Articles from the September 12, 2019 edition


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  • Mayor's firing ability questioned

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    Some citizens and at least two Flomaton council members feel all employees of the town deserve to have an independent hearing if the mayor decides to terminate their employment. Under the current system the mayor has the ability to hire and fire. Police officers, by Alabama law, have the right to to a hearing if they request such a hearing. During Monday night's town council meeting, former Councilman Butch Lee said he felt all employees needed to have a hearing before the council if they were...

  • Jay passes water inspection clear

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    The town of Jay passed its first drinking water inspection last Thursday, Sept. 5, under the watch of Water and Wastewater Supervisor Alicia Jernigan since she came to work for the town last March. The previous week, the town passed its first waste water inspection under Jernigan also. Jernigan said three inspectors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), one in training, spent five hours at the plant. “They said they were very pleased with the improvements since the l...

  • Never forget

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    On Sept. 11, 2001 the world we know changed when terrorists hit the United States costing thousands of lives and shifted the landscape of this nation and the globe forever. In honor of those who died, especially the first responders who died trying to save lives when the jets hit the twin towers in New York Woodmen Life joined Little Escambia Baptist Church to help hosts its annual 9-11 breakfast and remembrance for the areas first responders, bottom, photo. Above, Woodmen Life sponsored the...

  • Railroad junction set for Flomaton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    Vendors have until Sept. 23rd to sign up and participate in Flomaton's Railroad Junction Day, which is scheduled for Sept. 28 in downtown Flomaton. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a day full of food, arts and crafts and live entertainment. A car show will also be held as well as other exhibits throughout the day. An addition to this year's festival will be a Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by the Flomaton Lions Club and the Flomaton Area Chamber of Commerce. Anyone...

  • Flomaton traffic stops nets arrest for having spice

    Joe Thomas|Sep 12, 2019

    A Century man pulled over in Flomaton for no tag light was later transported to the Escambia County Detention Center on drug charges after the officer found spice in the suspect's possession. Brandon Joshua Mathis, 27, 9410 Ivey St., was arrested Sunday night and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police reports, Capt. Chance Thompson observed a vehicle at 8:43 p.m. on Sidney Manning Boulevard and initiated a...

  • Grandparents Day at FES

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    Students at Flomaton Elementary School were treated to a treat Friday as the school held 'Grandparents Day' with grandparents coming and enjoying breakfast with their most famous people. Grand parents and some great grand parents got the opportunity to enjoy a meal with their grandchildren and enjoy the fellowship....

  • Two arrested for drugs

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    An Evergreen woman and McIntosh man were both charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop in East Brewton after officers found spice and drug paraphernalia in their possession. Carl Faircloth Sr., 39, 121 Chapman St., Evergreen, and Anna Rae Lynn Covington, 34, 171 Jody Ridge Road, McIntosh, were both arrested Sept. 6. Faircloth was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Covington was...

  • Jay OKs proposed budget

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    The Jay Town Council approved its proposed budget Tuesday, Sept. 3. According to Jay Operations Manager Eric Seib, the actual budget is very close to what has been projected. “We are at 97 percent of the revenues and 95 percent of the expenditures we projected for this year so far,” said Seib. Estimated total revenues for the FY 2019-20 are $3,587,200, which is $554,800 for the General Fund; $2,745,400 for the water and sewer fund; $282,000 for the natural gas fund, with a reserve fund of $5,...

  • Celebration set for Sat.

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    The Flomaton Lions Club will hold an 'Age 85 and Over Celebration' beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., this Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Flomaton Community Center on McCurdy Street. The first celebration was held in 2018 for 90-year-olds and up, hosted by Delmer Tew and held at the Flomaton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kathy McKinley and husband Mack of FUMC will be hosting this event also. “What Delmer organized was a wonderful idea,” said Flomaton Lions Club president Wayne Key. “It...

