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Johnson steps down as Coastal Gateway executive director
Dr. John A. Johnson announced recently that he is stepping down as executive director of Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance after more than three years at the helm. Johnson was president of Alabama Southern Community College from 1989 to 2009 and was at the helm when Alabama Southern was created through the merger of Patrick Henry Junior College in Monroeville and Hobson State Technical College in Thomasville. He guided…
ECHS shatters record – Seniors receive $4.3 million in scholarships
Escambia County High School a failing school? Don’t tell this senior class. Apparently they didn’t get the word. This class of 110 seniors shattered the old school record for scholarships with a whopping $4.3 million in scholarship offers. When Principal Dennis Fuqua came to ECHS four and a half years ago, seniors struggled to reach $1 million in scholarships. The climb has been steady since then, and last year topped…
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…