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New feature focuses on ‘everyday’ happenings

By Atmore News Staff

Note: “Who’s News” is a new feature dedicated to the everyday events that happen within the community — from out-of-town visitors to out-of-town visits or trips; from newborns to wedding anniversaries, to birthdays, birthday parties and other celebrations.

To have your item included, please email to don@atmorenews.com. Deadline for each week’s column is 5 p.m. on the Friday preceding publication.

Triple bypass

Wife Abbey, son Bennett and mother Georgia are reportedly taking good care of Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks as the city’s top cop recuperates at home from recent triple bypass surgery. Atmore News management and staff send their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Home for the holidays

Ditto and Kharina Gorme enjoyed visits from their children, each of whom is enrolled in a collegiate master’s degree program, over the recent holiday period. Paulo, a graduate of University of South Alabama, where he was an intern with the Jaguars football medical team, is currently interning at several Mobile-area colleges as he pursues his Master’s in Athletic Training. Pia is majoring in Biochemistry at Yale University, to which she earned a scholarship, while also working toward a Master of Public Health degree.

Crowded table

Delores Peavy of Atmore was hostess to a Christmas Eve feast that included each of her four children, six of her grandchildren, a couple of great-grandchildren and a few family friends on the guest list. Ms. Peavy’s daughter Tonya and Tonya’s husband, Auburn University basketball team Chief of Staff Chad Prewett, were there, with daughters Mallory and Mary Mykal. Daughter Sonya Rogers and her daughter, Brieyten Park, were also there, as were sons Mark and Shane Harrell. Shane was accompanied by his wife Tonia and his daughters, Lorri, Rankin and Summer (each of whom brought male friends), and Lorri’s daughters, Ella and Layland. Family friends Braxton Edwards, Austin Cooper and Hunter Schrock also had a seat at the dinner table.

Birthday bash

Angela Montgomery of Atmore celebrated her 60th birthday in style last Saturday, January 7, when her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as several friends, joined her at Wind Creek to party away her last night as a 59-year-old.

Open House

State Senator Greg Albritton and wife Debbi had another successful Open House at their Atmore home over the Christmas holidays. The popular state solon and his spouse have opened their decorated home to invited friends and associates each year since moving here several years ago.

Foxhole Films

Former Atmore News sportswriter and ad salesman Josh Frye is apparently doing well in his newest endeavor as a videographer. Josh has put together or helped put together several documentaries, including those on World War II, the Civil War and the National World War II Museum, for the Discovery and History television networks. He has also worked on projects that included veteran actor Morgan Freeman, rock bands Journey and Toto, country music hall-of-famer and Brewton native William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys and controversial former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose.

New attitude

Hats off to Vincent Harris, who recently completed his first season as football coach and athletic director at Escambia County High School. His positive attitude has been adopted by most of his players, at least six of whom have received college scholarship or grant-in-aid offers. His influence has also spread beyond the ECHS campus to include appearances at various fundraisers, ribbon cuttings, club meetings and other community events.

Up, up and away

Local construction company official and hot-air balloon enthusiast Rusty Miller, along with nine of his flying friends from across and beyond the Southeast, are to be commended for the recent FLABR Fest balloon display, which continued despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. The event, which included tethered rides for many locals, provided a spectacle that is rarely seen in or around Atmore.