Don Fletcher

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…
Chili cook-off crowd light but enthusiastic – With photo gallery
A light but enthusiastic crowd turned out for Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Chili Cook-off, held Saturday (March 4) at Heritage Park. Fewer than 100 individuals were drawn to the park by the smells that emanated from cauldrons of bubbling concoctions consisting of various meats, light and dark beans, an occasional vegetable and peppers, plenty of peppers. And each vat of spicy stew also contained at least one…
Brewton man killed Tuesday in U.S. 31 crash
Alabama State Troopers are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Brewton man this morning (Tuesday, Mar. 7). Trooper reports indicate that Richard Adam White, 38, lost his life when the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon he was driving went off U.S. 31, about a mile north of Loxley, and overturned. The crash occurred at 12:50 a.m. White, who was not using a seat belt, was ejected…
New coach takes over at ECHS
Rico Jackson officially began 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 Young was at the ECHS helm. The new coach admitted that the job of turning around a Blue Devils program that…
Learning to Cope
Seven individuals graduated last Wednesday (February 22) from the six-week Living Well Alabama workshop conducted at Atmore Area YMCA. The workshop, taught by lead instructor Carol Massey (Living Well Alabama Health and Wellness Coordinator for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s Area Agency on Aging) and co-instructor Joanne Kralik, is a self-management course designed to help people with chronic illnesses better cope with their condition. Shown, from left, are David…