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Brewton teacher wins $100K prize for excellence
Blackwell Special to Atmore News Jason Blackwell, a high school industrial maintenance teacher at Escambia Career Readiness Center in Brewton, has been named a grand prize winner of the 2022 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, winning $30,000 for himself and $70,000 for his program.Blackwell’s experience in the skilled trades began when his father, a tradesman, told him, “If you listen to me, I’ll teach you everything…
Execution date set for ‘hitman’ convicted of 1988 murder
Smith By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A jury recommended in 1996 that Kenneth Eugene Smith spend the rest of his life in prison. That sentence came a step closer to fulfillment last week, when the Supreme Court of Alabama set an execution date of November 17 for Smith.When the condemned man, a “second-tier hitman,” was convicted of the murder of a Colbert County woman, a jury recommended by a vote…
Bank robber pleads guilty to bribing ECDC officer
Young By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A Selma man, already convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison for robbing a South Alabama bank two years ago, was ordered to serve an additional 30 months after admitting that he bribed an Escambia County Detention Center officer while being held in the facility.Stanley Young, 34, entered a guilty plea to the federal bank robbery charge in June. While being held in…
Domestic incident leads to felony drug arrest
Harris By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A 28-year-old Atmore man was arrested September 28 on a felony drug charge after city police responded to a report of a domestic incident at a house on Bragg Street.Police were called to the residence around 1:35 p.m. after the suspect, D’Darrius Harris, had refused to leave his ex-girlfriend’s home. Harris also told the responding officer he wasn’t going to leave.When the policeman approached…
Balloon release for childhood cancer
Raising awareness The teachers at First Baptist Church Preschool held a balloon release for the kids Friday, September 30, for their Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign. They do this every year in honor of children with cancer. This year, they especially remembered and honored Ana Lois Mercer, who could not be there due to her illness.