Articles from the April 2, 2020 edition


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  • Alabama shuts down some businesses

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    On the recommendation of Alabama's State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency and ordered 33 businesses deemed 'non-essential' and ordered them closed to non-employees beginning at 5 p.m. this past Saturday. In the order signed Friday, Gov. Ivey said the it will remain in full effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17. She did note that a decision would be made at that time on whether or not to extend the order....

  • Residents heard a 'boom' before fire

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    Residents on Bell Street in Flomaton told firemen they heard an explosion before a wooden shed erupted into flames that spread into a brush fire which prompted multiple fire departments to respond to contain the blaze. Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said the department responded to a 911 call at 11:22 a.m. Saturday on Bell Street, which is located off of Martin Luther King Drive. Stanton said when he arrived on scene the shed was fully involved and the fire had already started spreading into...

  • Limited access to courthouse April 6

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    Escambia County (Ala.) Commission Chairman Karean Reynolds announced Monday that the courthouse in Brewton and the satellite courthouse in Atmore will remain closed to the public through April 17, but beginning April 6, limited access will be available. During a special commission meeting on March 17, the board voted to close the courthouse to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers were posted on the front door of the courthouse for people needing to contact individual...

  • Atmore police find decomposed body

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    The Atmore Police Department continues to investigate the discovery of a badly decomposing body officers found last Thursday, March 26, when officers responded to a burglary call at the residence. In a release from Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, at 10:22 p.m. last Thursday, police received a call of a burglary in progress at 71 Jones St. According to Chief Brooks, when officers arrived they surrounded the residence and then observed the residence had been forcibly entered. When officers...

  • Esc. Co. youth program open

    Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    Escambia County (Fla.) is seeking youth ages 16-24 who are interested in an opportunity to get paid work experience this summer through the Escambia County Youth Employment Program. Applications are due Friday, April 17 by 3 p.m. Qualified youth who are accepted into ECYEP will be able to work up to 30 hours a week at $8.56 per hour, with positions available in various county departments along with the Escambia County School District, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector's Office and Supervisor of Elections Office. Participants will also receive...

  • Crash kills semi driver

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    A Greenville man who crashed his semi-truck into a wooded area off Highway 29 in Century was pronounced dead a few hours after the crash. John Rivers, 59, was pronounced dead at Atmore Community Hospital, according to reports released by the Florida Highway Patrol. According to reports, Rivers was northbound on Highway 29 near the intersection of Pond Street in an empty log truck when he veered across the southbound lanes and collided with the trees. It took emergency personnel almost two hours...

  • Online field trips teach

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    How do peanuts grow? When do Alabama farmers grow different fruits and vegetables? What’s the difference between a cow, a bull and a calf? Alabama farmers will answer all those questions and much more during Virtual Field Trips offered through Facebook Live on the Alabama Farmers Federation Facebook page every Friday at 10 a.m. through May 22. “Parents and their children are making huge adjustments as their homes become classrooms, and we want to help by offering entertaining and edu...

  • Boat overturns, claims one

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    On Monday, March 30, shortly after 6 p.m., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified of a boating accident with one person missing. Tyler Foley, 21, of Pensacola, died when a 10-foot Jon Boat turned over and he and another occupant entered the water at Bluff Springs within the Escambia River Wildlife Management Area. Foley was unable to swim and did not resurface. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office dive team recovered the body of Foley. The investigation is...

  • Century council to meet over phone

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    The town of Century, in response to the COVID-19 guidelines, will air its bill list review at 6:45 p.m. and council meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, April 6, in a conference-style phone meeting. Anyone can attend by calling 712-770-5019 and entering the code 227646 then # when prompted. “The governor issued a stay at home order and also issued an order lifting the ban on the quorum for meetings.,” said Century Mator Henry Hawkins. “My quorum can be over the telephone.” The town put out a public...

  • PHD Scholarship deadline soon

    Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    For the fourth consecutive year, PHD Realty announces the PHD Realty Determinaton Scholarship for 2020. This year, two $500 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying seniors who plant to attend technical school or college full time in the fall. To be eligible, students must attend high school in Escambia County, Ala. of Escambia County, Fla. The student must have a minimum grade average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) ad the endorsement of their guidance counselor. “As eduaction costs continue to rise, we’re eager to continue to supp...

  • Baptist now offering online screening

    Special to the Ledger|Apr 2, 2020

    Baptist Health Care, with facilities in Jay Hospital, located at 14122 Alabama Street in Jay and Lakeview Center, located at 6021 Industrial Blvd in Century, now offers online assessment screenings for COVID-19 to determine if further diagnostic testing is needed. Anyone who is concerned about a possible exposure to COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath can complete an initial online assessment screening using a smartphone, tablet or computer. The online screening helps keep patients safe and reduces...

  • Make sure you get good information

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    To quote the great Yogi Berra, it is deja vu all over again this week as we navigate ourselves through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we first started reporting on the virus several weeks ago, I've been consistent in telling people to not pay attention to time and date deadlines, because they change daily and sometimes hourly. Cities and states will tell us some things will resume at such-and-such date, but they really don't know. They don't know because those dates are based on the best informati...

  • Access to the Internet is not always easy

    Our View|Apr 2, 2020

    COVID-19 may very well expose another big flaw in this country in addition to the health risk. It probably already has and it certainly will dispel the thought that most people have ready and available access to the Internet. Colleges, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are closing their doors for the remainder of the school year. Many of those schools are asking students to complete their course work online. That sounds fine and dandy if everybody had access to not only a computer, but to the Internet. There is a big...

  • COVID-19 Update

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 2, 2020

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey amended her previous state of emergency declaration on March 13 to issue a 'stay-at-home' order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The order mandates residents to stay at home with the exception of getting essential supplies for the family or pets. Pharmacies, grocery stores, stores that sell gasoline, businesses that provide automobile repair services and more are allowed to be open. For a full copy of the governor's 'Stay-at-home' order, you can click the... Full story

  • School food distrubution suspended

    Staff Report|Apr 2, 2020

    Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott said due to the stay-at-home order that was issued by Gov. Kay Ivey, the county school system has suspended its food distribution program at all schools within the county school system. Food distribution at the schools were scheduled to resume Monday, April 6. Parents of students attending the Escambia County (Ala.) School System were sent a mass text Friday about the change. Knott said that food already on hand for the distribution, will be donated to food banks and food pantries that...

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