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GOP addresses court, other issues in Atmore
State Rep. Alan Baker, at left, talks with county school board President Cindy Jackson. By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer More than 40 area Republicans, including 13 elected officials and one political hopeful, gathered Monday, April 19, at Atmore City Hall to pledge their support for a move to maintain the current makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court and to hear two state lawmakers discuss the shape of state government under…
Jail officer arrested; SBI probing inmate death
Whiting By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer As Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators wrapped up a criminal probe that led to the arrest of a former county jail officer, State Bureau of Investigation agents began looking into the death of an inmate inside the jail. (The two incidents are unrelated.)Sheriff Heath Jackson reported Monday (April 19) the April 16 arrest of 36-year-old Bethany Meagan Whiting…
Green light!
Strand project gets state OK, receives grant By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Although the scheduled start date for The Pride of Atmore’s Strand Theatre-Atmore Hardware Store renovation project has come and gone, organizers are still wearing smiles on their faces.Good news came last week in the announcement by Rural Development Partners (RDP) and Coastal Growers LLC that the two had teamed up to provide a $150,000 grant to help fund…
Council discusses parking, appoints 3 to AIDB
By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer During the Monday, April 12, meeting of the Atmore City Council, members appointed three individuals to the city’s Industrial Development Board and re-appointed two others, approved a mental health awareness event, and gave the green light to the purchase of a used excavator for use at the city landfill.Mayor Jim Staff told the council the excavator purchase was a “good deal” that would help save…
Mayfest a go; Pow Wow canceled
By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer While Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced that one of the community’s most popular festivals would resume after a one-year hiatus, officials of Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced that its annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow will be put on hold for the second straight year.Chamber officials announced on the organization’s Facebook page that the annual Mayfest observance — postponed, then canceled last year due…