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Officials warn that family gatherings could spark COVID-19 surge
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Alabama health officials warned during a Monday, November 23, press conference that conducting normal family Thanksgiving celebrations could cause a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state. In fact, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre, such gatherings could represent the final get-together for some. “If you want to live to see another Thanksgiving, it may mean stepping back this Thanksgiving,”…
No county bands in Christmas parades
White sworn in; chairman elected Judge Karean Reynolds, left, administers the oath to Loumeek White as his wife Keiana White holds the Bible. Standing with them are daughters, from left, Trinidy White, Hope White, and Bianca White. By SHERRY DIGMON News Publisher After considerable discussion at their regular meeting Thursday, November 19, Escambia County Board of Education members agreed to continue guidelines prohibiting school bands from participating in parades. Superintendent…
Small Business Saturday
News Staff Report This Saturday, November 28, recognized the world over as Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the United States, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The special “shop small” period was created by American Express and was first observed in the United States on November 27, 2010. It is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber…
Crash claims life
Bailey By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer An Atmore man was killed Friday, November 21, when the pickup in which he was a passenger was struck broadside by another vehicle. Alabama State Troopers reported that 34-year-old Jacob Oryan “Jake” Bailey, lost his life as a result of the violent collision, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. on U.S. 31, at its intersection with 21st Avenue. Trooper reports indicate that the pickup,…
Still meals-only at Atmore’s SAIL Center
Charlotte Purvis chats with Ray Lowery as she hands him a meal. By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Atmore’s Senior Activity for Independent Living (SAIL) Center is unable to provide the array of activities its clients have gotten used to. There is one key service, though, that has continued — in a different format — without interruption. “We are still feeding our clients, Monday through…