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  • Troy University honors students

    Staff Report|Jun 25, 2020

    Troy University recently announced several area students who have been named to the Chancellor's List and Provost’s List for the spring semester and Term 4 of the 2019/2020 academic year. Those area students who made the Chancellor's List include from Atmore, Carson Barnett and Anna Sasser; from Brewton, Mary Peace, Shelby Evans, Maria Solomon, Mi'esha Straughn and Dwight Jerkins; and from East Brewton, Althea Marsh. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0 q...

  • Locals inducted at Huntingdon

    Staff Report|Jun 25, 2020

    Two area students, Joshua Barrett Fields of Brewton, Ala. and Haleigh Ridgeway of Frisco City, Ala., were inducted Spring 2020 into one or more of 15 honor societies Huntingdon College offers where students may earn membership on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, or other merits. Fields was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, an honor society whose purpose is to confer distinction upon students of English language and literature. Ridgeway, Class of 2021, s was inducted into Alpha Beta, an honor society for upper-class students honoring...

  • Three contraband arrests at Fountain in Atmore

    Staff Report|Jun 25, 2020

    Three arrests were made at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore as part of the Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) Law Enforcement Services Division (LESD) enforcement of the Department’s zero-tolerance contraband policy, making numerous arrests of individuals attempting to introduce illegal contraband into correctional facilities. Since March 18, 2020, when the ADOC suspended visitation and all non-emergent outside entry into ADOC’s facilities in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the LESD has continued its impor...

  • Jay Run set for July 4

    Staff Report|Jun 25, 2020

    In its 21st year the annual Celebrate Freedom 5K Road Race will once again commence in the small town of Jay, Florida on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The 5K Run/Walk will begin and end in the Jay City Park. Race time for the 5K is 8:00AM and the One Mile Fun Run will begin at approximately 9:15AM. “It’s an ideal event for active families,” said race organizer Matt Dobson. “We will celebrate freedom and we will do it in a healthy and fun way. Everyone is welcomed at this family-friendly event.” This year the Santa Rosa County Health Department will p...

  • Santa Rosa feeding program continues

    Staff Report|Jun 18, 2020

    Santa Rosa County School District food contractor Sodexo, in cooperation with STA the Santa Rosa County District Schools bus service, will continue the summer feeding program that started in March. This program is currently scheduled to continue through early August. For more detailed information visit our web page at https://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/. The service is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Service only and the school buses stop at the following at these approximate times: Bus #402 • 6314 Hwy 4 at 11:00 am • 6467 Hall Rd at 11:06 am • 3...

  • Brewton student honored

    Staff Report|Jun 18, 2020

    Kelli Kirkland, of Brewton, Alabama, has been named to Freed-Hardeman's Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester. Kirkland, who is majoring in Art Studio Art and Education Secondary, is among more than 700 students to receive recognition during a challenging spring semester that required students to finish their coursework online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full-time students who achieve a 3.40 grade point average are named to the Dean's List. To be on the President's List, a student must be full-time and have a 4.0 grade point average....

  • 'Young Frankenstein' this weekend

    Staff Report|Jun 18, 2020

    The Greater Escambia Council for the Arts' (GECA) production of "Young Frankenstein" opens this week for an eight-performance run. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited to 60 seats per show. By special arrangement, GECA will have shows on Thursday, June 18, Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, as well as June 25-28. The show will run for two weekends. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday shows will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling Atmore News at...

  • Jay builds new playground

    Staff Report|Jun 11, 2020

    The town of Jay held volunteer day last Friday and Saturday June 5-6, at Bray-Hendricks Park, to install new playground equipment as part of its Park Master Plan....

  • Century Library offers free lunch

    Staff Report|Jun 11, 2020

    Century Library, located at 7991 N. Century Blvd. in Century, continues to offer free lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Century Library is one of several West Florida Public Libraries that has provided over 20,000 free curbside pickup meals for youth 18 and younger since March 23, 2020 with Feeding the Gulf Coast. "All of our employees have a passion for the community we serve and without feeding the body, a child cannot feed their mind," Todd Humble, Library Services director said. "We are proud to have been recognized as...

