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Locals urged to mine their historic gold
After an emotional ceremony during which a historical marker commemorating the contributions made by Escambia County Training School was unveiled, the ensuing black heritage program at Atmore City Hall was almost anticlimactic. The program featured a brief history of Rosenwald schools delivered by Elvin Lang, vice-chair of the Alabama Black Heritage Council, followed by the keynote address, which was presented by noted black historian, media consultant and author Dr. Richard…
State, local burn bans lifted
Heavy rains that have fallen over the past several days have diminished the threat of wildfires, prompting Gov. Robert Bentley to lift the ban against outdoor burning that had been in effect statewide since mid-October. The governor issued a “No Burn Order” in response to the worsening of drought conditions across the state. Alabama Forestry Commission reports show that 3,660 wildfires have burned more than 49,000 acres in the state…
No serious injuries
An Escambia Academy senior escaped serious injury when she lost control of her 2005 Nissan Maxima around 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, while traveling on Cowpen Creek Road, about a half-mile from Jerkins Loop. According to Alabama State Trooper reports, the teen suffered “non-life threatening” injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released. The car was a total loss.
Brown execs award checks to ECHS, FHS
Among the business conducted during the Monday, Nov. 28, Atmore City Council meeting were the approval of two agreements related to lighting and traffic signals near Rivercane Industrial Park and the swap of small tracts of land with Poarch Creek Indian officials. But the agenda item that drew the most attention was the formal announcement of the winners of a contest among local schools to name the access road to…