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  • Jacksons threaten legal action

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 23, 2024

    At the end of Monday night’s Escambia County Republican Party meeting in Brewton, Charles Jackson addressed the crowd saying he believes the Republican Party is responsible for the indictment and arrest of his wife Cindy Jackson, along with Sherry Digmon, Don Fletcher and Rachel Fore. Jackson also said he and his wife are not going to let the matter drop and will be pursuing legal action against those involved. Mrs. Jackson and Digmon both serve on the Escambia County School Board, were a...

  • Delegation talks about outhouses, gambling, more

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 23, 2024

    Escambia County, Ala.'s, legislative delegation of Sen. Greg Albritton, Rep. Alan Baker and Rep. Matthew Hammett addressed fellow Republicans Monday night at the Hourglass in Brewton talking about the most recent legislative session on issues dealing with gambling, ethics, property taxes and even the fact that Alabama regulates outhouses and the cutting of trees. Rep. Baker said the legislature did pass a law on property rights in a pro-active move against squatter rights that have been an...

  • Lowry named as Flomaton police chief

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 23, 2024

    The Flomaton Town Council unanimously approved Mayor Jim Johnson's recommendation to hire Dereck Lowry as the town's new police chief, following the resignation of Chief Dane NeSmith. Councilwoman Kay Wagner was absent at the special meeting. Johnson thanked all those who applied for the position and said he narrowed the list to four and interviewed each candidate and said he decided to recommend Lowry. Lowry, 43, currently serves as a lieutenant over investigations with the Escambia County...

  • Varner resigns as school superintendent

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 23, 2024

    The Brewton City School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Varner and will first name an interim as the search begins for a new superintendent. During a special board meeting Thursday at the central office Mark Manning read a prepared statement in making two motions concerning Dr. Varner's resignation. "I make a motion that the board accept and approve one, the resignation and retirement of Dr. Kenneth Varner as superintendent effective Dec. 31, 2024; second, his...

  • Jay Royals new state champions in 1A

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 23, 2024

    The Jay High School Royals baseball team defeated top-ranked Bozeman from Panama City 6 to 3 in Fort Myers, Fla. last Friday to win the 1A State Championship. It's the first time Jay has won since 1970....

  • Century woman shot and killed

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|May 16, 2024

    Century resident Chiquita Ewing was one of three who died as a result of a shooting that left 18 people injured at a party last weekend in Baldwin County, according to news sources. Ewing was at a May Day party with at least 1,000 people in attendance near Stockton, Ala., about 30 miles northeast of Mobile. An argument took place which led to at least one subject shooting multiple rounds into the large crowd, according to Captain Andre Reid of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. Reid also said...

  • Storms pound the area

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|May 16, 2024

    Storms that began just before this past weekend and swept across several counties in southwest Alabama and northwest Florida damaged trees and power lines outages in Century and Jay, leaving residents without power for more than a day as emergency management agencies scrambled to clean up and restore power through as late as Wednesday. Travis Tompkins, emergency manager for Escambia County (Fla.) said Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, although they were not declared an emergency, were put...

  • County, Flomaton split votes on alcohol

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 16, 2024

    On split votes, the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission and the Flomaton Town Council approved beer and wine licenses for three different businesses during their meetings Monday. Monday morning the county commission voted 4-1 to approve off-premise beer licenses for the new Dollar General store on Highway 31 near Pollard and the transfer of an off-premise beer and wine license to Ana Travel Center at 13288 Highway 113 from the previous owners, Valero Truck Stop. Commissioners Raymond Wiggins, Stev...

  • Trafficking, distribution leads to arrests

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 16, 2024

    An Atmore man convicted of attempted murder in 2023 was back behind bars after Escambia County Sheriff's deputies discovered drugs and a weapon inside the man's vehicle. Trenton O'Neal Atchison, 23, 317 East 4th St., was arrested Sunday, May 12, and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana I, trafficking illegal drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. Atchison's bond was set at $100,000. According to court...

  • Snakes alive!

    Anna Hill Lee, Special to the Ledger|May 16, 2024

    So, picture this: you're out exploring in the great outdoors, enjoying nature's beauty, when suddenly you feel a sharp, piercing pain on your leg. Yup, you've been bitten by a snake. Scary, right? Well, fear not, because in this article, we're going to dive into the world of pre-hospitalization care for snake bites. We'll talk why it's crucial to get to the closest medical facility as soon as possible, the steps you can take to administer first aid in the meantime and how this quick action can...

  • Hurricanes take down Blue Devils

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 16, 2024

    Flomaton High School took down Escambia County High School in a spring game last Friday, winning the first and second halves of the game. Above, Flomaton's Mason Yuhasz provides close coverage. For more, see Page 13...

  • Man's body found on Conecuh

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    The body of 62-year old Ricky Robinson was located Friday morning in the Conecuh River about a quarter of a mile down stream from where he reportedly went under water near McGowin Bridge last Monday. Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said Robinson's body was discovered by a sheriff's department search team. Jackson said no foul play is suspected but noted as in all unattended deaths an autopsy will be performed. Jackson said Robinson, 62, a Castleberry resident, and two other people were at...