  • Jay Freedom run set July 4

    Staff Report|Jun 11, 2020

    In its 21st year the annual Celebrate Freedom 5K Road Race will once again commence in the small town of Jay, Florida on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The 5K Run/Walk will begin and end in the Jay City Park. Race time for the 5K is 8:00AM and the One Mile Fun Run will begin at approximately 9:15AM. The event will kick-off with the singing of the National Anthem, and all the race amenities for a race in the country will be on hand. Your entry fee will grant you a cool t-shirt, an attempt at a patriotic award, water, Gatorade, cookies, fruit, and...

  • EREC lobbies open now

    Staff Report|Jun 4, 2020

    Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC) lobbies in both Walnut Hill and Jay, Fla., are now open. The lobbies of both facilities were closed in March to protect community health during the peak threat of COVID-19. EREC advises members to continue compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention guidelines to protect themselves and others. CDC guidelines include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others, wash your hands...

  • Century library providing free meals

    Staff Report|Jun 4, 2020

    The Century Branch Library located at 7991 N. Century Blvd. in Century, one of Escambia County’s West Florida Public Libraries, has partnered with Feeding the Gulf Coast to provide free curbside pickup meals for youth ages 18 and under at all library branch locations, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The youth must be present to receive meals. The food will not be given to adults The meals will include lunch and a snack, and meals will be available on a first come, first served basis....

  • ECAT service will provide riders masks

    Staff Report|Jun 4, 2020

    Beginning last Monday, June 1, passengers have and will be encouraged to wear face masks while riding Escambia County (Fla.) Area Transit buses (ECAT). If a rider does not already have a mask, ECAT employees will offer a mask to the passenger during the month of June to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ECAT operators will also continue to wear masks. Also beginning Monday, ECAT employees and operators will have their temperature taken when they arrive to work as a precaution. ECAT continues to implement safety measures such as limiting...

  • Area food distributions

    Staff Report|May 28, 2020

    Flomaton The Spirit in Truth Tabernacle Food Pantry will be distributing food and produce in boxes to families in need from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., this Thursday (today), May 28, at 608 McCurdy Street, next to Flomaton Community Center. One box per household allowed and a family member must be present to receive. Atmore From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Tuesdays through June 23, Gulf Coast Produce in a grant partnership with Poarch Band of Creek Indians, side of the Poarch Creek Community Center, 517 Martin Road in Atmore, will distribute free 20-pound...

  • Honoring the fallen warriors

    Staff Report|May 28, 2020

    Family members and friends of fallen warriors gathered on the front lawn of the Escambia County (Ala.) Courthouse Monday morning to pay tribute to the 185 county residents who died defending the country. Family members cover their hearts as they recite the 'Pledge of Allegiance' and sing the 'Star Spangled Banner'. The American flag is lifted at the memorial monument and then lowered to half staff in honor of the veterans. Charles Jackson concluded the event by reading the names of all veterans...

  • Jay Historical Society plans projects

    Staff Report|May 28, 2020

    The Board of the Jay Historical Society will meet in early June to discuss the reopening of Jay’s museum in Santa Rosa County. Plans will be made for the rest of the year and going into 2021. As many of you know, work continues with the county concerning the Fidelis School project. The Old Homestead project is still a dream in the making, with application for grants to build the small homestead on the JHS’s downtown property. JHS sells cookbooks, history books and offers annual and lifetime memberships to raise funds. However, there may be som...

  • Poarch Creek funds new Bloodmobile

    Staff Report|May 28, 2020

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) announced recently the donation of $150,000 to the American Red Cross for the purchase of a new Bloodmobile. “The American Red Cross is an incredible community partner and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is proud to assist them in their efforts,” said PCI Tribal Chair and CEO Stephanie Bryant. “I am pleased to announce our donation for the purchase of a Bloodmobile, which will allow the Red Cross to replace an outdated one, and continue their mission of saving lives. I commend the Red Cross for their h...

