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BOE OKs system reorganization;additional assistant superintendent to be hired
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By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Escambia County Board of Education members voted unanimously during their May 19 meeting to approve six of seven “action items” (one was tabled), including a proposed “reorganizational” chart that includes two assistant superintendents (instead of one position currently in place), two mathematics...
City police arrest 2 for meth, pot
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Atmore police arrested two local men over the past week for possession of drugs, including one who was issued a summons three months ago, when the county jail wasn’t accepting non-violent offenders.The most recent incident occurred May 19 and resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old James Clark Hadley, who was […]...
Memorial Day ceremony set
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By SHERRY DIGMONNews Publisher The annual Memorial Day observance will be held Monday, May 30, 9 a.m., at the Veterans Monument in front of Atmore City Hall.Keynote speaker will be Gene Moore the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Service Officer for Escambia County.Scheduled on the program are Billy Gates, VFW Commander, and Dave...
Brothers in arms
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1 of 2 siblings sought in Feb. assault, robbery now behind bars By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore man, one of two brothers sought by authorities in the February burglary of a local residence and the armed robbery of the man who lives there, is now behind bars.According to Atmore Police Department reports, investigation […] The post...
Charged with meth, fentanyl trafficking
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore man remained behind bars, under a $1.5 million bond, late Monday, May 16, nearly two weeks after he was arrested for trafficking in two different controlled substances.Details are few, but court documents and jail records show that Antonio Demetrice Floyd, 41, was caught May 4 by drug agents. […] The...
Clarification
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In an article on the May 24 primary elections that appeared in the May 11 edition of Atmore News, some information apparently came from an obsolete website that carried erroneous information.The article stated that Stephen Sexton, who is challenging Greg Albritton for the District 22 seat in the Alabama Senate, was a farmer. The candidate […] The...
Parole denied for area inmates
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A Brewton man will apparently remain a state inmate for five more years, while a Uriah man will apparently serve his entire sentence after each was denied parole during recent hearings by the Alabama Board of Pardons & ParolesRicky Tolbert was convicted in 2012 of a “Class B felony” related […] The post Parole...
More details on pre-K program at A.C. Moore
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News Staff Report During a May 12 Board of Education called meeting, Escambia County Superintendent of Education Michele McClung revealed more details on the Alabama First-Class Pre-K program that is set for implementation in January in the A.C. Moore Elementary School building.The state-funded program, which is cost-free and voluntary, is for...
Caught breaking into vehicles at funeral home
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore man was arrested by city police last Friday, May 13, several hours after he was seen on surveillance video entering a pair of unlocked vehicles at a local funeral parlor and taking property from them.Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that the break-ins happened around 3:55 a.m. at Petty Funeral […] The post...
Woman hits man with dumbbell during argument
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore woman remained in the county jail this week, charged with hitting her boyfriend with a dumbbell during an argument.According to Atmore Police Department reports, officers were sent to a residence near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and America Lane, where a resident reported “a female […]...
Atmore man arrested for 1st-degree theft
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer No details were available on the arrest by this week’s press deadline, but the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) website shows that Poarch Creek Indians police arrested an Atmore man on charges he stole property valued at more than $2,500.According to the website, 46-year-old Christopher Damon Garrick was...
Candidates gearing up for May 24 primaries
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Local Republican and Democratic candidates are scurrying from one end of their respective districts to the other — some from one end of the county or state to the other — in an attempt to convince voters that they are the best person for the office they are seeking.Campaign signs […] The post Candidates...
Registration under way
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A.C. Moore will be home to new pre-K program By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Since A.C. Moore Elementary School was closed in 2017, the building has mostly been vacant. That is going to change in the near future.Escambia County Superintendent of Education Michele McClung posted on the school system’s Facebook page that the school building […]...
Drugs in baby’s system, mom charged
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore woman was arrested May 2 on a chemical endangerment charge, more than eight months after her newborn baby was found to have cocaine in its system.Police Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that Daphne Powers, 33, was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center on one count of chemical endangerment […] The...
Shots fired
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A juvenile female and two adult females were arrested May 6 by Atmore police and charged in connection with a May 5 incident that included several gunshots being fired in the parking lot of a local restaurant.The incident occurred at Acapulco’s Mexican Restaurant on East Church Street. It began inside […] The...
Omission in published Voters List
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We printed the Escambia County Voters List in this week’s edition (May 4) of Atmore News, however we inadvertently left out one page. Those names are listed here, and this page will be printed in next week’s Atmore News. We deeply regret the error. EREMY SCOTT GUNNMARLIN GUNNJOHNNIE THOMAS GUYTONJOHNNY THOMAS GUYTON JRJONCHRISTIAN B...
RPES STEM Honor Society
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Rachel Patterson Elementary School Principal Toya McMillian likes to refer to her school as the “best-kept secret in Atmore.” Apparently, the secret is getting out.The local elementary school, which was named a Bicentennial School of Excellence in 2020 as part of the state’s 200th year of existence, became...
Arrest made after drone dumps phones at Fountain
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A Mobile man, who also provided authorities with a Texas address, was arrested in early April after he allegedly used a drone to try to deliver more than three dozen cell phones to an inmate or a group of inmates at Fountain Correctional Facility.The air-drop scheme might have seemed good […] The post Arrest made...
National Prescription Take Back Day
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The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) periodically sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – a way for residents to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting. Local agencies participated in the event Saturday, April 30, in front of Atmore City...
1-car crash sends AFD unit into Fla.
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By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Atmore fire and rescue personnel were dispatched around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to 8181 Fla. Highway 97, about 7 miles inside the Florida line, when Walnut Hill volunteers reported that the driver of a wrecked Chevy Malibu was trapped inside the car. AFD Chief Ron Peebles noted that […] The post 1-car crash...
Mayfest ’22 Saturday at Tom Byrne
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News Staff Report Atmore’s official Spring festival, Mayfest, will return full-throttle this Saturday, May 7, after suffering through COVID-related issues the past two years.The festival, which traditionally draws several thousand people to the city, is one of Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s biggest events. It will be at Tom Byrne Park and...
Mental Health Walk is Saturday
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News Staff Report May is Mental Health Awareness Month across the U.S., and a Mental Health Awareness Walkathon will be held in Atmore this Saturday, May 7.The event was organized by Marlo Young, Mental Health Services Coordinator for the Escambia County School System. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the former YMCA building on […] The post Mental...
Arrested for stealing railroad iron
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By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer A Century, Fla. man was arrested in Escambia County, Ala., for the fifth time in less than three years after Atmore police caught him red-handed as he loaded surplus iron from a railroad maintenance project into his truck.Police reports show the incident happened around 7:35 p.m. on April 26. An […] The post...
Boyle, Walton attend state AERA meeting
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The annual Alabama Education Retirees Association was held in Montgomery April 19, with Governor Kay Ivey as the honored guest speaker. Representing Escambia County were Gwen Walton, left, Vice President of the County AERA, and Charlotte Boyle, right, President of the County AERA. They are shown with Robert Davis, past President of Alabama AERA.
Family tradition
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Sheldon Williams signs with CACC By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Escambia County High School basketball standout Sheldon Williams continued a family tradition Monday (April 25) by signing a scholarship agreement to play for Coastal Alabama Community College’s Bay Minette campus.“This will be number 3,” said Shirley Williams before the...
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