By Faye Gaston
The Historical Preservation report is on the agenda of the first City Council meeting of the month. Faye Gaston presented the following report on January 4, 2021, to the City Council in the zoom meeting.
"This report was gleaned from the files of the 1967 and 1992 Union Springs Herald newspaper. Electricity is vital for life as we know it. 53 years ago in 1967, the Herald reported that the Alabama Power Company building, located at 206 North Powell Street in Union Springs, held an Open House, dedicating the new building on Friday, July 7, 1967. Officials from Alabama Power and city officials representing Union Springs were on hand for this event.
"Our historic courthouse is vital for life as we know it. 28 years ago in 1992, the Herald reported that the newly renovated courthouse was dedicated Sunday afternoon. A large crowd attended the dedication ceremonies and the Bullock County Commission Chairman, John Will Waters, estimated about 500 persons toured the courthouse.
Mrs. Darlene Hixon, wife of the late District Judge Dwight Hixon, cut the ribbon after Chairman Waters told of Judge Hixon's dream to renovate the courthouse. Bullock County is called a Hunter's Paradise. People from far away attend sports events here.
53 years ago in 1967, the Herald reported that the Fitzpatrick Hounds will hold their first Annual Hunter Trials on Po' Hill in Fitzpatrick on Saturday, April 22, 1967, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Outstanding jumping horses from several Southeastern states will be competing in this American Horse Show Association affiliated event. 53 years ago in August 1967, the Herald reported that Lewis B. Maytag died at his home in Colorado Springs at age 79.
As president of the Maytag Company, his name was a household word to millions of housewives. As owner of the famous Sedgefields, the Union Springs, Alabama, plantation, scene of the National Shooting Dog Championship, he was a legend among bird dog men----and still is.
I appreciate Police Chief Ronnie Felder giving a detailed police report for November 2020 that was published in the Herald newspaper, and anticipate his report for December 2020. Individual crime reports have been published in the records of the Herald newspaper.
53 years ago in July 1967, the Herald stated that two burglaries were reported over the last weekend: Dixie Grocery & Service Station on the Tuskegee Highway and Easter's Place in Aberfoil. 28 years ago, in June 1992, the Herald reported an operation headed by Lt. Wilbert Jernigan has resulted in the finding of marijuana plants estimated to be worth $30,000. Thank you to our 2021 Police Department. Thanks to Chief Felder's reports the public will learn of much work being done by our Police Department. Thank you."