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  • 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....

  • Judges dismiss all charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    Charges against Atmore News Publisher and School Board Member Sherry Digmon, Atmore News reporter Don Fletcher and school system employee Ashley Fore have been dismissed and charges against School Board Member Cindy Jackson were nol prossed on the recommendation of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. All four were arrested and charged with revealing secret grand jury information. Digmon was also charged with an ethics violation for using her office for gain. Escambia County District A...

  • Schools will not allow cell phones

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    At its meeting last Thursday, although they took no action, the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education heard as Superintendent Michele Collier said this coming fall, the school system will crack down on its policy to not allow cell phones in the schools, citing the drop in discipline problems since Escambia County Middle School has recently led the way. "It has made a phenomenal difference," said one school official. "We were literally having to work two, three, four five situations a week...

  • Shooting suspect arrested in Atmore

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    An Atmore man who had active felony warrants for his arrest from incidents that occurred in Atmore in September and November, 2023, was arrested April 18, by agents with the U.S. Marshall's Service when the suspect came back to Atmore. Isaiah Terrell Lee Finney, 22,145 Golden Road was charged with certain persons forbidden to possess firearms, attempting to elude police and unlawful possession of marijuana. Atmore police reports state Finney was in possession of a firearm when he was arrested...

  • Jay hopes to curb medical marijuana centers

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 25, 2024

    At its Monday, April 15 meeting, the Jay Town Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that, if adopted, will prohibit medical marijuana centers from being located within 3,000 feet of an existing church, school or daycare inside the town limits of Jay. The state of Florida issued a moratorium that legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2016. That moratorium allowed municipalities to impose a temporary one-year moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers and...

  • Experiencing nature

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    From big snakes and turtles to planting a garden, a big crowd showed up Saturday at the E.O. Wilson Park in Brewton for the Earth Day Extravaganza. Above, students pet a snake and below Edward Pate helps children plant a garden. For more see Page 13....

  • It was kicked at the creek

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    A record crowd showed up Sunday at Jennings Park for the annual Kick-It-At the Creek with good entertainment, plenty of mudbugs and at least one person stayed away from the crawfish and shrimp to enjoy pizza. See more on Page 13....

  • Century clerk taking a leave

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 18, 2024

    At Century's council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved the town's mayor to retain the temporary services of the town clerk for a period not to exceed six months to be paid out of American Rescue Plan Act funds, since Town Clerk Leslie Howington has stepped away due to medical reasons. "There is a lot of work because we have these new city managers and we have a lot of moving parts and it is getting a little bit overwhelming for Leslie and it's getting overwhelming for the office...

  • Stretching limits at Mud Run

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    About 320 runners went through the woods, the creeks and across obstacle courses to compete in Brewton's Murder Creek Mud Run Saturday which began and ended at O'Bannon Park. For more see Pages 12 and 13....

  • Century to pay $240k for help

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 18, 2024

    Recent warning letters sent to the town of Century from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) concerning the town's on-going non-compliance and numerous violations in its water and wastewater treatment system and the recent resignation of its water superintendent prompted the council Tuesday night to approve hiring a company with personnel who will bring the system into compliance and manage it for one year at a cost of almost $240,000. Gomez said there was a meeting with...

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