Don Fletcher

New sales tax voted in – Expected to put $2.7M per year into county coffers
Escambia County taxpayers have had more than two months to prepare themselves for implementation of a countywide sales tax that will hopefully help stop the county’s financial bleeding. The revenue enhancement measure is now on the books and the one-cent levy will be added to cash registers across the county, effective July 1. The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously during its Monday, May 22, meeting to impose the one-percent sales…
New wireless carrier coming to Atmore
Officials of a Georgia-based internet service provider announced last week that the company had entered into an agreement that will provide within the next several weeks an alternative outlet for local and area users of electronic data. “We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with West Escambia Utilities for access to their towers so we can provide high-speed internet service to the residents of Atmore,”…
Companion dog another ‘life-changer’ for disabled veteran
Beth Wiggins recognizes the 2015 incident that landed her in a Mobile hospital, cost her both her legs and forced her to spend lengthy periods in two different rehabilitation facilities as a life-changing event. Last Saturday, May 13, she experienced another life-changing event. Wiggins, a Canoe resident who served two tours of duty before receiving an honorable discharge from the Marines as a corporal in 1999, was the recipient of…
Focusing on children, youth – Unpublicized meeting held at city hall
Two local ministers and three city officials confirmed last week that a recent “town hall” meeting, of which the general public and local media were not informed, was a well-attended session intended to serve as the springboard for a concentrated effort to better the lives – and the futures – of the community’s children and youth. About 65 people, including the city’s mayor and four of five city council members,…
Johnson steps down as Coastal Gateway executive director
Dr. John A. Johnson announced recently that he is stepping down as executive director of Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance after more than three years at the helm. Johnson was president of Alabama Southern Community College from 1989 to 2009 and was at the helm when Alabama Southern was created through the merger of Patrick Henry Junior College in Monroeville and Hobson State Technical College in Thomasville. He guided…