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  • Century town hall closed due to illnesses

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 22, 2024

    The Jay Town Council normally meets Monday nights twice monthly but rescheduled for this past Tuesday because President’s Day was Monday. The Century Town Council usually meets on the first and third Tuesday nights monthly but council meetings scheduled for Tuesday night in both the towns of Jay and Century were cancelled. The town of Jay cancelled due to a lack of quorum, while a staff shortage due to the majority of town employees being ill is what prompted Century’s cancellation....

  • Skeletal remains lead to arrest

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 15, 2024

    A Jay man was arrested Feb. 10 and charged with murder and felony possession of a weapon the when skeletal remains of a female were discovered in a shallow grave on his land. Jeffrey Scott Bostwick, 53, 2951 CobbTown Road, was questioned about the disappearance of Christina Uribe following information provided by an informant that around the middle of January, he told a third party he had shot Uribe with a shotgun and buried her, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office report. Uribe wa...

  • Mayor says water is 'perfectly' safe

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 8, 2024

    “The water in Century is safe, we’ve been testing,” is how Century Mayor Luis Gomez addressed concerns voiced at the Century Town Council meeting Tuesday night prior to its approval to contract with U.S. Water for $33,360 to make repairs to its water system after the town has received a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) consent order and two warning letters as part of an agency investigation preliminary to agency action in the last several months. The letter received...

  • Collier feels at home as interim superintendent

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 8, 2024

    The Escambia County Board of Education recently named Brewton native Michele Collier Interim Superintendent following the departure of Michele McClung, whom Collier has served as assistant superintendent under for the last couple of years. Growing up in Brewton, Collier attended Pollard-McCall Junior High School her elementary school years through the seventh grade. She went to W.S. Neal Middle School from eighth grade thru 12 grade, after begging her mom to let her go for her eighth grade year...

  • Water takeover bill stalls in Legislature

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2024

    The town of Jay and the Mt. Carmel Water System were two nine public utilities that would be directly affected by a bill proposed by State Sen. Doug Broxson to take control away from local boards, but it appears the bill to do that has failed in the Florida Legislature and the Santa Rosa County legislative delegation is asking the county commission to move forward with the plan. In a letter recently submitted to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, Sen. Broxson suggested the commission...

  • Super to interim; Collier picked

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 25, 2024

    The Escambia County (Ala.) School Board removed the 'interim' term for Michele Collier at its Thursday board meeting to name her as the system's new superintendent, however, the interim term was placed back on during a special meeting Monday after the board realized it had to advertise for that position. Collier, who served as an assistant superintendent, was serving as the school system's acting after the school board voted to buy out former Superintendent Michele McClung's contract. During...

  • Superintendent McClung out

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    Even though Escambia County School Superintendent Michele McClung handed out an Alabama education State Accountability Report at Thursday's meeting announcing that Escambia County had an overall grade of 84 (B), up from last year's 77 (C), the school board Friday morning approved to buy out her contract as of Jan. 30, 2024 in a lump sum to be paid Jan. 31, 2024 and grant her request for special paid leave. Board Member Kevin Hoomes made a motion to buy out McClung's contract, effective Jan. 31,...

  • Garbage rates to jump in Century

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    Century town residents will see a slight increase in their garbage bill in the amount of 85 cents for monthly service of one garbage can after the Century Town Council did not approve a 5.25 percent Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase of the monthly rate contractually required with Republic Services, but decided instead to absorb some of the cost and not pass it onto residents. The rate for an additional garbage can will increase from $5.64 to $5.92, a difference of 28 cents. When a motion was...

  • Jay opposed to having water system takeover

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    The Jay Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to stand against District 1 State Sen. Doug Broxson’s proposal to form a North Santa Rosa County Regional Utility and says it will be represented at the North Santa Rosa Utility Coalition at a press conference at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) in Milton to outline its resistance. Estimated to require in excess of $5 million as an initial investment, Broxson says the proposed bill will ‘streamline’ the water system for a population growth that...

  • Busted water main prompts boil order

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 14, 2023

    Last Thursday, the town of Century experienced a water leak when a water main running along Highway 29 broke right at the entrance to town hall, causing the library to close and canceling Santa's 5:30 p.m. scheduled visit. Town workers shut the water line off and brought in a pump to empty the hole in order to repair the main. The break happened when Escambia River Electric Co-operative (EREC) was installing broadband internet cable and hit a telephone pole that had been cut off, which shifted...

  • Citizens can give input on Carver

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 7, 2023

    No action was required, but residents of Century and the surrounding area will have a chance to voice their opinions in an upcoming public meeting on three different floor plans for the rebuilding of the Carver Community Center that have been submitted for approval, according to Robin Phillips, with Jones-Phillips and Associates at the Century Town Council meeting Nov. 21. The Carver Community Center, once used as a school building built in 1945 and located at 7040 West Jefferson Ave., is one...

  • School audit had flaws; grants boost the county

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Dec 7, 2023

    At its Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting, the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education heard the results of a Fiscal Year 2022 audit by State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022 with findings that the board failed to publish financial information in a timely manner in accordance with the Code of Alabama and failed to properly reconcile the general bank account. The audit included items pertaining to federal, state and local legal compliance, board...

  • White to lead the school board

    Gretchen Mcpherson|Nov 30, 2023

    At the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education meeting Tuesday, board members elected Loumeek White as president and re-elected Cindy Jackson as vice president of the school board with a vote of 4 to 3. For president, Kevin Hoomes nominated White, which was seconded by Sherry Digmon. Coleman Wallace nominated Mike Edwards. For vice president, Digmon nominated Jackson. Edwards nominated Wallace. In both elections, Hoomes, White, Digmon and Jackson voted for White president and Jackson vice pres...

