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Four sentenced in $4 million casino theft
An Atmore man was one of four defendants, all former employees of Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who was recently sentenced to serve time in federal prison for their role in a scheme that netted more than $4 million in ill-gotten funds from Wind Creek Casino in Montgomery. Federal Judge L. Scott Coogler ordered in the case of USA v. Haynes et al that Jacob Byrd, 33, of Atmore serve…
City hires retail, industrial recruiter
City of Atmore officials have taken steps to fill two of the city’s biggest needs — more retail businesses in the downtown area and a larger manufacturing presence in Rivercane Industrial Park. Officials are banking on the abilities of Tucson Roberts, a retail and industrial recruiter who has enjoyed success in other Alabama municipalities and counties, to help fill those needs. Mayor Jim Staff said the city contracted with Roberts,…
Hall of Fame to induct Bill Farr
Seven outstanding citizens will be inducted in the Atmore Area Hall of Fame April 28: Athletics – Willie Parker and Earl Miller; Government – Stephanie Bryan and Weldon Vickrey; Business – Dale Ash and Bill Farr; Medicine – Ima Joan Helton-Crawford The induction ceremony and dinner will be held Saturday, April 28, 6 p.m., at The Club, Highway 21, Atmore. Tickets, $25 each, are available at Atmore News and United…
Open house at the airport
Folks flew in and drove in to visit the recently refurbished Atmore Municipal Airport Saturday, March 10, when city officials and airport management hosted an open house and fly-in. Cutting the ribbon are airport manager Freddie McCall Jr. and his wife Margie. To his left is Mayor Jim Staff who said 10 aircraft flew in for the event – including LifeFlight. He added that threatening weather conditions may have kept…
Little River reopening
Little River State Park, Claude D. Kelley State Park, Little River State Forest – whatever the official name, most folks have called it simply Little River. Once the destination for droves of people looking for a good place to swim, camp and cook out, the park has fallen on hard times in recent years through changes in management and actually closing. But the park is re-opening this Saturday. Gary Cole,…