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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

Country gave reparation in freedom

You can tell politics are heating up for the 2020 elections with new cries for paying black Americans reparations for the many years some of their ancestors were enslaved in the United States. It...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Sports    July 11, 2019 

Honors continue for FHS players

Honors for the 2018 Flomaton High School championship football team continue this week when two members of the Class 3A champions will be playing in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 11, 2019 

Grant helps infrastructure

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission passed a resolution Monday authorizing the application for a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant that will be used by the city of Brewton to make upgrades...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 11, 2019 

Deadline for road funds set

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission has until Aug. 31 to adopt an annual plan with a detailed list of road and bridge projects the county anticipates completing through the Rebuild Alabama Act,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 11, 2019 

Missing boater located

More than 20 firefighters, police officers, sheriff's deputies and a game warden spent hours Saturday night and early Sunday morning searching for a woman reported missing on Big Escambia Creek near...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 11, 2019 

Storm likely moving west, but stay tuned

As of noon Wednesday, Escambia County Emergency Management Director David Adams said this area should not see the brunt of what is expected to become Hurricane Barry in the next few days, but said...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 4, 2019

New jail for Escambia Co.?

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission has given Sheriff Heath Jackson the go-ahead to discuss the possibility of purchasing an 80-acre tract of land from the city of Brewton in hopes of building a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 4, 2019

Tree falls on car in Brewton

When Greg Caber took a break from his job at ProValus in downtown Brewton Tuesday afternoon he headed out back to get something out of his car only to find it smashed by a huge limb that had fallen...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Maybe it is time for new county jail

It appears the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission is seriously considering building a new county jail after giving Sheriff Heath Jackson permission to approach Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace about an...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Let's make min. wage $100 per hour

You can tell presidential politics is heating up, especially among the growing number of Democrats tossing their name into the hat promising this and that – from Bernie Sanders' plan to forgive more...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Ruzic steps down at Coastal Gateway

Brewton resident Will Ruzic, who has served as executive director of Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance for the past five years, announced Monday afternoon that he is stepping down from...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Church gives fans to beat heat

Flomaton resident Solomon Odom was the first recipient of a new fan presented this week by the Flomaton Fire Department, which received 50 fans thanks to Joey Johnson, pastor of Abundant Life in...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Billy to seek fourth term on GOP

Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy has switched to the Republican Party and announced he will seek a fourth term in 2022 on the GOP ballot. "I'm the same person I was when I ran in 2004,"...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Flomaton man gets meth charge

A Flomaton man pulled over for an expired tag ended up in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on drug charges after officers found a bag of methamphetamine in his pocket. Jesse Lee Hall,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 27, 2019

Two traffic stops net meth, pot and paraphernalia

A Milton woman who swallowed an unknown amount of methamphetamine following a traffic stop in East Brewton was taken to the D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital emergency room prior to being booked into th...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Keep dumping, you'll get trashed

OK, I get it. Several months ago I published pictures, ran stories and wrote a column and editorial about the illegal dumping at the dumpster behind Flomaton Town Hall. The town's response was to plac...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 20, 2019

Smith guilty of abusing boys

Moments before a jury was scheduled to begin hearing testimony in two of multiple charges against a Brewton man accused of sex acts with young boys, the defendant withdrew his not guilty plea and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 20, 2019

Enjoying blueberries in the shade

Blueberry Crunch was a favorite for young and old alike Saturday at the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival at Jennings Park in Brewton. A capacity crowd was on hand for a day of fun, food, vendors and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 20, 2019

Holman stabbing leaves inmate dead

One inmate is dead and another has been charged in a fatal stabbing Saturday afternoon at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore. According to information released by Bob Horton, public information...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 20, 2019

Holman correctional officer arrested for controlled substance

A correctional officer at Holman Prison in Atmore was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. According to a release from the Alabama Department of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 13, 2019

Bell pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Flomaton man originally indicted for murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend pleaded guilty of manslaughter and will spend the next two years in prison followed by three years in community...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 13, 2019

Council to eye code changes

After a full day last Thursday and an open forum during Monday night's Flomaton Town Council meeting, the council decided to study and make a decision on whether or not to proceed with adopting Form...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 13, 2019

$1 million bond on trafficking

An Atmore man is in the Escambia County Detention Center on $1 million bond following an investigation by the Atmore Police Department that led to the seizure of 2.49 pounds of marijuana found inside...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 13, 2019

Ala. Power closing Brewton, Flomaton offices

The Alabama Power business offices in Brewton and Flomaton will be closing by Aug. 30 in a mass closing of nearly half of the power companies offices across the state of Alabama. The office in Atmore...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 13, 2019

Law seeks Conecuh man

Area law enforcement agencies are asking the public to help locate a Conecuh County man who is facing multiple felony charges and was last seen Sunday night in the Damascus community in Escambia...

 

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