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 By Joe Thomas    News    September 29, 2022 

Commission splits on budget

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission approved its fiscal year 2022-23 budget Monday on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Steven Dickie and Karean Reynolds voting no due to the elimination of the road dep...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 29, 2022 

Brewton teen is charged for rape

An 18-year old Brewton resident is being held on $300,000 bond on a rape II charge, accusing him of having sex with a 14-year old girl. Trent Michael Cooper, 307 North Pine St., was booked into the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 29, 2022 

Plea to not burn

Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton is begging people not to burn; the National Weather Service is begging people not to burn; the Alabama Forestry Commission is begging people not to burn. A...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 29, 2022 

Flomaton budget shows a surplus

The Flomaton Town Council passed a budget showing about a $300,000 positive balance that included some raises and funds to hire an additional employee in the front office. The budget also includes...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 22, 2022

Two jailed for murder attempts

Two Atmore residents were arrested on multiple counts of attempted murder in two separate incidents on Patterson Street. Eric Montray Frye, 31, 49 Liberty St., was charged with eight counts of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 22, 2022

Students come to rescue on seizure

Three Flomaton students are being credited with helping a woman who fell during a seizure and suffered a severe cut to the head. Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said Chloe Smith, 15, Devon Lambert,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 22, 2022

Billups is interim coach at academy

Gex Billups will begin his tenure as Escambia Academy's interim head football coach Friday when the Cougars host Valiant Cross Academy in a 7 p.m. kickoff. Billups replaces Coach Brandon Wilcox who...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 22, 2022

Dekel 'Flying High' with book release

With what started as a way to make money and turned more to the excitement as Billy Dekel flew numerous trips to Columbia and beyond bringing large cargos of marijuana back to the United States. His...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 22, 2022

'Junction' to return Saturday

After a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flomaton's Railroad Junction Day is returning this Saturday, Sept. 24, with a full day of fun, food, crafts, entertainment, a car show, a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 15, 2022

Stokes is named interim chief

The Flomaton Town Council unanimously approved Bennie Stokes as its interim police chief following the resignation of Chance Thompson and the council has begun the process of advertising for the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 15, 2022

From TV to jail for area moonshiner

Flomaton resident Johnny Wayne Griffis, who competed in the Discovery Channel's 'Moonshiners Master Distiller' and the new 'The Country Networks' television series 'Alabama Shine' has been arrested...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 15, 2022

Flomaton welcome center now opened and town votes to repair old log cabin

The Flomaton Town Council approved making roof repairs to the old log cabin next to the Alabama Welcome Center and Railroad Museum and also agreed to reopen the welcome center which has been closed...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 8, 2022

Flomaton police chief to leave

Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Dewey Bondurant, Jr., Tuesday noting he will step down from the chief's position on Sept. 27. Thompson, 28, is a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 8, 2022

Capital murder cases increase

Escambia County (Ala.) District Attorney Steve Billy called the grand jury back into session last Wednesday and the panel issued indictments of capital murder against Caleb Scott Anderson and William...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 8, 2022

Expect property taxes to go up this year

Most residents in Escambia County (Ala.) will see an increase in their property taxes this year due to the cost in the housing market going up. Tax Assessor Thad Moore, Jr., said most property owners...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 1, 2022

Booth out; Fischer new CEO

Following a closed session of the Escambia County (Ala.) Healthcare Authority Tuesday afternoon, Stephen Fischer was appointed as the interim Chief Executive Officer following a week that saw former...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 1, 2022

Men jailed in a drug drop plan

A Birmingham man and Tuscaloosa man are being held on $1.5 million bond each for the delivery of drugs and cell phones to the Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore. Derrick Anthony, 49, 4339 North...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 1, 2022

Pollard teen flown after vehicle crash

A Pollard teenager was taken by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola early Tuesday morning following a singe-vehicle crash that left him trapped inside the vehicle. The Flomaton Fire...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 25, 2022

E.B. man confesses to murder

A missing person report turned into murder warrants being signed on an East Brewton resident who officials say confessed to strangling the woman to death and then dumping her body. William Joseph...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 25, 2022

Threats shut down 3 county schools

Possible threats at W.S. Neal High School, the Career Readiness Center in Brewton and all Flomaton schools were recently put under a lockdown due to potential danger but all schools reopened quickly...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 25, 2022

County spends $5 million on repaving

Over the past 14 months, the Escambia County Commission has spent more than $5 million resurfacing roads and the commission passed its 2023 transportation plan Monday to resurface a portion of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 25, 2022

Burkett spent life trying to give help to others

Those who knew Regi Burkett the best said a couple of traits stood out: Burkett was loyal and always had your back and he fought for what he believed in, even against heavy odds. Burkett, 62, who...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 18, 2022

Suspect in Escambia Co. Jail

Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy told District Judge Eric Coale that Caleb Scott Anderson met Flomaton resident Anthony Dixon through an adult website app and that Anderson came to...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 18, 2022

Woman attempts to flee Flomaton stop

An Atmore woman who approached a driver's license check in Flomaton apparently fled from the scene and was later stopped and charged with multiple drug charges and driving under the influence of alcoh...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 18, 2022

Harwell saying farewell after 47 years at Baptist Day Care

Although most people look forward to retirement, for Pat Harwell her retirement after 47 years as director of the First Baptist Church Day Care comes with mixed emotions. "It didn't seem like work to...

 

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