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Still at large
Armed theft suspect eludes lawmen Mendez By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Atmore Police Department (APD) detectives are currently looking for a man — believed to reside in or near Walnut Hill, Fla. — who is clearly shown on closed circuit television footage as he stole several items from local residences last week.Police are looking for Mario Mendez, age and address not provided, as the primary suspect in the burglaries, each…
Taste of the South
News Staff Report Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of the South event will take place this Thursday, September 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Park. Tickets are $10 each and allow a taste from each booth’s offering … and there will be plenty of tastes to choose from. Twenty-one vendors are planning to set up shop and vie for bragging rights.Following are this year’s contenders for…
Pettaway remains in jail
ECDC official: Online report of murder suspect’s release inaccurate Pettaway By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Despite an online report to the contrary, officials of the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) said last week the Mobile teen who shot and killed an Atmore man in late July is still securely behind bars.Jail officers said published reports, that 19-year-old Antonio LeMarcus Pettaway II had been released on bond, are incorrect.Pettaway is being…
BOE approves budget, purchases more educational software
CSFO Rochelle Richardson, left, and Assistant Superintendent Michele Collier, right, prepare data for the afternoon budget hearing. By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer The Escambia County Board of Education, sitting one member short, took care of a lot of business in a little time last Thursday, September 14, during the panel’s regular meeting. The biggest item during the one-hour session was approval of an operating budget for Fiscal Year 2024,…
Raising awareness
By SHERRY DIGMONNews Publisher Jamel Frye is promoting Family and Friends Day next Saturday – but he’s not calling this a fun day. It’s serious business.“I’m asking all pastors who will to have their youth come out,” Frye said. “This is about raising awareness in our community about drugs and violence. We’re in a state of spiritual emergency in our community … I have a serious concern with violence, the…