Articles from the February 8, 2024 edition


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  • Brewton man shot, one jailed

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    One Brewton man was arrested and a second was transported to a Pensacola hospital suffering from a gunshot wound following an incident Monday near Crosby Street in Brewton. Derrick Lavar Barton, 46, 771 Dixon Nursery Road, was charged with attempted murder, driving under the influence and unlawful possession of marijuana II. Brewton Police Chief Matt Jordan said the victim, identified as Jermaine Kartell Spears, was transported to the hospital in stable condition. An update on his injuries was n...

  • Woman jailed for attacking officers

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    An Atmore woman was arrested on multiple charges, including drugs and assaulting a police officer by spitting on him and biting him. Mandy Renee Lassitter, 44, 326 Jack Springs Road, was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, assault II, assault with bodily fluids, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton and later given a $25,000 bond. According...

  • Mayor says water is 'perfectly' safe

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 8, 2024

    “The water in Century is safe, we’ve been testing,” is how Century Mayor Luis Gomez addressed concerns voiced at the Century Town Council meeting Tuesday night prior to its approval to contract with U.S. Water for $33,360 to make repairs to its water system after the town has received a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) consent order and two warning letters as part of an agency investigation preliminary to agency action in the last several months. The letter received...

  • Collier feels at home as interim superintendent

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 8, 2024

    The Escambia County Board of Education recently named Brewton native Michele Collier Interim Superintendent following the departure of Michele McClung, whom Collier has served as assistant superintendent under for the last couple of years. Growing up in Brewton, Collier attended Pollard-McCall Junior High School her elementary school years through the seventh grade. She went to W.S. Neal Middle School from eighth grade thru 12 grade, after begging her mom to let her go for her eighth grade year...

  • Wiggins qualifies to keep board seat

    Raymond Wiggins, Special to the Ledger|Feb 8, 2024

    Raymond Wiggins is pleased to announce that he has qualified as a Republican candidate for Escambia County (Ala.) Commission District 2. Wiggins has served as county commissioner for District 2 since 2008 and as county commission chairman since 2016. Wiggins recently retired from Southern Pine Electric Cooperative with more than 35 years of service where he was the manager of Safety and Environmental Services. Prior to that he worked at the family-owned Western Auto Associate Store. Wiggins, is...

  • Escaping serious injury

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  • Taking a break

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