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 By Joe Thomas    News    August 29, 2019 

Keep an eye on possible storm

Tropical Storm Dorian officially became Hurricane Dorian at 2 p.m. Wednesday as it went through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and was headed toward St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a stor...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 29, 2019 

Alabama's gas tax increasing Sunday

If Alabama motorists want to save 6-cents a gallon on gasoline or diesel they need to head to the pumps before Sunday, Sept. 1, which is the date the first wave of Alabama's new 10-cents per gallon...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 29, 2019 

Cottrell worked to help others

Alfonzie Cottrell spent most of his life helping others, especially the people of Century.. The 81-year old Century native died Monday, Aug. 26, leaving heavy hearts for those who knew him best. "He...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 29, 2019 

Gas prices to jump; head to Atmore

Over the years covering hundreds of county commission meetings and city council meetings the most complaints I've heard expressed was the condition of roads, bridges and ditches. Those complaints...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 22, 2019

Twins back in jail for drugs

Twin brothers who were arrested Aug. 8 on drug charges in Brewton are back behind bars following a drug sweep of the Holt subdivision in Flomaton Aug. 14 that resulted in the arrests of six people on...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 22, 2019

Flomaton OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Stores in Flomaton that currently have licenses to sell alcohol will be able to begin selling the alcohol as early as this Sunday after the Flomaton Town Council passed an ordinance Monday afternoon...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Sunday sales a plus for Flomaton

It took a while, but Monday afternoon the Flomaton Town Council voted to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. Flomaton followed the steps first taken by Atmore when Atmore became the first...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 22, 2019

Brewton brings back recycling

The city of Brewton is trying to re-establish recycling with a pilot program targeting corrugated cardboard and certain plastics. "Everything with recycling has changed," said Steve Layton, public...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 22, 2019

Traffic stop nets DUI, marijuana

A Repton woman originally pulled over for failing to use a turn signal ended up in jail on marijuana and driving under the influence charges. Hannah Olivia Jackson, 33, 1741 County Road 15, was...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 22, 2019

School board approves changes

In an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, the Escambia County (Ala.) School Board voted to accept the resignation of an Escambia County Middle School teacher and accepted the retirement letter from...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Vote set on Sunday alcohol sale

The Flomaton Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, to vote on an ordinance that will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays within the town limits of Flomaton at...

 

Plane goes down along river bank

A Pensacola man remains in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola following an airplane crash Tuesday afternoon when the plane hit two power lines crossing the Escambia River...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Flomaton police jail four for drugs

A warrant service, traffic stop and a check on a suspicious vehicle by Flomaton police led to the arrest of four people on drug charges. At 9:18 p.m. on Aug. 8, Capt. Chance Thompson and Officers...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Council eyes trash fee to help pay pick up cost

Two ordinances, one dealing with trash pickup and a second to raise garbage rates $5 per month to help pay for the trash pickup were tabled Monday night by the Flomaton Town Council until new...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Traffic stop leads to three arrested for drugs

Two Flomaton residents and an Atmore man were jailed on drug charges after police discovered methamphetamine following a traffic stop in Brewton and one of the suspects was charged with promoting...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Code­­ letter creates confusion

Flomaton Councilwoman Lillian Dean questioned the wording of a letter sent by John Robert Smith, chairman of T4 America, who will be working to help create a Form Based Code for the town of Flomaton....

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Council OKs private cemetery

The Flomaton Town Council gave its approval to Jimmy Henderson to move forward with a private family cemetery on land he owns off of Highway 113. Henderson told the council his attorney told him the f...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Council eyes charges for theft

The Flomaton Town Council said it will be cracking down on theft of water services for those who abandon past water bills with Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., saying the town lost about $85,000 over the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

Flomaton MVP headed to Troy U

Flomaton's Daquan Johnson, the 2018 Class 3A Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player in last year's state championship game where the Hurricanes captured the school's first football state...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 15, 2019

License no longer needed to wed

Beginning Aug. 29 couples wanting to get married in Alabama will no longer need a marriage license in advance due to a bill passed by the Alabama Legislature removing that requirement. According to in...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Forget politics, it's time for football

I'm a little tired of talking about gun control, immigration and politics, so I'll talk about what's really important to people, especially in the south – football. If you're like me you have to...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 8, 2019

Atmore men jailed for murder

Atmore residents Michael Lashan Weaver and Michael Bernard Pettway were arrested Monday on murder charges for the May 18, 2019 shooting death of Chirshawn Jermaine Westry, 19, in a shooting at the Atm...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 8, 2019

Simpson was scheduled to move to Troy Saturday

Starrett Jovanna Simpson was scheduled to move into her new housing unit at Troy University this Saturday, but instead her friends and family will be gathering at Hillcrest High School in Evergreen...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 8, 2019

Charges likely following crash

A Jay woman is likely looking at multiple citations Saturday after her vehicle veered across Highway 31 in Flomaton and struck a utility pole with her children inside the car unrestrained. Kimberly...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Juvenile justice can help curb tragedies

In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, I could easily start quoting a lot of old sayings like 'guns don't kill people, people kill people' and 'if you outlaw guns,...

 

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