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3 shot, home invaded – ECSO investigating 2 incidents
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into two out-of-the-ordinary incidents that happened on the fringes of Atmore over the weekend, one a triple shooting and the other a home invasion. Three local men were shot, allegedly by two unknown males who tried to rob them, and another local man claimed that three people, including a child, forced their way into his home, assaulted him and left him bound and…
Reward offered in theft
Officials of Johnson Ford have offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who stole an expensive set of wheels and tires off a muscle car that was among the dealership’s inventory. Ben Odom, sales manager for the local auto dealer, said thieves removed the wheels and tires from a 2017 Shelby GT 350 Mustang at some time between midnight Saturday and…
College merger now a reality
After 13 months of preparation, the effort to consolidate Alabama Southern Community College, Faulkner State Community College and Jefferson Davis Community College has come to fruition. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission On Colleges voted December 6 to approve the consolidation of the three institutions. The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees then unanimously signed on the final line to move forward with the development of the…
‘Failing schools’ list released – Designation based on 1 exam
Alabama public high schools received a jolt last week with the release of the Alabama Department of Education’s “failing school” list. The determination of whether or not a school is a “failing” school is based on one test taken one time by tenth-grade students. Escambia County High School is one of 75 public schools statewide that have been designated by the Department of Education as “failing schools,” based on the…
FNB&T receives 5-Star Rating
BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm, has announced that First National Bank & Trust has attained its highest 5-Star superior rating. A 5-Star rating indicates that First National Bank & Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, commended FNB&T for maintaining a strong capital position while fulfilling its commitment to solving the financial needs of their community. “Community banks aren’t pushing…