  • Century considers hiring city manager

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 9, 2023

    The Century Town Council planned a special meeting for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 9, following a presentation by the owner of a municipal consulting company who responded to the town's request for proposals (RFPs) for a possible interim town manager last September at the council meeting Tuesday night. Howard Brown, Jr., owner and president of Local Government Consulting Group out of West Palm Beach, Fla., originally from Pensacola, has worked as a city manager in California, Oklahoma and...

  • Century man found shot dead

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 2, 2023

    A twenty-year-old Century man whose body was found early Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds on a sidewalk along N. Century Boulevard has been identified by family members as Jaheem Durant. According to Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Morgan Lewis, around 2 a.m., Sunday, the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office responded in Century and located a deceased male with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies located several shell casings nearby in the area. "At this...

  • Nickles spent her life helping people of Century

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Nov 2, 2023

    Residents of Century and the surrounding areas are mourning the loss of former town planner Debbie Nickles, who died Monday, Oct. 30, following some long-term medical issues. Nickles began working for the town of Century in the early 90's under the mayorship of Benny Barnes. She later continued working independently for the town as the administrator for the State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP) that is designed to serve very low, low and moderate income families and provides funds to local...

  • Tricks, treats and more across area

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 26, 2023

    Area festivities will kick off this Thursday in Atmore and Monroeville and continue Saturday, wrapping up with trick-or-treat activities in Brewton, Century, Flomaton and Jay on Tuesday. Atmore Treat-or-Treat on the Street in Atmore will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., this Thursday, with live music from Dream House at Boxcar Willie on Trammel Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. Businesses will be open and handing out candy to little ghosts and goblins downtown. Williams Station Day will be from 9 a.m. to...

  • Board votes 'no' on McClung

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 19, 2023

    For the second time the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education voted 4-3 last Thursday to not renew the contract of Superintendent Michele McClung, but School Board President Danny Benjamin says he will bring the vote back to the table for a third time. "I plan to bring it back up," Benjamin said. "I've talked to a lot of citizens and they want us to renew her contract." The school board held a special meeting Wednesday (Oct. 18) at the central office in Brewton, however, McClung said she...

  • Hutto appointed to Jay Town Council

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 19, 2023

    Monday night, the Jay Town Council appointed Jay resident Mike Hutto as interim council member to fill former council member Wayne Godwin's seat after a two-year vacancy. Councilwoman Jane Hayes made a motion, which was seconded by Councilman Josh Holloway. The motion carried unanimously. Godwin resigned his council seat April 19, 2021, when he moved out of the town limits. "I feel honored to be on the Jay Council," said Hutto. "But I do think that I will bring the older crowd in and have a voic...

  • Rep. Rudman tells Jay he's there to help

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 12, 2023

    At the Jay Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, Florida State Rep. Joel Rudman, District 3, gave an update of his experience last spring as a freshman legislator and how Jay may be effected by current and future legislation. Rudman said that $14.7 million in appropriations have been obtained for District 3, with $1 million for the intersection of Highway 90 and Woodbine Road, where many people from the Jay area travel. He reminded the council that applications for legislative appropriations...

  • Jay pushes ahead on its park renovations

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 5, 2023

    The Jay Town Council was updated on the progress of the Bray-Hendricks Park Renovation Monday night and welcomed District 3 State Rep. Dr. Joel Rudman, who attended the meeting and addressed possible funding for the wastewater treatment facility. Dewberry Engineering's David Tiller told council members STOA Architects indicated they will have architectural packages ready for bid on Nov 15. With about $5.5 million in grant funding available, Mayor Shon Owens expressed concern about what grant...

  • Cunningham and Gomez unopposed

    Gretchen McPherson|Oct 5, 2023

    With Century's Interim Mayor Luis Gomez and Interim Seat 2 Councilman Henry Cunningham being the only candidates in each office to qualify, there will be no special election in Century. Gomez and Cunningham will remain in their roles and be sworn in at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Century Town Hall. Gomez was seat 2 councilman and served as council president until former mayor Ben Boutwell resigned late August 2023. Gomez was sworn in as interim mayor and Century resident Henry Cunningham...

  • No vote derails Century's budget plans

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 28, 2023

    The Town of Century will go back to the drawing board after a vote of 4 to 1 Tuesday night kept the proposed millage rate of 0.9204 from being approved unanimously, which also keeps the tentative budget from being approved. Councilwoman Dynette Lewis voted no. Council members Henry Cunningham, Shelisa McCall, Alicia Johnson and Sandra McMurray Jackson voted yes. Lewis voted to approve the first reading of the proposed millage rate and budget at the Sept. 5 council meeting but Lewis has since...

  • Cunningham named to Century council

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 21, 2023

    The Century Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Henry Cunningham as Seat 2 interim council member after a split vote knocked nominee Eddie Hammond out of the running. Councilwoman Sandra McMurray Jackson nominated Hammond. Council members Alicia Johnson and Jackson voted yes and council members Shelisa Abraham and Dynette Lewis voted no. Hammond, Cunningham and Kevin Cottrell were the three people who had submitted their names for consideration to be appointed. Councilwoman...

  • Jay residents will see a tax increase

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 21, 2023

    Jay’s residents will pay an average of 3 percent more this year in property taxes after the Jay Town Council approved both the rolled-back millage rate and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-2024 budget at its meeting Monday night. The town of Jay’s gross taxable value for operating purposes has been certified at $54,183,005. The FY 2023-2024 operating millage rate is 3.8 mills, which is greater than the rolled back rate of 3.6755 mills by 3.387 percent. Jay Utilities Manager Eric Seib said the...

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