Tag Archives: Wiregrass

It Came from the Archives: The National Peanut Festival

November 30, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

The National Peanut Festival has been celebrated in Dothan since 1938 (except for the World War II years). This first Peanut Festival came from the long tradition of harvest celebrations and the Wiregrass’ successful 20-year experiment with planting peanuts to avoid the economic calamity of the cotton boll weevil.

The NPF has changed over the…

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Dothan statue dedicated to longtime administrator Dr. Don Jeffrey

November 30, 2018
By Greg Phillips

For more than 40 years, Dr. Don Jeffrey has been a renaissance man for Troy University.

This week, the University honored that commitment and versatility by dedicating a statue to a man who has touched nearly every facet of the institution throughout his career.

At the Dothan Campus Wednesday, Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins,…

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It Came from the Archives: Tom Solomon’s Railroad Romance

October 31, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

A resident of Headland, Alabama, from his birth in 1915 until his death in 1988, Thomas W. (Tom) Solomon had a love affair with railroads. He worked as a draftsman for the Atlantic Coast Line then with the Florida East Coast Railroad, but his real passion was photographing and painting railroad machinery and other scenes…

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