Smart Growth America
Consultants recommend that ACH stay near downtown By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Consultants from the group with whom the City of Atmore has partnered to help make critical land use decisions say that the inclusion of Atmore Community Hospital is vital to the effort to revitalize the community’s downtown region. But a subcommittee of the 23-member committee charged with examining and refining the recommendations made by Smart Growth America…
AFD responds to ‘unusual’ fires
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore firefighters responded over the past week to a pair of fires, each of which included aspects that fall outside the realm of the normal fire department response. The first happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday, July 5. Firefighters arrived at a Sunset Drive home to discover that the homeowner’s dog had knocked over a Tiki torch in the yard of the home.…
Council approves beer, wine sales for Family Dollar
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore City Council members approved an application for a local discount store to sell beer and wine, okayed the purchase of a used vehicle and gave the green light to a community event that is scheduled for August at Rivercane. The council, sitting one member short due to the absence of District 4’s Susan Smith, approved an application by Family Dollar Store, located in…
Raises come early for school employees
By SHERRY DIGMON News Publisher In last week’s edition [July 3, 2019], Atmore News reported the Alabama legislature passed the largest state education budget in history with salary increases and more funds for pre-K and lower grades. How does this budget affect the Escambia County public school system? Chief School Financial Officer Julie Madden supplied information to specific questions posed by Atmore News. In a special meeting June 27, the…
Oldest tribal member passes
McGhee also oldest local WWII veteran By SHERRY DIGMON AND DON FLETCHER With the passing of Carl “Buster” McGhee on July 2, the community lost the oldest World War II veteran and oldest Poarch Creek tribal member. In fact, some think he may have been the oldest WWII veteran in the state. Mr. McGhee was 102. As he was getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday, he was featured in…