Don Fletcher

2020: Year of the coronavirus
Top stories July through December July The county’s COVID count topped 500, with 13 deaths; Mayfest and A Taste of the South were canceled; and Unity in the Community was held in a drive-through fashion. A national coin shortage was also blamed on the virus. Former resident Scottie Rodgers was named Director of Communications for the Cotton Bowl Classic football game, while Woody McCorvey, also a former resident, was selected…
Convicted killer denied parole
Donald By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer An Escambia County man, convicted in 2005 of the stabbing death of his girlfriend a year earlier, was denied parole January 6 as the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles held its first hearings of 2021. Larry Donnell Donald, 62, has spent the past 16-plus years in prison. He was convicted September 13, 2005 by a jury that deliberated for less than 15…
Hundreds enjoy annual MLK parade
Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity of Atmore were among the groups in the parade By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic was all but forgotten for about an hour Monday, January 18, as hundreds of Atmore residents, hardly any wearing face coverings, lined stretches of four city streets for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. About 40 entries — including classic cars, trucks, SUVs and…
Council to begin streaming meetings on YouTube
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Attendance at Atmore City Council meetings should grow exponentially in the near future, and most of those attending won’t have to rush to city hall to do so. City officials announced last week that city council meetings would soon be streamed, delayed at first but then live, on YouTube. “As far as city government, just about all the towns around us are already doing…
Money awarded for new turn lanes on Ala. 21
The new intersections will be built near the Wind Creek Casino entrance. By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials announced last week that an almost-$46 million funding pie is being awarded to several cities and counties for various road and bridge projects. Atmore will get a slice of that pie, although it won’t be a large slice. And the city will…