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 By Joe Thomas    News    July 2, 2020 

Flomaton Public Library closed

As new cases of COVID-19 increase across the state of Alabama and in Escambia County, Gov. Kay Ivey has extended her 'Safer at Home' order and the town of Flomaton has implemented changes that include...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    July 2, 2020 

Reardon will seek re-election

Saying he wants to continue maintaining a safe environment for everyone in Flomaton, Councilman Charlie Reardon announced he will seek re-election to his District 1 seat on the Flomaton Town Council....

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 2, 2020 

Don't believe COVID dates published

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott says we will start school on Friday, Aug. 7; we've got dates for the beginning of college football, high school football, major league baseball...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases in county on the rise

In its bi-weekly COVID-19 update, the Escambia County (Ala.) Health Care Authority reported an increase of positive tests in the county for the coronavirus. The report released Tuesday, shows the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 25, 2020

Flomaton Church's closed permanently

Church's Chicken in Flomaton has apparently been closed permanently with no plans to reopen the restaurant. The restaurant closed Monday. As of Wednesday, there were no signs on the doors, but the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 25, 2020

Hardee's employee positive for COVID

The Hardee's restaurant in Flomaton has reopened with reduced hours after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19. Hardee's was closed last Friday, opened for breakfast Saturday, closed...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 25, 2020

Stokes leaving the commission

Citing health reasons, Escambia County (Ala.) Commissioner David Stokes announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his commission seat effective Aug. 1. Under Alabama law, Gov. Kay Ivey will...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Hardee's needs lesson from YMCA

I want to congratulate, applaud and give a big thumbs up to the Brewton Area YMCA. I can't say the same about the Hardee's restaurant in Flomaton. On June 18 the YMCA learned that a member who had...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Flomaton, Century lag on census

According to the U.S. Census' website, as of June 15, Flomaton ranks dead last in Escambia County (Ala.) in terms of how many people have filled out their 2020 census form and Century's response is a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 18, 2020

Gideons will be missed by all

"Escambia County will miss Eddie Gideons," is what Escambia County (Ala.) Judge of Probate Doug Agerton said of the 56-year old Atmore man who was killed Tuesday morning when his crop dusting plane...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 18, 2020

GOP candidates stump votes in Brewton

Three of the four Republicans who will be on the July 14 runoff ballot in Escambia County (Ala.) gathered at Hour Glass in Brewton Monday night, with Tommy Tuberville absent, as they presented their...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 18, 2020

Clerk says ballots proceed as normal

Although a federal judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who claim that some of Alabama's voting restrictions will create difficulties and risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escambia County...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Can't bury truth by burying history

Taking down confederate monuments don't change history. Changing the names of colleges doesn't change history. Taking Elmer Fudd's gun away from him won't slow down gun violence. We can't bury the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 11, 2020

Atmore man jailed for murder

An Atmore man with a prior violent conviction has been arrested and charged with murder for the April 25 shooting death of Desmond Deshun Dirden, 33, also of Atmore. Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 11, 2020

Bondurant seeking fifth term as mayor

In 2004 Dewey Bondurant, Jr., decided to run for mayor due to his experience working on Hurricane Park and his love of Flomaton. The 72-year old Flomaton mayor announced this week that he will seek...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 11, 2020

Man faces abuse charge

A Flomaton man has been arrested for willful abuse of a child for allegedly beating his 11-year old son on the child's birthday and will likely face additional charges. Gary W. Presley, 34, 20600...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 11, 2020

Jay fireworks on, others cancelled

The town of Jay will proceed with its annual Fourth of July celebration but the annual events in East Brewton, Century and Flomaton have been canceled. Jay will hold its fireworks show at...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 11, 2020

No emergency state for commission

In its first in-person meeting since March 17 the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission passed a resolution to rescind its previous state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the March 17...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Trayton's smile remembered

Those who knew Trayton Gage Adams talked about his smile. They talked about his big heart and the hugs he loved to give. Six-year old Trayton died last Thursday when he was riding on the back of a fou...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Judge Jordan stepping down from bench

After more than 17 years on the bench, Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Judge Dave Jordan has announced he will be retiring July 31, 2020. Jordan, 61, was born in Meridian, Miss., but grew up in the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    June 4, 2020

Simmons seeking to continue career

With 34 years of serving the citizens of Pensacola and the county, Chip Simmons is looking to add a new chapter to his life by running for sheriff of Escambia County, Fla. Simmons, 56, is seeking the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Don't confuse protesters with thugs

The video of Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of of George Floyd as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe sparked outrage. It was a disturbing video and the screams for...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    May 28, 2020

Mental health system in crisis?

On Dec. 13, 2019, a sister of Rufus Evans III filed a petition in Escambia County (Ala.) Probate Court claiming Evans was mentally ill. The same day, Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health Care Systems...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Mental health system failing us all

The state of Alabama failed Rufus Evans III and his family. It failed Tyler Dawayne Lisenby and his family. Alabama's mental health agency failed everyone in the community and it fails people...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    May 28, 2020

Brewton resident jailed with drugs

A Brewton man who was listed as an escapee from Escambia County's Community Corrections Office was arrested Friday night in East Brewton with additional drug charges after officers found a large quant...

 

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