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New county tax goes into effect Saturday
Shoppers across Escambia County will begin paying an extra penny on their purchases when the county’s new sales tax goes into effect on Saturday, July 1. Officials of the cash-strapped county are projecting that the new levy will bring in “around $2.7 million” a year in new revenue. County Commission Chairman Raymond Wiggins said Tuesday that commissioners and administrators are crossing their fingers that the one-cent levy will generate at…
Five hurt in crash
Five people were taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital Wednesday afternoon, June 21, with varying degrees of injury after a two-vehicle collision on Martin Luther King Drive. According to Atmore Police Department reports, the crash occurred around 12:58 p.m., when a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 24-year-old Mikieldra Houston of Atmore pulled onto MLK from Bragg Street and into the path of a 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by…
Juvenile shooter sought
Atmore police continued this week their search for a 17-year-old juvenile who is accused of last week’s shooting of a Georgia man who was visiting an Atmore resident. APD Chief Chuck Brooks said this week that a warrant has been issued charging the unnamed juvenile, who is believed to be in hiding, with attempted murder. According to a press release issued by Brooks, police were sent to Patterson Street Apartments…
Tropical Storm Cindy approaches – Expected to dump rain, rain and more rain
Although Tropical Storm Cindy was still being called “Potential Tropical Cyclone Three” early Tuesday, the oncoming weather system was expected to dump more rain on an already saturated Gulf Coast as it neared landfall in Louisiana. The system is expected to move north to northwest and hit the Louisiana coast by late Wednesday, but forecasters say the low-pressure center’s impact will likely extend well to the east along the Gulf…
OWA state’s largest job creator – Second-largest investment in 2016
The Alabama Department of Commerce’s 2016 New and Expanding Industry Announcements, released in May, cites OWA as the leading job creator for the state of Alabama. The project is on track to create 620 new jobs this year alone. The report also recognizes OWA’s $361 million investment as the second-largest in the state. “The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is so proud that our business endeavor OWA is making such…