Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers As we enter the 2018 campaign season, many of you have asked me to look back and analyze the 2017 Special Election Senate race and explain in depth what happened and why. The most asked question is how could a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and does this mean that we are now possibly a two-party state? I will give you numerous answers, however,…
Loved ones who went home in 2017
January James Donald “J.D.” Hanks April 20, 1929 – January 2, 2017 Evelyn McKinley Pipkin November 14, 1936 – January 4, 2017 Opal J. Caraway December 5, 1942 – January 5, 2017 Edna Wilson McLoyd April 22, 1932 – January 5, 2017 Alvin E. Owens October 11, 1932 – January 7, 2017 Melvin Dortch November 24, 1956 – January 8, 2017 Levonda G. Jones June 23, 1968 – January 8,…
2 officers join APD
Atmore Police Department’s rank and file welcomed two rookie patrol officers after the December 7 graduation ceremony at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center’s police academy. The new officers — Guytel Martin and Logan Weber — have strong ties to the community, making their APD employment an even better fit. Martin, who worked 10 years with Pepsi Cola Bottling of Atmore before deciding to try his hand at policing, was…
2017 in review
There was good news, bad news and news that fell somewhere in-between across Atmore and the surrounding area in 2017, including the controversial consolidation of a local elementary school with two other schools, the 50th anniversary of a local business and one of its employees, and a state football championship. There were also a spate of August murders and arrests for previous murders, a destructive fire that heavily damaged a…
2018 legislative session – Restructured BOE, marriage bill, fat-trimming top Albritton’s wish list
The opening of the 2018 session of the Alabama Legislature isn’t until next week, but District 22 Senator Greg Albritton is already at work. The Atmore Republican, who was elected to his seat in 2014, has begun the process of introducing legislation that includes a bill designed to completely restructure the state’s department of education and another that would remove the state as an active participant in weddings. Albritton said…