Don Fletcher

Mobile home, car destroyed by fire
Firefighter Shane Rollin sprays water on the smoldering automobile. By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore firefighters spent just over an hour gaining control of a Friday (July 3) evening fire that destroyed an abandoned mobile home and car and threatened several homes off Virginia Drive. “It was an old, abandoned trailer that was empty,” said Fire Chief Ron Peebles of the structure, which was reported burning at 6:24 p.m.…
GOP, Demo runoff elections next Tuesday
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Alabama Republicans statewide and Republicans and Democrats across Alabama’s First District will go to the polls next Tuesday, July 14, in the long-delayed party runoff elections. The runoffs were initially scheduled for March 31 but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing will reportedly be in place at all voting locations within Escambia County, and voters are encouraged to wear facemasks to…
Incentive offer being prepared to lure peanut processor
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer City of Atmore economic development and legal representatives are working on a proposal that could bring a huge, farmer-owned peanut processing plant, along with more than 100 fulltime jobs, to Atmore Industrial Park. Atmore City Council members and Escambia County Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds and Vice-Chairman Brandon Smith heard during a special meeting held last Wednesday, July 1, in city council chambers that landing…
2 more deaths
Local COVID-19 case total jumps by 118 since Friday By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama and in Escambia County continued an upward swing over the past four days, as almost 4,800 more state residents and 118 more Escambia County residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two new deaths among county residents were attributed to the virus, bringing the total to eight…
3 more denied parole as hearings continue
Watson McKenzie Goins By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Three more men sentenced in Escambia County to prison terms were denied parole last week during hearings by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Scotty Dewayne Watson, whose hearing was held June 24, has served just over three years of 15-year sentence imposed after his conviction on possessing or receiving a controlled substance. According to Alabama Department of Corrections records,…