  • Burn Advisory

    Staff Report|May 14, 2020

    The Alabama Forestry Commission placed Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Mobile counties under a burn advisory Wednesday morning. Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said while it's not a burn ban, he joins the forestry commission in encouraging people not to burn debris during the current drought conditions....

  • Coastal Alabama transitioned to online learning

    Staff Report|May 14, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic, Coastal Alabama Community College has been at the forefront of response, not only in advocacy of its thousands of students, but the greater communities they live in. And in mid-March, when the College’s on-campus curriculum had to quickly transition to distance learning online, each campus was ready. Systems were already in place for the conversion, and in just two days the network’s digital enrollment doubled as more than 4,000 Coastal Alabama Community College students continued their spring semester s...

  • Huntingdon honors area students

    Staff Report|May 14, 2020

    Prior to the COVID-19 disruption, the Huntingdon College Office of Student Affairs and Office of College and Alumni Relations were preparing to host the inaugural Huntingdon College Leadership Convocation to honor the thousands of hours of time, energy, heart, and spirit Huntingdon students pour into service to the College and co-curricular activities each year. Several local students from Brewton, Excel, Monroeville and Barnetts Crossroads were honored. Scout Carson of Monroeville, Class of 2020, was named on the 2019–2020 Huntingdon C...

  • Poarch donates supplies for virus

    Staff Report|May 14, 2020

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced recently that a company the Tribe owns, Muskogee Technology, started producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Muskogee Technology’s President and CEO, Westly L. Woodruff, released the following quote: “Muskogee Technology is always looking for new paths to help. We are honored to serve and do what we can during this pandemic. I am proud we have the agility to refocus our equipment, workforce, and other vital resources critically needed to assist our healthc...

  • Flomaton to hold town council meeting Monday

    Staff Report|May 7, 2020

    The Flomaton Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11 via teleconference. To listen to the council meeting, call 251-732-3018 and when prompted, enter access code 062743. Anybody wanting their comments heard during the public forum can email them to to the town clerk at [email protected] or mail them to Town of Flomaton, P.O. Box 632, Flomaton, Ala., 36441. Comments must include a name and address to be accepted. The deadline to submit a comment for public forum is 9 a.m. Monday, May 1...

  • Excel student gets All-Star

    Staff Report|May 7, 2020

    Excel native Kerrigan Faith Welch has been selected as a team member for the this year’s All-Aabama Academic Team from Coastal Alabama Community College by Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations who co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. Welch earned status as a Bronze Coca-Cola Scholar ($1000 scholarship), and Wilson earned status as a Gold Coco-Cola Scholar ($1500 scholarship). There are only 50 Bronze Scholars and 50 Gold Scholars in the nation. Each two-year c...

  • PCI supports COVID relief act

    Staff Report|May 7, 2020

    The CEO of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Stephanie A. Bryan, released the following statement upon Congress’s passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “I applaud our federal lawmakers for their actions to pass legislation that will spur the economy and provide relief to tribes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bryan. “The Poarch Creek Indians have taken many precautions to protect our employees and tribal members, and we are thankful our lawmakers acknowledge the relief we need. We have volunta...

  • Flomaton Town Council meeting change

    Staff Report|May 7, 2020

    The Flomaton Town Council's previously scheduled meeting via conference call has been move to 5 p.m. Monday, May 11. To listen to the council meeting, call 251-732-3018 and when prompted, enter access code 062743. Anybody wanting their comments heard during the public forum can email them to to the town clerk at [email protected] or mail them to Town of Flomaton, P.O. Box 632, Flomaton, Ala., 36441. Comments must include a name and address to be accepted. The deadline to submit a comment for public forum is 9 a.m. Monday, May...

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