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Little River State Park closes
The closing was quiet, without fanfare. Friday afternoon, December 30, when the gate closed at Little River State Park, it closed indefinitely. A short message on the Alabama Forestry Commission website apparently was the only notice issued: “Little River State Forest and Park near Atmore, Alabama will close at 5:00 pm December 30, 2016 until further notice. The Alabama Forestry Commission’s operating partner Iron Men Outdoor Ministries has decided they…
Nokomis VFD to get new home
Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department has outgrown its headquarters, but the crowded conditions that currently exist might become a thing of the past in the near future. The all-volunteer fire suppression and emergency response group has received pre-approval for a federal grant-loan that will pay for most of the construction of a new station. “We’re passing the hat,” said local businessman Jerry Gehman, who is a captain with the department. “We…
IH finds, corrects breach
Monday, December 26, Infirmary Health released press release regarding a breach of privacy at Atmore Community Hospital. The breach was found during a routine audit, and appears limited in scope. Following is the press release in its entirety: PUBLIC NOTICE: HIPAA Breach Notification Atmore Community Hospital (ACH), a hospital owned by Escambia County Alabama Community Hospitals, Inc. and managed by Infirmary Management Services, Inc., understands a patient’s privacy is important…
Fire destroys McCullough church
Despite the combined effort of three fire departments, flames raged virtually unchecked through the McCullough community’s oldest church early Friday, December 16, leaving only the brick walls and a mass of fire-warped tin that had been the church’s roof. “It’s pretty far gone,” said James McNeil, a deacon of First Baptist Church, a historically black house of worship that had stood for more than 90 years and has “probably 50-something”…