Four sentenced in $4 million casino theft
An Atmore man was one of four defendants, all former employees of Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who was recently sentenced to serve time in federal prison for their role in a scheme that netted more than $4 million in ill-gotten funds from Wind Creek Casino in Montgomery. Federal Judge L. Scott Coogler ordered in the case of USA v. Haynes et al that Jacob Byrd, 33, of Atmore serve…
Protecting our children
By Congressman Bradley Byrne For much of the year, the safety of our students rests in the hands of the faculty, staff, and resource officers at our schools. Without a shadow of a doubt, the people who know best how to protect our schools are the teachers, parents, administrators, police officers, and students in their own communities. In February, the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida resonated throughout our communities, highlighting a…
City hires retail, industrial recruiter
City of Atmore officials have taken steps to fill two of the city’s biggest needs — more retail businesses in the downtown area and a larger manufacturing presence in Rivercane Industrial Park. Officials are banking on the abilities of Tucson Roberts, a retail and industrial recruiter who has enjoyed success in other Alabama municipalities and counties, to help fill those needs. Mayor Jim Staff said the city contracted with Roberts,…
Trying to reason with ‘Snowbird’ season
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Down on the coast, locals are getting ready for the Spring Break invasion. Which means Snowbird season is almost over. “Snowbirds” – a name that was once spoken in derision that has now become a term of endearment – at least among coastal Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Development Councils. Snowbirds are the consequence of a carefully crafted promotional campaign aimed at middle-class retirees from…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the Governor’s race. In Alabama politics the Governor’s office is the Brass Ring. It is talked about more than anything else around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass. It is comparable to college football being the king of all sports in Alabama. This infatuation with the Governor’s office is born out…