Don Fletcher

Despite small crowds, ‘Drive Green’ event deemed a success
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The crowds that attended Smith Tractor Company’s three-store, John Deere-sponsored “Drive Green” event on April 13 were smaller than company officials had hoped for. The company’s sales manager, who said the less-than-anticipated turnout was most likely a matter of perception, still deemed the promotion a successful one. “It was fair,” Dewayne Williams, general manager of STC’s Atmore store said of the collective crowd that…
Teens on tractors till ECHS garden
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Dr. Rodney Owens, a teacher at Escambia County High School and a chiropractor by license and degree, was teaching classroom courses more related to his field of expertise a year ago. Now he’s teaching teenagers how to drive and manipulate tractors. Owens, who now teaches Agri Science at ECHS, said he jumped at the chance when the school began looking for someone to take…
Hundreds gather at gazebo for community Gospel sing
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer There was hand-clapping and foot-tapping at Tom Byrne Park on Saturday (April 13). There were hands raised to heaven, and eyes lowered against a soothing sun. The occasion was the second Gathering at the Gazebo, a community Gospel sing featuring a variety of performers and musical styles that drew a couple hundred people to the city park on a near-perfect Spring day. “We are…
City nominates 10 for HPC committee
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore City Council members moved a step closer on Monday (April 8) to formation of a historic preservation district within the city. During a workshop that preceded the council’s regular meeting, members nominated 10 individuals who will be asked to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission committee, the group that will oversee establishment of and adherence to policies, procedures, by-laws and other aspects of…
Burglars busted
Adult, juvenile found holding property taken in break-ins By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer A predawn raid carried out Monday (April 15) at a Harris Street residence resulted in the arrest of a two-person burglary ring believed responsible for either stealing or acting as a fence for property stolen in a string of residential break-ins stretching from Atmore and rural Escambia County, Alabama, into Florida. Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks…