Top stories of 2018
New hospital plan, YMCA closing among biggest local news By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Those who look back on the year just past will recall a much less violent 12-month period than the previous year, as only one murder was committed and only three locals lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. But plenty of excitement was created by announcements that construction of a new hospital is imminent, that…
Fire destroys home
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore firefighters were greeted with a somewhat extraordinary situation — exploding rifle ammunition — when they arrived to fight a December 21 fire that broke out around 11:15 a.m. and effectively destroyed a Cloverdale Road home. “When we pulled up, it was going off,” Fire Chief Ron Peebles said of the ammo. “One of the occupants told us there were two fully loaded AK-47s…
Local schools improve
By SHERRY DIGMON News Staff Writer Overall, Escambia County public schools improved academically from 2016-17 to 2017-18, but it was a slight improvement and not enough to get the schools from a C to a B. The Alabama Department of Education released the school systems’ and individual schools’ grades Monday, December 31. Three schools in Escambia County earned a grade of B, but those grades were not enough to pull…
ABC store robbed
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore police and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency personnel continued this week their investigation into the December 21 armed robbery of ABC Beverages Store 41 on North Main Street. “We’re still working on it; it’s still under investigation,” Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, whose department is the lead agency on the case, said late last week. Police reports show that the robbery occurred around 5…