School reopening plan released
By SHERRY DIGMON News Publisher Last Friday, July 10, Escambia County Superintendent of Education John Knott, with the approval of the Board of Education, released the Back to School 2020-2021 Plan for Reopening Overview. The document is 11 pages long and it is what it says – an overview. Detailed – and lengthier – documents are provided to school principals for guidance and implementation. The plan was presented to the…
Free supplies, uniforms at drive-thru ‘Unity’ event
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a long list of changes in most aspects of people’s daily lives. Add Grace Fellowship Church’s annual Unity in the Community Festival to the list. The event, which is being billed as “Unity in the Community, COVID Style,” has for the past several years served as a back-to-school celebration for roughly 1,000 children and adults. It will still be…
Death toll at 13
Number of confirmed COVID cases in county still rising By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Despite a statewide mandatory face mask order issued July 15 by Gov. Kay Ivey, the number of COVID-19 cases across the county and state continue to climb. Alabama Department of Public Health officials announced in an update after release of the department’s twice-weekly report of Tuesday, July 21, that 13 people have now lost their…