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  • The Bretts entertain in Brewton

    Feb 1, 2018

    The Bretts from Brandon, Mo., took the stage Saturday night at the Woodfin-Patterson Auditorium in Brewton as part of the Brewton Council of the Arts annual shows. Next up is the Missoula Children's Theatre presentation of 'Gulliver's Travels' on Feb. 17, followed by 'On Golden Pond' on March 13. For more on the Bretts' performance, see Page 3A in the print edition....

  • Student accused with gun

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    A Flomaton High School junior has been suspended and may possibly face expulsion after a hunting rifle and compound bow were found inside his vehicle parked at the high school. According to reports, this past Monday the school's resource officer Matt Jernigan was making a security check in the parking lot when he saw the gun and bow inside a student's vehicle. The student was identified and the principal was contacted. Sheriff's office reports note the gun and bow were removed from the vehicle...

  • Infrastructure concept is on target

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    I watched some, if not most of President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. It seemed kind of anti-climatic since I'd been listening to public radio Monday and earlier Tuesday where it was apparent that some, if not all, of Trump's speech had already been handed over to several news outlets. So, by the time I sat down to watch the speech I really didn't hear anything new. I didn't see anything new either. I saw Republicans clapping and I saw Democrats sitting there with frowns on...

  • Still don't like zero tolerance

    Our View|Feb 1, 2018

    We've seen this situation before. A student brings a hunting rifle or shotgun to school and leaves it in his or her vehicle. The gun is found and the student is expelled. This Monday a Flomaton High School student was suspended after his hunting rifle and compound bow was found inside his locked vehicle. At this point in time the student has been suspended, but our bet is he will likely be expelled once the case filters through the process. We saw a Flomaton teacher lose his job when his gun was found inside a bag, which was inside his locked...

  • Back on the road in Southwest Alabama

    Congressman Bradley Byrne|Feb 1, 2018

    I always appreciate the opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C. and spend time with the people I represent in Congress. Our most recent District Work Week was unfortunately cut short by the frivolous government shutdown, but thankfully I was still able to get back to Southwest Alabama for a number of town hall meetings and other important events. It was a real treat to be able to celebrate my 100th in-person town hall meeting by holding a “100th Town Hall Tour” with stops in Chatom, Grove Hill, Jackson, Creola, East Brewton, and Frisco Cit...

  • 2018: Political 'year of the woman'

    Steve Flowers|Feb 1, 2018

    This political year of 2018 may very well be the year of the woman in Alabama politics. In Alabama’s 200 year history, only one woman has been elected governor. Lurleen Wallace won in 1966. Only two women have served as governor, Governor Lurleen and our current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year. Sue Bell Cobb, the former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the first woman to hold that position, is hoping to be able to be the Democratic standard-bearer. She was elected Chief Justice in 2006, in a very expensive, high p...

  • Separation from God is no escape

    Feb 1, 2018

    Although steadily declining, Americans are still about 70% Christian according to the Pew Research Center, but with Christianity under constant assault by the media and pop culture the worrisome decline will continue. Despite decades of bellowing about separation of church and state, political principles and religious convictions are inextricably intertwined. The Church of Satan oddly enough provides the latest correlation between political views and religious values. This past year the California Church of Satan reports swelling membership;...

  • Deputy's brother is arrested for car theft

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    The brother of an Escambia County (Ala.) sheriff's deputy has been arrested on theft charges after he allegedly took his brother's patrol car and later crashed the vehicle. Justin Woods, 24, 225 Spears Circle, Brewton, was charged with theft of property I and booked into the Escambia County Detention Center on $10,000 bond. According to reports, the sheriff's office received a call Sunday, Jan. 28, in reference to a sheriff's office patrol car being wrecked on Highway 29 in the Boykin-Damascus a...

  • Vehicle rollover on Welka Road

    Feb 1, 2018

    Flomaton Fire responded to a 911 call around 11:19 a.m. reporting a one-car accident on Welka Road on Friday, Jan. 26. The driver, 29-year-old Cody Odom, said he rounded the corner when the axle of his 1999 Jeep Cherokee broke off, causing the vehicle to roll and land on it's side. Odom crawled out with minor injuries....

  • Knott addresses board after 'F' given to ECHS

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2018

    Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott addressed the recently released failing grade given to Escambia County High School by the Alabama Department of Education's State Report Card at Tuesday night's board of education meeting at W.S. Neal High School. The 'F' given to ECHS places it in the lowest 6 percent based on the ACT Aspire test given to students grades three through eight and 10 across the U.S. last year. "This assessment did not align to the standards we teach," said...

  • Baggett honored for her work with Brewton

    Special to the Ledger|Feb 1, 2018

    Brewton's Director of Program Management Connie Baggett was recently honored as the city's Employee of the Quarter for her outstanding work for the city. For more than 20 years, Baggett followed news around the southern end of the state, covering government, crime, education and human interest stories in a nine-county region. When print news lost ground to online media, she was one of some 400 people out of work as three major daily papers in the state made big changes. Baggett went to work for...

  • Monroeville woman killed in wreck Fri.

