By Atmore News Staff
Folks from around the county expressed surprise over last week’s announcement by Escambia County Administrator Tony Sanks that he would step down May 19 after 28-plus years as the county’s highest-ranking non-elected official and the chief steward of its funds. Tony, who said he was not yet ready for retirement, was born and reared in Atmore, the son of Susan Sanks and the late Tony Sanks Sr. He, his wife Samantha and their children, 11-year-old John and 5-year-old AnnaLaura, currently live in Brewton.
Shaping the state
April Sells, Director of Tribal Emergency Services for Poarch Band of Creek Indians, was one of 23 women selected by This Is Alabama newsletter as 2023’s Women Who Shape the State. The honorees were recognized on March 8, International Women’s Day.
CEO of the Year
Business Alabama selected Stephanie Bryan, Chair and CEO of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, as winner of its first-ever CEO of the Year award. In making Chairwoman Bryan its first CEO of the Year award winner, Business Alabama cited the success the PCI leader has had in leading a variety of businesses across the state. Winners in seven categories, along with five Lifetime Achievement selections, were honored March 3 in Birmingham.
Myrna Monroe and Sherry Digmon were able to enjoy a brief visit with Myrna’s family on the way home from an Alabama Association of School Boards conference in Birmingham last Saturday. (Sherry is a member of the county school board.) They joined Myrna’s daughter Debbie, sons Richard (wife Lori) and Phillip (wife Laura), and granddaughters Meagan, Mackenzie and Madison (husband Parker) at Lake Martin, where they were celebrating Mackenzie’s 24th birthday.
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