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Articles from the March 12, 2020 edition

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Combatting Coronavirus Misinformation

Although the COVID-19 coronavirus is dominating the news, it’s important to know the facts about the virus and the ongoing work to prevent its spread. I’d also like to dispel some misinformation regarding your government’s actions to fight it....

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 12, 2020

Road Closures In Brewton

U.S. Highway 31 in Brewton from Underwood Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 and possibly Thursday, March 19. Semi- trucks will detour onto Alabama 41. Passenger vehicles must also take alternate... Full story

 

Thoughts on Alabama's primary elections

Allow me to Share some thoughts and analysis on the March 3rd Primary results. The Primary is referred to as the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters choose which Party Primary they want to vote in and which presidential candidate they prefer to...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    March 12, 2020

Senators should represent the wishes of their state

The morning after Alabama’s bruising Super Tuesday GOP US Senate primary to select a challenger to current Democrat Senator Doug Jones, most Alabama voters woke up wondering how we wound up with a run off between former Attorney General Jeff Sessio...

 

The 1918-1919 Flu killed millions

For those who think history boring, or not worth teaching or studying perhaps they should take a look at history's lessons when it comes to the growing pandemic known as the Corona virus, also known a...

 

Improvements made to DNA testing

Several years ago when I first took a DNA test to trace my ancestors only a few hundred people showed up on it that I had shared DNA with. When I checked again just a few days ago the number of people in the world that I had shared DNA with was just...

 

George McClure Andress

George McClure Andress, 80, of Jay, Fla., died Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Jay. Mr. Andress was born Aug. 16, 1939, to Everette and Manzelle Metts Andress in Hybart, Ala.and had been a resident of Santa Rosa County since 1978. Retired from the...

 

Christina 'Chrissy' Marie Atkins

Christina “Chrissy” Marie Atkins, 37, of Atmore, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Atmore. Mrs. Atkins was born March 11, 1982, to Dennis John Fecteau and Brenda Taylor in Monroe, Wash. She was a homemaker. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m.,...

 

John R. Broughton

John R. Broughton, 55, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Broughton was a native and lifelong resident of Bay Minette who was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Petty-Eastside Chapel...

 

Mary A. Drakeford

Mary A. Drakeford, 89, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Brewton hospital. Mrs. Drakeford was born Feb. 8, 1931, to Henry Andrews and Lizzie Benjamin Jones Andrews, in the Johnsonville community of Conecuh County, Ala. and had been living in...

 

Sarah Jane Sawyer

Sarah Jane Sawyer, 81, of Robertsdale, Ala., died Thursday, March 5, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Sawyer was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Butler County, Ala., where she lived before relocating to Castleberry, Ala. A graduate...

 

Mary Alice Slay

Mary Alice Slay, 91, of Brewton, died Sunday, March 1, 2020, in a local nursing facility following a brief illness. Mrs. Slay was born July 27, 1928, in Meridian, Miss. She was a former resident of Crandall, Miss. and longtime resident of Brewton....

 

Rojean Blair Stokes

Rojean Blair Stokes, 84, of East Brewton, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Stokes was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Escambia County , where she remained a lifelong resident. A member of the East Brewton Missionary Baptist Church,...

 

Bobbie Roberson Edwards, Singer

This writer happened onto this story by accident. Let me tell you about a delightful lady in our community that is a singer. A singer of Country Music, a singer of Gospel songs. A voice that will...

 

Escambia County 4H & FFA Calf Show & Sale Thursday, March 5 at Perdido Farms

Last Thursday, Escambia County (Ala.) 4H and FFA participants showed and sold their livestock to potential buyers at Perdido Farms. Exhibitors this year were: Silas Albritton, Temple Albritton, Isaac Bonam, Ashley Bradley, Aron Chavira, Kenslee...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    March 12, 2020

Time to give back to town

The words of John F. Kennedy 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country' seem to have been lost since he echoed those words in his inaugural address. Today, too many Americans want the government to solve all of t...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 12, 2020

ALDOT needs to fix the real problem

It's been called everything from the $20 million fishing pier to the bridge to nowhere; it's been joked about, laughed about and ridiculed for the waste of taxpayers' money that was simply wasted....

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

FPD seeks funds for K-9

Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson is reaching out to the Flomaton community seeking donations to purchase and house a no-bite drug dog that won't cost the town a dime if the citizens respond. Thom...

 

Jay eyes traffic and market projects

Although no action was taken, the Jay Council discussed potential problems for traffic at the downtown intersection and other town projects at its Monday, March 2 council meeting. Livestock Market...

 

Board approves Knott for new term

The Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education voted approval to keep School Superintendent John Knott for four more years and to expel two students for one year at their Monday, March 9 special...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Atmore drug cases net $1 million bond

Two Atmore men are being held on $1 million bond each for multiple drug charges and both have had previous bonds and probations revoked. Timothy Wayne Satterwhite, 49, 1207 Hall Creek Road, and...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 12, 2020

Train jumps the tracks

For the second time in about a week a freight train derailed in Flomaton. About 5 a.m. Saturday, a train carrying military vehicles and equipment, derailed near downtown Flomaton. There were no...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Flomaton man jailed sex crimes

A Flomaton man was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Monday on charges alleging he had sex with a girl under the age of 16. Adam Eugene Taylor, 39, 131 Forest Hill...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Man jailed for sex with a child

A Brewton man is being held on $500,000 bond after being arrested on sodomy and sex abuse charges on a child prosecutors said was 4 or 5 years old at the time. Brandon Pugh, 26, 1066 McGougin Road,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    March 12, 2020

Couple passes fake bills

A Brewton man and his wife were arrested Sunday and charged with possession of a forged instrument after Brewton Police found them in possession of $1,200 in counterfeit $100 bills after the two...

 

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