County inmate death likely natural causes
News Staff Report Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigations is conducting an investigation into the July 23 death of an inmate at Escambia County Detention Center. Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said the unidentified inmate is believed to have died of natural causes, and the state probe is normal protocol for all in-custody deaths. According to the sheriff, the inmate was unresponsive during a cell check that was…
Education in the time of the pandemic
Bradley Bryne U.S. Congressman Last week I had a virtual conference with the leaders of the local school systems in our district. Starting a new school year is a difficult task in the best of times. Doing so in the middle of a pandemic with the disease spreading as it is now makes this normally difficult job truly daunting. I greatly appreciate what these leaders and their staffs are going…
Backpacks and uniforms for 200 from Unity event
News Staff Report Organizers of the Unity in the Community drive-through event, held July 25 at Grace Fellowship Church, reported that around 200 children, representing about 90 families, were presented with free backpacks and uniforms. “Unity in the Community was a great success this year,” said Ruth Robinson. “Despite having to change our format due to COVID-19, we were still able to bless so many kids.” Over 30 volunteers from…
Local farmer directs donation to HES
Special to Atmore News Escambia County farmer Brenda Coker directed $2,500 to Huxford Elementary School through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. As part of their mission the organization will use the funds to repair the school’s gym. Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation…
COVID-19 update
100-plus new cases in county in last 4 days By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Despite Gov. Kay Ivey’s mandatory face-covering edict, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Escambia County residents continued to grow at an alarming rate since July 24. According to an updated report issued by Alabama Department of Public Health on Tuesday, July 28, the county now has or has had 859 confirmed cases of the…