  • Century approves budget

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    The Century Town Council approved its proposed budget Monday night unanimously. The total estimated revenues for FY 2019-20 is $3,637,345, which is composed of $1,453,798 in the General Fund, $233,000 in the special revenue fund, $2,500 the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Fund and $1,948,047 in the Enterprise Fund. Estimated expenditures are $3,425,664, leaving a reserve of $211,681 to bring forward for a total of $3,637,345 to balance the budget. In a motion made by Councilwoman Sandra...

  • Century OKs millage rate

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    The Century Council voted Tuesday night to approve the millage rate of 0.9204, which is greater than the roll back rate of 0.8361. The projected amount for ad valorem taxes for Century this year, according to CPA Robert Hudson, is $37,404. “If property values increase every year, and you always do the roll back rate, you'll never get any more money, although the residents of Century's property has increased in value,” said Hudson. “They're really decreasing their property tax by not apply...

  • Esc. Co. food scores released

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    The Escambia County (Ala.) food scores fpor August 2019 have been released.The scores are as follows: Atmore Arby’s - 92 Buster’s Rest - 96 Chen’s Chinese - 84 Church’s Chicken - 92 Diamond #22 - 91 Diamond #23 - 96 Discount Beer & Tob - 95 Dixie Catfish Shack - 95 Escambia Academy - 99 Escambia Middle - 100 Escambia Co. High - 99 Fairfield Inn & Suites- 98 Kentucky Fried Chick- 91 Little Caesar’s - 93 Rachel Patt Elem Sch - 98 Smith’s Quick Stop - 97 Brewton Chang King Buffet - 96 Diamond #14 - 96 Exit 69 Truckstop - 87 McDonald’s...

  • Council eyes one meeting

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    Flomaton Councilman Buster Crapps made a motion to require the town council to meet two times a month, but later withdrew his motion with a decision made to schedule the second motion but the ability to cancel it if need be. Alabama law requires the council to meet once a month and that mandatory meeting has been set for the second Monday of the month. The council previously met on the first and fourth Mondays of each month but later changed to only have a scheduled meeting on the second Monday...

  • Contraband found in prison

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    More than 300 officials from local, county and state law enforcement agencies conducted a predawn operation to remove illegal contraband from the G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore on Monday. The operation recovered 621 makeshift weapons, 51 contraband cellphones, 240 grams of synthetic drugs, and 7 gallons of an alcoholic beverage that inmate’s refer to as julep or pruno. The Atmore, Bay Minette, and Brewton Police Departments, along with the Baldwin, Clarke and Escambia County Sherriff’s Offices, took part in the operation. Sup...

  • Jay eyes program to address obesity

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    In 2014, the Florida Department of Health created the Healthy Community Champions Recognition Program to recognize communities for taking a Health in All Policies approach. This comprehensive planning was meant to address, in part, the growing problem of obesity. The Town of Jay recently applied for this designation. An announcement of all qualifying county and municipal governments will be made by the Healthiest Weight Florida Campaign in November 2019. “The Santa Rosa County Health Department has encouraged all city and county governments t...

  • Gospel group to perform Sept. 15

    Sep 12, 2019

    Multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artist, The Nelons will be featured on Sunday, September 15, at Wilson Baptist Church, located at 125 Wilson Avenue in Saraland, AL, as the popular musical group will be featured during services at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The ministry of The Nelons was formed after family patriarch Rex Nelon had already enjoyed a spectacular 20-year career as a member of the legendary LeFevres. Throughout this distinguished career hit songs have flowed their way in bunches. The Nelons, who were recently...

  • Play about Capote opens Sept. 27

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    Monroeville will welcome a very special guest on the weekend of September 27. Princess Anna Christina Radziwill, a longtime family friend of Truman Capotes's, will be attending the world premiere of “Truman Talks Nelle Harper Lee.” The play, written and performed by Broadway actor Joel Vig, will be presented in the historic Monroe County Courthouse and focuses on the relationship between two of Alabama's most prominent writers. The setting is a fictional surprise party on Nelle Harper Lee's fiftieth birthday. Mr. Vig is noted for ori...

