Don Fletcher

Taste of the South Sept. 20
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the South, a showcase of many of the best cooks, cooking teams and bakers in and around the community, will turn 15 this year, and Chamber officials are gearing up for a big celebration. This year’s cooking competition — set for 5-8 p.m. next Thursday, September 20, at Heritage Park — will be the initial one for…
Sunshine Law broken?
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore’s mayor and city council dealt with a heavier than usual agenda during their Monday, September 10, meeting, but it was an item that was not on the agenda that resulted in an apparent violation of the Alabama Open Meetings Act. Among other business, council members officially set the annual trick-or-treat period, gave the green light to the purchase of five new police cars…
Hospital no hasty decision
Plan to build new, smaller hospital was 3 years in the making By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer During the Atmore City Council’s September 10 workshop, the mayor and council were given some insight into the planned construction of a new, state-of-the-art medical center for the community and surrounding area. Atmore Community Hospital Board Chair Nancy Lowrey and Escambia County Healthcare Authority Chair Ruth Harrell shared the lead on a…
Blue Devils register first 2-0 start since 2010 season
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Although Escambia County High football coach Rico Jackson feels like his team still has a long way to go, he admitted that his team’s August 31 win over Class 5A Wilcox-Central went a long way toward restoring respectability to the long-stagnant ECHS program. “We did pretty good, but there are still some things we have to work on,” the second-year ECHS coach said after…
RPES named Bicentennial School
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer A local school has been thrust into the statewide spotlight. Rachel Patterson Elementary School Principal John Brantley announced this week that the school is one of just 200 schools in the state that were each designated a Bicentennial School and awarded a $2,000 grant for development of a community betterment project. According to a letter Brantley received from Gov. Kay Ivey, the 200 schools…