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 By Joe Thomas    News    April 2, 2020 

Alabama shuts down some businesses

On the recommendation of Alabama's State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency and ordered 33 businesses deemed...

 By Joe Thomas    News    April 2, 2020 

Residents heard a 'boom' before fire

Residents on Bell Street in Flomaton told firemen they heard an explosion before a wooden shed erupted into flames that spread into a brush fire which prompted multiple fire departments to respond to...

 By Joe Thomas    News    April 2, 2020 

Limited access to courthouse April 6

Escambia County (Ala.) Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds announced Monday that the courthouse in Brewton and the satellite courthouse in Atmore will remain closed to the public through April 17,...

 By Joe Thomas    News    April 2, 2020 

Atmore police find decomposed body

The Atmore Police Department continues to investigate the discovery of a badly decomposing body officers found last Thursday, March 26, when officers responded to a burglary call at the residence. In...

 By Joe Thomas    News    April 2, 2020 

Crash kills semi driver

A Greenville man who crashed his semi-truck into a wooded area off Highway 29 in Century was pronounced dead a few hours after the crash. John Rivers, 59, was pronounced dead at Atmore Community...

 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Make sure you get good information

To quote the great Yogi Berra, it is deja vu all over again this week as we navigate ourselves through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we first started reporting on the virus several weeks ago, I've been...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 26, 2020

Mayors ask all to fill out census

By now most people in the United States have received their 2020 census form, but many residents who get their mail delivered to post offices boxes are not on the list. Every 10 years the United State...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 26, 2020

Rollover crash in Flomaton claims life

A 27-year old Monroeville man was killed and his passenger was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Flomaton that left Highway 31 closed to traffic for about three hours. Samuel...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 26, 2020

Jay suspending utility cutoffs and late fees

Realizing the hardship COVID-19 is and will be placing on families, the Jay Town Council voted Tuesday night to suspend utility cutoffs and waive late fees, turnoff fees and reconnect fees providing...

 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 26, 2020

Important to get in census count

As we continue to deal with COVID-19, things haven't changed much since last week. Dates you see about school starting back and other public buildings being open are good starting points, but may...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 26, 2020

Curfew stands active

With school out and efforts to reduce large crowds gathering, Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson said his department will be stepping up the enforcement of the town's curfew ordinance that...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 26, 2020

COVID-19 update

By order of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Alabama has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and non-work related gatherings of 10 people of more... Full story

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

State of emergencies close city halls and courthouse

Governmental bodies on the city, county and state levels have declared states of emergency in wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic by shutting down municipal complexes, courthouses and other...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

Gov. Ivey postpones runoffs until July 14; absentee applications now July 9

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday morning that the primary elections scheduled for March 31 have been postponed until July 14 and the last day to apply for an...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

Baseball bats go silent in wake of coronavirus

Flomaton High School's baseball team was scheduled to begin its 'real' season today (Thursday) when the Hurricanes were to host Bayside Academy to kickoff area play. When and if those games will be...

 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Don't panic; make smart decisions

The one thing I've learned, especially over the past week, is that what I learn today won't necessarily be true the next day or even the next hour or so. As everybody scrambles to make decisions...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 19, 2020

City of Brewton completes sewer repairs on Highway 31

Traffic along Highway 31 in Brewton was scheduled to be reopened late Wednesday afternoon following two days of closure in anticipation that the Alabama Department of Transportation will repave the...

 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 12, 2020

ALDOT needs to fix the real problem

It's been called everything from the $20 million fishing pier to the bridge to nowhere; it's been joked about, laughed about and ridiculed for the waste of taxpayers' money that was simply wasted....

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

FPD seeks funds for K-9

Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson is reaching out to the Flomaton community seeking donations to purchase and house a no-bite drug dog that won't cost the town a dime if the citizens respond. Thom...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Atmore drug cases net $1 million bond

Two Atmore men are being held on $1 million bond each for multiple drug charges and both have had previous bonds and probations revoked. Timothy Wayne Satterwhite, 49, 1207 Hall Creek Road, and...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Flomaton man jailed sex crimes

A Flomaton man was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Monday on charges alleging he had sex with a girl under the age of 16. Adam Eugene Taylor, 39, 131 Forest Hill...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Man jailed for sex with a child

A Brewton man is being held on $500,000 bond after being arrested on sodomy and sex abuse charges on a child prosecutors said was 4 or 5 years old at the time. Brandon Pugh, 26, 1066 McGougin Road,...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Couple passes fake bills

A Brewton man and his wife were arrested Sunday and charged with possession of a forged instrument after Brewton Police found them in possession of $1,200 in counterfeit $100 bills after the two...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

River bridge partly closed

For the rest of this week and through next week, work will be done on the old bridge across the Conecuh River near Riverview with the bridge being briefly closed for all traffic. According to...

 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Mayor says plant on hold

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., told members of the town council Monday night that the proposed new concrete pipe plant in Flomaton has been put on hold and will not happen at this time. “Right...


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