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School food distrubution suspended

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott said due to the stay-at-home order that was issued by Gov. Kay Ivey, the county school system has suspended its food distribution program at all schools within the county school system. Food...

COVID-19 Update

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey amended her previous state of emergency declaration on March 13 to issue a 'stay-at-home' order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The order mandates residents... Full story

Residents heard a 'boom' before fire

Residents on Bell Street in Flomaton told firemen they heard an explosion before a wooden shed erupted into flames that spread into a brush fire which prompted multiple fire departments to respond to...

Limited access to courthouse April 6

Escambia County (Ala.) Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds announced Monday that the courthouse in Brewton and the satellite courthouse in Atmore will remain closed to the public through April 17,...

Alabama shuts down some businesses

On the recommendation of Alabama's State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency and ordered 33 businesses deemed... Full story

Atmore police find decomposed body

The Atmore Police Department continues to investigate the discovery of a badly decomposing body officers found last Thursday, March 26, when officers responded to a burglary call at the residence. In...

Crash kills semi driver

A Greenville man who crashed his semi-truck into a wooded area off Highway 29 in Century was pronounced dead a few hours after the crash. John Rivers, 59, was pronounced dead at Atmore Community...

Boat overturns, claims one

On Monday, March 30, shortly after 6 p.m., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified of a boating accident with one person missing. Tyler Foley, 21, of Pensacola, died when a... Full story

Schools adjusting to shutdown

With the current COVID-19 pandemic looming and social distancing guidelines in place, the Escambia County (Ala.) School System will continue to provide free meals at three locations three days a week...

Century council to meet over phone

The town of Century, in response to the COVID-19 guidelines, will air its bill list review at 6:45 p.m. and council meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, April 6, in a conference-style phone meeting. Anyone...

Victory Gardens inspired hope

Gardening is as much a part of being a Southerner as weekend football games and a trip to one's favorite fishing hole. Yet in another era, gardening was a survival tool and the Federal government...

From the sweat of our brow we shall eat bread

I'm old enough to know what I'm writing about so allow me the pleasure. What say you, old lady? We Crews' have planted and shared garden bounty for almost all our 56 plus years of married life. Our first few years we shared a garden with his side...

Be wary of scams during this time

With this Covid-19 the world is now changing faster than it ever has before. By the time this is over there is no telling what kind of world we will be living in. I will be glad when this is over and maybe we can get to what ever the new normal...

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Angelia Irene Hadley

Angelia Irene Hadley, 47, died Sunday, March 10, 2020 in Mobile. Mrs. Hadley was a native of Atmore who had resided in Perdido most of her life. Retired from Advanced Auto Parts with 20 years of service, she was of the Baptist faith. The funeral...

Darren Burns Downing

Darren Burns Downing, 52, of Brewton, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Mr. Downing was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. A graduate of W.S. Neal High School, he was employed as a painter with Peterson Precision Painting and was of the...

Evelyn Marie Simmons

Evelyn Marie Simmons, 85, of Flomaton, died Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Brewton. Mrs. Simmons was born Dec. 15, 1934, to Clarence and Bertha Davidson Wiggins, in Goodway, Ala. She had worked as a restaurant manager and cashier and was a member of...

Eula Funderburk Bridges

Eula Funderburk Bridges, 98, died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at a Bay Minette, Ala. nursing home. Mrs. Bridges was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Friendship, Ala. and had been a resident of Brewton for the past 55 years, coming from Montgomery, where she...

Sylvia Paulette Hadley

Sylvia Paulette Hadley, 72, died Saturday, March 29, 2020, in Atmore. Mrs. Hadley was a native of Brewton and former resident of Bay Minette, where she spent most of her life, who had resided in Atmore for the past 8 years. A member of Hall's Fork...

James 'Jamie' Henry Burnham

James “Jamie” Henry Burnham, 74, of Stockton, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Burnham was born Sept. 19, 1945, in Escambia County, Ala., where he was a life-long resident. A 1963 graduate of W.S. Neal High School,...

Edna 'Skippy' Miller

Edna “Skippy” Miller, 73, died Monday, March 23, 2020 in McDavid, Fla. Mrs. Miller was a native and lifelong resident of McDavid. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home. Burial followed at Ray's...

Ruby Fae Rabon Dyess

Ruby Fae Rabon Dyess, 58, of Castleberry, Ala., died Sunday, March 29, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Dyess was born Feb. 5, 1962, in Castleberry, where she remained a lifelong resident. Of the Christian faith, she was a Conecuh County High...

Estelle Manning Langham

Estelle Manning Langham, 85, of Saraland, died Monday, March 30, 2020. Mrs. Langham was born Sept. 17, 1934, to James Albert and Mabel Smith Manning, in Wallace, Ala., where she remained a lifelong resident. A member of Kushla-Bethany Baptist...

Linda Kay Lucas Vaughn

Linda Kay Lucas Vaughn, 61, of Rock Creek, Ala., died Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Mrs. Vaughn was born May 27, 1958, in Brewton, where she became a lifelong resident of Rock Creek. A member of the Rock Creek Apostolic Church, she was a 1976 graduate...

Make sure you get good information

To quote the great Yogi Berra, it is deja vu all over again this week as we navigate ourselves through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we first started reporting on the virus several weeks ago, I've...

1964 landslide started Republican rule of south

Our primary runoffs have been postponed until July 14, 2020. It was a wise and prudent decision by Secretary of State John Merrill and Gov. Kay Ivey. Most voters are older and you are asking them to come out and vote and at the same time stay home....

Access to the Internet is not always easy

COVID-19 may very well expose another big flaw in this country in addition to the health risk. It probably already has and it certainly will dispel the thought that most people have ready and available access to the Internet. Colleges, high...

Panic versus prudence

Adversity brings out the best and worst in people. Fortunately, Americans exude much more goodness in trying times than random acts of greed and malice. For every toilet paper hoarder attempting to profit from these illogical shortages, there are...

Hope in the time of the coronavirus

In Genesis 2, God says “It is not good that the man should be alone.” He made us for Himself, but he also made us for one another. Separation is painful for us all. This fight against the coronavirus called COVID-19 is hard. We are forced to...

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