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PCI donation keeps Y’s doors open — for now
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore Area YMCA was reportedly just hours away from closure when a $50,000 check arrived from Poarch Band of Creek Indians and prevented a seemingly imminent lockdown of the historic building that serves as the Y’s headquarters and programs facility. Paul Chason, the Y’s chief executive officer, said he was preparing to deliver termination notices to the facility’s staff when the financial help arrived…
Fatal crash
Collision claims life of Atmore woman By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer An Atmore woman was apparently killed instantly when the vehicle she was driving crossed the center line of U.S. 31 and was plowed into by another car on May 15. According to Alabama State Trooper reports, 25-year-old Tracie Shenaye Young was killed when the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving collided with a 2004 GMC Envoy. Troopers said…
Arrests made in gunfire incident
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Although Atmore police are not yet ready to release the names of their suspects, Police Chief Chuck Brooks confirmed this week that numerous individuals have been arrested in connection with the April 28 hail of gunfire that awakened residents of several neighborhoods. “We’ve made several arrests in that case,” Brooks told local reporters. “We’re not ready to release the names yet because there are…
Splash pad opens Friday
By DON FLETCHER The anticipated opening of Atmore’s splash pad — a 2,000-square feet, water-themed playground for children — is just a few days away, and children and parents throughout the area are chomping at the bit to make use of the new kiddie attraction. The official opening of the water-spouting, water-dumping, water-spraying fun zone will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, which is set…
Honoring excellence
By SHERRY DIGMON News Staff Writer For the 33rd year, the Atmore Rotary Club honored students from Atmore Christian School, Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School and Northview High School for academic achievement. The Rotary Academic All-Star program was held Thursday, May 10, in ECHS Hodnette Auditorium. One hundred thirty-eight students were recognized. Eight of them are four-year Academic All-Stars: Anna Bell Barberree, Northview High School; Lazarrian Boykin, Escambia County…