Articles from the October 24, 2019 edition


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  • Four jailed in Atmore drug bust

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Three Atmore residents and one Bay Minette resident were arrested Friday after multiple law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at an Atmore residence that turned up methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills and numerous drug paraphernalia. Agents with the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force and the U.S. Marshal Task Force, assisted by the Atmore Police Department, executed the search warrant Oct. 18 at 517 East Oak Street. Arrested at the scene were Christian James...

  • Flomaton gets an all A's grade

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    For the first time since the Alabama Department of Education began issuing school report cards, Flomaton Elementary School and Flomaton High School each received an A when grades were released last week. Both schools scored an overall score of 90. The two Flomaton schools were the only two schools within the Escambia County School System to receive A's. The school system received a B with an overall score of 85. Scores from other schools within the county school system are: W.S. Neal Middle...

  • Playoff bound

    Staff Report|Oct 24, 2019

    Flomaton High School defeated Thomasville 44-21 to clinch a spot in the Class 3A playoffs and will travel to T.R. Miller Friday hoping to secure a top seed. Above, Jackson Dullard (44) leads Tank Franklin (4) around left end against the tigers. For more see Pages 6 and 7A....

  • Flomaton kicks off area's fall festivals

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    Area family-friendly fall festivities will kick off Thursday, Oct. 24, in downtown Flomaton and continue Saturday, Oct. 26 at Turtle Point and then wrap up on Halloween in Century and Jay. Flomaton High School will host its Harvest Festival and various churches and organizations will host Trick or Treat in the Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in downtown Flomaton. Booths will be set up offering games and candy and various organizations and churches will have candy...

  • Sex offender gets 15 years

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    One Atmore man was arrested and another sentenced to 15 years and a day for violating Alabama's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act for failing to properly register with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on address changes. Frederick Allen Barkley, 58, 58 Edgewood Court, Atmore, was sentenced to 15 years and a day on Oct. 22 in prison in Escambia County County Circuit Court. According to sheriff's office reports, Barkley was arrested in August, 2017, for failure to report for quart...

  • Crash kills Walnut Hill man

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    A Walnut Hill man lost his life last Monday when the vehicle he was driving ran off the roadway and struck a tree around 7 p.m. Clayton Joseph Cagle, 31, was traveling east on State Road 297 (Pine Forest Road) east of Pelt Road when he failed to maintain control of the 1999 GMC Yukon he was driving. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the vehicle veered off the roadway onto the north shoulder along Pine Forest Road and, as a result, struck a tree. Both the driver and his 8-year-old...

  • Plenty of ribs

    Staff Report|Oct 24, 2019

    A big crowd showed up last Thursday in Atmore for the annual 'Ribs on Ridgeley' event sponsored by Pride of Atmore. For more , see Page 1B....

  • Teachers can't teach students alone

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Flomaton Elementary School and Flomaton High School made an 'A' for the first time under the current Alabama Department of Education report card scores. I say current, because I learned new tests to determine school and system report cards will change next year. FES Principal George Brown and FHS Principal Scott Hammond were proud of the first As those schools ever received under the grading system. I was proud for them. They quickly turned the praise toward their teachers, their students and th...

  • Halloween is not like it was in past years

    Our View|Oct 24, 2019

    Many years ago Halloween was one of those days young children always looked forward to as they headed out through the neighborhood seeking treats in their plastic jack-o-lanterns or bag. Most people over the age of 50 remember their parents would turn them loose while they stayed back at home to handout candy. Those days are gone and it's sad. Back in the day, parents could turn their children loose because they knew there was a parent down the street looking out for them. Many cities, towns and schools have moved toward fall or Halloween...

  • How do you solve Syria?

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    Recent developments in Syria highlight the need for the United States to revisit its broader Middle Eastern policy. Early last week, I joined a small meeting of House Republicans for an update on Syria from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper where he discussed a phone call from President Erdogan of Turkey to President Trump. During that call, Erdogan notified President Trump that after years of waiting at the Syrian border, Turkish troops would finally cross over. He assured that Turkey was not coming after our troops but targeting certain...

  • Pate, Ainsworth & Hawkins under the scope

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    We have two men who were elected to statewide constitutional offices last year, who seem to be doing a good job. They are both working quietly and diligently in their new posts. Rick Pate was sworn in as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner in January. He followed John McMillan, who served eight years as Agriculture Commissioner. McMillan took a nonpolitical, hardworking, business-like approach. Pate seems to have taken a page from his friend McMillan and appears to have the same non-flamboyant, business-like approach to the job. Rick Pate i...

  • How deep is China's reach?

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    Despite the dire implications for any future freedom in Asia, Americans have been watching the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong with only a mild passing interest. So they were caught off guard when the National Basketball Association (NBA) suddenly lost a jump ball to the Chinese communists. First off, what does the NBA have to do with China? Turns out the Chinese are huge basketball fans, so China is a huge market for the NBA - who knew? The NBA brouhaha started when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted a picture in support...

  • Can't take the 'Southern' out of the girl

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    Ohio. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that far away, but I’ll tell ya, boy, is it far. Those people up there don’t wear crimson and white to support their good, God-fearing football team. They wear this strange shade of red and begin sentences with things like ‘O.H.’ Weird. Stupid southern girl that I am, went into that country and tried to navigate the streets and suburbs of Columbus with nothing but a built-in tour guide...Folks. Up there it ain’t the same- they drive like...

