News

Floaters rescued
Two adults and nine youngsters ranging in age from 12 to 16 years were rescued Sunday night (May 14) after they experienced leaks in several inner tubes and became stranded along Big Escambia Creek. Sheriff’s reports show the inner-tube passengers, led by a kayak, had lunch at Grissett Bridge and were riding the creek’s currents on the way to Magnolia Branch. The mini-flotilla launched around 11 a.m. and the floaters…
Rotary Club honors excellence
It’s one thing for a keynote speaker to tell an audience “It doesn’t matter where you’re from” and “You can be whatever you want to be” and “Ask God for guidance.” It’s one thing when the speaker says that – it’s another thing when the speaker is living proof of her words. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Lyn Lufkin Stuart was the keynote speaker at Thursday evening’s Atmore Rotary Club Academic…
Auditions open for Annie
The Greater Escambia Council for the Arts will hold auditions for Annie Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at the theater on the corner of Trammell and Nashville. Of course, girls ages 7 and older are needed for the roles of Annie and the other orphans, but GECA Artistic Director Phil Johnson said many roles are open for males and females, ages 7 to senior adult. Children younger than 7…
BOE terminates, suspends 2 teachers
The Escambia County Board of Education met in special session Thursday, May 11, to consider two personnel items. Board action resulted in the termination of Escambia County Middle School teacher Kim Downey, who was arrested at the school February 24, after three suspected marijuana “roaches” were found inside a bag in her classroom. The board also voted to suspend ECMS teacher Victoria Corey for five days without pay. Both actions…
Disabled vet to receive companion dog
A United State Marine Corps veteran who lost both legs in a motorcycle accident in September 2015 will get a special companion this Saturday, May 13. Beth Wiggins, who attends Unity Baptist Church, will be presented with the canine companion, a service dog named Berlin, during a ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. at the church, located on U.S. 31 in Atmore. The specially trained service animal is a…