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New county tax goes into effect Saturday
Shoppers across Escambia County will begin paying an extra penny on their purchases when the county’s new sales tax goes into effect on Saturday, July 1. Officials of the cash-strapped county are projecting that the new levy will bring in “around $2.7 million” a year in new revenue. County Commission Chairman Raymond Wiggins said Tuesday that commissioners and administrators are crossing their fingers that the one-cent levy will generate at…
Five hurt in crash
Five people were taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital Wednesday afternoon, June 21, with varying degrees of injury after a two-vehicle collision on Martin Luther King Drive. According to Atmore Police Department reports, the crash occurred around 12:58 p.m., when a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 24-year-old Mikieldra Houston of Atmore pulled onto MLK from Bragg Street and into the path of a 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by…
Mobile man busted with bogus bill
A Mobile man was arrested recently after he tried to get a local business to change a $100 bill that turned out to be counterfeit. According to a press release issued last week by Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, Joseph Brad Fallon, 35, was taken into custody June 10 after city police officers responded to the AT&T Store, 813 North Main Street, in response to a report of a subject…
BOE approves Out-of-District agreement
At the June 15 meeting, the Escambia County Board of Education approved the proposed Out-of-District Agreement giving the requirements for students coming into the district from outside the attendance zones for the Escambia County Ala. school system. In the past, the Escambia County school superintendent has been required to issue a letter of release from the district for students enrolling in other school districts. This year, Superintendent John Knott recommended…
United Bank receives 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial 
United Bank announces it has maintained its 5-Star Superior rating for strength and security from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. The 5-Star award recognizes United Bank’s financial strength and performance and is based on profitability, capital, level of delinquent loans, charge-offs, repossessed assets and liquidity. The rankings announced are based on the bank’s March 31, 2017 financial results. BauerFinancial recommends that all financial institutions earn a 4…