Don Fletcher

Local Y now offering dance classes
Most adults listen politely but pay little attention when a teenager comes to them with a business suggestion. That wasn’t the case when 17-year-old Isabel Allen dropped by Atmore Area YMCA recently to discuss the possible establishment of a dance program at the local facility. “Ms. Allen came to the YMCA unannounced and asked if we were interested in having dance classes at the YMCA,” said Paul Chason, the Y’s…
Amtrak returning? Not so fast
When embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April, some members of the Southern Rail Commission wondered whether the change in leadership would affect the effort to restore passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast. Instead, it was another hostile takeover that actually put the plan on a sidetrack. Negotiations that had lowered the anticipated cost of the project from $2.3 billion to less than $800 million were rendered useless…
Charged in home invasion, robbery – More arrests expected
An Atmore man remained in the Escambia County Detention Center on Tuesday, charged with two felony crimes, after a June 5 incident during which he and two other men allegedly forced their way into another man’s home, hit the resident in the head with a handgun, then robbed him. According to a press release issued last week by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert, 24-year-old Mikeal Starks is…
Former WSN coach faces new charges
A former W.S. Neal High School coach, arrested in May on a charge of having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19, was arrested again last week after at least one more student claimed that the coach also attempted to have sexual contact with her. Jason Paul Blaney, 38, of a Jay, Fla., address, was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Friday, June 9, according to a…
Council upholds rezoning denial
Atmore’s city council, meeting for the first time since May 8, made quick work of a two-item agenda during the panel’s Monday, June 12, session. Actually, it became a one-item agenda when Tonya Hudson, organizer of Fight Against Darkness Warfare Walkers, was not in attendance to ask approval for an upcoming event, the details of which were not disclosed, that was to encompass both Tom Byrne and Houston Avery parks.…