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2020: Year of the coronavirus
Pandemic hogs headlines, despite $1B in local projects By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Except for sporadic reports from national news outlets, few people had heard of COVID-19 when 2020 began. Before the year was three months old, though, the virus had begun to hog news headlines the world over. The novel coronavirus began its globe spread in earnest in March, eventually reaching pandemic status, infecting more than 350,000 Alabamians…
Scaled-down MLK celebration planned
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Although the COVID-19 pandemic has messed up plans to some degree, organizers of Atmore’s annual parade and tribute to Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. said the memorial event will not be a casualty to the virus. Sandra Gray, vice president of Concerned Citizens of Atmore, said last week this year’s celebration would be a scaled-down version of the annual salute to King…
Event Zone owner given ‘second chance’
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore City Council members voted unanimously during their Monday, January 11, meeting to allow The Event Zone, a local banquet and party hall, to continue operations, providing that no alcoholic beverages are consumed on the premises and no exotic dancers perform during events held there. The issue was discussed at length by the city’s governing body during a pre-meeting workshop. City Attorney Larry Wettermark,…
Sunday wreck
An Atmore man was reportedly taken by ambulance to an area hospital Sunday afternoon, January 10, after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 31, near Katelyn Lane in Nokomis. State trooper reports show that the crash happened around 4:05 p.m. and involved a Toyota Camry and a Chevy Tahoe. The names of the drivers were not available by Tuesday’s press deadline. A witness said the Camry crossed the highway’s center line…
Carjacker captured
Officer-involved shooting under investigation Investigators discuss the shooting inside a cordoned-off area. By JOSH FRYE News Staff Writer Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is still conducting a probe into the officer-involved shooting that occurred early Friday, January 8, at Creek Travel Plaza. Reports are that at approximately 5 a.m., Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Police officers attempted to make contact with a carjacking suspect in the…