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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition

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 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Woman charged with murder

A Montgomery woman has been arrested on intentional murder charges in the death of her 26-year old mentally handicapped sister, whose badly decomposed body was discovered in Atmore March 26, with...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Getting set for football

The Big 10 and the PAC 12 have pulled the plug and cancelled the 2020 football season, the SEC and the ACC are still on go and Flomaton High School head football coach Doug Vickery said he's very...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Wiggins retur­ns as the chairman

Raymond Wiggins has returned as the full time chairman of the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission following the resignation of Chairman Karean Reynolds and an announcement Monday by Commission Vice Chai...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

FHS 1988 class ring lost in '87 back home

Flomaton High School graduate James Bagwell never imagined that a ring lost on a trip to the creek with friends in the summer of 1987 would be returned 33 years later through the kindness of a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Wagner seeks to return to council

Kay Wagner said she entered the race for the District 4 council seat in Flomaton because she wants to bring positivity to the table to help continue moving the town forward. Wagner, 80, previously...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Century, Jay heading to polls to vote Tuesday

Voters in Century and Jay will turn out this Tuesday, Aug. 18, for the Primary Election, but the ballots will look very different, as Century voters will vote for mayor and one council seat, while...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Council incumbents start terms

The Flomaton Town Council approved four resolutions Monday afternoon to declare council members Charlie Reardon, Lillian Dean, Jim Johnson and Roger Adkinson as re-elected to new four-year terms after...

 
 By Staff Reports    News    August 13, 2020

Joint operation nets employee arrest

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Escambia County Sheriff's Investigators along with Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations served arrest warrants on Lakerdra Shanta Snowden, who was a...

 
 By Staff Reports    News    August 13, 2020

Staff member tests positive at Holman

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one staff member at Holman Correctional Facility out of ten staff members around the state have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. on Friday, August 7. These...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

No overtime for salaried employees

Flomaton Councilwoman Lillian Dean asked her fellow council members to either write a letter or pass a resolution to show that salaried employees with the town were not entitled to overtime pay. The...

 

Century council OKs LOST transfer

On Monday, Aug. 3, the Century Town Council approved Interim City Manager Vernon Prather's request to transfer $3,444.34 of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds to pay invoices for services to improve...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    August 13, 2020

Commission eyes raise for elected

The judge of probate, tax assessor, tax collector and sheriff of Escambia County (Ala.) will likely see a raise next year after the county commission passed a resolution Monday asking the county's...

 
 By Staff Reports    News    August 13, 2020

Troy University students recognized

Megan Fournier of Atmore and Takeysia McFugerson and Khalil Monroe, both of Brewton, were recognized by Troy University as students who completed the requirements for graduation during the summer semester and term 5 of the 2019-2020 academic year....

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Others to blame for Dailey's death

I understand that people are innocent until proven guilty but if Josephine Dailey Gaines is convicted of basically leaving her mentally retarded sister to starve to death in Atmore while she cashed...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Use caution and not fear

The test of whether or not we will get back to some sort of normalcy began last week when the Escambia County (Ala.) School System opened its doors for students. A lot of churches and other organizati...

 

Celebrating the Nineteenth Amendment

On August 18, the U.S. will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to our Constitution which guaranteed women’s right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement in our country began in the 1840s as women...

 

Thoughts on last month's GOP primary

It has been a month since our mid-July GOP runoffs for the U.S. Senate and two open Congressional seats. Since then, numerous publications as well as many of you have asked me to analyze and assess the outcomes. In the Senate runoff between Tommy...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Where are the men in Portland?

The country has been roiled by riots for over two months, but Portland in particular has had devastatingly violent riots every night for over 70 nights! Portland and major cities across the land have suffered untold millions of dollars in damage and...

 

Tips for fun and safe entertaining during COVID-19

Safer-at-home orders, social distancing and quarantines have added a new level of difficulty to beating the summer heat and serving safe and yummy food at a family gathering. While cooking and socializing outdoors can minimize the risk of...

 

Thomas Douglas Adams

Thomas Douglas Adams, 81, of Century, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Mr. Adams was born in Bluff Springs, Fla. and had been a lifelong resident of the Century community. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he worked for 40 years in the paper manufacturing...

 

Jon Christina Austin

Jon Christina Austin, 52, of Flomaton, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Mrs. Austin was born in Century, Fla., and had been a lifelong member of the Century and Flomaton areas as a homemaker. Mrs. Austin is survived by one daughter, Daisy Watson of...

 

Patsy Lucas Booker

Patsy Lucas Booker, 74, of Baker, Fla., died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Booker was born Aug. 14, 1945, to Lonnie and Eula Franklin Lucas in Brewton, Ala. And was a longtime resident of Baker. A...

 

Franklin D. 'Red' Cotton

Franklin D. “Red” Cotton, 83, of Atmore, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Mr. Cotton was born July 12, 1937, to J.D. and Ada E. Brown Cotton. Owner and operator of The T & W Flea Market, Red's Swap Shop, Brother's Furniture and Summerdale Flea Market,...

 

Kathy Ann Fuqua Crum

Kathy Ann Fuqua Crum, 68, of Brewton, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in a Mobile hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Crum was born Jan. 20, 1952, to Houston Dempsey and Donna Day Fuqua, in El Dorado, Kansas. She became a longtime resident of...

 

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