Don Fletcher

PCI helping fund IT academy at ECHS
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Thanks to a donation from Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Escambia County High School’s dream of a new Academy of Information Technology is a step closer to becoming reality. Escambia County School System officials and officials of Alabama’s only federally recognized Native American tribe issued a joint statement regarding the new IT academy, which is scheduled to become part of the ECHS curriculum for…
Self-defense?
Atmore mayor says raccoon attacked him, wife By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Mayor Jim Staff, one of the most avid advocates for positive publicity about the community, accidentally triggered a landslide of negativity when video was shot of Staff using a shovel to fight off an aggressive raccoon that he said chased him and his wife. “I didn’t attack the raccoon; the raccoon attacked me,” Staff said during…
Memorial Day
Faulty mic only a minor distraction at local observance By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Although the public address system wasn’t cooperative at Monday’s Memorial Day observance, the holiday’s somber message came through loud and clear. Commanders of both local veterans groups, along with the city’s mayor and a young military veteran who spent her formative years in Atmore, stressed the difference between Memorial Day, which is set aside to…
Child sex abuse, torture case still open
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore police investigators, along with investigators from the Escambia County Department of Human Resources and forensic interviewers from Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center, are almost finished with their investigation into the case of a local man charged with the violent sexual abuse of two children. Meanwhile, the suspect, 18-year-old Abraham L. Banks of a Maplewood Drive address, has been freed on bond for…
No arrests yet
APD searching for party gunmen By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks blamed the chaos of the situation for initial reports that a May 18 party during which one person was shot to death and eight others wounded in a hail of gunfire was for past and present graduates of Escambia County High School. Brooks said he was being hounded by local, regional and national media…