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Council OKs street closing, liquor license
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore City Council members gave tentative approval to a liquor license, approved a street closing for the grand opening of a new business and accepted a bid for a massive municipal sidewalk project during their Monday, August 13, meeting. All five council members gave the green light to the two-hour closing this Saturday (August 18) of a block of Ridgeley Street. The closure is…
Store robbed again
Dollar General hit twice in a month By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore police continued this week their investigation into last week’s robbery of Dollar General on East Church Street, the second time in just over a month that the general merchandise store has been targeted for such a crime. Police Chief Chuck Brooks confirmed that a lone bandit entered the store the night of August 6, just minutes…
Former Atmore resident drowns
News Staff Report Donald Ray Helton died doing one of the two things he loved most in life. The 79-year-old Cantonment man, who was born in Huxford and lived part of his life in the Atmore area, was a diehard University of Alabama football fan and an avid fisherman. He was enjoying the second passion when he lost his life. Helton’s body was discovered August 2 by Florida Fish and…
Mural dedication is Friday
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Emily Harp is happy with the fact that artist Patti Gillespie finished ahead of schedule her conversion of the outer wall of Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce headquarters into a work of art, except for one thing. The early finish has forced Harp, the Chamber’s executive director, and her staff to hurry in order to put together a dedication ceremony for the 12-feet-by-30-feet painting…
Questions surround man’s death
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Why did a Monroe County man steal a bobtail truck from a Beatrice lumber yard on July 31? Why did he fire an automatic rifle at lawmen who pursued the stolen semi-cab through four counties? Finally, why did the man leap to his death from one of Interstate 65’s tallest bridges after deciding to end the chase? The answers to those questions and others…