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…
Incumbents win PCI election
Three incumbents were successful in their bid for re-election on the Poarch Creek Tribal Council. Tribal Chairman Stephanie Bryan and At Large members Arthur Mothershed and Garvis Sells won handily without run-offs in the election held Saturday, June 3. Bryan received 825 votes to challenger Anthony Peebles’ 43 votes and Eddie Tullis’ 594 votes. For the two At Large seats, Mothershed and Sells faced 12 challengers. The votes were as…