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 By Gretchen McPherson    News    May 6, 2021

Board kicks off search for a new superintendent

The Escambia County (Ala.) School Board had a workshop this past Monday to begin the process of finding a new school superintendent now that Superintendent John Knott announced his upcoming retirement...

 
 By Gretchen McPherson    News    May 6, 2021

Council says no to mayor's new hires

The Century Town Council did not approve Mayor Benjamin Boutwell's recommendation of two hires for the town Monday night following discussion that the process was not carried out correctly. Mayor...

 

Superintendent is retiring

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott announced his retirement as of July 31, 2021, at last Thursday's board meeting. Knott, who began his career as a special education teacher at W....

 

Godwin resigns at Jay

Jay Town Councilman Wayne Godwin announced that Monday night's meeting would be his last, leaving the council with one vacant seat and an even number of council members. Serving on the Jay Town...

 

Wilcox comes to Neal

On Tuesday, new head coach and Athletic Director Brandon Wilcox started at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton, following approval by the Escambia County Board of Education Monday. A 2002 graduate...

 

Jay rodeo returning April 23

Although COVID shut down the Jay Pro Rodeo last year, the event will be back in full swing at 8 p.m., Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, at Ted May Arena, located at 4200 Highway 4 in Jay....

 

Henderson named 'Teacher of Year'

On Friday, April 9, several members of Flomaton Elementary School personnel, along with Principal George Brown, Escambia County Board of Education member Cindy Jackson, Assistant School...

 

Jay High School to present 'Grease' beginning on April 8

Join the Pink Ladies and the T Birds as Jay High School Drama Club presents its production of the hit Broadway musical, 'Grease: The School Version' this and next week. Showtimes are at 7 p.m.,...

 

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available

In an effort to get the COVID vaccines distributed to rural areas in Escambia County (Ala.), the Poarch Creek Band of Indians held a free drive-through clinic Wednesday and will continue today from 8...

 

Atmore man now faces drug charge

An Atmore man who was arrested Saturday for an outstanding warrant in Alabama now faces a felony drug possession in Florida, after a deputy discovered methamphetamine inside his patrol vehicle. Bruce...

 

Cause of shed fire unknown

Escambia County (Fla.) Fire Rescue received a call about a fire about 10:16 a.m., Thursday March 18, and arrived to find a 10-foot by 20-foot shed on Ivy Street in Century fully involved. According...

 

COVID numbers falling in schools

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott updated board members on current COVID cases across the county when the board of education held its meeting at the Escambia Career Readiness...

 

Century balks at hiring two workers

The Century Town Council Monday night voted 3 to 2 to start the hiring process over for two recently hired employees after it was determined that the town's charter states the council must approve...

 

Century moves to get CDBG

The town of Century will apply for a special Community Development Block Grant-Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) for four proposed projects in the town following an approval from the town council following...

 

Century forced to reschedule public hearing on CDBG

The Century Town Council opted to reschedule a public hearing to apply for a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) until Tuesday, March 9 due to a technicality of having the wrong address...

 

Bratt man jailed for sex battery

A Bratt man was arrested Feb. 17 and faces sexual battery charges following an investigation into allegations he inappropriately touched a child and officers said the incident was captured on a cell p...

 

Century inks deal with DOC utilities

The Century Town Council agreed to enter into a 5-year contract with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) following negotiations to higher water, sewer and gas rates for Century Correctional...

 

Boutwell representing Century at PEDC board

After tabling the issue at the last council meeting, the Century City Council approved Century Mayor Ben Boutwell to attend monthly meetings of the Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission (PEDC) Boa...

 

Century approves cell tower location

After several council meetings with no decisions made about where to build a 300-foot cell tower that will bring the town $1,500 a month in revenue, the Century Town Council Monday night approved an...

 

Jay town council doubles up to help Lady Royals softball

Several Jay High School Lady Royals softball players will be volunteering at the Jay Historical Society's Jay Museum and Pittman's Supply to raise money for the 2021 season after Jay Mayor Shon Owens...

 

COVID cases rise in schools after holidays

Escambia County (Ala.) School Board members heard updates on the increase of COVID-19 positive and close contact cases as well as ongoing projects at its meeting last Thursday during School Board...

 

Jay couple jailed for sex offenses

A Jay couple was arrested last week and charged with committing sex crimes against a child, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office. John David McKenzie, 35, 5268 Cherry St., was arrested...

 

COVID-19 shots now available

Representatives from Community Health Northwest Florida informed Century Town Council members Tuesday night that residents age 65 and older who live in Escambia counties in Alabama and Florida have...

 

Coburn recalls her abuse at Jay facility

Cara Campbell Coburn, a native of Century, is a mother of one with husband Bryan and lives in Milton, Fla. She is also a graduate of Lighthouse Christian Academy, a now-closed academy that was...

 

Oaths taken, town moves on projects

The Century Town Council approved the town's submittal of three appropriations project and funding requests to the Florida House of Representatives and Senate following the swearing in of council memb...

 

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