By Atmore News Staff
The latest movie on which former Atmore News ad salesman and sportswriter Josh Frye served as locations production assistant is called Spring Breakthrough, not Spring Break 3 as originally reported. The movie is set for broadcast this Sunday, April 30, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Also, Jesus Revolution, a small-budget movie by Alabama-born Jon and Andrew Erwin that targets Christian audiences and on which Josh worked, has reported domestic ticket sales of more than $52 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies shot entirely or almost entirely in Alabama. Ranking above it are Under Siege (Steven Seagal), which was shot in Mobile; Talladega Nights (Will Ferrell), which was filmed almost entirely in Talladega, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Richard Dreyfuss), a large part of which was filmed in Mobile, Bay Minette and Fairhope. Ironically, Forrest Gump, most of which takes place in Bayou La Batre and fictional Greenbow County, was filmed entirely in South Carolina.
Faith and Jerry Gehman recently returned from a dream vacation, actually a celebration of their recent 40th wedding anniversary. The couple trekked through Italy, enjoying walking tours, food tours and more in Florence, Milan, Venice and Tuscany before heading to Paris. While in Florence, they viewed Michelangelo’s “David” and visited Ponte Vecchio, a stone bridge built in medieval times and the only bridge in the city that wasn’t destroyed by German troops (under orders from Adolph Hitler) during World War II. Along with the historic buildings and other sites, Jerry said another highlight was a visit to the memorial to United States troops who died on Italian soil in WWII. He said the European tour guides and other natives expressed thanks to the U.S. for ending Nazi occupation of their respective countries during the global conflict.
2023 football schedule
Escambia County High School Head Coach / Athletic Director Vincent Harris released last week the football team’s schedule for the upcoming spring and fall. Spring practices begin May 8 and continue through May 18, and the Blue Devils will take on Flomaton at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, in their spring game. The regular season kicks off August 25, when ECHS travels to play Cottage Hill. The remainder of the schedule: September 1, at home vs. Northview; September 8, at Satsuma; September 15, at home vs. St. Michael; September 22, at Wilcox Central; September 29, at home vs. Monroe County; October 6, at Jackson; October 13, at home vs. T.R. Miller; October 20, at Bayside Academy; October 27, at home vs. Orange Beach.
First fishin’ trip
For Jerry Gehman, one of the highlights of the couple’s return to Alabama came when he took his 2-year-old grandson Evan on the youngster’s first fishing trip. Evan, son of Tristan and Julie Gehman, pulled a good-sized bream from the waters of Brushy Creek, near Nokomis. After posing for a photo of his first catch, the young man released the fish back into the creek. Jerry said his grandson asked the next day, “We fish today?” Although Pawpaw Gehman was ready to go again, too, he said the realities of life forced a return to work instead.
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