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The Southern Democrat, June 29, 1988

Disaster at Nectar

An integral part of Nectar community for some 40 years, Holt Milling Co. lost most of its plant to fire Sunday night.

Although the newest part of the mill was saved, operations are down “for a minimum of six months,” according to Karen Holt. “We’re just taking it one step at a time for now, until we know the full story and extent of the damage.” She said feed stored in the warehouse will fill some needs but will run out quickly.

…Answering the call for help were 10 area fire departments and the county’s hazardous materials unit, where a command post was set up.

…Buie Holt established Holt Milling some 40 years ago with a $350 investment. In 1964, his son E. Howard Holt took over mill operation and was joined by brother Jesse. When Howard returned to his job with L&N Railroad, Jesse stayed on.

Susan Moore upgrading fire department

A thousand feet of new fire hose is now on the Susan Moore fire truck and 20 ft. more is being readied, councilman Bill Smallwood told the council Monday night.

Smallwood said he is researching the possibility of obtaining a 1500-gal. water tank and a truck to put it on. He’s also working on department records.

Allred named to teacher Hall of Fame

Paul Allred, 1988 Jackson County teacher of the year, has been named to Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame.

…A 21-year veteran teacher, Allred began his career in Blount County, teaching at Hayden and Locust Fork high schools.