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McGhee retains seat on Tribal Council
McGhee By SHERRY DIGMON News Staff Writer In a run-off election held Saturday, August 4, Poarch Creek Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Robert “Robbie” McGhee received 627 votes to retain his seat on the council. He was challenged by Amy Bryan who finished with 596 votes. The two emerged from field of four in the June election. Though McGhee received 605 votes and Bryan received 348 votes, neither received 51 percent. Executive…
Chamber mural project ‘moving swiftly’
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer When Emily Harp, the enthusiastic executive director of Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, was looking for someone to paint a mural that would serve as the focal point for a proposed project to enhance the attraction of downtown Atmore, she only had to look about 65 miles to the south. Patti Gillespie, a Crestview, Fla. artist who specializes in murals and whose works have…
Chason announces retirement
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Paul Chason, who has held the chief executive officer position at Atmore Area YMCA since September 29, 2013, has announced his retirement, effective December 31. Chason was born in Atmore, at Vaught Hospital, “quite a few years ago” and grew up in Huxford, where he attended grades 1-9. He graduated in 1975 from Escambia County High School. (Ironically, his sophomore year was spent in…
Lightning strike sets house afire
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer A lightning-heavy storm cell that moved through Atmore Sunday afternoon was blamed for a fire that damaged a Grubbs Street home and a near-fire at a McKenzie Street home. The McKenzie Street residence was the first affected by the bolts of electrified air that came flashing out of the black clouds that dumped heavy rain on the area. According to Atmore Fire Department Capt.…
Lancaster named DYW
Faulk is 1st alternate By SHERRY DIGMON News Staff Writer In a field of 15, Mary Thompson Lancaster of Atmore was named Escambia County’s 2019 Distinguished Young Woman Saturday, July 28. Mary Thompson attends Escambia Academy. She’s the daughter of Steve and Mary Beth Lancaster. In receiving this honor, Mary Thompson carries on a family tradition – her great-aunt, Ann Floyd Green, was the 1964 Junior Miss and her mother,…