Don Fletcher

Arbor Day planting
More than 300 Rachel Patterson Elementary School students and the school’s faculty and staff joined five Atmore Garden Club members, Mayor Jim Staff and Escambia County Forester Thomas Davis on a windy Monday (March 6) for the Arbor Day planting of a Sugar Maple on the RPES campus. The mayor spoke briefly, and Davis provided a history of Arbor Day before the mayor and city horticulturist Ed Brown shoveled dirt…
Woman escapes through window
An Atmore woman was injured but escaped with her life when a Monday night, March 6, fire destroyed her Martin Luther King Drive home. Atmore Fire Chief Ron Peebles said the unidentified woman had to break a window and climb through it, apparently after smoke began to fill the small dwelling and render her unable to find the door. “She got out, but she had to bust a window,” Peebles…
Burglaries ‘aggressively investigated’
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said this week that APD investigators are using every resource at their disposal to identify and arrest the person or persons responsible for a string of recent burglaries that have plagued residents of the city’s southwestern sector. “We’ve had several burglaries around the Forest Hills Drive, Rockaway Creek Road and Grubbs Street area,” Brooks said Tuesday. “We have several victims out there, and we are…
New coach: Turn-around will take time
Rico Jackson officially began last Wednesday (March 1) the task of rebuilding the Escambia County High School football program. Jackson, who guided Aliceville High to the Class 2A state title game last season, was hired last week to replace Royce Young, whose teams posted a 4-26 mark over the three seasons he was at the ECHS helm. The new coach admitted that the job of turning around a Blue Devils…
Passenger rail service here by December? Local SRC member optimistic that timetable will be met
If things continue as planned, and if legislators in all the involved states loosen their purse strings and provide the needed funding, passenger rail service will return to Atmore and other areas of the Gulf Coast as early as December. Jerry Gehman of Atmore, a member of the Southern Rail Commission who served for about two years as the city’s liaison to the commission before joining it, reported this week…