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 By Joe Thomas    News    September 3, 2020 

Teen shot, killed in Brewton

One teenager is dead and two others were injured in an early Sunday morning shooting in Brewton that apparently started during an altercation outside Whataburger. Ta'Nea Renee Gordon, 18, of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 3, 2020 

Suspect's bond set; $1.5 million

An Atmore man with three prior felonies and who was on probation for a felony marijuana case is back in jail on multiple drug charges and a weapons violation. Austin J. Gray, Jr., 43, with addresses...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 3, 2020 

Cities certify the Aug. 25 election results

City councils in Atmore, Brewton and Flomaton met at noon Tuesday to certify the results of the Aug. 25 municipal elections with no changes in the outcomes, leaving Atmore as the only city to have a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 3, 2020 

Campbell resigns, pleads not guilty

Flomaton head baseball coach and driver's education teacher Coy Campbell has resigned his teaching position and filed a written not guilty plea to nine felony charges accusing him of stealing money...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    September 3, 2020 

Local authors will sign books Sept. 12

Local book publishers Ed Hudson, Earline Crews and Kevin McKinley will highlight an event Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Leach House in Century's historic district where the authors will gather to sign bo...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 27, 2020

Bondurant, Wagner win

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant, Jr., and Atmore Mayor Jim Staff are heading back into office with both incumbents winning their respective elections Tuesday. Flomaton will see a new, but familiar,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 27, 2020

Flomaton's senior program suspended

South Alabama Regional Planning Commission's Area Agency on Aging suspended Flomaton's senior citizens' food services this week, but hot meals are scheduled to resume Monday, Aug. 31. Flomaton Town...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 27, 2020

McGougin to trade guns for hair shears

With about 25 years experience in law enforcement, Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin is retiring from the force and is changing directions, from Andy to Floyd with McGougin planning on opening a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 27, 2020

Dickey appointed to the commission

Steven Dickey, executive director of the Brewton Area YMCA, has joined the Escambia County Commission after Gov. Kay Ivey appointed him to fill the unexpired term of District 1 Commissioner David...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 27, 2020

Flomaton Hurricanes kicking off football Friday at Ariton

Although Flomaton High School's football schedule keeps changing, the Hurricanes will open this Friday night at Ariton High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. FHS Principal Scott Hammond said Ariton...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 27, 2020

Pathetic turnout is simply pathetic

To say voter turnout Tuesday in Atmore, Brewton and Flomaton was pathetic is an understatement. Atmore and Flomaton came in at about 34 percent and Brewton dipped to around 26 percent with a whopping...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 27, 2020

COVID ball is here, be ready

Since March we've been hearing about getting back to some sort of normalcy in wake of COVID-19. We didn't say get back to normal, because we don't think we'll ever get back to our pre-coronavirus...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 20, 2020

Escambia Co. Bank to merge

Escambia County Bank in Flomaton will become a branch of AmeriFirst following an announcement by USAL Bancorp, Inc., parent company of AmeriFirst Bank of Montgomery and Escambia County Bank that they...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 20, 2020

Positive COVID tests at FHS addressed

Three employees at Flomaton High School tested positive for COVID-19 last week, resulting in the old middle school wing of the high school to be closed and seventh and eighth grade students sent...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 20, 2020

Flomaton worker is tested positive

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant, Jr., said on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, they became aware that a town of Flomaton employee had become ill and was suspected to have the coronavirus, also known as...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 20, 2020

Barnes spent his life helping other people

Former Century Mayor Benny Barnes died early Tuesday morning and is being remembered as a person who loved the city and especially loved the children who grew up in the community. Barnes, 86, served o...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 20, 2020

FPD taps chaplains for service

Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson has tapped Jonathan Hill, pastor of Little Escambia Baptist Church, Alvin Bethea, pastor of Flomaton Pentecostal Church, and Henry Hawkins, pastor of Damascus...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 20, 2020

Barnes had huge love for Century

Benny Barnes. Love him or hate him, but the one thing you can say about him is that he loved the city of Century and did what ever he could to move the town forward. Barnes died early Tuesday morning...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 20, 2020

Officials act quickly when virus strikes

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott said he and the school board knew it was going to happen. They knew when school started, COVID-19 would appear within the walls of the schools...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Woman charged with murder

A Montgomery woman has been arrested on intentional murder charges in the death of her 26-year old mentally handicapped sister, whose badly decomposed body was discovered in Atmore March 26, with...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Getting set for football

The Big 10 and the PAC 12 have pulled the plug and cancelled the 2020 football season, the SEC and the ACC are still on go and Flomaton High School head football coach Doug Vickery said he's very...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Wiggins retur­ns as the chairman

Raymond Wiggins has returned as the full time chairman of the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission following the resignation of Chairman Karean Reynolds and an announcement Monday by Commission Vice Chai...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

FHS 1988 class ring lost in '87 back home

Flomaton High School graduate James Bagwell never imagined that a ring lost on a trip to the creek with friends in the summer of 1987 would be returned 33 years later through the kindness of a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Wagner seeks to return to council

Kay Wagner said she entered the race for the District 4 council seat in Flomaton because she wants to bring positivity to the table to help continue moving the town forward. Wagner, 80, previously...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Century, Jay heading to polls to vote Tuesday

Voters in Century and Jay will turn out this Tuesday, Aug. 18, for the Primary Election, but the ballots will look very different, as Century voters will vote for mayor and one council seat, while...

 

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