  • Students say guilty, not guilty

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|May 9, 2024

    Last Thursday, Flomaton High School, Atmore Christian School, Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School and Homeschooled Kids & Company seniors attended this year's Law Day at the Escambia County (Ala.) Courthouse in Brewton and got to hear the guest speaker, Terri Lovell, executive director of the Alabama State Bar. Selected seniors from each class got to serve as sworn-in jurors and decide in the case of Tanner Weaver. Weaver had been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled...

  • Stabbing victim now a suspect in Atmore

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    A victim who was stabbed April 23 at Tractor Supply in Atmore is now a suspect in the stabbing incident that left another individual in critical condition. Atmore police have not released the names of the other victim or the suspect. According to reports, on April 23, police were dispatched to Tractor Supply at 161 Lindberg Ave., in reference to two people being stabbed. When officers arrived on the scene, one of the male subjects was lying just inside the entry to Tractor Supply bleeding...

  • Carriers to gather food Saturday

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    Rita Thomas, a 26-year veteran city of Brewton mail carrier, is reminding residents to participate in the post office’s carrier food drive this Saturday, May 11. “Many area churches, as well as the local food bank, benefit greatly from our annual collection of non-perishable food items,” Thomas said. “They, in turn, are able to give assistance to those in need.” She added that the food drive is a way for everyone in the Brewton community to come together to help neighbors facing hunger an...

  • Praying for guidance

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    A big crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton last Thursday for the National Day of Prayer with the theme of 'Lift up the Word - Light up the World.'...

  • Atmore man faces three sex charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    An Atmore man arrested and charged with sodomy I, sexual abuse I and unlawful imprisonment II was given a $50,000 bond following an Aniah's Law hearing Tuesday before Escambia County District Judge Eric Coale. Shaquille Javon Brown, 31, 1106 North Main St., lot 44, was arrested on incidents that began in September, 2019. According to court records, on April 25, Brown is accused of grabbing a female by the hair and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, which resulted in the sodomy charge. He...

  • Coastal Alabama wins state title

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 9, 2024

    The Coastal Alabama Community College North baseball team in Brewton has won the Alabama Community College Conference tournament and is now one step away from punching its ticket into the College World Series. It’s been 26 years since the Brewton-based team won the state’s first community college national tournament, also under Head Coach Keith Griffin, who returned to the dugout in Brewton in 2022. In winning the ACCC championship, the Coyotes fulfilled one of their primary goals despite a slo...

  • DEP sets deadlines in Century

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|May 2, 2024

    Following a meeting held between the town of Century personnel and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Tuesday morning, sources said the town could face a lawsuit for not coming in compliance sooner. "The situation is we had a meeting with the DEP on April 10 and discussed a lot of issues we've been having with the water and wastewater," said Century Mayor Luis Gomez. "All I can tell you is we've addressed every issue from the DEP since I've taken this seat, as far a warning...

  • Jackson gets case dismissed

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 2, 2024

    Less than a week after Washington County Circuit Judge Robert C. Montgomery issued an order to nol pross the case against Escambia County (Ala.) School Board Member Cindy Jackson, Judge Montgomery issued a second order dismissing Jackson’s case with prejudice, meaning the charges can’t come back. Jackson was arrested and charged with revealing grand jury secrets. School Board Member Sherry Digmon, who is also the co-owner of the Atmore News and Atmore Magazine, Atmore News reporter Fletcher and...

  • Bringing it back to Flomaton

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 2, 2024

    Former Flomaton residents returned to Oaks Common Park to give back to the community they grew up it with free food, entertainment and fun for children....

  • Ambulance not 24/7 in Flomaton limits

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 2, 2024

    Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said he wanted to let the people in Flomaton and throughout the Flomaton fire district to know that a D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital ambulance is not always stationed at the Flomaton Fire Station. Stanton said since Jan. 1 there have been 20, 24-hour shifts where an ambulance was not stationed in Flomaton. He said most of the times it’s on the weekends. Stanton said he couldn’t understand why hospital administrators are making six figures but a nine-year vet...

  • NeSmith resigns as Flomaton chief

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 2, 2024

    Flomaton Police Chief Dane NeSmith resigned from his position and the town has begun advertising to hire a new chief. NeSmith joined the Flomaton Police Department in 2019 and was named police chief last year. NeSmith said he’s not sure what the next chapter in his life will be but said he wants to remain in law enforcement. “I feel like I’ve gotten to a point in Flomaton that it’s time to go somewhere and start a new chapter,” NeSmith said. “I miss police work and I’ve been sitting behin...

  • Search still on for man in the river

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|May 2, 2024

    The search continued Wednesday to find the body of a Castleberry man who is presumed to have drowned in the Conecuh River near McGowin Bridge in Escambia County. Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said his office received a 911 call about 4 or 5 p.m. Monday of a possible drowning at the bridge. Jackson said sheriff’s officers, along with rescue squads from Escambia and Monroe counties and volunteer firemen from Dixie, Damascus and Roberts were dispatched. Sheriff Jackson said officers with th...

  • Jay Rodeo makes history

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|May 2, 2024

    The 23rd Annual Jay Pro Rodeo last Friday and Saturday at the Ted May Arena in Jay saw the largest crowd and raised the most funds since the event's beginning. See Page 13 for more....

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