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Schools closed

Escambia County (Ala.), Escambia County (Fla.), Santa Rosa County (Fla.) and Brewton City schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 due to winter weather advisories. Announcements will be made...

Couple arrested for lottery theft

A Brewton couple is facing felony charges of stolen property worth $50,000 or more following an investigation into missing money and lottery tickets at the convenient store they worked in. Jonathan...

Accused Subway thief arrested

A man accused of breaking into the Subway in Flomaton last week was taken into custody Monday without incident at a residence near Century and is facing charges in Flomaton, along with outstanding...

Mayor compares town to business

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., told members of the town council Tuesday that running a town is a lot like running a small business and there are times where money needs to be transferred from...

Lambert to seek sheriff's position

Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert announced he will be a candidate for sheriff in the June 5 Democratic primary. Current Sheriff Grover Smith has announced he will not ...

Council wants Nickles back

At Monday night's meeting, the Century Town Council voted 4 to 1 to approve Councilwoman Ann Brooks' request that the council ask Century's former town planner Debbie Nickles to reconsider resigning. ...

Flomaton seeks new court clerk

The town of Flomaton is now accepting applications for a municipal court clerk/magistrate following a personnel change at town hall to add a purchasing agent. Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., told the town ...

Council addresses park lighting

The Flomaton Town Council agreed to move forward in developing a policy for the use of ball fields at Hurricane Park following complaints that lights are being turned on when maybe only two or three...

Rice will not seek election

Qualifying for the 2018 election cycle in Alabama began Monday and one name will not be on the ballot after Escambia County Circuit Judge Bert Rice announced he will not seek re-election. Rice, 68,...

Commission leadership remains unchanged

By unanimous vote Monday morning, the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission agreed to stay status quo with its leadership by reappointing Raymond Wiggins as its chairman and Larry White as its vice...

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100 years serving

The Flomaton Lions Club received a Centennial patch for a project club members completed in 2017. The International Lions celebrated 100 years of service in 2017. Above left, Flomaton Lion President ...

Travis 'Trav' Austin Sessions

Travis “Trav” Austin Sessions, 28, of Atmore, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Montgomery. Mr. Sessions was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. Of the Christian faith, he worked as a foreman at Casey Mobile Home Setup and was an avid sports...

Danny Mixon

Danny Mixon, 54, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Mr. Mixon was born Oct. 29, 1963, to Matthew Marshall and Lizzie (Carrie) Mixon in Century. He was a friend to all who knew him and enjoyed sports and comedy. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Friday,...

Ronald James 'Ronnie' Brinnon, Jr.

Ronald James “Ronnie” Brinnon, Jr., 48, of Aldalusia, died Friday, Jan.5, 2018 after a brief illness. Mr. Brinnon was a native of Pensacola and former resident of Barnetts Crossroads and Castleberry before moving to Andalusia. A 1989 Conecuh...

John 'Frank' Franklin Cotten

John “Frank” Franklin Cotten, 79, of Brewton, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017 in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Cotten was a native of Coffeeville, Ala. and former resident of Tuskegee who became a long time resident of Brewton. A...

Christopher Nolin DeFee

Christopher Nolin DeFee, 36, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Mobile. Mr. DeFee was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. He was a member of the New Beginnings Ministry. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Petty-Eastside Chapel...

Raymond E. Norris

Raymond E. Norris, 98, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Atmore. Mr. Norris was a native of Frisco City, Ala. who has resided in Bratt, Fla. Since 1936. Caretaker of the Pine Barren Cemetery, where he was a member and served as assistant treasurer, he...

Phyllis Vanessa Pleasant

Phyllis Vanessa Pleasant, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. Mrs. Pleasant was born March 2, 1951 to David J. and Ethel Taylor Cunningham in Century. A Century High School graduate, she later attended F.A.B.C. and received her Master's in Christian...

Bobbie Ann Williams Corey

Bobbie Ann Williams Corey, 74, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Mexia, Ala. Mrs. Corey was a native of Uriah and resided in Mexia for the past 31 years. A member of the Christian Tabernacle Church of Excel, she raised six daughters. The funeral was...

Shirley Ann Norman

Shirley Ann Norman, 55, of Atmore, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at Mt. Pisgah Baptsit Church in Freemanville with Rev. Michael Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner...

Elmer Martell Bryant

Elmer Martell Bryant died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2017. A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Bryant is survived by two daughters, Mona Bryant and Donna Bryant; two sisters, Faye Sasser and...

When things get cold in marriage

So we got married at the end of December in 1963. He worked one shift, I worked worked another. Both jobs were at different plants. The bed got changed once a week due to constant usage of different sleeping schedules. We moved three times in 1964...

Life, courage & death in Bowman

Along Highway 31, in the quite farming community at Wawbeek, sets a lonely red dirt road leading to Bowman Cemetery. History has long moved on from the days when the location marked a vibrant saw...

Council makes right decision

The Flomaton Town Council is on the right track as it reviews old leases and agreements with the Escambia County School Board concerning the use of Hurricane Park. As Councilman Charlie Reardon said, leases and agreements reached in the 1980s are...

Pointless, useless noise

Living next to the railroad, it's said one eventually tunes out the earsplitting blare and clatter of trains rumbling right past your abode. After over a year of deafening din from assorted anti-Trumpers from the press to pundits to politicians of...

E.F. Skinner made profit off lumber

The period after the Civil war in the South is known as Reconstruction. The name is a bit misleading. For former states of rebellion, these years were largely state government controlled with U.S. military oversite. Florida had been one of the...

Things to look for in 2018

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018. 2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the...

Tips help keep resolution to eat right this year

Each January, millions of Americans make resolutions to eat more healthfully and lose weight, but many lose steam along the way. If you have trouble keeping your resolutions or meeting your goals, make this the year, you create a solid plan that...

'Birdshot' Cotten was loved by all

There's an old saying of not being able to make chicken salad out of other things that come out of a chicken and there's a saying that you can't make lemonade without lemons. But most people who knew ...

Shelby brings bacon to the state

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club is spectacular, especially at night from the...

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