  • Jay historical meeting set

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    It’s September and time for another informative and entertaining night at the Jay Museum. At 6 p.m., this Thursday, September 12, Dr. Brian Rucker will share a talk titled: ‘The Golden Age of Florida Tourism, B.D. (Before Disney).’ Also, the Mayor of Brownsdale, Curt Lowry will warm up the stage with a few tunes before the presentation from Dr. Brian. Everyone is invited to come enjoy a night of local history and folklore and see what the Jay Museum has to offer. Extra copies of books from local authors will be available as well. Refre...

  • Locals recognized by schools

    Sep 12, 2019

    Daniel Killam of Flomaton was among the nearly 400 students who were awarded degrees in Summer 2019 at Jacksonville State University. Killam received a MSE in Instructional Leadership. The University of Alabama awarded some 1,450 degrees during its summer commencement Aug. 3. Among those awarded were: from Brewton, Brande Parker Brazile, a Master of Social Work; Duncan Laine Brittain, a Bachelor of Science; and Chanese Nicole Micheala Thomas, a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences; and from Flomaton, Tristan Hunter Portwood, a...

  • Red Cross needs help for Dorian victims

    Staff Report|Sep 12, 2019

    As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to ensure patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood. Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Alabama are: from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at Escambia County High School, located at 1215 Presley Street in Atmore, and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 11, at W...

  • Hurricanes dominate the Royals 40-0 blowout

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    Flomaton raced to a 34-0 lead by the half and added a single score in the third quarter to cruise to a 40-0 win over the visiting Jay Royals Friday night as the Hurricanes prepare to enter region play this Friday in the first step toward making the playoffs and seeking a second consecutive state 3A title. Flomaton will host Excel in the regional opener Friday while Jay has a bye before hosting Escambia Academy on Sept. 20. "It's always exciting to play a rivalry game and it was a good...

  • Cougars fall in second game in 20-19 loss

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    Escambia Academy has opened the season 0-2, losing two games by a total of two points. This past Friday night the Cougars fell to Tuscaloosa Academy 20-19 in a game that wasn't decided until the final seconds when EA's Orlando Medina missed a 41-yard field goal. EA head coach Hugh Fountain said despite the 0-2 start the goals of the Cougars to make the playoffs and make another run at a state title remain. “It was a battle between two traditional powers of the Alabama Independent Athletic s...

  • T.R. Miller announces homecoming events

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    T.R. Miller High School alumni will hold a reception from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday in the tent in front of the band room to kickoff the day's homecoming festivities. A pep rally with be held in the gym at 12 noon and 2019 Homecoming Queen Allison Graves and her court of Jennings Ruzic, Za'Riyah Lane, Olivia Blackmon, Olivia Blackmon, Raivon Ewing, Abigail Cave, Madeson Evans, Whitnee Culliver and Grayton Coale will be introduced at 12:15. At 1:35 the parade convoy will leave the high school...

  • Pinkney McKinley and the Bermuda Triangle

    Kevin McKinley, Guest writer|Sep 12, 2019

    On a recent trip to Conecuh County I found myself with a few minutes to spare so I stopped by the library in Evergreen to do some light research on a McKinley ancestor who had lived in Conecuh in the early 1900s but about which I knew little else about the gentleman. Ms. Sherry Johnston, who is always a wealth of information on the area, gave me some valuable information on Mr. Pinkney McKinley and I greatly enjoyed my visit with her and Ms. Mattie McMillan from Newton, Mississippi who were in...

  • Festivals are times for gathering

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Sep 12, 2019

    I spent Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 4th annual Barrineau Park Gathering. I love the name of that local festival. As a member of a group that has to look for as many sources as possible for the funding of our endeavors, I spend several Saturdays a year helping to man a booth at one of the many local festivals. Whatever else the festival is focused on the main attraction is the gathering of people. I always enjoy the conversations, some with those I have known most of my life, some with those I meet for the first time, have an enjoyable...

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