YMCA’s final day is Friday
News Staff Report Atmore Area YMCA, which has been a part of the community for the past 23 years, will cease operations at 5 p.m. this Friday, November 30. The local nonprofit, which was established in June 1995, was once the hub for many community activities and provided numerous activities for young and old during the two-plus decades it was open. A downward revenue spiral and mounting expenses, especially maintenance…
Gehman named one of Delta’s best
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Joe Gehman, who developed a love for aviation while growing up in Atmore, also learned the value of treating people with respect. That combination recently led to Gehman being recognized as one of the best of the best at what he does. Gehman, who currently serves as duty manager for Delta Airlines at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, was recently selected by his fellow company employees…
Opioids and the foster care crisis
Facing out-of-county, out-of-state placements By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Adults across the nation have fallen victim to the addictive powers of opium-based prescriptions and other substances — some legal, some not. And, while the focus of the national pandemic has been on the effects these substances have on those adults, the real losers have been the children of the addicts. Escambia County, Alabama, has seen its share of opioid-driven…
Fayard is Miss Indian Alabama
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Emily Fayard, a first-generation Poarch Band of Creek Indians descendant, was recently selected by a panel of judges from the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission and Alabama Intertribal Council as Miss Indian Alabama 2019. The young beauty, chosen from among numerous entries by members of state or federally recognized Native American tribes in Alabama, is the daughter of Bryan and Candice Fayard of Flomaton. “We…
Let us give thanks
On October 3rd, 1863, President Lincoln issued a Proclamation on Thanksgiving establishing the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday, encouraging every American – at home and abroad – to give pause and give thanks. Thanksgiving had existed before in America. There was the First Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and Native Americans in Massachusetts in 1621, of course, and Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison also…