in The Brewton Standard about the ever ending problem of parking in a handicapped zone.