Chamber mural project ‘moving swiftly’
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer When Emily Harp, the enthusiastic executive director of Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, was looking for someone to paint a mural that would serve as the focal point for a proposed project to enhance the attraction of downtown Atmore, she only had to look about 65 miles to the south. Patti Gillespie, a Crestview, Fla. artist who specializes in murals and whose works have…
Report from the world’s largest naval exercise
Imagine the scenario: a massive earthquake strikes an impoverished island country. It is followed up by multiple aftershocks and a tsunami. Countless lives are lost and thousands more are injured. The United States and partner nations are called in to respond and help get the nation back on its feet. In this instance, this was a scenario as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise, also known as RIMPAC,…
Chason announces retirement
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Paul Chason, who has held the chief executive officer position at Atmore Area YMCA since September 29, 2013, has announced his retirement, effective December 31. Chason was born in Atmore, at Vaught Hospital, “quite a few years ago” and grew up in Huxford, where he attended grades 1-9. He graduated in 1975 from Escambia County High School. (Ironically, his sophomore year was spent in…
Lightning strike sets house afire
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer A lightning-heavy storm cell that moved through Atmore Sunday afternoon was blamed for a fire that damaged a Grubbs Street home and a near-fire at a McKenzie Street home. The McKenzie Street residence was the first affected by the bolts of electrified air that came flashing out of the black clouds that dumped heavy rain on the area. According to Atmore Fire Department Capt.…
Father of the Bride opens Thursday
It’s show week for the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts production of Father of the Bride. Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or at Atmore News, 128 S. Main. Shown during a recent rehearsal are, from left, Hanna Boutwell (Kay Banks), Rob Arrant (Buckley Dunstan) and Sharon Poulsen (Mrs. Banks).