  • Number please: Canoe's phone system

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    A slender young man in dusty overalls walked across the plank sidewalk from the busy wooden structure in downtown Williams Station known as the Carney Commissary in the early 1890s and towards his room at the Magnolia Boarding House just across the tracks. Nicholas Ashley, the commissary clerk, had just handed the young man a letter from family in some distant county, as in the commissary served as the William's Station Post Office as well as a mercantile store for locals. The letter carried...

  • Footnotes on a little town called Century

    Russell Brown, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    A little town just south of the state line will soon celebrate its one hundred and twenty year anniversary. In the 1800s this area around the town was called Teaspoon, because early river travelers could identify the shoreline here due to its flood-washed lake in a bend which resembled a spoon. In 1901 a sawmill company came to the community. Employment opportunity at the company soon drew great numbers of workers and for years after the company would be the largest employer in the county. To celebrate the date of the thriving new town’s b...

  • Fall is in the air, despite the temperature

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    I walk out to stand on the back porch to feel a long-awaited difference. I feel the promise that was made in the beginning. I feel the sweet caress of Fall’s cooling. It may be a bit late this year but, I knew it would come eventually. It always does. I stand still to allow myself the beauty of what is all around me. The visual, the physical and the spiritual. The visual is watching Black Cat stare down a little green frog that sits on the edge of the rain barrel supports. The lone hand of banana hanging in our clump. The neighbor’s calf sta...

  • Woman faces drug charge

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    A Century woman who told an officer “some unknown per- son had run by the vehicle and thrown the pipe and metham- phetamine onto her lap” is fac- ing drug charges after the offi- cer observed the vehicle she was a passenger in blocking the roadway and a subsequent vehicle search revealed drugs on Oct. 13. Jennifer McCann Zisa, 37, 3340 W. Highway 4, was a pas- senger in an older model blue Chevy Blazer parked partially off the road at 44 Cottage Hill Road in Cantonment, when an officer observed...

  • Poarch to host history talk

    Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    The Office of Archives and Records Management and the Regulatory Affairs Division at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will hold a conference on Creek History from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Nov. 2, 2019, in Poarch Creek Community Center's Multipurpose Room. Dale Cox, historian and author, will talk about his book, Milly Francis: The Life and Times of the Creek Pocahontas. Cox joins former Tribal Chair Eddie Tullis and former Seminole THPO Willard Steele to talk about Creek history. Breakfast and lunch will be served and the public is...

  • Council eyes auto tent sale ban

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    Although they took no action, the Jay Town Council Monday night listened to Allen Turner of Allen Turner Hyundai who presented his support for the ordinance ban- ning automobile tent sales from outsiders recently adopted by the Santa Rosa County Commissioners. The ordinance does not apply to incorporated areas of the county, like Jay. Turner cited the predatory- type activities that go on at auto tent sales leaving victims who purchase the vehicles with no recourse for action when a problem...

  • Veterans Run set for Nov. 16

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Oct 24, 2019

    The Flomaton Lions Club will host a Veteran's Day 5K Run and Walk starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Flomaton Community Center, located at 600 McCurdy Street. Registration for the run/walk starts at 6:30 a.m. The event will last until about 3 p.m. and include a cornhole tournament, lunch, a flag retiring ceremony per- formed by the Boy Scouts, patriotic music and a live broadcast with radio station WPFL 105.1. Veterans and their families are invited to join the festivi- ties and...

  • Canes roll Thomasville

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Flomaton's Daquan Johnson rushed for 290 yards and threw for two touch- downs to lead Flomaton to a 44-21 victory over the visiting Thomasville Tigers Friday night which clinched a playoff spot for the Hurricanes with one region game remaining. That region game this Friday night is at T.R. Miller. If Flomaton wins it captures the region title and will have home field advantage in the playoffs. If Flomaton loses the Hurricanes will drop to fourth place in the region and will likely travel to No....

  • Jay rolls to 32-6 win on the road

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Connor Roberts rushed 24 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns and Judd Smith was five of eight for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead Jay to a 32-6 win at North Bay Haven Friday night. Jay will be back on the road this Friday night at Bozeman before closing out the regular season Nov. 1 at home against Northview. Jay's offense struck early in the first quarter when Smith hit Brent Eister on a 71- yard touchdown pass. Toby Mandell added the PAT and the Royals led 7-0. North Bay Haven respond-...

  • Public input sought for new school superintendent

    Staff Report|Oct 24, 2019

    Patty Hightower, chair of the School Board of Escambia County (Fla.) and Malcolm Thomas, Superintendent of Schools, announced the schedule for five community forums, four in Pensacola and one in Cantonment, planned to give everyone a chance to share their input as the board moves closer to advertising the position of Escambia County Schools Superintendent this spring. These community forums will be facilitated by the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) Search Team. All input gathered dur- ing the events will be collect- ed and provided to...

  • Shoebox collection set for holiday

    Staff Report|Oct 24, 2019

    This month, Flomaton, Brewton, and the Monroeville areas will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 18 through 25. Flomaton and area fami- lies, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan's Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God's love to children affected by war, disease,...

  • Tips to reduce bullying by encouraging empathy

    Dr. Kelly Rexroat, Guest Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    Bullying is a more preva- lent issue than many parents think. Research shows that at some point, it is highly likely that youth will be exposed to bullying as a bystander and have an opportunity to inter- vene. The following article from Maggie Lawrence, News Unit Manager for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, goes over some ways for parents to talk to their children about bullying and how to encourage behaviors that youth can use to inter- vene: Parents might feel bullying does not affect their families if their child is not a victim or...

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