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  • Najor kicks off bid for commission

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    Lew Najor is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission in the March 5 Primary election, citing his years of experience in the contracting industry as the key to his reason for election. Najor will face incumbent Commissioner Raymond Wiggins in the primary and there is no Democratic opposition in the Nov. 5 General Election. "I want to pave roads and minimize road maintenance," Najor said. He said the art of using a motor grader to...

  • FHS' Adams signs with Southern Mississippi

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery and his wife Leah have four children but in his 33 years of coaching football Coach V has hundreds of 'children' and grins like a proud father when those young men excel on and off the football field. From doctors and engineers to those who continue their football careers after high school, Coach V acts as a proud parent when his students move on to bigger and better things. His office inside the field house at the high school is littered with newspaper...

  • Shots fired call leads to arrests

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's deputies responded to 7400 Jack Springs Road Dec. 24 in reference to shots being fired that led to the arrest of a man with Brewton and Atmore addresses and Flomaton woman on drug charges, with the male suspect also being charged with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle. Dakota Loren Harmon, 25, with court records listing addresses as Old Highway 31, Lot 13, Brewton, and 7400 Jack Springs Road, Atmore, and Tessa Elizabeth McClure, 21, 1819 College St., Flomaton,...

  • Flomaton police recognized at banquet

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    As part of a first responder banquet last Thursday, Flomaton Police Chief Dane NeSmith recognized several of his officers, dispatchers and Flomaton's lone paid fireman, Jeremy Lee, for their outstanding work serving the community. NeSmith said it takes a team effort that not only involves police officers but dispatchers and the fire department. He noted the dispatchers play a key role in relaying accurate information in a timely manner. Honored last Thursday were Ashley Clark, Dispatcher of the...

  • Wiggins, White are re-elected

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission will vote on resolutions at its next meeting to re-elect Raymond Wiggins and chairman and Larry White as vice chairman, following a vote Monday. County Clerk-Administrator Ron Cink said the commission needed to consider the resolutions Monday and vote on them at the next meeting. The items on the agenda had Wiggins’ and White’s name included. Karean Reynolds said he had no problem with Wiggins and White continuing the serve in those positions but felt...

  • Are rural water systems under attack?

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    Elijah Bell, president of the Moore Creek-Mt. Carmel water system said a bill proposed by State Sen. Doug Broxson to bring all water systems in Santa Rosa County under one umbrella will not only take local control away from communities, but eventually lead to higher utility rates. "They are trying to fix something that's not broke," Bell said. "All these systems are financially sound and provide adequate and good water to their customers." Bell said currently, the rural water system board...

  • Atmore man jailed for stealing money

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    An Atmore man out on bond on a 2019 theft of property I by deception charge was arrested Monday on theft of property I charges and had his original bond revoked, leaving him behind bars inside the Escambia County Detention Center. Christopher Michael Rowland, 39, 500 South Pensacola Ave., was arrested by officers with the Atmore Police Department and transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton. At the time of his arrest he was out on $25,000 bond on the 2019 charge. According...

  • Santa arrives early

    Joe Thomas|Dec 14, 2023

  • Grand jury indicts Jackson

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    An Escambia County (Ala.) grand jury indicted District 4 School Board Member Cindy Jackson Friday on charges that she released grand jury information. The grand jury also indicted District 6 School Board Member Sherry Digmon and Atmore News reporter Don Fletcher on identical charges. Digmon, owner of the Atmore News and Atmore Magazine, along with Fletcher had been previously arrested on those charges. A preliminary hearing on those cases was scheduled for Monday, but the hearing was cancelled...

  • Woman accused of tasing a child

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    An Atmore woman, described as being a caretaker for two children, was arrested Dec. 1 for aggravated child abuse after being accused of using a taser on a 14-year-old in an attempt to break up a fight between the teen and his younger sibling. Belinda Caraway Boyington, 56, 3515 Taylor Circle, was arrested by Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's deputies following the alleged incident. Court records show deputies were dispatched to Boyington's residence about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Boyington told...

  • Mother jailed after child born with pot

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    An Atmore woman who gave birth to a child on May 28, 2022, was arrested last Thursday on a warrant charging her with chemical endangerment of the child after the child tested positive for marijuana when it was born. Christina Yanacheak, 41, 2881 Highway 21, Lot 4, was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton and jailed on $5,000 bond. According to reports, the Atmore Police Department was notified on May 28, 2022, by the Escambia County Department of Human Resources...

  • Flomaton hit with fake bills

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 30, 2023

    The Flomaton Police Department has secured arrest warrants on two people who are accused of passing and attempting to pass counterfeit bills at the Circle K convenient store Tuesday. The discovery of the fake bills comes just weeks after other fake bills turned up at Flomaton stores. Inv. Charlie Land said two fake $20 bills and one fake $10 bill were used at the Circle K. He said one suspect purchased gas and a pack of cigarettes and paid for the transaction with a fake $10 bill and two good...

  • Flomaton moves Santa parade to Dec. 9

    Joe Thomas|Nov 30, 2023

    Due to potential heavy rain Saturday morning, the Flomaton Area Chamber of Commerce has moved Saturday’s Christmas parade to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, to coincide with the Christmas Bazaar in downtown Flomaton. The town of Jay is proceeding with its plans to hold its Christmas parade this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at town hall. After the parade, festivities will continue on Commerce Street with the Joy in Jay Christmas Festival that will include Santa’s Workshop, food and craft vendors,...

