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Bonus for city retirees
Former City of Atmore employees who retired from municipal service will receive a Christmas bonus this year. The city’s governing body, sitting with just three members due to the absence of District 3’s Chris Walker and District 5’s Chris Harrison, unanimously approved the one-time bonus during the council’s Monday (July 10) meeting. “This was done before, in 2008 I think it was, and they want to do it again,” said…
Bolden: 4th-graders separated, but equal
Deborah Bolden was hired just prior to the beginning of last year’s school term and tasked with re-establishing a culture of learning at Escambia County Middle School. One year into that effort, the Atmore native finds herself facing a new obstacle – a controversial influx of local fourth-graders who are being relocated to ECMS after the closing of A.C. Moore Elementary School. Bolden, who earned national acclaim for her work…
Plenty of room for students – No overcrowding for RP, ECMS
The Escambia County Board of Education voted June 29 to move ahead with the consolidation of A.C. Moore Elementary with Rachel Patterson Elementary and Escambia County Middle schools. Immediately, some people started criticizing the action due to the overcrowding that was sure to follow such a move. Depending on who you talk to, you might hear, “I don’t know what that Board was thinking, forcing overcrowding at the middle school.”…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers The race for our open U.S. Senate seat is evolving. Folks, we are in a brief 33-day sprint to the primary on August 15. The winner of the Republican Primary will be our next junior U.S. Senator. The December 12 General Election will be a coronation for the Republican. The eight Democratic candidates are irrelevant as are at least six of the Republican qualifiers. It is doubtful…
David’s finalist in catfish contest – You get to vote
After a statewide search, the Bama’s Best Catfish Restaurant Challenge has reeled in four customer-nominated finalists serving up U.S. farm-raised catfish. The Alabama Catfish Producers sponsored the second annual contest. Finalists are David’s Catfish House in Atmore, Catfish N Que in Cullman, Orrville Farmer’s Market in Orrville and Swamp John’s in Red Bay. More than 250 nominations were received. A panel of three judges, including an Alabama catfish farmer, will…