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Leadership Atmore class graduates
The 2017 Leadership Atmore class graduated Monday evening, May 15. Members celebrated new friendships and a new appreciation for the town they call home – some for a long time, some for only a short time. Program director Cindy Lee began the program with a welcome and the invocation, praying that these graduates had found their place in the community. Each member was given the opportunity to comment on their…
FNB&T donates to high schools
Each year, the First National Bank & Trust Points Club donates money to area high schools based on scoring by that year’s football team. This year, the bank donated a total of $7,400 to Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School, Excel High School, J.F. Shields High School, J.U. Blacksher High School, Monroe Academy, Monroe County High School, Northview High School. Shown are bank personnel, from left, Jason Boothe, Vice President…
Focusing on children, youth – Unpublicized meeting held at city hall
Two local ministers and three city officials confirmed last week that a recent “town hall” meeting, of which the general public and local media were not informed, was a well-attended session intended to serve as the springboard for a concentrated effort to better the lives – and the futures – of the community’s children and youth. About 65 people, including the city’s mayor and four of five city council members,…
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…