  • Taxes can be paid online in Escambia

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 30, 2023

    Escambia County (Ala.) Tax Collector Tim Pettis is reminding property owners that their property tax bills are due by Jan. 2, 2024 and noted taxes can be paid online or at the tax collector's office. Property taxes were due Oct. 1 but will not be delinquent until Jan. 2. Normally, taxes are due Dec. 31, but since that date falls on a Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 is a holiday, taxes are due Tuesday, Jan. 2 to avoid a penalty. Pettis said his office billed out $20,513,856.04 in ad valorem taxes and...

  • 'Bee' aware of the importance of bees

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 30, 2023

    "If we don't have bees we don't eat" is how Atmore Mayor Jim Staff explained the need for more people to get into beekeeping. The Escambia County Extension Office in Brewton kicked off a series of beginner beekeeping classes in September and continue to officer those classes to not only get people interested in beekeeping, but to teach the importance of bees to the food chain. Millie Murphree, extension coordinator, said the classes are spread out for people to learn what to do with their hives...

  • Grand jury report eyes Digmon

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 23, 2023

    A grand jury report made public last week concerning the request to impeach school board member Sherry Digmon points to thousands of dollars the Escambia County (Ala.) School System paid to her through the Atmore News and the Atmore Magazine with Digmon voting the pay the bills that benefited her personally. The grand jury report states "Sherry Ann Digmon has committed willful acts of misconduct and/or corruption that she should be impeached and removed from office.". The grand jury noted that D...

  • Lopez gets 10 year sentence

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 23, 2023

    Former Flomaton Police Officer Issac Lopez was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but given 346 days credit for the time he spent in jail, following his arrest in December, 2020. Lopez pleaded guilty in Escambia County (Fla.) Circuit Court for trafficking methamphetamine last week. He still faces a sentencing scheduled for Jan. 3, in Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of using his office for personal gain. Lopez was originally arrested in December of...

  • Chase ends in Flomaton crash

    Joe Thomas|Nov 16, 2023

    A high speed chase initiated last Friday within the Brewton city limits ended with the suspect involved in a crash in Flomaton involving two Flomaton police vehicles with the suspect being tased and arrested on multiple drug charges and traffic violations mount. Devante Aaron Knight, 31, 414 Magnolia Ave., Evergreen, was charged by Flomaton police with two counts of felony assault II, felony attempting to elude, trafficking cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking Amphetamine, two count...

  • Primary ballot set for Escambia Co.

    Joe Thomas|Nov 16, 2023

    When Escambia County (Ala.) voters go to the polls for the March 3 Democratic and Republican primaries there will be two contested elections on the ballot following Friday’s deadline to qualify, with one Democrat qualifying. County Commission Chairman Raymond Wiggins is being challenged by Lew Najor for the District 2 seat in the Republican Primary. District 3 Escambia County School Board Member Mike Edwards is being challenged by Jerry Wilson in the GOP primary. Circuit Clerk John Robert...

  • Flomaton OKs garbage hike; OKs lagoon grant

    Joe Thomas|Nov 16, 2023

    With a proposed 5 percent increase from Waste Pro for residential garbage collection in Flomaton the town council voted twice before agreeing to pass a 2 percent increase along to customers and absorbing the other 3 percent. The rate increase, which will go into effect this month, will raise residential rates from $18.99 per month to $19.37 per month. Councilwoman Lillian Dean suggested the town eat the increase and look at any increases next year. The town had already budgeted to eat 3 percent...

  • Osaka Baptist to host next voting

    Joe Thomas|Nov 16, 2023

    When Escambia County (Ala.) voters in the Little Escambia precinct go the polls March 5 for the Republican and Democratic primaries, they will cast their ballots at Osaka Freewill Baptist Church instead of the outdated brick building on Mize Road. The Escambia County Commission passed a resolution Monday to move the voting place, calling it a win-win situation for voters and poll workers. District 3 Commissioner Larry White said the commission has wanted to do something over the years to get...

  • Digmon facing impeachment

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 9, 2023

    The same grand jury that indicted District 6 Escambia County (Ala.) School Board Member Sherry Digmon on three felony charges also filed a report stating Digmon should be impeached and removed from office. The grand jury indicted Digmon, 72, owner of the Atmore News and Atmore Magazine, on felony charges of revealing secret grand jury information. She was also indicted by the grand jury for using her position as a school board member for personal gain, for the school system paying for...

  • Don't burn

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 9, 2023

    Flomaton and Century fire departments were dispatched 4813 Old Atmore Road shortly before noon Saturday after the burning of a large vegetative and limb debris pile began to spread, bringing warnings from Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton and the Alabama Forestry Commission not to burn in these extreme dry conditions. Stanton said firemen first attacked the spreading fire and then extinguished the large brush pile. "It was close to spreading to a nearby tree line and then there's no telling how...

  • Bain art show to also highlight the PorchFest events

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 9, 2023

    In conjunction with the city of Brewton's PorchFest this Saturday, the Brewton Council of the Arts will be hosting the Lee Bain Brewton Invitational Art Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 623 Belleville Ave. PorchFest will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. along the 600 block of Belleville and Evergreen avenues. Bain came to Brewton in the 1970s through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Humanities. The grant was made possible by private funds and...

  • Digmon facing three felony charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 2, 2023

    Escambia County (Ala.) School Board member Sherry Digmon has been arrested twice within a week on charges her newspaper (Atmore News) released grand jury secrets and was arrested again on ethics violations for approving bills as a school board member that benefited the Atmore News and the Atmore magazine. Digmon, 72, 405 South Main St., Atmore, along with Atmore News reporter Don Fletcher, 69, 204 Marshall Ave., Atmore, and school board employee Veronica Ashley Fore, 47, 3998 Ridge Road, Brewton...

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