In memory of John Lewis
Bradley Bryne U.S. Congressman The day I was sworn into Congress, a man I had never met before but had heard a lot about and admired approached me to introduce himself and welcome me to the House. His name was John Lewis. He told me he was born and raised in Troy, Alabama, and though he lived and represented a district in Georgia, he still felt a strong connection to…
What does a pandemic do?
What does a pandemic do? It changes things. And it cancels things. For the past several years, the fourth Saturday in July has been a busy one for Atmore News and for Myrna and me personally. Usually Don or Ditto – or both – cover the Unity in the Community event at Grace Fellowship. It’s a big to-do with games, activities, information, food, entertainment, school uniforms and supplies. It’s a…
A penny saved …
Coin shortage forcing retailers to accept only cards, exact change By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Just when U.S. residents were getting adjusted to life in the time of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, another problem — a highly unexpected one — has cropped up. From supermarkets to gas stations to convenience stores, local retailers and those across the country are asking shoppers to pay with a card or produce exact…
14 now qualified for city election
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer As the qualifying period drew to a close Tuesday, 14 individuals had officially launched campaigns for the six posts up for grabs in the August 25 municipal election in Atmore. The qualifying period ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon (July 21). Qualifying by any candidate who entered one of the six races after Tuesday’s press deadline will be announced on the Atmore News Facebook…
COVID-19’s effect
Sales taxes have remained steady, but lodging taxes cut in half By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Despite the closing of all “non-essential” businesses as part of the Stay at Home Order issued in mid-March by Gov. Kay Ivey, the city of Atmore suffered only a minuscule drop in sales tax collections before the order morphed into a Safer at Home decree, and more businesses were allowed to reopen. Lodging…