Don Fletcher

Arrests made in rural auto break-ins
Two Atmore men, including a former standout athlete at Escambia County High School, were arrested this morning (Wednesday, June 28) by Escambia County deputies after a high-speed car chase and a brief foot pursuit and charged with numerous automobile break-ins throughout the county’s rural areas. Eric John Williams, 19, of a Church Street address, and Bryson Williams, 18, who lives on Martin Luther King Drive, were taken into custody by…
Shots fired?
Atmore police were sent to three locations within the city Sunday night, June 25, in response to reports of gunfire, but were unable to find the person or persons believed to have fired the shots. At least four residents of the city’s southeastern sector called to report hearing what was believed to be single, spaced-out shots and several staccato bursts from an automatic weapon. The shots rang out around 11:15…
Local Verizon store not closing
Verizon Communications admits that it will soon cease to operate its Verizon Wireless store in Atmore, but a company spokesperson said that rumors of the local store’s closing are more than a little off-base. Jeannine Brew, an external communications spokesperson with Verizon Communications, said the company would in late July divest itself of several small stores, including Atmore’s, as part of an announced reorganization plan that is designed to pave…
Youngsters celebrate end of swim lessons with treasure dive
About three dozen young swimmers enjoyed an end-of-lessons “free swim” last Friday, June 23, where their aquatic frolicking was not monitored or judged by adults. Throw in the almost-daily rains that have fallen recently and the chance to dive for sunken treasure, and you have the makings of a party. The youngsters, who spent the last three weeks learning to swim, splashed as they pleased in the municipal pool at…
Water, water everywhere – Farmers virtually helpless as crops drown, rot in soggy fields
One of the most active storm systems spawned last week by Tropical Storm Cindy dumped buckets of rain on an already water-logged city and county but otherwise passed quietly over Atmore and through Escambia County last Wednesday, June 21. The series of thunderstorm cells, including the one that followed on Thursday, left relatively little structural damage in their wake as they moved through. But their cumulative effect was devastating to…