Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition

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  • Super to interim; Collier picked

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Jan 25, 2024

    The Escambia County (Ala.) School Board removed the 'interim' term for Michele Collier at its Thursday board meeting to name her as the system's new superintendent, however, the interim term was placed back on during a special meeting Monday after the board realized it had to advertise for that position. Collier, who served as an assistant superintendent, was serving as the school system's acting after the school board voted to buy out former Superintendent Michele McClung's contract. During...

  • County shows big gain in scores

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    The Escambia County School System landed four schools in the top 25 of the most academic improved schools across the state of Alabama, landing the most schools on that list than any other school system in the state. The rankings were based on the state’s school report cards for the 2022-23 school year. Escambia County Middle/High Schools improved from a 56 score in 2022 to a 70 in 2023, earning a C. Pollard-McCall Jr. High School went from a 72 to an 84, earning a B; W.S. Neal Elementary School...

  • Third arrested for 2022 murder of Century man

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Jan 25, 2024

    Monroe County Sheriff's deputies took a Century man into custody Monday after a local grand jury indicted him on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a December, 2022, shooting that left Lavor Chante Johnson of Century dead. Deputies took Jayden Constantine Jackson, 21, of Century into custody Monday around 5:09 p.m. at the Baldwin County Jail in Bay Minette and transported him to the Monroe County Jail in Monroeville. Jackson remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon on a...

  • County tables 2 issues

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission tabled two late additions to Monday’s agenda involving a possible grant application and adopting a hazard mitigation plan after commissioners questioned exactly what they were voting on. County Clerk-Administrator Ron Cink said he received the information late and added to the agenda. He added that it was not time sensitive and felt the commission did the right thing by tabling the issue until the next meeting when more information would be available. One o...

  • Jordan's Way in Brewton Saturday

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    Representatives with Jordan's Way, a national non-profit animal rescue organization, will be in Brewton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, as part of its 300 Shelter Tour across the nation to help raise money and awareness to the need of finding dogs new homes. The event, which will be carried live on Facebook, will be held at the Brewton Paws Crossed Animal Rescue shelter, located at 27330 U.S. Highway 31 – the big blue building next to to the scrap yard. Jordan's Way was named after a...

  • Teachers of the Year recognized

    Jan 25, 2024