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Atmore not participating in weather tax holiday
Alabama’s sixth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be held Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26, in communities across the state, but only one of Escambia County’s taxing municipalities will take part. A provision in the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday law allows counties and municipalities to join the state by removing their own local sales and use taxes from the same items during the same…
Cottrell joins UB board
United Bank announced Tuesday, February 21, that Danny Cottrell joined its Board of Directors. The Brewton business owner and community leader begins his term on the bank’s governing body following service as a member of United Bank’s Escambia County Advisory Board. “We are very pleased to have Danny join our board.” said Bob Jones, United Bank President and CEO. “His commitment to community service as well as his success in…
D4 commissioner: ‘Proposed gas tax hike a necessary evil’
Brandon Smith doesn’t like taxes. Neither does he like the condition of the rural roads he and many other rural residents travel each day. But Smith, the Escambia County Commission’s District 4 representative, grudgingly agrees that the proposed statewide gasoline tax increase might be the only solution to the second problem. “Nobody likes a tax, and I don’t either, but at some point you’ve got to figure out a way…
Gossett guest of governor
Atmore resident Frank Gossett began administering his Breaking Every Chain ministry as assistant chaplain of Holman Correctional Facility four years ago. When he assumed the position he brought with him a desire to help inmates in the notorious prison, where the state’s most hardened criminals, including those who reside on Death Row, are housed, find a path out of their respective lives of crime. It wasn’t that long ago, though,…
Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday
The Ladies of Essence organization is bringing Mardi Gras to Atmore this weekend. Their parade rolls this Saturday, February 25, at 1 p.m. The grand marshal is Karean Reynolds, Escambia County Children’s Policy Council Coordinator. Reynolds was instrumental in getting grants to redo the basketball courts and lighting at Westside Park on Wilson Avenue in Atmore. The royalty of the 2017 Mardi Gras parade are King Brendon Jackson and Queen…