Crook signs record deal
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer A former Atmore emergency dispatcher, already well known to local and regional country music fans, has signed a recording contract with a Nashville, Tenn.-based record label that will release his first national single in January. Ricky Crook, who has paid his dues by performing at several small venues in and around Atmore, Escambia County and elsewhere in the Southeast over the past several years,…
Man charged with child sex abuse
News Staff Report A 54-year-old Atmore man remained in the county jail this week, faced with two charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child. According to a press release issued last week by Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, APD investigators arrested Lenson Lee Bethea on November 9 after an almost-two month investigation into the allegations. Brooks said a parent of the child reported the sexual abuse in…
Club license revoked
Shooter awaits extradition from Fla. By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore City Council members, after a brief public hearing, voted unanimously at their November 13 meeting to revoke the license of a local club where three people were shot in the early hours of November 11. Mayor Jim Staff opened the public hearing prior to the onset of the council meeting. “This public hearing is to consider the revocation…