Don Fletcher

‘Uncharted territory’
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said last week that APD officers and other emergency personnel are doing — and will continue to do — whatever it takes to keep city residents safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But, the police chief admitted, the spread of the virus and the measures that must be taken to stymie the spread, represent a new situation for him…
Some events canceled; others?
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce officials have canceled three upcoming events, including Easter in the Park, along with the final two sessions of Leadership Atmore, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The fate of this year’s Mayfest celebration, initially scheduled for May 2 at Tom Byrne Park, remained up in the air as April approached. Executive Director Emily Wilson announced that the popular…
Courthouses closed
Trio to conduct county’s day-to-day business By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Escambia County (Ala.) Commissioners took several steps last week — including closing the county courthouse in Brewton and the satellite courthouse in Atmore — to meet the social distancing and other suggestions issued by local, state and national health officials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds confirmed that commissioners held an emergency meeting…
Coping with COVID-19
Church services, businesses, economy affected By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across Alabama has had a profound effect on the lives of Atmore residents and has brought the local economy to a relative standstill. Stores, shops and other business entities have either closed their doors to the general public or cut their hours of operation. Items such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toilet tissue, bread…
Coronavirus
Special session, restrictions, closings By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore’s mayor and council met Monday, March 16, in a special session to provide updates from local health, court and senior services officials on the affects the coronavirus outbreak, which has reached the pandemic stage, has had and will have on the community. World Health Organization statistics reveal that the outbreak, which has earned pandemic status, had through Monday affected…