    Feb 1, 2018

    A two-vehicle crash at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, has claimed the life of a Monroeville woman and injured another. Machell Ann Scott, 39, was killed when the 2014 Hyundai Veloster she was driving collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. Scott was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Larry Wheat of Frisco City, was injured and transported to the University of South Alabama Hospital in Mobile. The crash occurred on U.S. 84 at the 75.8 mile marker, one mile west of Monroeville. Nothing further is available as Alabama State...

  • Traffic stop leads to arrest for drugs

    Feb 1, 2018

    A Brewton man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Atmore, where officers recovered methamphetamine. Malcolm Ross Pettis, 59, 6652 Appleton Road, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Atmore police reports, Pettis was the driver of a vehicle on Jan. 26 at 7:38 p.m. that was observed swerving and driving erratically. Following a traffic stop, officers reported Pettis was acting nervous and acting strange. Pettis gave consent to search and...

  • PHD Realty to award $250 scholarships

    Feb 1, 2018

    PHD Realty in Atmore announced for the second year in a row, it will award the PHD Realty Determination Scholarship for 2018. Two scholarships in the amount of $250 will be awarded to qualifying seniors who plan to attend technical school or college full time in the fall. To be eligible, students must attend high school in the counties of Monroe, Escambia or Baldwin, Alabama or Escambia or Santa Rosa, Florida. The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and the endorsement of their guidance...

  • Perry sentenced to 20 years for robbery

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2018

    Pensacola resident William Perry, Jr., 56, was sentenced to 20 years in Florida State Prison on Jan. 25, 2018 by Circuit Judge Gary Bergosh, according to an Escambia County (Fla.) State Attorney's press release. Perry was convicted by an Escambia County (Fla.) jury on Sept. 14, 2017 of robbery without a weapon. On April 21, 2016, Perry entered Century Laundry and Self Storage at 9521 N. Century Boulevard in Century and committed a robbery. The store manager, a 71-year-old female, was alone in...

  • Candidates qualifying in Escambia

    Feb 1, 2018

    Escambia County (Ala.) Probate Judge Doug Agerton and Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain have qualified to seek re-election in the June 5 Democratic Primary as qualifying opens for the local Democratic Party. Democrats began qualifying Jan. 8 and can qualify for the election until Feb. 9. Four Republicans have also qualified for the June 5 Republican Primary. Qualifying are: Fletcher 'Scottie' Stewart for county commission District 3; Heath Jackson for sheriff; Coleman Wallace for school board Seat 7; and Mike Edwards for school board Seat 3....

  • Flomaton Elementary releases its honor rolls

    Feb 1, 2018

    Flomaton Elementary School is proud to announce its second nine weeks A and A-B honor rolls. The students names are as follows: All As Lanier: Cadie Nicole Higdon, Jordan Elise Johnson, McKenzie Sophia Mills, Russell Von Moore, Aidan Wyatt Oglesbee, Karma Christine Settles and Kayden Elijah Woods; McCutchin: Hayes Ryan Browning and Leontay Ethan Childs; Engle: Tierney Lyn Ferguson, Jayden Matthew Haskew, Nathan Andrew Hill, Chaz Rees Odom, Sara Elsie Rabren and Noah Shannon White; Singelton: Holden David Bell, Jack Swayze Clifton, Kodi Lynn...

  • Board of education OKs personnel changes

    Feb 1, 2018

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education approved the following personnel changes at is Tuesday, Jan. 30 meeting. The changes are as follows: Approval to reinstate (2) sick leave days to Ima Sue Beasley, job specialist at Escambia Career Readiness Center, due to an on-the-job injury, effective January 11, 2018 and January 12, 2018; Approval to reinstate one (1) sick leave day to Heather White, elementary teacher at Rachel Patterson Elementary School, due to an on-the-job injury, effective October 25, 2017; Approval to reinstate thirteen...

  • Storyteller set to visit school

    Feb 1, 2018

    Storyteller Wanda Johnson will perform for students of Flomaton Elementary School on Tuesday, February 6 at 8:30 a.m. This performance is funded by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. This School is one of 18 schools in 13 counties benefiting from the Council's statewide Alabama Touring Artist Program. Wanda Johnson is a professional storyteller, teaching artist, and inspirational speaker. As a storyteller, she challenges her audience to take pride in the lessons, rituals, and...

  • Local teacher picked top five

    Feb 1, 2018

    Northview High School's Megan Carroll was one of 5 finalists for the Escambia County (Fla.) School District Teacher of the Year honored last Friday, Jan. 26, at the Golden Apple Awards at New World Landing in Pensacola. Each teacher was selected by their peers and they represent ingenuity, dedication, compassion, organization, and so many other traits shared by teachers in their schools. They teach various subject areas and how to use technology, but they also teach life skills and...

  • All-Star Academy won

    Feb 1, 2018

    The All Star Academy cheerleaders joined 50 other teams to compete at the Worldwide Spirit Association competition in Mobile, on Sunday, Jan. 21. Winning a first place in their division, the All Star Academy is comprised of athletes from the Brewton, Flomaton, Century, and Jay area including Erica Parker, Emily Pettis, Madison Darkins, Daisy Chavers, Bailey Jones, Emma Thompson, Releigh Gibson, Belle Walker, Rebekah Abbott, Natalee Hall, Madelynn Sasser, Holland Bondurant, Molly Till, Ashtynn...

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