Loved ones who went home in 2016
January Anna Ruth Drakeford September 9, 1939 – January 2, 2016 Dorothy Croley Sims August 18, 1946 – January 3, 2016 Kathy Wilson Black January 6, 1966 – January 4, 2016 L.B. Minchew March 31, 1931 – January 5, 2016 Frankie Mosley August 21, 1954 – January 5, 2016 Velma Alice Martin Amos July 26, 1943 – January 9, 2016 Nathan Lavoid Lowry March 31, 1940 – January 9, 2016…
A glance back at 2016 – New high-tech factory, possible return of rail service among year’s top stories
A flurry of economic development announcements, including the impending construction of a high-tech manufacturing plant that is expected to generate 100 new jobs and the return of passenger rail service, were among the biggest news stories of 2016 in Atmore and the surrounding communities. The year’s biggest news events of 2016 also included a bevy of high-profile crime stories, including one that drew national attention, as well as several destructive…
Top Alabama ag stories in 2016
The following article is provided by the Alabama Farmers Federation. Drought hurts Alabama farms Lack of rain in 2016 was the biggest story for Alabama farmers. From April to early December, many areas of the state received an inch of rain or less, leading farmers to sell cattle earlier than usual while searching for hay to feed their remaining herds through winter. To help farmers, the Alabama Department of Agriculture…
Little River State Park closes
The closing was quiet, without fanfare. Friday afternoon, December 30, when the gate closed at Little River State Park, it closed indefinitely. A short message on the Alabama Forestry Commission website apparently was the only notice issued: “Little River State Forest and Park near Atmore, Alabama will close at 5:00 pm December 30, 2016 until further notice. The Alabama Forestry Commission’s operating partner Iron Men Outdoor Ministries has decided they…
Five things to watch in 2017
By Congressman Bradley Byrne In 2017, Republicans will have control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. This is a rare situation that has happened only 16 times the past 100 years. Under a unified Republican government, there is great potential for important reforms. Here are five areas where I hope to see progress in 2017: 1. Health Care Relief – Far too many American families…