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Plan underwhelms many educators
By Larry Lee It is almost a given that when Alabama gets a new school chief, shortly thereafter we will also get a new “strategic plan.” Maybe there is a law somewhere that says this is mandatory, or maybe it is just the new guy trying to tell everyone how smart he is and that we were wise to hire him because he has all the answers. So there was…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers Since we are in the midst of an election for a U.S. Senator, let me share the story of one of the most prestigious congressional families in Alabama history. The Bankheads of Jasper would likely be the most prominent political family in Alabama political lore. More than likely there has never been a father serve as one of Americas most powerful U.S. Senators while their son, William…
Taking the miracle out of the Miracle Strip
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Took a trip down memory lane the other day. Drove along what Panama City Beach promoters used to call The Miracle Strip Parkway. Or at least they did back when the road took visitors to The Miracle Strip Amusement Park. Which isn’t there anymore. But a lot of you remember when it was. Back before the completion of I-65, which funnels so many Alabama tourists…
Jailed for embezzlement – Atmore woman charged with stealing thousands
An Atmore woman who had worked for and with a local realtor for several years was arrested last week and charged with embezzling a “significant amount” of money from the realtor’s business. Atmore Police Chief Charles Brooks confirmed Monday that Jaime LeAnne McCoy, 33, was arrested by APD investigators on a charge of first-degree theft of property. McCoy was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center last Thursday, June 1,…
Poarch man torches own home
A Jack Springs Road resident was arrested May 30 on arson and domestic violence charges after he allegedly used a husband-wife dispute as the catalyst for setting a fire that consumed the mobile home in which the couple lived. Jason Paul Mitchell, 31, of a Jack Springs Road address, is charged with one count each of second degree arson, domestic violence and third degree domestic harassment. An employee of the…