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GOP, Demo runoff elections next Tuesday
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Alabama Republicans statewide and Republicans and Democrats across Alabama’s First District will go to the polls next Tuesday, July 14, in the long-delayed party runoff elections. The runoffs were initially scheduled for March 31 but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing will reportedly be in place at all voting locations within Escambia County, and voters are encouraged to wear facemasks to…
Incentive offer being prepared to lure peanut processor
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer City of Atmore economic development and legal representatives are working on a proposal that could bring a huge, farmer-owned peanut processing plant, along with more than 100 fulltime jobs, to Atmore Industrial Park. Atmore City Council members and Escambia County Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds and Vice-Chairman Brandon Smith heard during a special meeting held last Wednesday, July 1, in city council chambers that landing…
Rodgers takes new position
Rodgers Special to Atmore News The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced July 2 the hiring of Scottie Rodgers to become the Director of Communications for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. No stranger to the Cotton Bowl, Rodgers has been a part of the media operations volunteer staff for the last 21 games, serving as a team media liaison for the previous 17 Classics. Rodgers assumes the communications responsibilities held by…
2 more deaths
Local COVID-19 case total jumps by 118 since Friday By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama and in Escambia County continued an upward swing over the past four days, as almost 4,800 more state residents and 118 more Escambia County residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two new deaths among county residents were attributed to the virus, bringing the total to eight…
Police warn of vehicle break-ins
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks announced this week that his department has over the past two weeks received “numerous complaints” of suspects breaking and entering automobiles throughout the city. Brooks said burglary reports have been taken from Old Bratt Road, Woodlawn Avenue, Forrest Hill Drive, South Carney Street, Whippoorwill Drive, Tatum Avenue, Smith Diary Road and Woods Road. Individuals are “rummaging through unlocked vehicles during the early morning hours and…