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Articles from the November 1, 2018 edition

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 By Joe Thomas    News    November 1, 2018

Padgett inspired everyone

The junior class at Flomaton High School gathered behind the visitors stands at the football field Wednesday morning to place their handprints on the newly painted wall in memory of their classmate...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    November 1, 2018

General Election absentees increase

If absentee voting is any indication, Escambia County (Ala.) should have a heavy voter turnout for Tuesday's General Election with Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain saying the number could top 500....

 

Florida heads to polls Nov. 6

The towns of Century and Jay in Florida will hold General Elections Tuesday, Nov. 6. Century Century voters will vote to fill council seats 3 and 4. Running for Century Council seat 3 is incumbent...

 

History Made

Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery huddled players and fans after the Hurricanes historic victory over T.R. Miller Friday night. For more, see Sports....

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    November 1, 2018

Drug court client arrested for drugs

A participant in Escambia County (Ala.) Drug Court is back behind bars on drug charges after a sheriff's deputy found methamphetamine in his possession with the suspect then telling the deputy he...

 

Jay Crowns 2018 Queen

Kennedy Cato, left, receives her crown from 2017 Queen Kolby Bray. For more photos of Jay's Homecoming events, see Our Photo Gallery....

 

Board gives back Boykin property

“It's been a long time coming,” is how Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education member Danny Benjamin described the board's unanimous approval of a resolution and execution to convey a deed...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    November 1, 2018

Century man facing drug charges

A Century man pulled over for speeding Tuesday night on Upper Creek Road ended up in the Escambia County Detention Center on drug charges after a sheriff's deputy smelled marijuana when he approached...

 

Accident claims life of Atmore man

An accident at Golden Cotton Gin in Jay Tuesday claimed the life of an Atmore man. Craig Sullivan, 59, died from injuries he sustained when the 2002 semi-truck he was clearing debris under pulled...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Straight votes are for lazy people

“I can't vote for a Democrat.” “I'll never vote for another Republican.” I've heard both of those comments or very close to them over the past several weeks as we head into Tuesday's General...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Veterans died to let us vote

If you didn't read it on the front page, we want to remind people that today (Nov. 1) is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 General Election. The circuit clerk's office at the courthouse will be open until 4 p.m. today to...

 

Farmers are our future

This past week, I had the pleasure of visiting many fine farmers and foresters throughout Southwest Alabama to learn more about the incredible work they do on a daily basis. This was part of my annual “Ag Matters” agricultural tour, which brings...

 

Vote in general election next week

This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole Robert Bentley spoiled my parade. Back in the old days, governors could not succeed...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Take a breath; separate hate from partisanship

This midterm election has been particularly punctuated by high drama and marred by egregious allegations. Certainly rough and tumble, there are always dirty tricks in politics. Seeking to gain advantage or win votes is one thing, but demonizing...

 

Council OKs gas fund transfer

The Century Council approved the transfer of $36,030 to the town's gas operating account at an emergency meeting last Thursday following discussion of a discrepancy of what the town is paying for gas...

 
 By Joe Thomas    News    November 1, 2018

Century man offers free turnips to those in need

Century resident Alfonzie Cottrell has once again opened up several turnip green patches that are now available for people to come and pick free of charge. Cottrell, 80, has been planting turnips in...

 

Tips to extend the life of your Jack-O-Lantern

This time of year, people often ask me if there is a way to preserve their beautiful carved jack-o-lanterns, especially after putting in all their hard work. It’s true that jack-o-lanterns have a seemingly short life span. However, Dani Carroll,...

 

LeRoy Dewitte Ackerman

LeRoy Dewitte Ackerman, 51, of East Brewton, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Mr. Ackerman was a native of Jackson, Ala. and former resident of Monroeville, Ala. Before relocating to East Brewton. Of the Catholic faith, he attended Troy University and...

 

Robert Louis 'Smiley' Coleman

Robert Louis “Smiley” Coleman, 71, of Atmore, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at Atmore Nursing Care Center. Mr. Coleman was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore who was known by those who knew him best affectionately as “Smiley”. He...

 

Patsy Anita Odom Helton

Patsy Anita Odom Helton, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2018. Mrs. Helton was a native of McKenzie, Ala. And had resided in Cantonment, Fla. since 1965. Winner as Queen of the Strawberry Festival and Homecoming Queen, she was a graduate of both Troy...

 

Robert Earl Lee

Robert Earl Lee, 62, of Atmore, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Atmore. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing....

 

Tamoka D. Norman

Tamoka D. Norman, 45, of Atmore, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. Ms. Norman was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore who graduated from Escambia County High School in 1992 and then from Jefferson Davis Community...

 

Hubert Sydney Reed

Hubert Sydney Reed, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 in Bay Minette, Ala. Mr. Reed was a native of Washington County who had resided in Bay Minette for the past 44 years. Retired from Piggly Wiggly as a manager with more than 20 years of service, he...

 

Anna 'Annie' Ruth Smith

Anna “Annie” Ruth Smith, 63, died Monday, Oct., 15, 2018. Mrs. Smith was born June 25, 1955, to J.D. and Bamma Smith in Flomaton, Ala. and was a talented seamstress and hairdresser. She was a friend to all who knew her. The funeral was held at...

 

Elouise Square

Elouise Square, 75, of Brewton, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. Mrs. Square was born to Marvin and Verna Godbolt Jan. 16, 1943. She attended Boykin School and later moved to New York City, where she spent years working in the medical field. She...

 

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